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12 Day Intensive Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy

Event number: 18716
86 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Michael Yapko

In this 12-day training designed for health care professionals, participants will learn how to integrate and apply hypnotic and strategic methods in their clinical practices. Didactic presentation and practical experiences will be included to maximize the learning experience.


This sequentially organized training begins with a foundational frame of reference supported by scientific research for utilizing clinical hypnosis in psychological interventions.  


Basic principles and theories are introduced and then practical procedures are developed and implications for treatment will be presented.


The course builds upon these skills to design and deliver hypnotic and strategic interventions with an emphasis on utilization principles. The focus is on clinical skills, and using hypnosis in the context of strategic, goal-oriented interventions. 


Learning outcomes


On completion of this workshop participants will learn/be able to:

  • List  and describe at least three different models or conceptual frameworks for understanding hypnosis.
  • Participants will be able to describe at least one recent neuroscientific findings about the brain mechanisms associated with selective attention and hypnotic responsiveness.
  • Participants will learn methods of neutral questioning in order to avoid the use of inappropriate suggestions that may contaminate a client’s memories.
  • Participants will learn and be able to describe relevant social psychological research about conformity and obedience to authority that can influence hypnotic responsiveness.
  • Participants will be able to list and define the so-called “classical hypnotic phenomena” that can be elicited in hypnosis (such as analgesia, time distortion, etc.).
  • Participants will be able to organize and define a generic sequence for conducting a goal-oriented hypnosis session.
  • Participants will be able to structure at least two specific types of post-hypnotic suggestions.
  • Participants will be able to list and discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of direct versus indirect forms of hypnotic intervention.
  • The participant will learn and apply the method of “seeding” homework assignments during hypnosis as a means of increasing treatment benefits.
  • The participant will be able to apply hypnotic strategies designed to enhance greater cognitive flexibility and independent problem-solving in the client.
  • The participant will be able to structure and deliver skill-building homework assignments to the client.
  • The participant will be able to describe the role of selective attention in the onset and course of major depressive disorder and how hypnosis might be used to create an internal shift in the quality and direction of focus.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least two specific overlapping points between hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapies in order to integrate hypnosis with CBT in specific goal-oriented ways.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least two specific styles of metaphor and discuss how they may apply in treatment.
  • The participant will be able to discuss and demonstrate at least two ways applying hypnosis with children might differ from applying hypnosis with adults.
  • The participant will be able to design, structure and deliver goal-oriented hypnosis sessions based on client assessment and mutually agreed-upon therapeutic goals.

Important payment information:

  • To secure the attendance of this high profile International Presenter, payment in full is necessarily required by 4pm AEST on 9 October 2017.
  • Prior to 4pm AEST on 9 October, 2017 attendees may cancel and receive a full refund.
  • Part-payments prior to the above date and time can be made via EFT;  please call the APS Member Group Events 03-8662-3378 to discuss.
  • Registrants are advised that strict payment and refund Terms and Conditions apply to this Event. Refunds will not be given (save as provided in the Conditions of Registration) beyond 4pm AEST on 9 October 2017. We encourage you, therefore, to carefully review the Terms and Conditions (as they appear in the Registration Form in detail) before committing to attend this Event.

Additional information

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About the presenter(s)

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in California. He is internationally recognized for his work in developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies, the advanced clinical applications of hypnosis, and active, short-term non-pharmacological treatments of depression. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States.
Dr. Yapko is the author of 15 books and editor of three others, as well as the author of dozens of book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Yapko is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the International Society of Hypnosis, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, The International Society of Hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation for his many contributions to the fields of psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis.
Dr. Yapko has been a passionate advocate for redefining how we think about and treat peoples’ problems, especially the most common ones of anxiety and depression. He has been a vocal critic of medicalizing such problems by calling them illnesses when there is substantial evidence that they are about much more than biology alone.


Online registration


Assured Ascott Quays
150 Great Eastern Highway
Perth, WA 6104
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 22/2/2018
End date: 2/5/2018
Time: 8.30am - 5.00pm


APS member: $4,700
APS student member: $4,000
Non APS member: $ 6,490

Please carefully review the Terms and Conditions for this event


APS - Perth Branch
APS Perth Branch consists of approximately 1500 members residing in the Perth metro area. The Perth Branch membership is diverse in its membership - across area of practice, endorsement and experience. The Perth Branch prides itself on providing high quality PD for members in Western Australia - to assist with professional development in our state.
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