First, I will present two workshops, each given over 8 weeks in the evenings: one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Each workshop is 22 hours in length, lasting nearly 3 hours each evening. They are titled 'Clinical Methods in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy: Integration and Applications—Introductory Workshop (Fall) and Advanced Workshop (Spring).' Then, I will describe briefly an ongoing Senior Seminar which meets monthly throughout the year for graduates of the first two workshops.
While the introductory workshop imparts basic skills in hypnosis, the advanced workshop creates an environment encouraging its use in ongoing patient care. In both workshops, attention is given to helping the clinician change his or her attitude and receptiveness to using new skills in psychotherapy and, if possible, to widening and broadening the understanding of how psychotherapy works in both short-term and long-term treatment settings. While psychodynamic understanding of the patient and the therapist interactions is important, such understanding also rests on learning theories, cognitive therapy, and various principles of behavior therapies. A guiding principle in teaching these workshops is the understanding that the therapeutic alliance is foremost in importance (Binder, Bongar, Messer, Strupp, Lee & Peake, 1993). Creative interactions based on rigorous training in the participant's own discipline coupled with his or her intuitive inspirations constitutes the art of therapy and is encouraged throughout these workshops. Such therapy is always based on a thorough understanding of the patient's symptoms, history, diagnosis, and initial treatment planning.
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