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Plenary Sessions

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Plenary 1: Hypnotic Knots: Ties that Bind; Jeffrey Zeig, PhD (1 CME/CE)

There are historical ideas that permeate hypnotic practice, research, and theory. Some ideas have heuristic value; others may be folk wisdom. We will examine fundamentals and update them for the 21st Century.

Learning Objectives:

1. List three principles that underlie an Ericksonian Perspective
2 Describe an essential posture of Milton Erickson.
3. List three methods that are fundamental to Ericksonian induction

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, having studied intermittently with Dr. Erickson for more than six years, He edited, co-edited, authored, or coauthored more than 20 books that appear in twelve foreign languages. His current area of interest is extracting implicit codes of influence from various arts, including movies, music, painting, poetry and fiction that can be used to empower professional practice, and everyday communication.Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (more than 40 countries). Specialty topics include experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis and brief therapy with various clinical problems. Dr. Zeig speaks at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. He is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences and the Erickson Foundation Press.


Sunday, March 19, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 am
Plenary 2: Celebrating histories of hypnotic practice and research: Six generations of phenomena, ideas and puzzlesAmanda J. Barnier, PhD (1 CME/CE)

The field of hypnosis is distinctive for its strong sense of family, history and generations of workers over time. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis has a long and proud history and at this 59th Annual Conference I reflect on my own history in hypnosis. I reflect on the “affordances” or opportunities of the mentoring I have received and environments I have worked in within hypnosis. I begin by describing the family tree of clinical and experimental hypnosis in Australia and argue that this family history has lead to certain characteristics in our work. In particular, I focus on phenomena, ideas and puzzles that are products of my upbringing in hypnosis. They help to illustrate that we move through generations of clinical or research questions informed and finessed by our individual and collective pasts. I urge us to celebrate and treasure all we have inherited and developed over our field’s long history, including nearly 60 years of ASCH history. And I recommend that we continue to broaden our partnerships, luring to clinical practice and experimental hypnosis research (whether intrinsic, instrumental, or applied) colleagues from as many fields as possible. This “domestication of hypnosis” as Hilgard called it, will help to secure the field of hypnosis in the United States and around the world for future generations of the “seriously curious”.

Learning Objectives:
Learn about the history of hypnosis in Australia and how it connects with the history of hypnosis in the US;
Reflect on “family trees” of clinical and experimental hypnosis work and workers;
Learn about important hypnotic phenomena;
Consider and discuss important conceptual ideas in the field of hypnosis;
Become aware of puzzles about hypnosis that remain to be understood; and
Consider and discuss ways in which each of us can domesticate and champion hypnosis.

Amanda J. Barnier is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She also is Chief Investigator of the ARC’s $21 million Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

Amanda received her PhD in Psychology from the University of New South Wales in 1996, completing a program of research on the classic hypnotic phenomenon of posthypnotic suggestion. Supported by over 20 years of continuous grant funding from the ARC, Amanda has conducted research on posthypnotic amnesia, hypnotic delusions, and hypnotisability among many other topics. In recent years, as part of the Belief Formation Program of the CCD, Amanda has led an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians who use hypnosis to model, explore and understand a range of clinical phenomena.

Amanda has published over 100 books, book chapters, journal articles and other writings as well as presented over 150 presentations around the world. She has received many awards for her research, leadership and service: she is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). In 2013 she won the Bernard B. Raginski Award for Leadership and Achievement in Hypnosis from SCEH and in 2014 she won the American Psychological Association Division of Psychological Hypnosis Award for Distinguished Contributions to Hypnosis.

Together with Professor Michael R Nash, she edited the (2008) Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis: Theory, Research, and Practice, which won the 2009 Arthur Shapiro Award for the Best Book in Hypnosis from SCEH and was described as “a landmark contribution” and “a tremendous resource for scholars and clinicians alike”.

Monday, March 20, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 am

Plenary 3: Milton Erickson: Hypnosis As a Co-created Relationship; Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LMFT (1 CME/CE)

Milton H. Erickson has footprints within the whole title of this meeting—Theory, Research and certainly Practice. Many of his contributions have become so widely accepted that it’s difficult to remember he was the innovator. 

This address will illustrate some of his lesser known research; his research was generally different than it is viewed today. His numbers were quite small and he had control groups. It was conducted with patients and co-workers at the psychiatric hospitals where he was employed until the late 1940’s, and later examining his work with various patients. He published many of his findings. 

Research to him, was to expand knowledge and inspire others to examine, refine, use or explain his results. He taught hypnosis to a 6 year old girl to use for her amblyobia rather than a physical eye patch. He worked with Martin Orne in the 1950’s to define exactly what hypnosis was, 

When he began, hypnosis was understood as something one person “did to another.” Over time, Erickson totally redefined it as a co-created relationship, expanding the experiences of the subject. Later, he moved almost exclusively to naturalistic trance…which has no formal induction. This often involved story telling, both to fixate attention and to give directions that would be clearly understood by the subject’s unconscious, allowing that person to feel independence in changes that occurred. 

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
1. Explore some of the many contributions Milton H. Erickson has made to the field of clinical hypnosis; 
2. Explain how Erickson defined the relationship between facilitator and subject in his hypnotic work; and 
3. Understand how Erickson conceptualized using the other person’s language in his use of hypnosis.

Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LMFT, is a practicing psychotherapist in Dallas, TX , an Approved Consultant for ASCH, her latest book is, "Milton Erickson, An American Healer," co-edited with Bradford Keeney. Betty Alice co- authored Hope and Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson with Dan Short. She was editor of the Erickson Foundation Newsletter for over a decade. Recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Ministry of Education in Armenia, she has been a Keynote speaker as well as teaching workshops across the country and around the world at numerous international conferences for over twenty years. 

6:15 – 7:15 pm   
Plenary 4 – Practice makes Perfect?; Norma Barretta, PhD (1 CME/CE)

Legend has it that the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis came into existence because Milton Erickson and several other members of that other - older - professional society was so much into the theory and research that the application of hypnosis - the clinical side - was being neglected.

As a result, more than a half century ago, the ASCH was founded and that small group of rebels began to teach "applied” hypnosis and we arer here today celebrating that rebellion.

Some of us are doing the Theory and Research part....and looking for a definition of hypnosis. Some of us are dedicated to APPLYING the skill and artistry of tapping into the creative unconscious as a means of enhancing the quality of life for the people with whom we work.

The research serves to validate our work.

Does it really matter how we define hypnosis?

What's really important is how we make use of it and how we apply it so that the people with whom we use it get the maximum benefit from it.

Hypnosis is REALLY old. The ancient Egyptians had 'sleep temples' where people went to heal themselves.

And there was Lazarus...was he really dead or merely in a very deep somnambulistic trance?

Our mission here is to teach our fellow professionals what they need to know so that they can, indeed, prescribe and APPLY hypnosis as needed.

Perhaps another title for this talk could be “The Second Ninety Should  Be Easier'...considering that  I have been doing (NOT just "practicing") hypnotic work for just about half my life so far, and I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it finally....at least the people I do  this with seem to think  so....otherwise I'd be broke!

So I'm going to tell you about some of the adventures I have encountered on this journey. If I slip in a few metaphors you'll understand and you might enjoy them.

The model that I, together with Phil, have been developing since the early 70's we call Competency Based Brief Therapy. Hypnosis applied with the presupposition that the patient has all the resources needed in order to bring about change most certainly does have a positive effect.

I'd like you to be as excited as I am about this as I tell you how I apply hypnosis to my work and my life.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
1. Experience several enTRANCing  metaphors; 
2. Explain the positive application of hypnosis in bringing about change; and
3. Explain LIAOIYIJ.

Norma Barretta spent 68 years partnered with her husband, Philip Barretta. They worked together professionally for 43 of those years, teaching; lecturing, creating workshops and maintaining a private practice when they were not "on the road". Phil died on May 7,2015. Norma is now flying "solo", continuing the work they began in 1973.

She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (the home of Positive Psychology and the Optimistic view of life), Rutgers University and the University of Southern California. She often sat  with Milton Erickson   from 1977 until his death  in 198?.She was a master trainer of NLP for Grinder Delozier from 1982 until 1989, and has been using the "positive resources/personal power" approach to therapy  since   1973. She has taught in Australia.Costa Rica, Mexico, throughout the USA  and Canada, England,Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, The USSR - in Novosibirsk, Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad, and now welcomes students to her home base on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. 20 minutes south of the Los Angeles International Airport, where they can observe her at work  and bring their own cases for discussion/intervention.

More recently, Norma has become enthusiastically Dedicated to designing Personal Power/Personal Growth workshops for Professionals These have been enthusiastically received in Spain,Italy and Poland.

She plans to continue working and teaching until 2032. Then she will decide what comes next.






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