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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

September 14-15, 2018
Austin, Texas 


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Experiential Treatment of Depression

with Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.


Friday & Saturday September 14-15, 2018
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM 

Austin, Texas

University of Texas Commons Learning Center
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137
Austin, TX 78758 (map)

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     To paraphrase psychologist Paul Watzlawick on communication, "You cannot not suggest." So let's make those suggestions with thoughtfulness and expertise.

     Regardless of your discipline, form of practice, and theoretical orientation, you likely work with depressed people. Whether or not we use formal hypnosis in our work, we are continually influencing our clients in a variety of helpful and unhelpful ways through intentional and unintentional suggestion; language is powerful. This workshop provides a collection of informative and powerful tools for helping you understand and utilize suggestion and direction in the service of helping those with depression. 

Who Should Attend

     All licensed/certified mental health and health practitioners, as well as graduate students in those fields, who wish to increase their theoretical and practical knowledge to effectively help depressed patients and clients through focused, experiential therapies. Training and experience with clinical hypnosis is helpful but not required.

Did you know:

  • As societies westernize, their rates of depression rise;
  • Therapeutic regimens that do not involve drugs at all have outperformed medication regimens;
  • Depression’s severity increases with each successive generation;
  • The age at which depression first strikes has been steadily dropping for more than a half century;
  • If you are using suggestion in any type of therapy, chances are you are using hypnosis already and may not know it; and
  • October 2018 is Depression Awareness Month

Dr. Yapko will address:

  • How the pharmaceutical industry encourages us to ignore the social side of depression- and why several companies are quietly leaving the antidepressant business
  • Why depression isn’t fated by brain chemistry, genes, diet, or personal weakness
  • How one factor - expectancy - influences every phase of treatment
  • How our feelings can misguide us when making decisions, leading to poor decisions that make depression worse
  • The importance of experiential learning in treatment, especially well-designed hypnosis sessions
  • The single factor which most influences how you gauge whether your relationship with someone is good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, worthwhile or a waste of time – and how your awareness of it can ease major suffering
  • How depression affects marriages and families adversely
  • How to function preventively and reduce a child’s “depression inheritance.”
  • The dynamics of employing good task assignments to catalyze progress
  • The role of focusing strategies such as hypnosis in fostering emotional self-regulation skills

Program Description

     Experiential Treatment of Depression is a two-day workshop that emphasizes the merits of utilizing proactive and well-targeted hypnotic interventions when treating depression. How a clinician thinks about the nature of depression and answers fundamental questions—such as what causes depression—naturally determine what treatment approach he or she is most likely to take. Regardless of one’s preferred orientation, however, depression experts agree that treatment needs to be multi-dimensional and active, a principle Milton Erickson used as a foundation for his strategic interventions and now shared by modern cognitive behavioral approaches. Furthermore, the more we learn about the neuroscience of depression, especially neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, the more important well designed experiential learning processes become in treatment. These include the use of task assignments and focusing processes such as hypnosis.

     Depression, Trancework (4th ed.) and Mindfulness and Hypnosis, each break new ground and challenge much of the conventional wisdom therapists typically hold about depression and its treatment. In this workshop, we will pay special attention to the ways in which our social lives directly shape our perspectives and phenomenology and thereby powerfully affect the way we think and feel.

     Our relationships can depress us and they can heal us. The cutting edge of rapidly expanding scientific evidence highlights that the more we learn about the biology of depression, the more important psychology and social life experience become in understanding and treating it effectively. How therapy, itself a social process, can teach skills known to reduce and even prevent depression
 will be explored in depth. Lecture, discussion,
 case examples, and structured skill-building hypnosis practice sessions will be provided during the training.

About the Presenter

     Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Fallbrook, California.  He is internationally recognized for his work in advancing clinical hypnosis and outcome-focused psychotherapy, routinely teaching 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. His workshops are well known for being practical as well as enjoyable.

     Dr. Yapko has had a special interest for over four decades in the intricacies of brief therapy, and the clinical applications of hypnosis and directive methods, especially in the strategic treatment of depression. He is the author of 15 books and editor of three others, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on the subjects of hypnosis and the use of strategic psychotherapies. These include his widely used classic text, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (4th edition), the award-winning books Treating Depression With Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches (2001)Hypnosis and Treating Depression: Applications in Clinical Practice (2006), and   Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience (2012). He has also produced many CD and DVD programs. His works have been translated into nine languages. More information about Dr. Yapko’s teaching schedule and publications can be found on his website: www.yapko.com.

     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 the American Psychological Association’s Division 30 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis (2012), the Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society of Hypnosis (2003), a lifetime achievement award honoring his many contributions to the field of hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy (2007).

Topic Detail

Redefining What We Know in Light of New Neuroscientific Evidence

  • Biological factors affirming the power of social factors
  • Epigenetics and socialization as key variables to consider
  • Advances in the interpersonal model: Depression is contagious
  • The possibility of prevention requires us to shift our priorities

  The Social Context of Depression

  • Relationships as risk factors or buffers
  • Family and culture as the social context for shaping perceptions
  • Dating and marrying when depression is a factor
  • Depressed parents raising kids

  Designing Active Treatments

  • How global thinking affects your outlook and level of life skills
  • Therapists as agents of reality: Errors in attributions
  • Ambiguity as a major risk factor: Being clear about uncertainty
  • Defining appropriate social targets of treatment
  • Illusions of helplessness and control

  Ericksonian Hypnosis in the Treatment Process

  • Hypnosis: Your focus shapes your experience, for better or worse
  • The importance of building automaticity into treatment
  • Dynamics of delivering strategic hypnotic interventions
, including metaphor
  • Focus, indirection, and dissociation as driving forces of change

  The Power of Expectations in Shaping Experience

  • Expectancy: The strongest determinant of therapeutic responsiveness
  • Coping styles as risk factors and targets of therapy
  • Rumination and symptom severity
  • Avoidance and disempowerment
  • Decision-making and stress generation

Learning Objectives

Attendees will enhance their ability to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of depression and relate the rising rates to social factors.
  • Identify key cognitive and interpersonal patterns that cause and maintain depression.
  • Develop specific active intervention strategies, especially hypnosis and task assignments, for 
facilitating recovery.
  • Understand the interface between individual and marital and family interventions in treating depression.
  • Design structured homework assignments to build the multi-dimensional skills needed to recover and also reduce the risk of relapse.

Continuing Education Credit

     12 hours of continuing education credit are available for social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. CTSCH is an authorized continuing education provider by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (Provider #6136, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider #1639), and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #622). Programs offered by CTSCH are applicable toward the optional portion of CEUs required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Application will be made for 12 hours of ASCH-approved training in support of membership and certification requirments.

Registration Fees

  • $275—2018 CTSCH Members
  • $325—Regular Registration (includes 2018 CTSCH membership)
  • $150—LPC-Interns, LCDC-Interns, and LMFT-Associates (requires copy of current license or link to licensing website) **CHOOSE LPC-Intern RATE AT CHECKOUT**
  •   $99Student Registration (requires verification from academic department) 



Cancellation Policy

  • By July 15th: Full refund minus a $50 administrative fee
  • By August 15th: 50% refund with no administrative charge
  • After August 15th: Refunds unavailable

    Send refund requests to George Glaser at ctsch@ctsch.com

For More Information and Questions

     Contact George Glaser in Austin by email or call at 512-371-9418,
or Anita Jung by email.


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