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NCSCH CONFERENCE: Mindfulness and Hypnosis with Michael Yapko, Ph.D.

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Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience

With Michael Yapko, Ph.D.

Friday, November 9th & Saturday, November 10th, 2018

The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

12 CE Hours Approved By ASCH, NCPA & NBCC

Modern hypnosis and its close cousin, guided mindfulness meditations (GMMs), are two overlapping forms of experiential focusing processes increasingly being used in psychotherapy. They generally focus on the role of attentional processes in problem formation and resolution, and directly relate to patterns of cognition, mood and behavior. The reasons why may be obvious: How well you focus and what you focus on together help shape your subjective experiences and, ultimately, your quality of life.

Both mindfulness and hypnosis have been applied to a variety of clinical problems where they have successfully demonstrated the therapeutic value of teaching people ways to direct and intensify their quality of focus. Neither of these is a therapy in its own right, of course, but their capacity for improving the quality of people’s lives has received substantial empirical support as a class of meaningful interventions, particularly when embedded in a substantive therapeutic framework, such as CBT.

What is it about hypnosis and GMMs that encourages people to discover resources in themselves they didn't know they had and learn new therapeutic skills more easily? This presentation considers principles and methods of hypnosis and mindfulness as they apply to goal-oriented treatments in an attempt to answer that question. The focus is entirely on clinical applications of key aspects of hypnosis and GMMs by deconstructing such processes, identifying their therapeutically relevant components, and constructing meaningful interventions by incorporating them in novel ways that serve to empower the client.

Dr. Yapko’s perspective and course content is shaped by his expertise in suggestion, information processing, and therapeutic applications of dissociation and association in treatment.

A primary goal of the workshop is to encourage a greater awareness of and sensitivity to the personal and interpersonal dynamics that make these experiential interventions meaningful to people. This is a highly experiential workshop where participants will both experience and learn to build and apply focusing exercises in mindfulness and hypnosis for facilitating client growth.

Educational Objectives:

Attend this workshop and you will learn how to:

  • Recognize and describe the power of focus inherent in any type of therapy.
  • Identify how the core components of mindfulness and hypnosis increase client responsiveness and enhance treatment efficacy.
  • Identify specific cognitive patterns influencing treatment responsiveness and employ hypnosis and mindfulness strategies to enhance their value as therapeutic catalysts
  • Design your own mindfulness exercises to employ in clinical intervention
  • Describe how to use focusing as a means of enhancing emotional self-regulation and self-efficacy.
  • Recognize and describe how to use this capacity for therapeutic dissociation in treatment.

Presenter: Michael Yapko, Ph.D

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 presentations are well known for being practical as well as enjoyable.

Dr. Yapko has had a special interest for nearly four decades in the intricacies of brief therapy, and the clinical applications of hypnosis and directive methods. 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 most recent book, Taking Hypnosis to the Next Level, The Discriminating Therapist, as well as his well-known books, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience, and his widely used text, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (4th ed.). 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 the recipient of numerous major awards for his innovative contributions in advancing the fields of hypnosis and brief therapy, including lifetime achievement awards from The American Psychological Association’s Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis), the International Society of Hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.


Otani, A. (April, 2016). Hypnosis and mindfulness: The twain finally meet. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 58, 4,383-398.

Yapko, M.D. (2011). Mindfulness and Hypnosis: the Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience(New York: Norton).

Yapko, M.D. (2016). Suggesting mindfulness: Reflections on the uneasy relationship between mindfulness and hypnosis. In A. Raz & M. Lifshitz (Eds.), Hypnosis & Meditation: Towards an Integrative Science of Conscious Planes(pp. 371-379). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Workshop Agenda:

Day 1

9:00-10:30 A Beginner’s Mind

Hypnosis, mindfulness and experiential shifts

Mindfulness, hypnosis and paradox

Suggestions happen

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Facilitating Cognitive Flexibility

Rigid cognitive patterns that distort experience

Group focusing exercise: Labels and experiences

Feedback regarding the exercise

Deconstructing the process

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 The Power of Dissociation in Shaping Experience

Detachment: A determinant of therapeutic responsiveness

Mindfulness, hypnosis and automaticity

Case example: The case of Terri

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:30 Being Mindful, Being Strategic, Being a Clinician

Direct and indirect approaches: Why diversify methods?

Dyad exercise: Building a focus on meaningful detachment

Feedback regarding the exercise

4:30–4:45 Q & A

Summary and closure

Day Two

9:00-10:30 Now and Later as Treatment Factors

Temporal components of mindfulness and hypnosis

Be present in the moment…later

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Mindfulness, Hypnosis and Positive Psychology

Finding and amplifying strengths

Exercise: Amplifying personal resources

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Designing Your Own Focusing Methods

What’s salient to focus on in your client’s experience?

Going from global appraisals to specific considerations

Dyad exercise: Design and deliver an exercise in applied


2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:30 Deconstructing and Reconstructing Mindfulness

Thoughts about the process

Translating thoughts into effective behavior

Group mindfulness exercise: Minding your mind

4:30–4:45 Q & A

Summary and closure

Note: Please be prepared to remain after the conference ends in order to turn in evaluations and receive CE certificates.

Setting: We are fortunate to be meeting at the Friday Center, an award-winning executive education center in Chapel Hill. The professional atmosphere combined with the NCSCH spirit of camaraderie is highly conducive to collegiality. We encourage you to visit the Friday Center at https://fridayconferencecenter.comto see this delightful setting. (Also see Lodging below.)

Schedule: Registration begins at 8:00. Workshop schedule is 9:00 - 4:45. There will be 15-minute breaks mid morning and mid afternoon and one hour for lunch.

Eligibility: Persons holding doctoral degrees in Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Nursing or a Masters Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Nursing and who are licensed to practice in the state in which they practice. Also, current students of these disciplines are eligible.

CE Hours: Certificates of Attendance provided. Twelve (12) CE hours will be awarded for attending the entire two-day workshop. No credit will be given for those who attend one day only.Credit toward ASCH re-certification has been approved for this workshop at the advanced level. This program has also been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) for NBCC Credit. NCSCH is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3054. The program has additionally been approved by The North Carolina Psychological Association allowing Psychologists to receive continuing education credit. For those requesting CE certification from NCPA, a $6 fee will be added to the registration fee. (Note: Psychologists licensed in other states should check with their licensing board to make certain that CE hours are accepted.)

Target Audience: This workshop is for practitioners who want a deeper understanding of the overlapping methods and shared benefits of employing mindfulness and hypnosis in the context of psychotherapy. Individuals with limited or no experience in conducting mindfulness and/or hypnosis sessions in the course of treatment will get a strong introduction to the concepts and practical applications of these related approaches. Individuals who already have some experience in utilizing these experiential approaches may find this workshop an excellent opportunity to increase their knowledge of and competence in utilizing them.

NCPA Statement: This program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attendance Policy: To receive continuing education credit, you must be present for the entire workshop, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of the workshop. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of the workshop. Please note that Internet sources sometimes give incorrect directions to the Friday Center and be sure to plot your route carefully by mapwithout relying on navigation software.

Refund Policy:Refunds available if cancellation before October 30, minus a $75 fee. If cancellation occurs between October 30 and November 8, refunds will be given minus a $125 fee. No refunds if cancellation occurs afterNovember 8.

Grievance Policy:Please see our policy at nchypnosis.org under our Fall Conference description.

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Beverages and Snacks:On site, included with registration.

Lodging:For nearby hotels and possible discounts, visit https://fridayconferencecenter.com/about/#hotels


2-Day Conference Early Bird After October 9

Member ___ $325 ___ $375

Non-member ___ $400 ___ $450

Student ___$125 ___ $175

___ $6 CE Fee for certification from NCPA

To Register for the Conference: Please register through Event Brite by clicking below.

For Additional Information: Please contact Dr. Dana Lebo at: drdanalebo@aol.com; 919.360.2495 (call or text); 101 Deerfield Tr., Chapel Hill, 27516-9510. (Please do notsend registration to this address. Registration is handled exclusively through Event Brite.)

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