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Each year we offer a Master Class that expands upon a topic presented in our Comprehensive 100-Hour Training Course. This year’s Master Class is designed to focus on Process-Oriented Hypnosis.

The topic of a “process-oriented” approach to hypnosis was introduced by Michael in his more recent 100-hour courses and became the topic of his most recent book, Process-Oriented Hypnosis: Focusing on the Forest, Not the Trees. This is an innovative approach to the clinical uses of hypnosis for reasons that will be well-described and explained in this webinar. We’ll explore the advantages of adopting a macro-view of people’s problems as a complement to the more typical micro-views clinicians focus upon.

The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis gave this book its esteemed Arthur Shapiro Award for being the “best book on hypnosis in 2021.” Milton Erickson’s daughter, Dr. Roxanna Erickson-Klein, herself a prominent author and international trainer in Ericksonian approaches said this of the book in her published review: “In this work, Yapko explores tailoring…(he) takes this basic concept and turns the whole picture upside down and inside out. And in so doing, he may have arrived at the most Ericksonian of all approaches…I find Process-Oriented Hypnosis to be among the most significant contributions of the last half century.”

Just as there are many different models of psychotherapy, each with different foundational philosophies and methods, there are many different models of hypnosis, each with a different theoretical emphasis and therefore utilizing widely diverse methods. The highly innovative work of Milton Erickson in particular is widely acknowledged by therapists who may or may not use hypnosis but are definitely influenced by his strategic methods.

Milton Erickson was often credited with being a “mind-reader,” but he simply said he was more observant than most. Realistically, there are many common denominators of human experience that can make one seem a mind reader to a client when touching on them in the course of therapy. Hypnosis can be especially well used to address generalities that have very specific effects.

In this 6-hour webinar delivered in two parts, we’ll explore this gentle style of process-oriented hypnotic intervention.
The emphasis will be on targeting the structural components of problems rather than their content. This means striving to better understand how the client generates their symptomatic experience rather than attempting to explain why. More important, we’ll go the next step in identifying what the structural components of hypnotically based solutions may be.


Some of the Key Topics to be Addressed

  • Why evolve a process-oriented approach to hypnosis?
  • Content vs. process in designing and delivering hypnotic interventions
  • The role of cognitive style in shaping experience for better or worse
  • Integrating hypnosis with other approaches: What’s the target?
  • The illusion of knowledge as a filter for shaping hypnotic responsiveness
  • Missing information and misinformation: Knowing how is more important than knowing why
  • The paradox of uniqueness not being all that unique in problem formulation
  • Learning to recognize patterns in the process of symptom formation
  • Hypnosis, dissociation, and automaticity in process-oriented interventions
  • The merits of “reverse engineering” in designing hypnosis sessions
  • A skill-building exercise will be provided both days

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe and discuss recent studies on the role of over-general cognitive style in treatment response.
  • To demonstrate how general language can generate specific effects in the listener.
  • To list and describe the key components of a “process-oriented hypnosis.”
  • To identify specific sequences that give rise to predictable outcomes regardless of specific individual differences.


Friday,            September 23, 2022           9:00 am-noon (Pacific Time in US/Canada)
Saturday,       September 24, 2022           9:00 am-noon (Pacific Time in US/Canada)
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WHERE:         Online – Wherever you are with an internet connection. This is a live online event. This event will not be recorded.

COST:            US $175.00  Early Registration by August 31, 2022
US $250.00  Registrations received on or after September 1, 2022 (space permitting)



This 2-day Master Class is designed for those health care professionals who have participated in our 100-Hour Comprehensive Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy Training.

The course is not for beginners who want to first learn hypnosis. For those wishing to learn about hypnosis and how to integrate it into a clinical practice, we recommend our 100-Hour Comprehensive Training. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the next 100-Hour Training that begins in October, 2022. Visit and click on “TRAINING” for more information.



6 hours of continuing education credit will be provided for this training.

Dr. Yapko & Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Yapko & Associates maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Dr. Yapko’s courses are approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) for educational course hours towards ASCH certification.
Participants are responsible for checking their individual state or licensing board/organization to see if they will accept these hours.

REFUND POLICY:     If you cancel your participation in writing prior to September 9, 2022, you will receive a refund minus a $25.00 admin fee. There are no refunds once the training begins.

Diane Yapko at   or +1.760.402.9100