TIME: 6:30p.m.
LOCATION: Green Hall, Alliant International University,
10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA. 92131

As advances are made in better understanding the power of focus in shaping one’s subjective perceptions and even physiology, the field of hypnosis has played an especially important role in this ongoing process of discovery. Despite too many clinicians’ terribly misinformed dismissal of hypnosis as little more than a gimmick, in fact hypnosis has evolved a strong scientific basis for its insights into neuroscience, cognition, suggestive language and information processing, placebo and nocebo responses, the therapeutic alliance, and more. When therapists are looking for highly effective tools to enhance treatment efficacy, hypnosis should be at or near the top of the list. After all, don’t clients inevitably learn better when they’re focused, relaxed, and empowered to use more of their own innate resources? Hypnosis isn’t a therapy – it’s a vehicle for delivering therapy in a more focused and experiential way.

The study of the science and art of clinical hypnosis begins with the recognition that influence is inherent in the therapy process. Far more complex, though, are the deeper questions related to how one person can identify and mobilize the resources that make success possible in some desired domain, such as the acquisition of personal and interpersonal skills that can strengthen individuals, marriages and families. This lecture will provide an overview of the field and its relevance to sound clinical practice.