Treating Depression Hypnotically & Strategically



Treating Depression Hypnotically and Strategically is a two day workshop that emphasizes the importance of utilizing proactive and well-targeted 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. 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. 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.


Redefining What We Know in Light of New Neuroscientific Evidence

  • Biological factors affirming the power of social factors
  • Genetics, 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

Designing Experiential Treatments

  • Hypnosis: Your focus shapes your experience, for better or worse
 • The importance of building automaticity into treatment
  • Dynamics of delivering strategic hypnotic interventions
  • Focus 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


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. He has been the plenary speaker at numerous conferences throughout Germany, including M.E.G. and DGH annual meetings. His workshops are well known for being practical as well as enjoyable.


Monday, 21.11.2016, 09:30 – 18:00 o’clock, Tuesday, 22.11.2016, 09:30 – 18:00 o‘clock


360 €/340 € for M.E.G.-members; Early bird until 01.05.2016 330 €/310€ for M.E.G.-members


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