The Milton Erickson Foundation – Fundamentals of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
The goal of this course is to provide psychotherapists with practical methods for the induction of hypnosis, strategies for psychotherapy and the communication skills used by hypnotherapists. Dr Greenleaf’s The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy, informs a context for the course. It is available in all ebook formats from . The hypnosis teaching is keyed to Rossi’s “Naturalistic Approach” to hypnosis as a psychophysiological, chronobiological rhythm. Hypnotherapy is taught through Erickson’s “Utilization” model. Language use is taught with metaphorical strategies and Epston and White’s “narrative” concerns. This modern hypnotherapeutic and strategic model is contrasted with its dynamic precursors in psychotherapy.
It is important to note that this class is not a certification program in hypnosis. The class is designed for professionals in medicine, nursing, psychology, marriage and family therapy and/or social work. Hypnosis is taught as an approach within psychotherapy, not as some stand-alone “technique.” Rather, it is a form of closely considered and effective human communication which utilizes the client’s existing resources, and the client’s own styles of experiencing and communication to propel the psychotherapy.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring imaginative state induced in mutual interactions of therapist and client. The Ericksonian approaches taught emphasize the individuality of treatment planning in order to utilize both the therapists’ own human skills and the clients’ own resources to provide effective leverage against problem areas in life.
The notion of the Unconscious Mind is common to many older psychotherapies and to the most modern neuroscience based ones as well. Psychotherapies using like forms of visual imagination, reconstructive mental practices and interpersonal effect, are all consonant with therapies using hypnotic approaches in that they employ focused and dissociated forms of attention, unconscious resource and change, and a solid base in neuroscience, attachment theory, mental practice research and many other forms of therapeutic intervention. These are all ethical and effective therapeutic modalities.
In addition, the 50 year span of work by Milton H. Erickson MD influenced important therapists including Haley, Madanes, Feldenkrais, Watzlawick, the family therapists, brief therapists, positive psychologists, and many others through their founders or by direct attempts to model Ericksonian approaches. Hypnosis has its own ancient traditions, but, as practiced in psychotherapy by Erickson-influenced therapists, licensed and trained in their professions, it is a companion of modern approaches ranging from EMDR, Brainspotting and NLP to many traditional psychodynamic therapies. It is mainstream, and the class engages the history and approaches of various psychotherapies throughout its span.
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About the Instructor
Eric Greenleaf PhD practices in Albany CA, directs the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area, and teaches internationally. For twenty-five years, he has studied trance rituals and healing in Bali. Eric’s book, “The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy,” was published in 2000. He serves on the Boards of the New Bridge Foundation, a comprehensive substance abuse treatment center, and The Dream Institute of Northern California, both in Berkeley CA. Milton Erickson MD chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.
The course was videotaped live during Dr Greenleaf’s 66 hour training course for externs, staff and other professionals at The Mental Research Institute [MRI] in Palo Alto, CA, 2013-2014, then edited for this online course.
About the Teaching
“Eric Greenleaf was one of my first hypnosis teachers. I gained immeasurably from his tutelage. So will you.”
– Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.
Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
” Eric Greenleaf is the best kept secret in Ericksonian hypnosis. I’ve been following his work for over 20 years, and whenever I read him, talk with him, or watch him conduct trainings or demonstrations, I get something clear and fresh to inspire me. He is a warm and generous clinician who brings his respectful humanity, his sense of humor, and his deeply grounded, culturally rich knowledge of hypnosis into everything he does.
I’ve been telling my students for years to seek him out at whatever conference they can find him, and now he can come to them! Brilliant!”
Douglas Flemons, Ph.D.
Professor of Family Therapy and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine,
Nova Southeastern University
Author of Of One Mind: The Logic of Hypnosis, The Practice of Therapy
“Dr. Eric Greenleaf is a master hypnotherapist and a master teacher of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Dr. Erickson gave him the first Milton H. Erickson Award for Scientific Excellence in Writing in Hypnosis, and Eric has taught professionals all over the world. If you’re interested in Ericksonian hypnosis and therapy, this is an excellent opportunity. I learned a great deal when I took a course with Eric — and you will, too!”
– Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., author/editor of numerous books, including
‘Interviews with Brief Therapy Experts’, ‘The Handbook of Constructive Therapies’, and ‘Capturing the Moment’.
Purchase Information for Fundamentals of
Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
You can purchase the course if you are a licensed medical or mental health professional [MD, RN, PhD, PsyD, LCSW, MFT, LPC, MHC], a certified Feldenkrais or Rosen method practitioner, a graduate student or university post-graduate level teacher in these subjects, or Clinical Director of an approved addiction treatment center.
Licenses for Individual Use, Study Group, University Class or Addiction Treatment staff are all priced as follows:
Buy the Fundamentals Course: 38 hours of video in 18 Classes. 27 CE credits: $ 500.
Or, Buy the Foundational Set: Classes 1-6. 12 hours of video for 12 CE credits. $ 250.
The Foundational Set in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy introduces five central methods of Ericksonian hypnosis with their associated psychological principles of communication, Including Erickson’s Utilization approach to therapy. Lecture, demonstration, case materials, discussion and practice exercises.
Or, Buy Additional Classes: Classes 7-17/18 are available individually. Each additional Class is 2 hours of video for 2 CE credits. The cost per class is $ 50.
Instructors purchasing these materials for Institutions, such as universities, graduate schools of social work, psychology, nursing or medicine, please contact Maria Pia Allende, [email protected] regarding the price for use with groups, classes, or in-service showings.
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Licenses for Presentation to Study Groups and Classes
Licenses for class presentation are available for instructors in mental health and medical curricula, psychology and social work schools and addiction treatment center clinical staff. Use our entire course, or add individual video lessons to the Foundational Set of Classes to enhance your existing curriculum.
Licenses for study groups of up to 10 professionals and advanced graduate students are also available. [Include all members’ license information].
Professionals include your name, type of license and license number.
Graduate students include evidence of enrollment in an advanced degree program
Feldenkrais and Rosen practitioners include certification.
Addiction counselors provide institutional certification information.
University post-graduate teachers provide course information and affiliation.
Continuing Education Credits
For the award of CE credits, submit a completed Post-test for each professional. Send to [email protected] Your CE certificate will be returned by email.
California license holders [PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW, RN] can receive CE credits as indicated [27 CE for the entire course, classes #1-17/18; 12 CE for the Foundational classes #s 1-6, and; 2 CE for each additional class.
CE credits for licensed therapists outside CA can be provided with an Out of State Continuing Education Approval form.
TITLES OF EACH CLASS
1. Permissive Invitations to Hypnotic Experiences
2. Dissociative Invitations to Hypnotic Experiences
3. Interspersal, Confusion and Difficult Person Invitations to Hypnotic Experiences
4. The Unconscious
5. Telling Stories Where They Belong
7. Passing the Trance
8. A Simple Hearted Way With Dreams
9. Milton H. Erickson MD [John Dyckman PhD]
10. Hypnosis and the Body [John Dyckman PhD]
11. A Pain Map
12. Hypnotherapy for PTSD [John Parke PsyD]
14. Balinese Trance Healing
15. Shamanism and Hypnosis [Leslie Gray PhD]
16. Neuroscience, Placebo, The Interpersonal
17/18. Preparing a Session, and Thinking Like a Hypnotist
Class 7 thru 17/18 Course Descriptions
7. Passing the Trance: An original group hypnotic induction in which students pass hypnosis from one to the next is demonstrated and discussed. Uses of the approach for therapy are demonstrated and practiced.
8. A Simple Hearted Way With Dreams: Active imagining of the continuation of a dream is demonstrated, and contrasted with analytic and prophetic approaches to dream material in therapy.
9. Milton H. Erickson MD [John Dyckman PhD]: Milton Erickson’s approach to psychotherapy is described and systematized. The relation of his life experience to his work is discussed.
10. Hypnosis and the Body [John Dyckman PhD]: Hypnotic inductions based on somatic experience are described and demonstrated. Uses of these approaches are discussed.
11. A Pain Map : An artful method of depicting complex physical and emotional pain histories is demonstrated, and accompanied by a depiction of resource and strength histories. A therapeutic method applying strengths to pains is demonstrated, explained and discussed.
12. Hypnotherapy for PTSD [John Parke PsyD] : An intriguing case study of hypnotherapeutic treatment of PTSD is described and analyzed by the therapist. Discussion and guidelines for using hypnosis with these conditions.
13. Regression: Age and developmental-stage types of hypnotic regression are distinguished. Hypnotic regression is described, demonstrated and discussed. Uses in therapy are described.
14. Balinese Trance Healing: Identification, contextualization, and discussion of video taken by Dr. Greenleaf at trance healing ceremonies in Bali. Several types of possession trance are shown and their uses for individual and community healing discussed. Demonstration of a Balinese cleansing ceremony conducted for the class.
15. Shamanism and Hypnosis [Leslie Gray PhD]: The therapist demonstrates a live session of shamanic psychotherapy combining Native American traditional healing modalities with hypnotic communication and attentiveness. Didactic discussion with the volunteer and the class.
16. Neuroscience, Placebo, The Interpersonal: Lecture and discussion citing research findings that connect brain functions with the consistent effectiveness of placebo conditions in medical and psychological treatment. These two areas of modern scientific inquiry are themselves connected with the evolved small group interpersonal nature of human life. Implications for psychotherapy are discussed.
17/18. Thinking Like a Hypnotist: The first part consists of preparations for sessions of hypnotic therapy utilizing case examples proposed by the class. Principles of goal-setting and methods of approach are described and discussed. In the second part the results of cases are discussed and the principles of thinking like a hypnotist when approaching psychotherapy are elucidated.