Complementary Module Seven - Clinical Hypnosis

February 1, 2024

C4 - Clinical Hypnosis
Content Level: Advanced 

Contributors: Richard Kluft, MD; Su Baker, MEd; edited by John O’Neil, MD

Module Description
Hypnosis-facilitated treatments of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) have provided the most  successful series reported to date, making the study of clinical hypnosis a subject of profound importance to the dissociative disorders field. This module will review the history, theoretical understanding, and current definitions of hypnosis. It will explore the connection between hypnotizability and the dissociative disorders, and discuss the implications of high hypnotizability for their treatment. Finally, it will demonstrate the many techniques associated with hypnosis that have proven useful in the treatment of DID, and encourage students to take formal training in hypnosis. The specialized use of hypnosis-based Ego State Therapy will also be explored. Those untrained in hypnosis should not make use of hypnotic techniques in practice.

Objectives: 

  1. List 8 or more hypnotic techniques useful in the treatment of DID
  2. Discuss the importance of de-hypnosis in the treatment of DID
  3. List techniques appropriate for use in beginning, containing, and terminating abreactions
  4. Discuss ego-state therapy and its relevance to treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders, especially DID

Readings

  1. Elkins, G., Barabasz, A., Council, J., & Spiegel, D. (2015). Advancing research and practice: the revised APA Division 30 definition of hypnosis. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 60, 1-9. 
  2. Kluft, R.P. (2012). Issues in the detection of those suffering adverse effects in hypnosis training workshops. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 54(3), 213-232.
  3. Kluft, R.P. (2012). Hypnosis in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and allied states: An overview and case study. South African Journal of Psychology, 42, 146-155.
  4. Watkins, H.H. (1993). Ego-State Therapy: an overview. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 35(4), 232-240.

Timed outline:
45 minutes:    Discussion of Reading 1 
15 minutes:    Discussion of Reading 2 
30 minutes:    Discussion of Readings 3
30 minutes:    Discussion of Reading 4
30 minutes:    Discussion of student’s disguised cases, or further discussion of readings 1, 2, 3 and 4 if no case material available

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 2.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2.50 continuing education credits.
  • 2.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 2.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
03/24/2023
Course expires: 
04/30/2024
Event starts: 
02/01/2024 - 7:00pm EST
Event ends: 
02/01/2024 - 9:30pm EST
Rating: 
0

Available Credit

  • 2.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 2.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2.50 continuing education credits.
  • 2.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 2.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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