C. Alexander Simpkins, Ph.D. & Annellen M. Simpkins, Ph.D, are psychologists specializing in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis. Drs. Simpkins have been practicing psychotherapy for more than three decades; and have been researching and practicing hypnotherapy and meditation for four decades, studying hypnosis under G. Wilson Shaffer, dean of Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Hopkins Counseling Center; hypnotherapy under Harold Greenwald, creator of Direct Decision Therapy; and indirect hypnosis with Milton H. Erickson and Ernest Rossi. They have taught their meditative and hypnotic methods to facilitate mind-brain change to people of all ages. Additionally, they have been involved in neuroscience for 15 years and have been integrating it into treatments and helping to bring the most recent research findings to practitioners. They present seminars at professional conferences, state mental hospitals, university campuses and to popular and professional audiences around the world.
The Simpkins are authors of 26 books, many of them bestsellers. Their most recent book is Yoga & Mindfulness Therapy Workbook for Clinicians and Clients (PESI, 2014). Drs. Simpkins have written many books on neuroscience such as, Neuroscience for Clinicians (Springer, 2012), The Dao of Neuroscience (Norton, 2010) and Neuro-Hypnosis (Norton 2010); as well as hypnosis titles: Self-Hypnosis for Women (Radiant Dolphin press, 2004), and Effective Self-Hypnosis with CD (Radiant Dolphin Press, 2000). Their books have over 20 foreign editions and have won numerous awards.
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- Recognize the intelligent unconscious brain pathways and how hypnosis accesses them for therapy.
- Describe direct and indirect suggestion, practice each form, and learn a 4-step method to apply them therapeutically.
- Demonstrate inducing and coming out of self-hypnotic trance in a clinical setting.
- Employ key trance phenomena to deepen hypnosis using sensory, motor, time and visual alterations to improve clinical outcomes.
- Distinguish the role of the HPA fear/stress pathway in trauma and stress and learn clinical hypnotic protocols to calm the pathway and return it to balance.
- Apply hypnotic techniques to reconsolidate implicit memories to alleviate symptoms of trauma.
- Define pain pathway and matrix, and practice hypnotic suggestions and trance in a clinical setting to alter and diminish sensations and experience of pain for handling it better.
- Recognize how the reward pathway is compromised by addiction and hypnotic methods of suggestion and trance to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions .
- List brain patterns along with conscious and unconscious factors in eating disorders and learn suggestion and trance techniques to develop healthy eating habits in clients.
- Explain sleep cycles and sleep problems and enlist hypnotic protocols to foster healthy sleep patterns in clients.
- Practice and demonstrate sensitivity to a clients' experiencing through pre-trance discussion and utilize it to enhance treatment outcomes.
- Demonstrate the ability to induce trance, use the different forms of suggestion to deepen it, produce a trance phenomenon alteration, and successfully end the trance in a clinical setting.
Day 1: Skill Building in Self-Hypnosis and Hetero-Hypnosis
Working with the Unconscious
How Hypnosis Affects the Brain
- Paradigm Shift on the Unconscious
- East-West Correlation
- Neuroscience Research Support
- Research for Working Unconsciously
- Advantages of Hypnosis
- Unconscious Intelligence
- Hypnosis Dual Effect
- Hypnosis and Executive Control
- Default Mode Network
- Direct and Indirect
- 4-Step Method to Overcome Negative
- The Mind-Body Link
Hetero-Hypnosis with a Partner
- Natural Unconscious Tendencies
- Go In and Out of Self-Hypnosis
- Deepen with Hypnotic Phenomena
Day 2: Applying Hypnosis for Common Psychological Problems and Further Training in Hypnosis
Part I: Clinical Applications
- Practice Establishing Rapport and
- Discovering Hidden Abilities
- Rehearse Inducing trance in Several
- Different Ways
- Perform Trance Deepening
- Elicit Trance Phenomena and Sensitize to Responsiveness
- Several Different Methods for Ending
- Trance Successfully
Part II: Skills Training for Fundamental in Hypnosis
- Trauma and Stress
- Substance Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- The Neuroscience of These Common
- Psychological Problems
- Case Examples Utilizing Hypnosis for Treatment
- Application Protocols
- Experiential Exercises for Treatment
- Pre-Trance Discussion
- Induction Methods
- Using Direct and Indirect Suggestion
- Trance Deepening
- Eliciting Calm and Comfort in Trance with
- Post-Hypnotic Suggestions
- Promoting Positive Use of the Unconscious
- Ending Trance Techniques
- Pre-Trance Discussion Techniques
- Successful Induction, Deepening and Ending of Trance
- Eliciting Relaxation and Calm
- Demonstrate Sensitivity to and Utilization of Partner’s Responsiveness
- Principles to Guide Your Hypnotherapy
- Final Trance
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