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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol A. Libonati, MS, RN, CS-P(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This videotape features Michael Yapko and offers the viewer the opportunity to see a master therapist present the theory that guides his psychotherapy work with patients, apply the theory through a session with a client, then review the session step by step, examining how the theory is applied and how the client responds.
Purpose: This tape is a demonstration of a positive, solution-focused approach in which the therapist seeks to develop people's strengths and reframe their faulty belief systems into a more functional framework.
Audience: The appropriate audience for this videotape is students who are embarking on careers as psychotherapists. Any university or training program would benefit from the use of this tape as a tool to demonstrate to the novice how hypnosis is incorporated into a solution-focused model and how it is applied to practice. Experienced therapists can observe how therapists using different theoretical frameworks think and practice. A more novel use would be to educate a lay person interested in trying psychotherapy but scared of the process because of misconceptions.
Features: The author describes what he believes and how he goes about using his theory to facilitate change in the client in a clear, step-by-step method. His model is a brief therapy model. He does incorporate hypnosis into his therapy with the statement: "Hypnosis isn't a therapy. Hypnosis is a way of delivering ideas." It is very quickly evident that the presenter has an excellent grasp of the theory and how it works. It becomes very apparent as the session unfolds that the client is benefiting from work with the therapist, as there is a remarkable change in the client's affect and outlook.
Assessment: The quality of the videotaping will keep the viewer's interest. This tape is very well done and very easy to follow. I am excited to see good quality tapes like this one come on the market for use in teaching. I will certainly use this one. I have two final comments: first, viewers may experience being in a trance to some degree while viewing this tape, and second, it is useful to take a break after the session and before the discussion of the session because of the length of the tape. (Ninety-five minutes is a long time to watch a tape.)