Clinical Hypnosis Textbook: A Guide for Practical Intervention / Edition 2

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Clinical hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help patients access positive states, reduce stress levels and embrace change. It can also enhance patient evaluation, diagnostic skills, and general communication, and provide stress management, goal setting and relaxation techniques for health professionals themselves. This book gives an overview of clinical hypnosis and its applications in medical settings, including self-hypnosis and inducing hypnosis in others. It explores the framework of a session, creating a unique therapeutic protocol using specific language patterns. It also examines the current and historical context of clinical hypnosis and its application, and provides a glossary of terms and useful contacts and websites. Accompanying audio material is also accessible online. Clinical Hypnosis Textbook can be used as an introduction for all health professionals, or to enhance session construction for experienced medical hypnosis practitioners.

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Reviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description:Clinical hypnosis is an approach made famous by parlor tricks at fairs and shows where individuals clucked like chickens on command. However, there is much more to hypnosis as a clinical tool in psychological treatment, which is the focus of this book.
Purpose:The aim is to provide some background on the uses of hypnosis and deliver a cogent, hands-on demonstration of its uses with a variety of disorders and problems.
Audience:This book is appropriate for clinicians involved in psychotherapy, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other therapists and counselors. The author is well known in the hypnosis realm, as well as through her media appearances and self-help books. However, readers should be aware that hypnosis is an enterprising business for her and the book contains few scientific references, many of them case studies.
Features:An introduction to hypnosis begins the book. The bias is apparent in the first paragraph where the author presents hypnosis as a side-effect-free proposition. The book then focuses on the different ways that hypnosis can be used, as well as indications and contraindications. These are general, and sometimes vague, and the sample scripts and guidance for treating different conditions are incomplete. As such, this book is really targeted at individuals who are trained and familiar with hypnosis and are looking for some additional suggestions or to expand their practice. The references are relatively paltry and not always directly connected to hypnosis.
Assessment:For individuals who are already interested in hypnosis, this will provide some information about the different ways in which it can be used, but it does not provide a step-by-step manual for conducting hypnosis. The second edition doesn't offer much more than the original.
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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a pragmatic introduction to the uses of hypnosis in a variety of clinical settings.
Purpose: The book is designed to introduce the clinician to the uses, methods and guidelines of hypnosis in medicine, dentistry, psychiatry, and psychology. It also seeks to teach individuals how to use self-hypnosis and induce it in others. It is intended to give professionals in the helping professions another excellent tool.
Audience: The author has taught at two prominent medical schools in the United Kingdom. She states that this book is for any professional in any helping professional who wishes to utilize clinical hypnosis as a tool of their practice.
Features: While small in size and written in very accessible language, the book is comprehensive in terms of practical interventions. The author writes as if the reader knows very little about clinical hypnosis, yet those with some training and education on the subject can still benefit. Sections define the uses and limitations of hypnosis and a terrific chapter outlines and answers typical patient questions about hypnosis. Nuts and bolts sections of the book outline the structure of a hypnosis session. A CD-ROM included in the book provides a guideline for self-hypnosis; a script for this CD-ROM is also provided. There are three appendixes, all of interest, and the last includes terrific web-based resources for the interested reader.
Assessment: This is a wonderful choice for clinicians who want to learn about or how to use hypnosis in clinical practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846194207
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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