This presentation will explore the essential underpinnings of hypnosis found in dissociation. Eight types of dissociation will be identified and discussed. Consistent with the Ericksonian view, it will be shown that dissociation occurs not only in hypnosis but in psychological disorders and everyday experience as well. When a clinician is familiar with the realms of dissociation, the transition to hypnotic treatment planning is expedited.
Brent B. Geary, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1988, he has also been the Director of Training for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. Dr. Geary has presented internationally on Ericksonian topics since 1991 and throughout most of the United States. He is coeditor of two books with Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph,D., The Handbook of Ericksonian Psychotherapy and The Letters of Milton H. Erickson.