Motivational Interviewing and Waking State Hypnosis - CEU Workshop

•"The workshop is dynamic, interactive, and loaded with energy and enrichment"

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•"There was evidence from research to back up everything that was taught."
•The strongest aspect of the workshop? "The actual presentations of hypnosis and seeing someone else in the class do the same."

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4 hours, 4 CEUs
Dr. Fredric Mau, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor, will present a four-hour workshop on the use of Motivational Interviewing and waking state hypnosis in client counseling. The workshop deals substantively with addressing client resistance.

Date and time: Friday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Watermark Counseling, 1705 Richland Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

Live outside the Columbia, SC metro area? Consider taking the course by webcam. 


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1. Describe the Motivational Interviewing process.
2. Describe the principles of waking state hypnosis.

3. Understand the MI and hypnotic approaches to client resistance.

4. Develop practical skills to help clients create emotional change.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is more than a technique, it is a fairly comprehensive approach to client therapy.  MI moves beyond the Person Centered model to engage client ambiguity about change in order to help clients themselves create and engage powerful emotional changes.  William Miller (1998), himself a hypnotist and one of the developers of MI, notes that, "a single session of motivational interviewing before beginning a course of outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation program can double a person's chances of abstinence three months later." In an analysis of 381 studies of treatments for alcohol dependence, Hester and Miller (2003) found that MI type processes were the second most effective means of addressing the problem, following only Constructivist brief therapy approaches.  Miller (1998) notes that the process involves "a sudden shift in meaning, in how the person perceives the pros and cons of the behavior." While the MI approach is often associated with substance abuse therapy, the approach is exceptionally useful for general counseling issues as well.

Although hypnosis is often identified with a relaxed or altered state of consciousness, the famous hypnotist Milton Erickson discussed the power of hypnotic or suggestive language in the "ordinary waking state" of consciousness (e.g. Erickson & Rossi, 1975). A number of hypnotic principles dovetail nicely with the MI approach, and will be considered for use in client counseling.  MI and hypnosis also share a similar view of client resistance, which is important in facilitating client change - this will be reviewed as well.

Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists,  School Counselors, and Social Workers will receive 4 CEUs for this workshop.
Tuition is $80 per participant in advance, $100 per participant at the door.  For three or more participants from the same organization the fee is $60 per participant in advance. Participants who have taken a workshop from Dr. Mau in the last six months will receive and additional $10 discount. Credit cards and checks are accepted.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and School Counselors.