Title: Maximizing the Efficacy of Hypnosis Treatment: Favorite Techniques of Clinicians from Two Cultures - part 1 &2
Presenters: Enayatollah Shahidi, Mark P. Jensen
Venue: Audytorium Maximum  - Exhibition Room A / Sala Wystawowa A
Time: 14.06.2024 - part I -10:30-12:00, part II 12:30-14:00
Language: EN/PL


This 3-hour workshop be co-facilitated by Drs. Jensen and Shahidi, two highly experienced clinicians from two different countries and cultures ‒ the USA and Iran.  The overarching goal of the workshop is to present and teach two specific hypnotic techniques that the workshop facilitators have found to be particularly effective for addressing a large variety of issues: the Door technique (a favorite of Dr. Shahidi's) and an Age Progression technique (a favorite of Dr. Jensen's). First, Dr. Jensen will conduct an interview with Dr. Shahidi, inviting him to describe the Door technique and the reasons this technique can be so effective, as well as the possible limits and contraindications of the strategy. Dr. Shahidi will then demonstrate the technique, after which workshop participants can practice it themselves in dyads. Following this, Dr. Shahidi will interview Dr. Jensen, asking him to describe how he uses Age Progression when treating chronic pain and addressing behavioral change goals. They will then have a conversation about the technique, sharing their thoughts about when it might be most effective, and when it might be contraindicated. Dr. Jensen will model the technique in a demonstration, and workshop participants will be invited to practice this technique in dyads. The workshop will end with an opportunity for workshop participants to ask any questions, which will facilitate further discussion to clarify the effective use of the two techniques. After participating in the workshop, the workshop participants will have the knowledge needed to be able to incorporate both techniques into their practice.


Enayatollah Shahidi, who goes by Enayat, is a Medical Doctor and clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. He is also a PhD candidate in Health Psychology. Enayat typically uses cognitive techniques, Ericksonian techniques, Ego-State Therapy, or a combination of these hypnotherapeutic approaches, according to the patient’s personality and therapeutic needs. Dr. Shahidi has written, translated, or contributed to twelve books and published a number of research articles, university theses, and dissertations. He is the founding president of “Ego-State Therapy Iran” and the “Iranian Institute of Psychology and Mental Training.”


Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, who has been studying chronic pain and helping individuals better manage chronic pain for over 40 years. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to study the efficacy and mechanisms of various treatments for chronic pain, including hypnotic analgesia. He is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Pain, having served in that role for 12 years, and has published extensively (having written or edited 11 books and published over 700 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment.