2022 Shep Myers Memorial Workshop with Robert Staffin

April 30, 2022, 9-4:30 PM CST

More Common Therapy: Hypnotically Informed Psychotherapy

The following program offered by the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis has been approved at the indicated level towards ASCH membership and/or certification

Please join the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis in welcoming Dr. Robert Staffin for our 7th Annual Shep Myers Memorial Workshop via Zoom on Saturday April 30, 2022, as he presents what he likes to describe as “Hypnotically informed Psychotherapy;” a study of how and to what we respond, often outside of our own conscious awareness, and ways to orchestrate interventions based upon these understandings.

In 1973 with his book, Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, MD, Jay Haley brought the work of Milton Erickson to the awareness of the larger psychotherapeutic community. In the nearly 50 years since that seminal work, there has been a proliferation of strategic, solution focused, systemic and hypnotherapeutic theories and techniques.    

One of Erickson’s most ardent and prolific students is Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, the founder and executive director of the Erickson Foundation.  Dr. Zeig, in addition to teaching nationally and internationally, has been leading Master Classes since 2002.  Our presenter, Dr. Robert Staffin, was in that first class and has attended 2-3 classes yearly in the ensuing 20 years.  From microanalyses of transcripts and videotapes of these classes, Rob has presented an exegesis of Jeff’s work in his book, More Common Therapy: The experiential Psychotherapy of Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD.

Through a combination of didactic presentations, analyses of video interactions and small group experiential exercises, Rob will invite us to recognize and hone our own clinical mastery.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an experience is worth a thousand pictures. What is it that brings therapy to life?  What are the mutative elements in the therapeutic process?

This event is being recorded, and will be available for two weeks to those who register.

DateSaturday April 30, 2022
Time9 AM – 4:30 PM CST
Member Cost$85
Non-Member Cost$125


Agenda – All Times CST

9 – 9:30 AMInfluences from outside and within hypnosis
9:30 – 11 AMUtilization – defined and demonstrated (didactic and videotape demonstration)
11 – 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 – 12 PMBeing Strategic – Indirection, working parallel, word play and orienting to
12:00 – 1 PMLunch Break
1 – 1:30 PMPractice orienting to
1:30 – 2:30 PMThe strategic use of stories
2:30 – 3 PMPractice with stories
3 – 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 – 4 PMHypnotic repair – Multiplicity of self and clinical vignettes
4 – 4:30 PMQ & A Wrap Up


  1. Participants will be able to define the concept of “embodied cognitions.”
  2. Participants will evaluate the implications of social psychological research for the practice of hypnosis.
  3. Participants will be able to describe Erickson’s concept of “utilization.”
  4. Participants will be able to identify 3 domains within which utilization can be employed.
  5. Participants will be able to explain the concept of being “strategic.”
  6. Participants will be able to explain the concept of “orienting to.”
  7. Participants will be able to select a story that either matches a client’s presenting problem, elicits an alteration in the client’s “state” or orients the client towards a solution.
  8. Participants will be able to construct a story that can be strategically employed to orient a client towards a goal or solution.
  9. Participants will be able to describe the concept of “the multiplicity of self.”
  10. Participants will be able to summarize the use of an “experiential x-ray.”


Dr. Robert Staffin is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years.  He has spent the last 20 years studying, teaching and writing about clinical hypnosis.  He is the president of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey, an approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis.

Rob has been studying with Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, the founder and executive director of the Erickson Foundation since 2002 when Dr. Zeig began leading Master Classes in NYC.  Rob, who has attended 2 to 3 of these classes each year since their inception, has recently released, “More Common Therapy: The Experiential Psychotherapy of Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD. Based on micro analyses of audio and video tapes from the master classes, Rob’s book is a “how to” on developing your own clinical mastery.  He offers an exegesis of Dr. Zeig’s mastery through the metaphor of a compass.  The domains of Communication, Interpersonal Relations, Utilization and Strategic Intent serve as the headings of the compass points.

Rob maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey.  He also offers individual and group consultation to clinicians looking to advance and hone their clinical and hypnotic skills.


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