Make a difference with even your most severely depressed clients

  1. Get the "50,000 Foot View" of hypnotic treatment strategies so that you know what your client needs and how you can deliver it.
  2. Learn strategies that you can put to use immediately in your practice
    and life
  3. Expand your skills and your knowledge with the latest research on depression
  4. Learn how to add hypnotic strategies to your current treatment modality to improve your success rate

Keynote: Michael Yapko

Treating Depression Hypnotically and Strategically: The Power of Experiential Learning in Teaching Mood Regulation Skills


Treating Depression Hypnotically and Strategically emphasizes the importance of utilizing proactive and well-targeted interventions when treating depression. How you as a clinician think about the nature of depression and answers fundamental questions - such as what causes depression - naturally determine what treatment approach you are most likely to take.

But regardless of your preferred orientation, depression experts agree that treatment needs to be multi-dimensional and active. Furthermore, the more we learn about the neuroscience of depression, especially neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, the more important well designed experiential learning processes become in treatment. These include the use of task assignments and focusing processes such as hypnosis.

You will learn:

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Fallbrook, California. He is internationally recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, brief psychotherapy, and the strategic treatment of depression, routinely teaching to professional audiences all over the world. He is the author of 13 books, including his newest, Mindfulness and Hypnosis, as well as Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Depression is Contagious, Treating Depression With Hypnosis, and the classic text Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (4th ed.)

Keynote: Bill O'Hanlon

Out of the Blue: Six non-medication ways to relieve depression

ohanlonDepressed people tend to ruminate on the same thoughts, focus their attention in the same direction and do the same things over and over again (like stay in bed). This presentation will show you how these things are like creating and reinforcing a “bad trance”-like state and how to use our modern knowledge of the brain to come up with some simple, yet powerful interventions to start to give depressed people traction out of their bleak state.

You will learn:

"I think Bill’s presentation was my favorite presentation. It was rich with ideas that I can take forward in my work. I feel like the work is tangible. I’m going to go back and listen again in a day or two.
Cheers!" Ann F

Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 36 books, including Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression (W.W. Norton). He has published 60+ articles or book chapters. His books have been translated into 16 languages:. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, Bill has given over 3500 talks around the world.

He has been a top-rated presenter at many national conferences and was awarded the Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. His presentations are as entertaining as they are educational.

Carolyn Daitch

Getting Your Life Back:  Healing Depression with Hypnosis

Carolyn DaitchThe aim of this workshop is to present innovative and effective hypnotherapeutic techniques for the management of depression. Hypnosis is a powerful modality that can help your clients manage their symptoms by altering the cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical responses that accompany depression. As such, it can be a powerful adjunct to both cognitive and behavioral treatments for depression. Mental health professionals from all backgrounds can enhance their clinical repertoire with the hypnotherapeutic adjuncts provided, and offer clients quick, easy-to-implement techniques to treat depression.

You will be able to:

Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D., is a psychologist, trainer, author and presenter. She is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her time is split between clinical practice, supervision, consultation and teaching. She is recognized for her practical, easy-to-implement interventions.

In 2007, Dr. Daitch published the award-winning Affect Regulation Toolbox: Practical and Effective Hypnotic Interventions for the Over-reactive Client (W.W. Norton), which has received international acclaim. Dr. Daitch is also the author of Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide for Clients and Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2011), and co-author of Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Partner (New Harbinger, 2012). Her newest project is The Road to Calm Workbook: Life-Changing Tools to Stop Runaway Emotions (W.W. Norton, In Press).

Steve Andreas

The Many Faces of Loss, and How to Resolve It.

SteveAndreas Much depression results from grieving a loss, which can take many forms. It can be a loss of a person/relationship, a location, a treasured activity, information, or a physical object. It can even be the loss of something that someone never actually had, except as a treasured anticipated dream. Grief results from thinking of the loss as distant, resulting in a feeling of emptiness. Resolution occurs when the person reunites with the treasured memory so that it is present in their experience, with all the positive feelings.

You will learn:

Steve Andreas is one of the most active developers of NLP. He has been learning, training, and researching NLP since his introduction to it in 1977, and has been developing new NLP patterns since the early 1980s. He was the co-founder with his wife Connirae of NLP Comprehensive in Boulder Colorado in 1979, one of the first NLP institutes. Recently he authored Transforming Negative Self-Talk (2012) and MORE Transorming Negative Self-Talk (2014) and the two-volume set Six Blind Elephants: Understanding Ourselves and Each Other (2006). He also wrote Transforming Yourself: Becoming Who You Want To Be (2002) and Virginia Satir: The Patterns of her Magic (1991). He co-authored (with Connirae) Heart of the Mind (1989), Change Your Mind (1987), and the NLP 24 Day Practitioner Certification Training Manual (1986). Many free articles can be found on his website:

Rob McNeilly

What Can Solution Hypnosis Contribute to The Treatment of Depression?

JF04951 - Version 3 In this presentation I will invite you to explore into what hypnosis in general and solution hypnosis in particular can contribute to this question, how we can explore ways to more respectfully adapt our approach to the uniqueness of each individual client’s experience of depression by exploring what might be missing for them and helping them to reconnect with whatever this may be so they can then find their own solution often in a surprisingly rapid and permanent way.

The issue of self care will also be addressed. That is, how to avoid getting depressed yourself.

You will learn:

"Rob has created new possibilities with hypnosis and rediscovered many easy and practical ways to collaborate with clients for change that are both effective and fun." Neil Mello.

Dr. Robert McNeilly was in a suburban Melbourne general medical practice for 10 years, had the privilege of learning directly with Milton Erickson, was inspired by his human approach to therapy, and created his own interpretation to assist clients in a respectful, dignified way with the human dilemmas that affect individuals, couples and families.He founded the CET in l988 to introduce Ericksonian Hypnosis and the Solution Oriented Approach to hypnosis, counselling and coaching in Australia. For more than 30 years, the contribution he brings in his teaching style, writing and unique approaches to learning and therapy allow for a ready application into everyday living and are recognised locally, nationally and internationally, including repeated invited presentations at the Milton H Erickson Foundation’s International Congresses in USA since 1980 and workshops in Singapore and Denmark since 1999. Students comment on his easy, respectful manner and his elegant ability to make complex issues approachable while retaining their essence.

Lynn Johnson

Altered States: Why Hypnosis Helps Depression

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While CBT certainly is helpful to depression, it is not true that it does better than other treatments. In this briefing, clinicians will learn a simple form of self-hypnosis (autogenic training) that is shown to greatly reduce relapse. We will also cover studies of meditation and depression recovery to show why this skill is so useful to you as a caring clinician.

Learn a simple and easily learned form of self-hypnosis that reduces depression, stress, and anxiety. You can apply it easily to physical pain as well.

You will learn:

Lynn Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in counseling psychology, and has been a licensed psychologist for over 35 years. He has seven books in print and several in electronic format, has written over 20 professionals papers while maintaining a private practice, the Brief Therapy Center of Utah. He has presented workshops in every state and in Japan, England, Germany, and Spain. His hobbies are raising children and grandchildren.

New Bonuses: Just Added!

Some rare and highly impactful presentations from our extensive library of presentations:

A Kaleidoscopic View of Utilization" by Helen Erickson, PhD

"Most Ericksonian practitioners have adopted the concept of Utilization as the foundation for their practice. Yet many still discuss it from the perspective of what the practitioner does with the client. An alternative perspective is that utilization is a way of thinking about the client. The first emphasizes the work of the therapist, the second emphasizes the client's world view as a foundation for the therapist's work. This presentation explores the relationship and implications for the two perspectives."

Lifting Depression Video Case Demonstration with Rob McNeilly" See Ericksonian Hypnosis in action with Rob doing a session with someone who is "depressed."

Gabrielle Peacock, MD: Starting In The Middle: Ericksonian Hypnosis For Psychosis

Several people asked whether hypnosis should or should not be used with people labeled "psychotic" or with other such labels. In this bonus presentation Gabrielle Peacock shares her experience of working with human beings with various levels of what she calls "a mastery at dissociation" and what the medical model might call psychosis, bipolar, or the dissociative spectrum disorders. Many of her strategies are useful with people labeled "depressed."

All Presentations and Bonuses

With free transcripts and 6 free CE's (Must take CE test before October 28th, 2017.

All presentations are yours to keep forever. Watch online or download, 6 continuing education units provided for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (see below)

All presentations are available to be watched now, and will be online until the end of next year. There are no specific dates for this conference view or download the presentations whenever you would like.

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Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions. Attendees completing this program receive 6 continuing education hours of credit. Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Psychologists receive 6 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. Social Workers should contact their regularity board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) can grant Continuing Education credit for the above listed professions in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI and WY.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa. CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 6 CE hours of credit. Marriage and Family Therapists: CEs are granted to Marriage & Family Therapists for the following states: AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI. CES maintains responsibility for these programs. Marriage & Family Therapists completing this program will receive 6 CE hours of credit.

NBCC has recently changed their requirements and we did not submit this course for certification. However, several participants got credit through NBCC as a online home study course.


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"Hi Rob & Ryan, I have thoroughly enjoyed the online conference. New useful learnings, updated info and a great refresher course all in one! Plus I can revisit the materials." Thanks Etai Gilad

"I am finding the online conference to be very valuable. There is a richness across the variety of speakers that is refreshing and informative and being able to access online is very convenient. I am finding that the practical perspectives provided in each of the sessions provides a rich base for integrating into my practice. Thank you for making this available. Regards, Anne Ward, Psychologist and Business Strategist.


  1. ryannagy says:

    Hi Marcel, thanks for the comment and question. We changed the website a bit and the conference details and registrations options are on the page above.

    After you register the presentations are available on the site. They are all video-based and can be listened to online or downloaded. I created an audio version of each presentation and transcripts. Once you register everything is yours to keep forever.

    Let me know if you have other questions?


  2. Ann says:

    Hi Ryan
    Can you give me a few more details about how this program will work? Such as a schedule for calls, etc.

    I ask because I’m enrolled to start Robs Master Class on Erickson. There would be at least two calls per month,

    And I registered & paid for the Solutions Oriented counselling but haven’t been able to participate sue to schedule conflicts & overwelm…:)

    So before I dive in, perhaps you can tell me a bit more?

    Thanks very much!

    Ann Woelk

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Ann, great to see your message. I am glad that you are in Rob’s master class. I always get something profound out of my work with him.

      The coaching calls have passed, but they are recorded and available for your to review and download online.

      Let me know if that helps and if you need more info?



  3. Louise Legault says:

    I’m wondering how many hours of conference are available in total as part of these 6 units and whether the audio part of the conferences will be available to me indefinitely for review and practice?

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Louise,

      There is about 7 hours in total of presentations, plus the bonus presentations. Everything will be online for you indefinitely. And you can also download the materials to your computer and keep them as long as you would like. So, yes, you can review as often as you would like.



  4. ryannagy says:

    Hi Ann, this is Ryan. Sorry about that! I will do my best to get you set-up ASAP. I am not seeing your registration in the system. Did you register under a business name? Or perhaps using the email address of a paypal or other email that does not have your name? Let me know.

    You can also send me an email directly if you would like at



  5. Janet says:

    Hi –
    I rent space at a Counseling Center (LCP’s and LCSW’s). The biggest “problem” with their patients is depression and anxiety. I am trained in hypnotherapy & just did my NLP Master Prac cert. Also have EFT training. The counselors in my office want to refer their “difficult” patients (i.e., ones that aren’t getting anywhere with) to me. I would love to be able to help people they’ve given up on. What level of depression does this course include? Do you discuss the drugs these people are on? Is anxiety addressed also? Any discussion on how we protect ourselves energetically from these unhappy people? Thanks !

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Janet,

      Great questions. In his presentation, Rob McNeilly talks specifically about how to not “catch” our clients moods and he will likely go into
      greater detail in his coaching calls. The course includes working with depression levels of all kinds, except bi-polar. There is not a whole lot of information on drugs and what type of drugs people are on, though you can certainly ask in the coaching calls and get the
      additional questions answered. I hope that helps.



      1. Janet says:

        Thank you for the response. What about anxiety? Apparently depression & anxiety are often intertwined.

        1. ryannagy says:

          Fantastic question Janet. We have a separate conference on hypnosis for anxiety coming up in just a few months. But much of what you learn here will also be relevant to anxiety. You will be learning hypnotic strategies to deal with whatever comes up….

          I hope that helps.


  6. Marge says:

    I was disappointed that licensed counselors are not qualified to receive CEs. Can you tell me why this is? It looks like a very interesting conference.

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Marge,

      Sorry about that. We normally do have that certification via our CE provider and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) but this year. But this year our service provider could not offer use certification. I think the NBCC wants each program to apply indvividually and we do not have the resources to do that. But I will do our best for our next program.

  7. Katarina Sylvester says:

    el material , horas de presentaciones y las llamadas de coaching están traducidas, subtituladas, o se pueden realizar en español?

    Quedo atenta a sus comentarios


    Katarina Sylvester

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hola Katerina. Un gusto ver tu mensaje. Desafortunadamente todo de los materiales estan en ingles. Espero que un dia podemos hacer un congreso en español, pero todavía no tenemos el recursos. Le aviso si lo hacemos.

      – Ryan

  8. Marisa says:

    Are CMEs available for physicians and physician assistants? Thank you!

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Marisa,

      I am sorry, our CME provider does not certify for the medical community. My apologies. We have looked for someone who can do this for us but have not been able to find anyone.


  9. ryannagy says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for the question. On the day of the coaching call we send you a link to download a small, free video conferencing program called Zoom. And then you will be able to see myself and the presenter. And we will discuss whatever questions people have. If you cannot attend a particular call, you can download or watch the recording online. I hope that helps!


  10. Mary Spradling says:

    I see that the first coaching call takes place on Monday August 24, but when is the conference?

    1. ryannagy says:

      Hi Mary,

      The conference is happening now. The presentations are online and you can stream them or download them whenever you want….

      Let me know if you have other questions?



  11. k remington says:

    would you agree that the entire course could be done at your own speed, with no specific time nor date during which you must be online to complete the objectives? i find the information you presented on the registration site interesting, but don’t want to make a commitment i can’t fulfill. peace out

    1. ryannagy says:

      Thanks for that. Several people have asked the same thing, so I must have messed up! Yes, you can attend the conference in your own time and on way. No deadlines, you can listen and watch online or download….

      There are dates for the video calls, but those are recorded and you can also watch them when you want….



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