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Rewriting the Depressive Script

November 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST

Presented by Barbara S. McCann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair, University of Washington, Seattle


Friday, November 18th, 2022

9:00AM-10:30AM PST / 11:00AM-12:30PM CST / 12:00PM-1:30PM EST

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access provided upon registration.


This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists or 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.


Workshop Description:

The internal script in depressive disorders is characterized by negative views of the self, the world, and the future. These beliefs form an internal monologue that leads to destructive emotions, behaviors, and physiology. Depressive attentional mechanisms selectively focus on confirmatory information from these, leading to an endlessly downward spiral as the depressed individual attempts to derive meaning from internal and external events. The depressive monologue gives rise to vivid imaginary reenactments and distortions of past failures and disappointments and leaves little room for a sense of personal agency and hope for a brighter future.


Hypnosis offers a means of introducing vivid and plausible new narratives grounded in present realities and future possibilities. Using case examples, we will explore several hypnotic approaches for engaging depressed individuals in a renewed focus on their role in shaping a plausible sense of agency and hopeful view of self in relation to the world.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Choose hypnotic interventions that encourage depressed individuals to disengage from rumination regarding past disappointments and develop realistic steps to building a future of possibilities.
  2. Develop a working case conceptualization of the individual suffering from depression and identify appropriate targets for intervention.


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


Workshop Schedule (shown in CST):

11:00 am – Event Begins

12:30 pm – Event Ends


Registration & Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.



Milling, L. S., Valentine, K. E., McCarley, H. S., & LoStimolo, L. M. (2019). A meta-analysis of hypnotic interventions for depression symptoms: High hopes for hypnosis? American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 61(3), 227-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2018.1489777

Shorter, E. (2013). How everyone became depressed: The rise and fall of the nervous breakdown. Oxford.

Wells, A. & Fisher, P. L. (Eds.) (2016). Treating depression: MCT, CBT and third wave therapies. John Wiley.

Yapko, M. D. (2021). Process-Oriented Hypnosis: Focusing on the Forest, Not the Trees. W. W. Norton.

Yapko, M. D. (2022). Encouraging insight in advance: Age progression in therapy – and life. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2022.2038067


Target Audience: Hypnosis practitioners, psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LCPCs, all mental health disciplines, health care professionals, graduate students welcome.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



November 18, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
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