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Depotentiating Conscious Sets

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM


  • Members of ASCH, its component sections and SCEH, who register before February 22, 2023
  • Members of ASCH, its component sections and SCEH
  • People who register before February 22, 2023 who are not members of ASCH, one of its component sections or SCEH


The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is pleased to welcome Stephen R.  Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH.  This Advanced Level Interactive workshop will be presented via ZOOM on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Workshop Description: "Depotentiating Conscious Sets."  The day will be broken into two parts.  Part 1 will focus on: Expectancy, Naturalistic, and Conscious/Unconscious Inductions. Part 2 will focus on: Essential Indirect Suggestions, Binds, and Basic Confusion Techniques.

Depotentiating Conscious Sets is a major aspect of Erickson’s approach to both induction and psychotherapy.  It was fundamental to his approach to therapy in hypnosis.  He wrote, “Depotentiating the limitation of the individual’s usual patterns of awareness thus open up the possibility that new combinations of associations and mental skill may be evolved for creative problem solving within the individual.” This workshop, explores, explains, and demonstrates strategic techniques including creating expectancy, naturalistic induction, and conscious/unconscious inductions.

Ernest Rossi has noted that Erickson's actions for, “depotentiating consciousness are so subtle and pervasive in the manner with which they are interwoven with the actual process of induction and suggestion that they are usually unrecognized even when studying a written transcript of his words.”  This workshop, explores, explains, and demonstrates the role of ambiguous language forms, several essential indirect suggestions, therapeutic binds, and basic confusion techniques and their creation, delivery, and purpose.

About our Presenter: Stephen R. Lankton, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Phoenix, Arizona.  He had the distinct pleasure of studying with Milton H. Erickson, M. D. from 1975-1979.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (since 2005) and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). 

He has practiced psychotherapy (since 1974) and trained therapists worldwide for over four decades.  He is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis, an Emeritus Clinical Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association, and President Emeritus of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work.

He is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 clinical books with translations in six languages and more than 65 chapters and peer reviewed articles in professional publications.

Learning Objectives:

1)  To be able to create therapeutic expectancy in treatment.

2)  To be able to conduct 3 types of destabilization of consciousness in treatment.

3)  Participants will learn how to use conscious-unconscious dissociation language for inductions.

4)  Participants will learn how construct 5 types of indirect suggestion techniques to retrieve experiential resources in treatment.

5) Participants will be able to construct 4 type of therapeutic binds and use them in treatment.

6) Participants will learn how to construct and use 1 basic confusion technique to aid in retrieving experience in treatment.

Time Line:

Time Agenda: 6 Hours of Instruction

9:45am                 Zoom Room opens

Program               3 hours of morning instruction

10am                     The Evolution in Erickson’s approach

10:30am               Depotentiating Conscious Sets and Therapeutic Goals

11am                     Naturalistic Induction and Utilization

11:30am               BREAK (15 min)

11:45am               Attention Management and the Drama Grid

12 noon               Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation Language

12:45pm               Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation Induction

1:15 – 2:15          LUNCH BREAK (60 min)

Program               3 hours of afternoon instruction

2:15pm                 Importance of Ambiguity

2:45pm                 Constructing and Using Indirect Suggestions

3:15pm                 BREAK   (15 min)

3:30pm                 Indirect Suggestions Continued

3:45pm                 Constructing and Using Therapeutic Binds

4:15pm                 Therapeutic Binds Continued

4:45pm                 Constructing and Using Confusion Techniques

5:20pm                 Questions & Answers

5:30                        Adjourn

7.5 hours 6 CEs


This workshop is appropriate for Licensed Health and  Mental Health Professionals such as: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Psychologists & others holding a license to practice independently, or graduate student currently enrolled and under the supervision of a licensed professional. Master's level clinicians practicing in a non-profit setting under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students and non-licensed professional are required to submit proof of their status and supervisor. 

Certificates of attendance will be emailed to professionals who attend the entire program, provide their license number and complete a course evaluation.  For questions about CEs, please email 

Continuing Education Approval:

The New Jersey Psychological Association, an approved sponsor for the American Psychological Association, has approved this program to offer 6 CEs for psychologists.

This program has been approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) to offer 6 CEs

“This course, Depotentiating Conscious Sets: Part 1 – Expectancy, Naturalistic, and Conscious/Unconscious Inductions. Depotentiating Conscious Sets: Part 2 – Essential Indirect Suggestions, Binds, and Basic Confusion Techniques, Approval #10242022-8, provided by Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 6 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

Cancellation policy: A full refund less a $50. cancellation fee will be granted up to 14 days prior to the workshop. After that no refunds are available.

This workshop will be held virtually. Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact the society at

All grievances must be in writing to Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH at A reply will come within 14 days.

"New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board."

The presenter does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach. 

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