Hypnosis: an important option.Hypnosis hypnosis
State that resembles sleep but is induced by a person (the hypnotist) whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. The hypnotized individual seems to respond in an uncritical, automatic fashion, ignoring aspects of the environment (e.g. : An Important Option
I am writing in response to Dr. Robert T. London's recent article about hypnosis ("Hypnosis: A Call for Training," July 2009, p. 13). I have been using hypnosis in my private practice since I took a workshop with the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis,
n.pr an organization founded in 1949 to promote hypnosis. Specifically, the group works to encourage and provide support for research on hypnosis and areas related to hypnosis. in 1987. When I left private practice and moved to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine more than 3 years ago, 1 was asked to teach residents hypnosis techniques.
This has been well-received by some of the residents, and they have become very competent hypno-therapists. As the clerkship director for our third-year medical students, I also do an introduction to hypnosis with them. For medical students who show an interest in hypnosis--whether or not they go into psychiatry--I hold an optional training workshop once a year. This past May, I had 10 medical students attend this workshop.
Hypnosis has been such a valuable tool that I would hate to practice psychiatry without having it as an option. I hope other institutions will incorporate hypnosis training into their curriculum. Dan I. Blunk, M.D. El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873. , Tex.
Dan I. Blunk, M.D. El Paso, Tex.
Dr. London replies:
Thanks to Dr. Blunk for pointing out the importance of training in hypnosis in psychiatric residency programs. I hope that more and more psychiatrists who develop training programs share his enthusiasm for this valuable modality modality /mo·dal·i·ty/ (mo-dal´i-te)
1. a method of application of, or the employment of, any therapeutic agent, especially a physical agent.