Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents – Second Edition

By: Laurence Sugarman MD , William Wester II, EdD


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Size: 234 x 156mm

Pages : 560

ISBN: 9781845908737

Format: Hardback

Published: January 2014


Edited by Laurence I. Sugarman, MD and William Wester II, EdD.

In this completely revised, updated and expanded volume, the editors have brought together some of the field’s most outstanding contributors to examine the wide-ranging applications and promise of the use of hypnosis with children. The book develops core principles of clinical hypnosis with children and adolescents and each contributor delineates how they apply these precepts in a range of psychological and medical settings. The result is a constellation of perspectives and clinical applications that move the reader beyond literature review to practical advice.

In Part 1 the broad framework of hypnosis with children is elucidated: concepts, developmental considerations, approaches to induction, hypnotic ability, hypnosis with families and ethical considerations are reviewed. Additionally, the implications of a developmental perspective in hypnosis are extrapolated to work with adults.

Parts 2 and 3 illuminate key psychological and medical applications of hypnosis. In the psychological realm, trauma, habit disorders, somatoform disorders, depression, anxiety and behavioural disorders are scrutinized. A particularly original chapter explores the use of clinical hypnosis with the family as the patient. The medical section describes the integration of hypnosis from acute care settings to the operating room; in pain management, chronic diseases, elimination disorders, recurrent pain and palliative care.

Throughout the book, clinical vignettes draw the reader into the hypnotic encounter while supportive evidence, strategies and caveats provide insights. This unique combination of literature review, diverse clinical perspective, and ‘how-to-do-it’ clinical integration makes the second edition an essential book required on the desk of all clinicians who strive to build person-centred, creative, mind-body therapies into their clinical care of children and adolescents. It will be of immeasurable value to both the experienced clinician and the beginning practitioner.

Original ISBN 9781845900373


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Laurence Sugarman MD

Laurence I. Sugarman, MD, FAAP, ABMH, is a general pediatrician and consultant in behavioural pediatrics at the Lifetime Health Medical Group in Rochester, New York. President of the American Board of Medical Hypnosis and Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He produced, wrote and directed the DVD, Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice: Imaginative Medicine in Action (ISBN 9781845900472).


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William Wester II, EdD

William C. Wester, II, EdD, ABPP, ABPH, is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis, American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, and a Diplomate in Counseling and Family Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Wester is a past President of The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at The Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio.


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