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ERIC Number: EJ1021449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Applying Hypnosis to Treat Problems in School-Age Children: Reviewing Science and Debunking Myths
Perfect, Michelle M.; McClung, Ashley A.; Bressette, Keri A.
Communique, v41 n8 p1, 28-31 Jun 2013
Clinical hypnosis, defined as a "therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds" (American Psychological Association, n.d.), is a relaxation-based tool that has uses in the treatment of anxiety, pain, and a range of stress-related disorders (Nash & Barnier, 2008). In the literature, hypnotic techniques have been referred to as relaxation-mental imagery (RMI; Kohen, Olness, Colwell, & Heimel, 1984); sometimes the terms hypnosis and RMI have been used interchangeably. There is emerging evidence as to its clinical usefulness to treat common problems in school-age youth. When working with children, the goal is primarily to teach them self-hypnosis. The purpose of the current article is to discuss its applications in treating school-related problems, discuss the difference between clinical hypnosis and meditation, address potential misconceptions, provide resources for training, and describe the components of hypnosis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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