Bill O’Hanlon Workshop

He typically presents for:

He typically does:

  • one or two day workshops
  • keynote addresses (1-3 hour)

Tips for hiring Bill:

  • Look at his workshop descriptions to see what interests you.
  • Check his schedule for availability of the dates you are considering
  • It is easiest to hire Bill in the winter and summer. The fall and spring may require more planning ahead.
  • If you are an overseas sponsor, check out when he will be in your area of the world and see if you can link your dates to Bill’s already scheduled workshops.
  • Don’t hesitate to check out last minute availability. Sometimes Bill gets an unexpected cancellation (the Brazilian economy crashes, the workshop is cancelled and we forget to take it off the schedule).

Hire Bill for Supervision or Case Consultation.

  • Bill does supervision groups for 10-20 people. For more information about sponsoring a supervision group in your area or to be notified about future groups, contact Possibilities.
  • Bill is trying to get a life, so he is sorry to disappoint, but he no longer does case consultation or supervision with individuals.

Workshops for the Psychotherapist with Bill O’Hanlon

The art of therapeutic problem solving

Depression, jealousy, couples conflicts, obsessive-compulsive disorder-such broad labels do very little to point a therapist quickly toward the rapid, effective interventions required in today’s clinical settings. This workshop will present a rapid and flexible means of characterizing presenting problems in ways that suggest functional solutions. By examining how clients do a problem and already do its solution elsewhere in their lives, therapists will learn how to help them apply existing skills and inner resources to resolving their difficulties. The model is applicable to many forms of therapy, from Gestalt to Jungian to solution-focused work and works well within the time limits of managed care. Bring your most confusing cases!


Brief solution-oriented therapy : Quality, Collaboration and Results in Therapy

Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy is an approach that focuses on eliciting strengths and solutions from people who seek therapy. Rather than having the therapist focus on pathology and deficiencies or search for hidden agendas and functions for symptoms, this approach creates a collaborative environment in which clients are partners in the treatment process. With its goal focus and relatively brief treatment length, this therapy is especially appropriate for an age of managed heath care. Through clear handouts and lectures, videotapes and practice exercises, participants will have the opportunity to master the basics of brief solution-oriented therapy.


BRIEF SOLUTION-ORIENTED FAMILY FOCUSED THERAPY : Creating New Alternatives for Children and Families in Trouble

This workshop will detail a new approach in dealing with the problems of families, an approach which enlists the child’s and family’s resources, strengths, motivations and expertise in solving their problems, instead of trying to make them fit into a preconceived treatment model. With this approach, even resistant and acting-out kids and families can becomes willing partners and participants in the change process. Through clear handouts, lecture, demonstration, practice and video examples, participants will have the opportunity to learn to use this approach in their clinical settings.


EVEN FROM A BROKEN WEB : Brief and Respectful Therapy with Adults who were Sexually Abused as Children

Many more people are remembering having been sexually abused and presenting with the aftereffects of this abuse for therapy. This workshop will not dwell, as many do, on the problems engendered by such traumatic experiences, but rather on the treatment of such clients. This is a non-pathology based model that serves to enlist the client’s partnership and resources in the treatment. This approach focuses on presenting concerns and goals to make therapy more brief and focused, providing an alternative to traditional, long-term, past-oriented and cathartic approaches. Extensive summary handouts, practice exercises and videos are included.


POSSIBILITY THERAPY : Acknowledgment and Possibility in Therapy

Possibility Therapy is an approach that focuses on eliciting solutions and possibilities from people who seek therapy. Rather than having the therapist function as an expert who helps the client, this approach creates a collaborative environment in which clients are partners in the treatment process. Drawing on ideas common to the work of Michael White (Australia), Ben Furman and Tapi Ahola (Finland), David Epston (New Zealand), Steve de Shazer, Milton Erickson and Carl Rogers (United States), this approach constitutes a new, more respectful way of working with people in therapy. Using the basic components of acknowledgment and opening possibilities, this approach balances brief, strategic, systemic therapy ideas with those of individual, humanistic and transpersonal approaches. Videotaped examples and handouts will be used to illustrate the approach in a clear, understandable way.


RESOLVING TRAUMA WITHOUT DRAMA : New, Brief and Effective Approaches to Treating – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This workshop details a philosophy and method of working briefly and effectively with people who have been traumatized. An array of new methods have shown that previous conceptions and methods of working with trauma are unnecessarily long-term and retraumatizing. These approaches, rather than being based on the past and deterministic models, are oriented towards the present and future and a sense of possibilities. Through demonstrations, lecture, videotaped examples and handouts, participants will be equipped with new tools and ideas to work briefly, effectively and respectfully with even severe and long-standing traumas.


REWRITING LOVE STORIES : Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy with Couples

Couples therapy can be one of the most challenging types of therapy. Often couples wait until a break-up is imminent before seeking treatment. At times, only one of the partners is motivated for treatment. Even when both seem motivated and eager for change, it is easy for the therapist and the couple to get bogged down with unproductive arguments and recriminations. This workshop will offer a clear, hopeful and respectful model for doing effective brief couples work. Handouts, videos, and practice exercises will be included.


WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL : Solution-Oriented Spirituality and Soul in Psychotherapy

Interest in spirituality is re-emerging, but spirituality is often seen as separate from psychotherapy. This workshop is an opportunity for therapists to examine their own spirituality and that of their clients. It will offer practical methods and a conceptual model for connecting with spirituality and using spiritual resources and methods in the service of change.


SOLUTION-ORIENTED HYPNOSIS : An Empowering Approach to Inner Healing

Hypnosis has been viewed with suspicion and fear through the years, shrouded in many myths. It has been seen as mystical, manipulative or mystifying. Hypnosis, can, when used ethically, be a powerful tool for empowering clients to heal and to resolve problems untouched by usual therapeutic methods. In this workshop, Bill O’Hanlon presents clear, simple methods for learning and mastering the Solution-Oriented Hypnotic approach. The permissive nature of Solution-Oriented Hypnosis ensures that hypnosis can be used with a broad range of clients, even those who have been resistant to other approaches or are afraid of losing control. Through demonstrations, handouts, lectures and practice exercises, participants will be guided step by step through the process of hypnotic induction.


Keynote topics for psychotherapists

NO GURU, NO METHOD, NO TEACHER (or) If You Meet Erickson on the Road, Kill Him

This talk is an invitation to therapists to find their unique voices and sensibilities and escape from the oppression and undermining influences of unhelpful teachers, training and supervision experiences. Through stories, simple guidelines, humor and poetry, Bill will trace the experiences he had, including a time being Milton Erickson’s gardener, that led to the development of his own voice as a therapist, providing inspiration for the audience to follow a similar path back to themselves.



I get up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning the day difficult. E.B. White

The purpose of this presentation is to recharge your personal and therapeutic batteries and put the fun and meaning back into your work. For years Bill O’Hanlon has inspired and empowered therapists to find and develop their unique voices in their clinical work and to find hope and possibilities in seemingly hopeless situations. Workshop participants have long remarked about the spiritual and personal impact his work has had on them. This presentation draws on his hopeful, effective approach to therapy but goes beyond it to include an approach to ones life and the universe that challenges discouragement. You are invited to participate, but there is a warning: This presentation may cause severe laughter and aliveness.

Psychotherapy is an undefined technique applied to unspecified cases with unpredictable results. For this technique, rigorous training is required. Raimy (1950)


Let Bill O’Hanlon Help Your Company Get Down to Business

METAPHORS BE WITH YOU : The Power of Gathering and Using Stories in the Workplace

Stories can be a powerful business tool: to communicate and solidify corporate culture, to change culture, to quickly assimilate new employees, to avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes, and to reproduce the best of your own and others past efforts. This presentation will introduce you to the use of stories in the workplace and give you basic training in creating a story-friendly environment at work.


POSSIBILITY TALK : New tools for influencing people through communication

This session will give you five powerful methods of communication for results. Possibility Talk is the art and science of influencing people and getting them aligned with your visions and goals. These methods have been developed over the past 50 years in the realm of psychotherapy and now they are available as tools for business people.


VIDEOTALK! : A new tool for solving workplace communication problems

Much of business involves communication. And much of the time, people in business settings misunderstand or miscommunicate, sometimes resulting in lost business opportunities, lost profit, or in litigation. This workshop offers a simple, easy to learn and use, tool for businesspeople to quickly and clearly communicate with each other and avoid problems resulting from this miscommunication.


Presentations for the General Public with Bill O’Hanlon

OPENING POSSIBILITIES : A Personal and Professional Transformation Seminar

Opening Possibilities is an opportunity to examine your underlying assumptions about the nature of problems and change and how our beliefs either limit or facilitate our abilities to live the lives we want. Going beyond a quick-fix, pump you up with positive thinking approach, you will learn a set of principles based in real world actions and feedback that can be applied to a variety of problems or goals to help your reach the life of your dreams. Now you are invited to participate, but there is a warning: This seminar may cause severe disruption to old beliefs and unhelpful patterns and you may have no place to go but toward the life that is your hearts and souls desire.


DO ONE THING DIFFERENT & Other Uncommonly Simple Solutions for Breaking Free of Persistent Problems

This workshop will teach you a simple model for breaking free of persistent problems. It involves changing how you view or do something related to the problem you are facing. You will learn the 10 solution keys for rapidly changing unhelpful patterns in your job, your relationships, your inner life, your past, your sexual life and your habits.


FROZEN IN TIME : Healing From Childhood Sexual Abuse

Many more people are remembering having been sexually abused and presenting with the aftereffects of this abuse for therapy. This workshop will not dwell, as many do, on the problems engendered by such traumatic experiences, but rather on a method for moving on. This approach focuses on presenting concerns and goals to make healing more brief and focused, providing an alternative to traditional, long-term, past-oriented and cathartic approaches. Extensive summary handouts and exercises are included.

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