There’s No Such Thing As a Weed

Unlocking the Power of Utilization in Change Work

Limit Time Free Enrollment

*1 Continuing Education (CE) Clock Hour for Behavioral Health Professionals (Home Study Format)

Taught By Bill O'Hanlon

One of the many things that inspired Bill O'Hanlon when he was studying with the late psychiatrist, Milton Erickson, was how Dr. Erickson did not approach people from the basis of pathology, but of human potential. Bill learned an approach to change work that saw people’s pathologies and quirks as elements that could be harnessed and turned in the direction of positive change and healing. Dr. Erickson called this approach "utilization." Utilization is a powerful technique that enables counselors, psychotherapists, and other helpers to leverage their clients' unique abilities, resources, and experiences to foster change and healing. By incorporating this approach, helping professionals can create personalized, transformative interventions that resonate with clients and support their growth. So join Bill O'Hanlon in the 1 hour continuing education (CE) mini-course as he unpacks some of the potential of therapeutic utilization.

The learning objectives for this program include:
  1. Understand the foundations of utilization in psychotherapy/change work, including the philosophy, principles, and techniques underlying this innovative approach.
  2. Learn ways how to identify and utilize a client's individual strengths, resources, and experiences within the change work process to facilitate meaningful growth and thriving.
  3. Develop skills to effectively adapt and apply the Ericksonian/Solution-Oriented approach utilization to a wide range of clients and/or clinical situations, enhancing your therapeutic repertoire and improving client outcomes.

*PsychMaven is responsible for all aspects for this program.

*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)- ACEP No.6624. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. PsychMaven is approved for both Live/Real Time and Home Study continuing education (CE) programs. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas No.1 (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship).

*Note for Florida licensed clinicians (LMHCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs). PsychMaven's approval with NBCC is approved automatically for continuing education (CE) credit by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, pursuant to the rule 64B4-6.002(1)(e)1. However, PsychMaven is not registered with the systems of CE broker. Therefore, CE hours need to be self-reported by following the instructions found at the bottom of each CE certificate.

*Note for Ohio licensed counselors. PsychMaven's approval with NBCC is approved automatically for continuing education (CE) credit by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors. However, PsychMaven is not registered with the systems of CE broker. Therefore, CE hours need to be self-reported by following the instructions found at the bottom of each CE certificate.

For the latest on the Continuing Education (CE) Approvals of PsychMaven, as well as guidance on CE requirements for different disciplines, visit us at

Your Instructor

Bill O'Hanlon, MS
Bill O'Hanlon, MS

William "Bill" O'Hanlon is a world renowned leader in the fields of brief psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Bill is the author of 40 books and has delivered over 3,700 talks around the world, and teaches others how to write and publish their own books and how to become paid public speakers. Bill is the co-founder of the Solution-Oriented Approach, a therapeutic method that focuses on identifying unrealized possibilities while acknowledging emotional and contextual issues. During graduate school, Bill studied with the eccentric and creative psychiatrist Milton Erickson (he was Dr. Erickson's only work/study student), he later became a major teacher/translator of Dr. Erickson's approaches to clinical hypnosis and change. More on Bill can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This program is in a home-study format, and is available as an automated mini-course for you to complete whenever you would like during your enrollment period.
How long do I have access to the course?
That depends. If you are enrolling in the course during one of our occasional free access launches, then your access to the course is for 30 days after you enroll. During that time, you will be able to have access across all of your devices, and you can complete the course with us live, or as a replay whenever it works with your schedule during that time. However, if you enroll in the paid version of the course (or access through a course bundle for another paid course), then you have a lifetime access to all of the material.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to have regrets with any of your purchases with PsychMaven. If this was a course you purchased, just contact us in the first 30 days after purchase and we will give you a full refund if you are unsatisfied.
Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?
Yes! The course offers one (1) approved continuing education (CE) clock hour under multiple CE approval organizations (as listed in the course description) and can cover the approval needs of many mental health/professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction professionals, and psychologists. However, all students are responsible for confirming if the CE approval of this course meets their CE needs. We can offer you further information about PsychMaven's CE approvals and resources, by visiting us at

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