67th Annual Workshops and Scientific Program

 October 6-10, 2016

Hilton Boston Dedham & William James College

Dedham and Newton, MA, just outside Boston



Registration: Early bird registration discount in effect to September 16, 2016 

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Scientific Program
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Poster Session   

Schedule at a Glance

Conference Committee
Conference Updates

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About the Conference


The meeting will be held at the Hilton Boston/Dedham Hotel (Dedham, MA) and nearby William James College (Newton, MA). 

In the words of SCEH President, Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH:

“We are very excited about our new format and the chance to have our event at an educational institution like William James College. Our 67th Annual Workshops and Scientifc Session promises to be among our best to date. We plan to explore some new and varied topics from the leading minds of hypnosis, while proving conference attendees the opportunity to gain CE/CME credits, engage in vibrant debate and network with colleagues and discuss the leading issues of the day."


Getting Registered

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Our Conference Registration Desk opens Thursday, October 6 at the hotel at 3:30 PM. Please plan your arrival to allow sufficient time to pick up your badge, conference program and CE/CME packet. Thank you.

View our schedule grid showing our 2016 conference schedule at at a glance, or our conference brochure for more detailed information..

Social Media

The hashtag for the conference is: #SCEH2016.

Site & Accommodations

The meeting program will be held in two locations -- the Hilton Boston Dedham Hotel, in Dedham, MA and at the nearby campus of William James College in  Newton.  Complete details can be found in in our conference brochure.  Make your hotel reservations early!  Learn more about the conference under Site and Accommodations.

Transportation for Hotel Guests: For guests staying at the conference hotel, we will have morning transportation to take attendees from the hotel to the college and evening transportation back to the hotel. The distance from the hotel to the college is 9 miles; but travel times can vary according to traffic.

Who Should Attend


Our meeting brings together top experts in the field of hypnosis to share the latest in both research and clinical applications of hypnosis. The program is designed for Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers, Dentists, Chiropractors, Master’s level Nurses and Clinical Nurse Practitioners, other Master’s level licensed mental health and healthcare professionals, and clinical and experimental researchers in the field of hypnosis.

Session topics are varied, and have included the following: providing a definition of hypnosis; reviewing clinical applications of hypnosis; reviewing the latest in hypnosis research; medical hypnosis and its uses; discussing hypnosis for pain management, hypnosis for ADHD, PTSD, hypnosis treatment for hot flashes, anxiety and substance abuse; discussing hypnosis in health care settings; reviewing clinical applications of alert hypnosis; discussing hypnotizability; discussing hypnosis and mind-body communication, mindfulness; and meditation; reviewing ego state therapy, trance, virtual reality hypnosis; discussing hypnosis and dissociation; discussing hypnosis and mind-body approaches.  The conference brings together top experts in the field of hypnosis to share the latest in both research and clinical applications of hypnosis.

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Workshops & Scientific Program  

SCEH Annual Workshops

By tradition, SCEH offers introductory, intermediate and advanced level workshops.  Workshops are scientifically-based and of the highest teaching quality.  Most workshops include demonstrations and/or practica or other experiential components and are led by leaders in the field.  

The Workshops program in Boston will include several skills-oriented workshops which can be used toward certification or simply to refresh hypnotic skills.  A faculty list and full workshop and session descriptions can be found in the conference brochure.

SCEH Scientific Program

The Scientific Program features presentations or symposia that address empirical issues in hypnosis research and practice and related areas. Research presentations shine the light on novel empirically-based findings, including experimental studies, case reports, clinical trials, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews. Symposia bring together top notch researchers as they critically discuss empirical findings pertaining to a specific theme of relevance to the hypnosis community. Many symposia integrate research and practice or draw upon research in psychology, psychiatry, or neuroscience to highlight issues that improve our understanding of hypnosis. Our poster session provides another glimpse into the latest research in the field.

Keynote Speakers

 SCEH keynotes 2016

  • Nicholas A Covino, PsyD, President, William James College, Newton, MA
    Topic: A Role for Hypnosis in Light of Health Care Reform

    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    6:00-7:00 PM

  • James Carmody PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA    
    Topic: Being in the Moment: Mindfulness Eases the Anxiety of Being Human

    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    7:00-8:00 PM

  • Terence M. Keane, PhD, Associate Chief of Staff and Division Director, Behavioral Science Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Research at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA    
    Topic: Recent Advances in the Psychological Treatment of PTSD
    Friday, October 7, 2016
    8:30-9:30 AM

  • Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Oncological Sciences, Cancer Prevention and Control  
    Topic: Hypnosis in Cancer Care: Past, Present and Future
    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    8:30-9:30 AM
  • Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, Professor, Psychology Department, Binghamton University (SUNY), Binghamton, NY 
    Topic: Toward an Integrative Model of Hypnosis: My Personal Journey

    Sunday, October 9, 2016
    11:35 AM - 12:30 PM

Banquet Speaker

Elvira Lang


Elvira V. Lang, MD, FSIR, FSCEH, CEO, Comfort Talk® and 
Former Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Topic: Training Thousands?
Sunday evening, October 8
8:00-10:00 PM (during Banquet)




Symposia - Updated

Hypnosis and Placebo 

Sunday, October 9, 2016 -- 3:15-4:45 PM

Chaired by: Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Baylor University, Waco, TX


-The Effects of Presenting Hypnosis as a Nondeceptive Placebo: Attitudes, Hypnotic Responses, and Subjective Experiences
Steven Jay Lynn, PhD

- Placebo Response Correlates With Hypnotic Suggestibility
Michael Lifshitz, MSc

- Hypnotic Susceptibility and Placebo Responders: An Unknown Threat to the Integrity of Randomized Clinical Trials?
Roland Carlstedt, PhD

Hypnosis and Chronic Pain

Monday, October 10, 2016 -- 10:20 -11:20 AM

Chair & Presenter: Lindsey C. McKernan, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Papers and Presenters::

- The Challenge of Central Sensitization in Chronic Pain: Clinical Hypnosis with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Interstitial Cystitis (IC/BPS
Lindsey C. McKernan, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

- Neuropathic Pain After Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome
David Patterson, PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine

- Preparing a Patient for a Five-year Course of Bladder Cystoscopy 
Michael Nash, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Continuing Education - CE Credits

Continuing Education (CE) credits are provided by the Institute for Continuing Education.  

Please refer to our conference brochure for detailed information. Please note that is the responsibility of each attendee to sign in and out of sessions and to complete and return their signed and completed CE packet as outlined in the instructions.

The Annual Conference typically includes:

  • 20-Credit hour Introductory (Basic) Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis
  • 20-Credit hour Intermediate Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Advanced Clinical Workshops - up to 20 Credit hours if attending all Keynotes
  • Scientific Program - up to 11 Credit hours if attending all Keynotes. 



 Poster Session 


Our Call for Presentations is now closed but we are still accepting Poster submissions on a rolling basis.   Get more details or view a list of accepted posters.


Conference Committee


SCEH wishes to express its gratitude for the efforts of our 2016 Conference Committee.  The Committee invites your participation in this year's program. and looks forward to a very successful event.:

 Overall Meeting Chair: Nicholas Covino, PsyD
 Scientific Meeting Co-Chairs: Devin Terhune, PhD & Zoltan Kekecs, PhD
 Introductory Workshop Co-Chairs: David Godot, PsyD & Eric Willmarth, PhD
 Intermediate Workshop Co-Chairs:  Scott Hoye, PsyD & Eric Willmarth, PhD
 Advanced Workshops Co-Chairs: Dan Handel, MD & Werner Absenger, PhD


Conference Updates

Important Information about CME

Please be advised that we have been notified that our provider for CME accreditation has abruptly gone out of this business. We have checked with several other ACCME providers, but came to the conclusion that we will not be able to provide ACCME CME for the SCEH meeting this year.  We deeply regret this completely unforeseen circumstance.  In future we will work with another ACCME provider to be able to have CME accreditation for the 2017 annual meeting.


Student Scholarships

SCEH awards a limited number of competitive student scholarships for this event.  Learn more about our student scholarship program.


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Founded in 1949, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) is an international organization of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, dentists, social workers and nurses who are dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in clinical and medical settings.


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