SCEH Cancels Midyear Workshops in Chicago

Event Update - March 13, 2020


As a result of health care concerns relating to Covid-19, SCEH will be rescheduling the 2020 Midyear Workshops in Chicago at a future date to be determined.  

We are reviewing online alternatives for part of the content that was to be covered in the 12.5-hour workshops.

If you have already registered for the Midyear Workshops, we will contact you via email over the next few business days.

If you have made a hotel reservation, please cancel it directly with the hotel by contacting:

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North -- (855) 268-0372


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 2020 Midyear UpdatedH

Advance registration is required.  Co-sponsored by the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the Institute for Continuing Education. Training Supported by Division 30 of the APA: SCEH is working with APA Division 30 to promote this event and to grant their members a discounted registration price.  View our revised printable event flyer. 

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About the Workshops

Who Should Attend


Workshop Descriptions

Instructor Bios

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Workshops Site

Our workshops will be held at:

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)
325 Wells Street
Chicago, IL

Event Hotel

We have secured a special group rate for event attendees at:

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 
(Hotel Lobby: Floor 15 - Guest Rooms: Floors 16-23)

This hotel is a short 7-minute walk from the workshops location, and is the same hotel we used for our 2016 Annual Conference. We encourage workshop participants to take advantage of our special group rate. See below for information about our special group rate and how to secure a reservation.

Walking from the Hotel to the College

Walking from the Hotel to the TCSPP will take about 7 minutes.  Please allocate an extra 10 minutes to arrive, take the elevator and find your classroom.
View detailed walking directions and a map here.


Register now for the best pricing!
Early bird registration ends: March 26, 2020

Hotel reservations now open.  Secure your hotel reservation by: March 24, 2020


Event Schedule

Friday, April 24:       7:30 AM Registration; 8:30 AM - 6:15 PM Workshops
     Saturday, April 25:   8:30 AM - 1:15 PM Workshops

Lunch & Breaks *  (* See Meals and Breaks for more details below.)
    Friday Lunch:     12:00-1:15 PM on your own
    Coffee Breaks:    Friday 10:15-10:30 AM and 3:15-3:30 PM;  Saturday 10:30-10:45 AM
    Event Adjourns:  Saturday 1:15 PM

About the Workshops

SCEH Workshops are designed to empower clinicians with evidence based skills and training in the application of hypnosis for mental health, medicine, and general wellness, creating a positive effect on health worldwide. SCEH hypnosis training programs are of the highest teaching quality and feature experiential learning so you can put learned concepts into immediate practice.

Workshops are offered at three levels and provide 12.5 CE (see Continuing Education section below for details):

Who Should Attend

Psychologists; Psychiatrists and other Physicians; Social Workers; Counselors; Chiropractors; Master’s level Nurses, Clinical Nurse Practitioners and Health Care Coaches; other Master’s level licensed mental health and healthcare professionals, and clinical and experimental researchers in hypnosis.  Any health care professional eligible for SCEH membership may register. Special student rates apply.


This program is  co-sponsored by the Society for Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis  and  The Institute for Continuing Education.   The program  offers continuing education credit as listed below.    Each workshop offers a total of 12.5 contact  hours, with full attendance required.  Partial CE credit is not offered.    There is no additional fee for continuing education credit.    Conference  attendees who wish to receive continuing education credit MUST check in at the continuing education desk to make formal application and receive CE materials for completion.     

Course Completion
To qualify to receive continuing education credit, attendees must complete the CE materials, sign in/out daily at designated locations, and complete an evaluation of the sessions attended.  CE verification is mailed to attendees within 30-days following the receipt of completed CE materials.

Questions: If you have   questions regarding continuing education,  the program, faculty,  grievance issues, or for a listing of learning objectives, comprehensive speaker bios,  please contact  The Institute at: 800-557-1950;  e-mail:  [email protected].

Note It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if continuing education credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their licensing/certification board.

Continuing Education Offered:

Psychology:  The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor  continuing education for psychologists.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.    


Counseling: For counselors seeking CE credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program.  This website will be updated regarding approval.       

New YorkThe Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.  Provider MHC-0016.

Ohio:   The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education  by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker Board, Provider RCS 030001.

Florida:  The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Dept. Health, Division of Counseling, Social Work, MFT,  Provider BAP 255, expiration 03/2021.


Social Work:   Application for social work continuing education credit has been submitted.  This website will be updated regarding approval.     

New YorkThe Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.  Provider No. SW-0025.

Ohio:  Counseling and Social Work Board, Provider RCS 030001. 


Marriage/Family Therapy:    The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 56590, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This Course meets the qualifications for 12.00 hours  for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

New York MFT:  The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.   Provider MFT-0012.

Ohio:   Provider RTX 100501.

Illinois:  Provider 168-000108, expiration 2/28/21.

Texas:  The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapy, Provider 177.


Skill Level:   Workshops are noted for skill level ( Basic, Intermediate, Advanced). 

Instruction Methodology:   May include lecture, audio-visual, demonstration, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.


Non-Credit Activities:   Credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, social  events,  networking events, or ancillary tour activities.  If you have questions, contact The Institute for Continuing Education at:  [email protected]

Ethics Hours / Academic Credit:  The Conference offers no “academic” credit and CE hours awarded are not eligible toward fulfillment of a degree.    No “ethics” hours are offered.

ADA:   For accommodations on the basis of disability please contact [email protected].

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Workshop Descriptions

Introductory Workshop - Foundations of Clinical and Applied Hypnosis

For hundreds of years, hypnosis has been a powerful tool that has allowed medical and psychological providers a means to assist their patients or clients. This course follows established Standards of Training to provide students with a basic background and understanding to begin using hypnosis within the context of their own scope of practice.

In addition to reviewing a brief history of hypnosis, this course will introduce students to the steps to facilitate a hypnotic state along with various types of suggestions for positive therapeutic change. Emphasis will be placed on how to integrate these skills into clinical practice or apply to research models.  This workshop will include live demonstrations, videos, PowerPoint lectures and supervised hands-on practice of hypnotic inductions, deepening techniques, suggestions and re-alerting. Each student will have the opportunity to hypnotize and to be hypnotized in the classroom setting.

Introductory Workshop Agenda

Friday Session:  8:30 AM - 6:15 PM



Topic and Activity

8:30 AM


Setting expectancies with patient for hypnosis.

  • Presenting hypnosis to the patient
  • Correcting myths and preconceptions

9:00 AM



Describe structure of hypnotic process, including brief pre-hypnotic discussion, goal setting, trance induction, deepening, suggestion and re-alerting.

9:15 AM


Demonstrations of various trance inductions.

  • Eye fixation
  • Relaxation induction
  • Body scan
  • Visualization induction

9:45 AM


Discussion of rapport building

10:00 AM


Informed consent/scope of practice

10:15 AM



10:30 AM


First small group practice:

  • Rapport building
  • Induction
  • Mild suggestion (feeling good, optimistic, relaxed)
  • Re-alerting
  • Post-practice discussion

12:00 Noon



1:15 PM


Ego strengthening:

  • History of ego strengthening
  • Demonstration of classical ego strengthening
  • Demonstration of Ericksonian ego strengthening

2:00 PM


Deepening techniques:

  • Discussion of deepening techniques.
  • Demonstration of deepening techniques

2:45 PM


Hypnotic phenomena

  • Magnet hands
  • Finger lock
  • Arm heaviness
  • Arm levitation

3:15 PM



3:30 PM


Second small group practice

  • Induction
  • Deepening technique
  • Ego Strengthening
  • Post-practice discussion

5:00 PM


Hypnotic Ability:  Normal Distribution, Factor stability, and Assessment

5:30 PM


Neurophysiology of Hypnosis

6:00 PM


Review of Day and Discussion of Learning objectives

6:15 PM


Friday session ends/ adjourns for the day.


Saturday Session:  8:30 AM - 1:15 PM

8:30 AM


Hypnotic Phenomena

  • Glove anesthesia
  • Positive and negative hallucinations
  • Catalepsy
  • Time distortion
  • Age regression
  • Age progression

9:30 AM


Third Group practice

  • Induction
  • Deepening
  • Suggestion for one of the hypnotic phenomena
  • Post-practice discussion

10:3 AM 0



10:45 AM



  • How to teach patients to self-hypnotize
  • Demonstration of teaching self hypnosis

11:15 AM


Fourth group practice

  • Teach subject to self-hypnotize

12:45 PM


Next Steps:  Hypnosis Training Opportunities and Certification

1:05 PM


Post-test and course evaluation administration

1:15 PM


Workshop adjourns.


 Learning Outcomes:

  1.  Define hypnosis based on current published definitions of hypnosis
  2.  Identify at least three major figures in the historical development of hypnosis
  3.  Identify at least three major theories of hypnosis
  4.  Identify the major myths and misconceptions regarding hypnosis
  5.  Identify three possible changes associated with hypnosis and memory.
  6.  Cite specific ethical/legal issues involving hypnotic restoration of memories, disqualification of testimony in court, and the “false memory” syndrome
  7.  Cite three key points of hypnosis in a non-technical manner in educating a client or patient about hypnosis
  8.   Summarize two or more important elements in obtaining informed consent regarding the use of hypnosis clinically
  9.   Identify at least five phenomena associated with hypnosis and how they may be utilized in clinical practice and treatment planning
  10.   Summarize at least two reasons for removing suggestions and for re-alerting clients; and demonstrate at least one method for re-alerting from hypnosis
  11.   Define at least six principles of hypnotic induction and suggestion
  12.   Demonstrate a hypnotic induction and provide a therapeutic suggestion to a volunteer client
  13.   Participate in at least three separate hypnotic experiences as subject and as facilitator
  14.   Cite evidence for the long-term stability of hypnotic responsivity and be able to identify the age range when hypnotic responsiveness peaks
  15.   List the traditional "stages of hypnosis"
  16.   Describe at least four traditional methods for deepening or intensifying hypnotic involvement
  17.   Demonstrate skills of teaching self-hypnosis to patients/clients
  18.   Differentiate when one might use a suggestive hypnotic approach and when an insight-oriented or exploratory hypnotic approach might be appropriate
  19.   Identify therapist, patient, and context variables that may contribute to resistance
  20.   Identify the ethical-legal issues and standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis clinically

Intermediate Workshop - Intermediate Training in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis

This workshop will focus on teaching and practicing intermediate level hypnotic techniques including hypnotic inductions, methods of assessment, treatment methods, case conceptualization, and knowledge of current research/theory.  The participants will learn how to utilize hypnotic assessment to choose methods of hypnotic induction, treatment methods, and case conceptualizations that are well suited for their clients unique hypnotic talents, psychophysiological style, and individual psychology.  In particular, participants will learn to integrate mindfulness meditation into their hypnotic repertoire of skills for induction and treatment related goals.    

Emphasis will be on learning and discussing current associated research findings and theoretical perspectives that underlie clinical and experimental phenomena commonly encountered in hypnosis.  Participants will practice hypnotic treatment methods that are used to help clients learn to cope with and/or transcend difficulties with PTSD, acute and chronic medical problems, and common psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety using post hypnotic suggestions and other hypnotic methods.

Intermediate Workshop Agenda

Friday Session:  8:30 AM - 6:15 PM

8:30 AM - Advanced and Specialized Inductions

9:30 AM - Methods of Ego Strengthening

10:15 AM - Break

10:30 AM - First Small Group Practice – Review of Advanced and Specialized Inductions

12:00 Noon - Lunch

1:15 PM -The Nature of Hypnosis and Memory: Principles and Techniques of Age Regression and the Working Through of Trauma

3:15 PM - Break

3:30 PM -Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anxiety and Phobic Disorders

5:00 PM - Second Small Group Practice

6:15 PM - Friday session ends/ adjourn for the day

Saturday Session:  8:30 AM - 1:15 PM

8:30 AM - Use of Metaphors in Hypnosis

9:30 AM -  Third Small Group Practice

10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM - Hypnotic Treatment of Habit Disorders

11:30 AM - Integrating Hypnosis Into Clinical Practice: Attending to the Pragmatics

12:15 PM - Ethics

1:00 PM - Wrap Up/Course Evaluations

1:15 PM - Workshop adjourns


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply 3 advanced induction techniques to specific clinical concerns
  2. Identify at least 2 ego strengthening interventions that can be used during hypnosis
  3. Cite  current literature on hypnosis and memory
  4. Identify 3 techniques for facilitating age regression
  5. Cite current literature on trauma and methods for modulating emotional reactions that may develop during age regression
  6. Identify 3 hypnotic interventions for treating anxiety, disorders and provide a rationale for employing these techniques
  7. Develop a treatment plan for treating anxiety disorders with hypnosis
  8. Describe strategies to introduce metaphors as a type of hypnotic suggestion
  9. Identify at least 2 examples of metaphors that might e used with specific clinical situations
  10. Cite research literature on the use of hypnosis for treating habit disorders
  11. Identify at least 3 types of hypnotic suggestions/metaphors/interventions for treating habit disorders
  12. Identify at least 5 potential challenges with hypnosis and interventions to minimize these challenges
  13. Differentiate being hypnotic versus “doing” hypnosis during conversations with clients
  14. Describe ethical-legal issues and standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis
  15. Identify professional conduct and legal issues relevant to clinical hypnosis
  16. Identify potential conflicts of interest for utilizing clinical hypnosis
  17. Explain the importance of informed consent when using clinical hypnosis

Advanced Workshop -

Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis: Mind-Body Innovations in Clinical Hypnosis

The 2011 Institute of Medicine report Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research estimated that 100 million Americans have chronic pain. Over the last 15 years, the primary reliance on and excessive use of opiate medications has created a serious medical crisis.  The United States, which makes up less than 5% of the world's population, uses 80% of the world’s opiates. Numerous studies demonstrate that dependence on opiate medications leads to overwhelming suffering and disability. Treatment of these conditions should engage patients in daily self-care, gradual conditioning, reducing the guarding reflex around painful areas, and activating self-healing resources. Opiates -- especially at high doses -- disconnect the brain from the body in a dissociative process, making self-care and activating self-healing resources more challenging.
In this 12.5 hour workshop, you will learn the role that hypnosis can play in facilitating an ideal healing state to assist in healing two common types of chronic pain, namely: low back pain and headache. Participants will discover how hypnosis can facilitate the process of weaning patients off opiate medications, as well as reducing central sensitization.  Dr Weisberg will review the literature and guide the participants through a mixture of didactic and experiential approaches they can use on a daily basis in their clinical practice.

Advanced Workshop Agenda

Friday Session:  8:30 AM - 6:15 PM

8:30-8:45 AM - Introduction, format for the day

8:45-10:00 AM - Group hypnosis. Fundamentals for a Mind-Body Orientation, clarifying confusion about what is a mind-body/integrative orientation, characteristics of the clinician that activate self-healing resources. How this can inform formulating hypnotic suggestions

10:00- 10:15 AM - BREAK

10:15 AM-12:15 PM - Essential concepts: Psychoneuroimmunology, brain structure, central sensitization syndrome, autonomic nervous system dysregulation, polyvagal theory, psychophysiological patterns. Utilizing hypnotic suggestions that reflect these concepts

12:00-1:15 PM - LUNCH

1:15-2:15 PM - Applications of hypnosis for treating different types of headache, and low back pain

2:15-3:15 PM - Opiates, somatic dissociation, affect regulation and hypnosis. How to formulate suggestions that effectively address these problems in the treatment of chronic pain

3:15-3:30 PM - BREAK

3:30-4:45 PM - Addiction, the opioid crisis, and challenges in self-soothing: how hypnosis can be helpful

4:45-5:45 PM - Demonstration

5:45-6:15 PM - Discussion, integrate content for the day

6:15 PM - End of Friday Presentation

Saturday Session:  8:30 AM - 1:15 PM

8:30-8:45 AM - Questions from Friday presentation

8:45-9:00 AM - Group hypnotic experience

9:00-9:45 AM - How to conceptualize and work effectively with resistance when using hypnosis in an integrative medicine context.

9:45-10:45 AM - Hypnotic techniques directing attention either towards or away from the symptom.

10:45-11:00 AM - BREAK

11:15-12:15 PM - Video demonstration – working with resistance in the treatment of chronic pain

12:15-1:15 PM - Integration: pulling together the information from the past 2 days, how to apply it effectively in your practice in this coming week

1:15 PM - Adjourn

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1.     State the relationship between chronic pain, central sensitization, and autonomic dysregulation
  2.     Identify 3 essential messages that must be conveyed to enhance self-healing resources
  3.     Define and describe “normal dissociation”
  4.     Explain how dissociation interferes with chronic pain rehabilitation
  5.     Explain how opiate use compounds the problem of dissociation in chronic pain
  6.     State the relationship between affect tolerance and weaning of opiate medications
  7.     Articulate the importance of helping patients tolerate sensations in the body
  8.     Identify at least 2 guiding principles for framing hypnotic interventions to migraine headache versus muscle tension headache
  9.     Identify at least 2 hypnotic techniques for directing attention away from the body; and 2 hypnotic techniques for directing attention towards the body  
  10.     Explain why hypnosis is an important modality for accessing subcortically-mediated involuntary processes in chronic pain
  11.     Describe the importance of Polyvagal Theory for framing effective hypnotic interventions for treating chronic pain
  12.     Identify at least 2 hypnotic interventions for the patient with low back pain
  13.     Identify at least 2 hypnotic interventions for the patient with headache 


Instructor Bios

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Janna Henning, JD, PsyD, FT    (Introductory and Intermediate Workshops)

Janna A. Henning, JD, PsyD, FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, and researcher who specializes in traumatic stress, dissociative disorders, chronic and life-threatening illness, and death, dying, bereavement, and loss. She is a Professor in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program at Adler University in Chicago, and the creator and coordinator of its Traumatic Stress Psychology Emphasis. She is President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Chairperson of its Constitution and Bylaws Committee.  Henning is also Co-Chair of the Education and Training Committee of Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow in Thanatology (Death, Dying and Bereavement) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and a member of the clinical faculty for the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. She has provided clinical services in a wide range of settings, including military centers, hospitals, prison aftercare facilities, and community-based agencies and practices. She works with individuals who have experienced severe traumatic life events, chronic or life-threatening illness, bereavement, or loss in a private practice setting, and provides training and clinical consultation for professionals who serve these populations.

sceh don moss photoDonald Moss, PhD  (Introductory Workshop)

Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.  There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss is currently President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  He has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).D

Dr. Moss has a new book released in July 2018 with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer). He also has a book in preparation with co-editor Inna Khazan on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB) and a book in preparation with co-editor Fredric Shaffer on Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB).  Moss is co-editor of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998).


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 David Reid, PsyD  (Intermediate Workshop)

David B. Reid, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Fellow and Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), Award Winning author of Hypnosis for Behavioral Health: Professional’s Guide to Expanding Your Practice (Springer Publishing Company), and co-author of Permanent Habit Control: Practitioners’ Guide to Using Hypnosis and Other Alternative Health Strategies (Springer Publishing Company). Dr. Reid also serves as a Science Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, and Chairman of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) Certification Committee. Dr. Reid has received numerous awards from ASCH and SCEH for his contributions to both societies, as well as his peer-reviewed published papers on clinical hypnosis.  He maintains a private practice at Augusta Psychological Associates in Central Virginia.

 Mark B. Weisberg, PhD, ABPP (Advanced Workshop)

Mark B. Weisberg, PhD, ABPP, is a Board-Certified Clinical Health Psychologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is Adjunct Community Faculty, Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Weisberg is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology. He has been involved in clinical practice, writing, and consultation in integrative mind-body medicine for over 25 years, and teaches on related topics nationally and internationally.
Dr. Weisberg has been a consultant at the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic for over 30 years, involved in the treatment of a wide variety of adults and adolescents with back pain, headache, temporomandibular disorders, autoimmune syndromes, and other widespread pain conditions. He is a Fellow and Approved Consultant of ASCH, and has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary, Member at Large, and Vice President. He is also Past President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Dr. Weisberg is the co-author of Trust Your Gut: Get Lasting Healing from IBS and Other Chronic Digestive Problems Without Drugs (Conari Press), a consumer book on integrative treatment of digestive disorders. He also conducts a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Minneapolis.

Eric Ksceh eric willmarth. Willmarth, PhD (Introductory Workshop)

Eric K. Willmarth, PhD is the founder and president of Michigan Behavioral Consultants, P.C. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University after receiving his Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor's Degree from Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Willmarth is a Diplomate of American Academy of Pain Management and is BCIA certified in both Biofeedback and Stress Management Education. He is an approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a Fellow of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Willmarth is the past president of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Michigan Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div. 30) and Michigan Society of Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback. He serves as Teaching Faculty for the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, teaching courses including Ethics, Contemporary Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, and Beginning and Intermediate courses in Hypnosis and Biofeedback. He serves on the Board of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation and is a member of the Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association.  Specialty areas include work with Chronic Pain and other chronic medical conditions as well as problems such as depression, anxiety, habit disorders, phobias, fibromyalgia and Attention Deficit Disorder.


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Breaks and Meals

:  On Friday, there are two 15-minute coffee breaks, one mid-morning, one in the afternoon..  On Saturday, there is one 15-minute mid-morning coffee break. See Workshop Schedule above. .

MEALS:  Meals are on your own, and are not included in your conference registration. There are many restaurants located in the Chicago Mart, located across the street.

View a list of food service establishments inside the Merchandise Mart, located across the street from TCSPP.



If you require special accommodations to attend, please contact the SCEH office at [email protected].


Pricing and Registration

Members of SCEH and APA Division 30, please use member pricing.  Membership status will be verified.


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 (SCEH/APA Div. 30)






 Student member



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 ** Deadline for early bird pricing: March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST USA.  Advance registration is required.

Cancellations received on or before March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST USA will be issued a refund, minus a $75 processing fee.
Sorry, no refunds will be made after March 26, 2020. Exceptions will only be granted due to death of participant or immediate family member, severe illness/injury of participant or immediate family member, or the inability of participant to travel due to legal or governmental restrictions/obligations, and will require written notification and appropriate documentation. Registration fees are not transferable to another workshop.

Important Notes

  • Membership Status
    • If you wish to join the Society, please complete a membership application BEFORE you register.  Your application will be reviewed, and once accepted, you will be able to register as a member for our events.
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Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654

(Hotel Lobby: Floor 15 - Guest Rooms: Floors 16-23)
Check in time: 3:00 PM;  Check out time: 12:00 Noon


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For our attendees, we have secured a limited number of rooms at a special discounted rate of $172 for Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25.


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Deadline:  March 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST or until our room block sells out, whichever is earlierAfter that date, rooms will be available on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

For reservations requiring dates outside April 23-25, contact the SCEH office for further information. (Our discounted rate will be in effect three days before and three days after our event,but the reservation process will be different.)

Room tax (17.4%) is not included in group rate.

All guests must present a major credit card or debit card at the time of check in.

Early Departure Fee of up to one night’s room and tax may be applied if you check out before your scheduled departure date.

About the Hotel

Located in downtown Chicago’s exciting River North, the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza River North overlooks the Chicago River and showcases iconic views of the cityscape in every direction.

The hotel and lobby begin on the building’s 15th floor providing an oasis-like location at the confluence of the Chicago River known as Wolf Point. In addition to providing unmatched views of the city skyline, guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, large indoor pool with lap lanes, expansive 24-hour fitness center, and dedicated Concierge team to help make the most of your experience in Chicago.

Defined by urban style and modern comfort, the recent property redesign sets the stage for an exciting Chicago experience for both business & leisure travelers. Ideally situated across from the Riverwalk and Art on theMART, near shopping along the Magnificent Mile, and iconic Millennium Park, the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza River North is the perfect base from which to explore Chicago. Catch a rising star in the nearby Theatre District, walk to award-winning dining or watch the sunset from the Willis Tower before retiring to your guest room featuring breathtaking views of Chicago.  Business travelers appreciate the skybridge linking the hotel to theMART, Merchandise Mart ‘L’ stop and walking distance to the Loop, Financial and Business district.  To learn more about the hotel, visit   

Hotel Features

The hotel and lobby begin on the building’s 15th floor providing an oasis-like location at the confluence of the Chicago River known as Wolf Point. In addition to providing unmatched views of the city skyline, guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, large indoor pool with lap lanes, expansive 24-hour fitness center, and dedicated Concierge team to help make the most of your experience in Chicago.

Hotel Rooms

Feel at home in spacious, comfortable and freshly redesigned guest rooms with scenic cityscape views to greet you every morning. Guest rooms feature 49-inch HDTVs, mini-fridge, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Relax after a busy day and have a great night sleep in our Premium Simmons Beautyrest beds.

Hotel Restaurants

Merchants Café – Hotel Restaurant (located on the 15th floor lobby level)

  • Breakfast Hours: 6:30am - 11:00am (12:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday)

Start your day right with a filling breakfast from Merchants Cafe. Savor hearty breakfast skillets and pancakes or enjoy lighter fare like a grilled avocado panini and bowl of oatmeal. Can't decide? Merchants Cafe also features an overflowing buffet with a variety of breakfast favorites. It's the perfect place to meet travel companions before a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. Please note breakfast is not included in the guest room rate unless a breakfast package is booked.

Merchants Market – (located on the 15th floor lobby level)

  • Hours: 6:30am – 10:00pm

Merchants Market offers guests quick and convenient options for food, drinks, and travel accessories with the signature skyline view the Mart Plaza hotel has been known for over 40 years. Featuring a variety of coffee drinks made to order, sandwiches, hearty salads, and a variety of classic carryout items such as sodas, juices, water, fruit, chips, ice cream, beer, and wine. The real draw is the colorful candy carousel welcoming guests as they enter the market.

Cityscape Bar – Hotel Restaurant (located on the 15th floor lobby level)

  • Monday-Thursday:11 AM-12 AM; Friday-Saturday:11 AM-1 AM; Sunday:11 AM-12 AM; Dinner Hours: 5-11 PM

Surrounded by towering views of Chicago's iconic skyline, enjoy local craft beers, signature cocktails and tasty bites for lunch and dinner. Mix and mingle with fellow travelers and locals and join us for Happy Hour 4 PM to 6 PM Monday thru Friday and enjoy the fast paced city scene and Chicago River below through floor to ceiling windows.

Directions from the Hotel to the TCSPP Campus, site of our SCEH Midyear Workshops:

The hotel is a 7-minute walk to the TCSPP. 
Exit the hotel’s ground floor front door, turn left and walk straight, with the river to your right and pass the Mart on your left.  Cross the street under the overhead train tacks and enter the front entrance of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.



Self-parking is available at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North hotel for a daily rate of $56.

TCSPP Area Parking

There is no parking at the TCSPP.  The college notes these parking lots are located nearby:
  • Mart Parc Wells Self Park / InterPark Parking - 401 N. Wells - 312.347.3515
  • Mart Parc Orleans Self Park - 437 N. Orleans
Additional parking lots are listed below. Call ahead for rates and hours:
  • Imperial Parking -  on ground level on north side of building, with entrance on Kinzie - 312.960.0700
  • The Sterling Self-Park Garage  between Clark and LaSalle on Kinzie - 312.341.3463
  • Marina City Towers - on Dearborn, between the Chicago River and Kinzie - 312.467.5685

Visiting Chicago

Chicago is a city unlike any other. Voted Best Large City in the U.S. three years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler, the city is known for its architectural marvels, world-class museums, dynamic entertainment, and award-winning dining scene. Chicago is also known for its Midwestern charm, lakeside venues, welcoming residents and inclusive neighborhoods. Visitors can see soaring views from one of the world’s tallest buildings, lectures among ancient artifacts, stunning waterfront vistas, well known pro sports teams, outdoor recreation and iconic architecture. Learn more at    

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About SCEH

As its mission, SCEH exists to promote excellence and progress in scientifically based hypnosis research, education, and clinical practice.  The Society’s goal is to grow understanding and clinical applications of hypnosis now and in the future.  SCEH boasts a rich history in hypnosis training and research, and each year presents its Annual Workshops and Scientific Session, now entering its 69th year. As the voice of professional hypnosis, SCEH provides benefits that include: education, the International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, a mentor program and the ability to network with leaders in the hypnosis community.

About APA Division 30     

APA Division 30 is devoted to exchanging scientific information, advancing appropriate teaching and research, and developing high standards for the practice of hypnosis. Areas of interest of the membership are diverse, including topics such as mind/body connections; dissociation; hypnosis . medicine, professional and public education.


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Scenes from our 2019 Clinical Hypnosis Workshops

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2020 Midyear Clinical Hypnosis Workshops (Three Tracks)

April 24-25, 2020 (Friday and Saturday)

Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois




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