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The SCEH Webinar Series allows busy health care professionals to obtain high quality clinical hypnosis training that is convenient, reasonably priced, and includes continuing education (CE) credit for licensure or certification.  Led by hypnosis experts, topics are varied and designed to impart actionable insights that can be employed immediately with patients.  SCEH Webinars are co-sponsored by SCEH and The Office of Continuing Education at The Chicago School. All webinars will offer 1.5 APA CE credits for Psychologists and 1.5 BBS CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers.  In order to receive CE/CEU credits or a participation certificate for training, participants are required to be in attendance for the entire program.

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1)     Attend live, online -- Attend our monthly series of live, online webinars, offered on a variety of clinical hypnosis topics. 

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Recordings become available within a few weeks after the live webinar date.  Note also that the Homestudy Courses CE process is different from that of our live webinars.  

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All webinars occur on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) from 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern Time USA*.        *For time conversion note see below.

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2024 Topics

August 2, 2024

Pump up the Volume: Hypnosis to Augment PTSD Treatment

Janna A. Henning, JD, PsyD, FT

The PTSD diagnosis in the DSM-5-TR has 24 criteria, resulting in many possible symptom configurations, and different treatment needs in clients. Clinical and professional practice treatment guidelines for PTSD recommend manualized approaches based on efficacy evidence from randomized controlled trials, but “cookie cutter” treatments often target only certain symptoms, and can therefore be less effective with diverse, real-world patients, particularly those who have more severe symptoms, co-morbid conditions, or complex traumatic stress. To meet this challenge PTSD treatment research has increasingly begun to focus on evidence-based strategies organized into modular approaches to best address diverse and more severe symptom presentations. This movement away from monolithic, one-size-fits-all treatments offers an opportunity to revisit the use of hypnotic interventions to augment/enhance the specific ingredients of a customized, patient-focused approach. There is a pressing need to evaluate the potential contributions of hypnosis to PTSD treatments, but randomized, controlled trials are difficult to conduct with customized approaches. How can hypnosis researchers creatively meet this challenge?

This webinar will describe evidence-based, evidence-informed, and modular treatments for PTSD, and then explain the ways that hypnotic interventions have been used to enhance and augment evidence-based treatment strategies in clients with PTSD or complex traumatic stress.

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September 13, 2024

Ethics I. Foundations of Medical Ethics and Basic Ethical Principles for Hypnosis Practice

Donald Moss, PhD and Barbara S. McCann, PhD

The first segment in the ethics workshops will provide an overview of medical ethics, with basic principles endorsed by most behavioral and health professionals, including beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice, and fidelity. The presenters will examine why professional ethics codes are necessary. The workshop will include a discussion of specific guidelines for clinical hypnosis practice, such as scope of practice, competence, entry level competence, the informed consent process, privileged communication, guidelines on dual/multiple relationships, and questions of touch, privacy, and respect.

The workshop will include a discussion of clinical supervision, consultation, and continuing education as tools for quality of care. The presenters will describe examples of incidents that trigger ethics complaints, and describe the process recommended for taking action when professionals violate ethical principles or best practices.

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September 20, 2024

Ethics II. Advanced Ethical Principles for Hypnosis Practice

Donald Moss, PhD and Barbara S. McCann, PhD

The second segment in the ethics workshops covers the unique ethical considerations in using hypnosis in telehealth practice, using hypnosis with diverse groups, and ethics related to exaggerated claims for hypnosis and the use of hypnosis for memory retrieval. The availability of tools for delivering unsupervised hypnosis sessions to patients or clients raises some thorny ethical issues. However, central to the use of hypnosis is the therapeutic relationship. The ethics of multiple relationships and the unique therapeutic relationship in hypnosis will be explored.

The intersection between how hypnosis is conceptualized by the clinician and others, and how ethical considerations are addressed will be a recurring theme in this presentation.

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>>>> Watch this space for additional dates and topics, added throughout the year.


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Providing Psychological Support for Refugees and Displaced Populations  

This webinar took place on June 24, 2022 and is provided FREE as a public service. 

Missed the live event?  Register here to view the webinar recording.

In 2019, there were an estimated 272 million international migrants (WHO, 2021). Displacement from home and community produces a myriad of health and mental health problems. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress are widespread in displaced populations. Hunger and poor living conditions aggravate pre-existing health and mental health problems. Lack of access to medical and mental health care compound the health problems of the displaced. Factors influencing the wellbeing of the displaced include: 1) the nature of the conflict or emergency that led to displacement, 2) ways in which the journey during displacement exacerbates the crisis, including detention and refugee camps, 3) ways in which gender, age, religion, language, class, economic position and cultural factors influence the emotional burden of displacement, and 4) the climate of the host community. In 2022, the world is watching as approximately 4.6 million civilians have fled the Ukraine and an additional 7.1 have left their homes in the Ukraine for safety and survival, adding to the global population of displaced human beings. 

This free webinar will highlight the conditions and needs of refugees and other displaced populations and introduce several approaches to providing support and care for refugee populations in the current Ukraine crisis as well as with other refugee populations worldwide. The presenters will describe their experience with providing mental health care for refugees, including the use of mind-body therapies such as hypnosis. In addition, presenters will highlight current initiatives to create new supports and effective interventions for refugees.

Presenters: Donald Moss, PhD, Barbara McCann, PhD, Breeda McGrath, PhD, Kathleen Long, MD, and Callie Hattingh
Moderator: Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health, Saybrook University

Supporting Optimal Coping with the Anxiety and Stress of the Covid-19 Pandemic

This webinar was presented live on April 1 and April 8 and is provided FREE as a public service.

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Many Americans are reporting anxiety and a sense of stress about the COVID-19 pandemic. The health threat, the disruption of usual schedules and activities, and the lack of control over rapidly changing life-events all are undermining individual's sense of safety and self-confidence. Rapid fire media attention to the global impact of the pandemic is heightening the sense of urgency and threat for the general public. Individuals with pre-existing emotional and psychiatric disorders are reporting exacerbations of their symptoms and usually calm individuals are reporting preoccupation and anxiety.

This webinar will bring together leading mental health experts from North American universities to discuss coping strategies, self-care skills, and lifestyle supports for emotional and physical well-being. The presenters will provide attendees with practical skills applicable for their own lives and also for their patients/clients/students.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to individuals and communities, with serious health impact and dramatic economic impact. Nevertheless, this threat can provide a useful opportunity for each person to consider current coping and to adopt new self-care habits that will provide a pathway for improved well-being long-term.

  • Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University
  • Barbara S. McCann, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington
  • Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University
  • Breeda M. McGrath, PhD, Associate Campus Dean Online, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


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July 12, 2024

The History of Hypnosis: Relevance for Research and Practice

Barbara S. McCann, PhD

A description of the history of hypnosis usually follows the path of Western influences on medicine and psychology. Tracing the development of modern hypnosis from Anton Mesmer to our current era often seems like an obligatory chore of sifting through a dry narrative of names, places, dates, and people – – or paying our dues before getting to the good stuff of learning to do hypnosis. However, a closer look at this history affords us an opportunity to understand the origins of the myths and misconceptions that we continue to face – – and may inadvertently promote – – in our research and practice. During the Enlightenment period, when Anton Mesmer developed animal magnetism, medicine and related fields were dominated by reason, empirical observations, and the scientific method. In this context the rejection of his work is understandable, yet that rejection conflated the “why” with the “what,” failing to appreciate that something fascinating had occurred.

When James Braid picked up the thread of animal magnetism, he shed Mesmer’s mystical, supernatural mantle, emphasized the roles of attention, suggestion, and relaxation, and coined the term hypnosis. Yet something captivating in Mesmer’s work remained and is evident along with the emergence of psychiatry and psychology as distinct yet related disciplines. The integration of biological and psychological perspectives in the 20th century and our understanding of placebo, nocebo, and expectancy continues to inform our understanding of hypnosis and related states. As medicine and psychology evolve to current times, we see another shift toward integrative medicine, which reflects recognition of the interconnectedness of mind and body. Evidence-based practices, ethical considerations, and a patient-centered approach remain core tenets and continue to shape research and practice. An examination of the neglected roots of hypnosis in ancient cultures, spiritual traditions, and parallels in contemporary indigenous and non-Western cultures sheds light on the need for a broader understanding of the phenomenon Western thinkers have come to label hypnosis, and ironically, brings us back to where we started, with Mesmer.


June 14, 2024

Culturally-Congruent Hypnosis: Latinx Population as a Case Example

Nate Ewigman, PhD and Vanessa Muñiz, BS

This webinar aims to define the new phrase of culturally-congruent hypnosis with the hopes that this will spark conversation and thought about how to more deeply tailor hypnosis to unique people given their cultural background. We will discuss our personal and professional experiences as, respectively, a clinician and a researcher who both work with the Latinx population and speak Spanish; we use this experience as a case study to deepen appreciation of the linguistic, beliefs, values and connotations that can enhance the cultural congruence of hypnotic interventions. Lastly, we focus on practical tips and examples for utilizing interpreters to provide accessible hypnosis.

As a result of attending this workshop, we hope that you will have the tools and skills to successfully assess and incorporate cultural factors within hypnotic interventional work.


May 10, 2024

Stress and Anxiety in Children Differ Yet Have Similar Impacts. How Can Self-Hypnosis Training Help?

Lisa Lombard, PhD

Descriptions and definitions of stress and anxiety in children will be presented, with particular emphasis on their increasing prevalence. These two problem areas greatly impact children’s biopsychosocial health. Common stress-related and anxiety-based problems will be discussed. Unfortunately, the availability of clinical treatments is limited for this population and many families encounter long wait lists. Therapeutic pediatric hypnosis is an evidence-based and clinically effective therapeutic tool for stress management and coping with anxiety. A brief review of its efficacy for select conditions will be provided.

This webinar will focus on self-hypnosis training for children, a component of therapeutic pediatric hypnosis. It supports desired behavioral changes and encourages ongoing wellness. Self-hypnosis training can be a useful stand-alone intervention, too, as a component of psychological first aid and a lifelong preventative skill. This is evidenced by the efforts of Health Frontiers and Comfort Kits for Children. Some of the phenomenological elements of self-hypnosis will be identified and practical tips to introduce and encourage self-hypnosis to children will be described. An excerpt of a self-hypnosis training audio recording for a child will be played. Free resources that have been created and assembled by faculty affiliated with the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute will be referenced.


April 12, 2024

Clinical Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

David B. Reid, PsyD

Anxiety is a universal human emotion that alerts us to potential threats and motivates us to prepare for anticipated life challenges. Anxiety can be an appropriate reaction to a stressful circumstance, yet for many, excessive anxiety becomes counterproductive, and at times debilitating. As a diffuse mood state, anxiety involves unpleasant emotional experiences marked by a significant degree of apprehension about the potential appearance of future aversive or harmful events (Barlow & Cerny, 1988).

Clinical hypnosis, whether facilitated by another or self-directed (i.e., self-hypnosis), has been shown to be an effective means of for treating anxiety disorders. Numerous controlled studies have been conducted that provide ample support of hypnosis as an evidence-based intervention for treating anxiety associated with dental procedures (Glaesmer et al., 2015; Huet et al., 2011), surgery and medical interventions (Akgul et al., 2016; Lang et al., 2008) test-taking and performance situations (Boutin & Tosi, 1983; Stanton, 1994; Wojcikiewicz & Orlick, 1987), as well as general anxiety (Allen, 1998; Stanton, 1984; Whitehouse et al., 1996). In the first meta-analysis quantifying the efficacy of hypnosis for treating anxiety Valentine et al. (2019) demonstrated that individuals treated with hypnosis improved more than about 79% control subjects.

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the evidenced-based data supporting the use of clinical hypnosis for treating anxiety disorders. Furthermore, this workshop will offer strategic applications through case studies of clinical hypnosis interventions for treating specific anxiety disorders including panic and phobias.


March 8, 2024

Re-thinking Depression: Insights Emerging from Hard Times

Michael Yapko, PhD

Given the sharp rise in the rates of depression in the wake of the COVID pandemic and what it has taught us about vulnerabilities to depression, as well as recent landmark research undermining the most common view of depression as the result of a neurochemical imbalance, the need to think clearly about depression and its treatment has never been more apparent. How therapists think about the nature of depression and answer fundamental questions – such as what causes depression – naturally determine what treatment approach they are most likely to take. Likewise, how therapists think about the nature of hypnosis and its potential merits in treatment will shape their use of hypnotically based approaches. As we will discuss and demonstrate, there are some very compelling reasons to want to include hypnosis in the treatment of depressed individuals, couples, and families. There are things that no amount of medication can possibly address, hence the emphasis here on skills, not pills.

The webinar will place an emphasis on applying hypnosis strategically. There will be didactic presentation, a video demonstration featuring hypnosiswith a depressed woman and follow-up information, and the opportunity for discussion as well as Q&A.


February 9, 2024

Altered States of Consciousness, the Human Skin, and Skin Disorders

Phil Shenefelt, MD

This presentation will explore the emotional, spiritual, and religious dimensions of skin and skin disorders since ancient times. The presentation draws on historical, anthropological, and medical perspectives, and Shenefelt’s exhaustive review of the published research (Shenefelt, 2014). The presentation prepares clinicians to deal with spiritual or religious issues that emerge in clinical hypnosis and healthcare sessions. Shenefelt’s conclusion is that “sometimes even today healing is hindered until the spiritual aspect is adequately addressed” (2014, p. 210).

The presenter will highlight the universal psychological significance of human skin. The skin is a major sense organ for touch, pain, itch, heat, cold, pressure, and vibration. The skin is also an expressive organ, expressing emotions detectable by others through pallor, coldness, “goose bumps,” redness, warmth, or sweating. Further, human beings throughout history have utilized the skin and decorations on the skin for emotional, cultural, and spiritual expression. This includes skin coverings, scalp and beard hair cutting, shaving, and styling, skin and nail and hair coloring and decorating, tattooing, and intentional scarring of the skin. The presenter will highlight how, historically, spiritual experiences and experiences of altered states have impacted on how humans have chosen to modify the appearance of their skin


January 12, 2024

Hypnotic Like Practices of Dzogchen Meditation

Ian E. Wickramasekera, II, PsyD 

The tradition of Dzogchen meditation has been practiced by both the Bonpo and the Buddhist communities of Tibet for at least the last 1,500 years. The term Dzogchen refers to hypnotic-like methods of meditation (such as mindfulness meditation) and other experiential yogic exercises that are said to aid the development of insight and compassion. The philosophical viewpoints and experiential practices of Dzogchen are very similar to many traditions of hypnosis. In particular, there are many aspects of the Ego State Therapy, Social Cognitive, and Transpersonal traditions of hypnosis that easily demonstrate the hypnotic-like (Krippner, 2004) nature of the tradition of Dzogchen meditation. In particular, the Dzogchen model of mind is polypsychic like some traditions of hypnosis (Frederick, 2005; Hilgard, 1977) which posit that the human mind has at least two psychic structures which refers to the conscious and unconscious nature of mind. The Dzogchen model posits that the polypsychic nature of human beings is caused by a psychic structure referred to as the Kunzi-Namshe which divides the seamless nature of experience into deluded conceptual categories that become the “parts” of people. This idea has a number of interesting parallels in the Neo-Dissociative, Ego States, and Social Cognitive positions on the nature of the self. Dzogchen techniques also utilize many hypnotic-like practices of selective attention, visualization, and post-hypnotic suggestion to help their practitioners develop an experiential understanding of the illusion of self that is also frequently spoken of in Transpersonal Psychology (Wickramasekera, 2013). 

We will discuss the experience and the philosophy of Dzogchen meditation theory in light of hypnosis research in this workshop. Ian Wickramasekera II has written about and practiced these techniques from the perspective of hypnosis for over fifteen years and was authorized to teach these practices by the Bon lineage of Dzogchen by Khenpo Yungdrung Rinpoche, the Abbott of a Bon monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.


December 8, 2023 

The Adaptive Experiential Theory of Hypnosis: Clinical Implications and Utilization​

Cameron T. Alldredge, PhD

This presentation will explore a recently proposed theory of hypnosis called the adaptive experiential theory. This new theory is predicated on Epstein’s cognitive-experiential self-theory, a dual-process model that provides a comprehensive understanding of the rational system and the experiential system. While these two systems work together in synergy, they function quite differently in terms of their characteristics and methods. The rational system, which is influenced by logic and reason, demands a significant amount of cognitive resources and operates with concentrated effort, while displaying minimal emotional influence. On the other hand, the experiential system is powered by emotions, relies on associations, and encodes reality through images and feelings effortlessly, without conscious exertion.

According to the adaptive experiential theory, the ability to engage in complex hypnotic responses can be attributed to an individual’s capacity to adapt and consciously transition from predominantly using the rational system to the experiential system. Having a stronger connection with the experiential system leads to shifts in how reality is processed, enabling hypnotic suggestions to be internalized and put into action with less interference from the rational system. It is assumed that emotional and psychological problems arise primarily from the experiential system and most psychotherapeutic approaches are designed to try to influence that system with varying success. This presentation will highlight implications this theory has for the clinical use of hypnosis and assessing hypnotizability and will emphasize the idea that content and language of hypnotic suggestions matter.


November 3, 2023 - CANCELLED

Integrating Spirituality with Hypnosis-Based Therapy: Neuroscience and Techniques

Maria Paola Brugnoli, MD, PhD

Chronic disease and advanced cancer often present with a complex array of physical, psychological and spiritual needs, which feel, can overwhelm patients and loved ones. Hypnosis-based therapy is well-placed to address these needs; however, referrals to the spiritual interventions in severe diseases typically made late in the illness trajectory. A substantial body of quantitative scientific evidence supports the merits of early spiritual palliative care for patients with advanced cancer and severe chronic diseases, including meditative therapies and clinical hypnosis. Spiritual therapies have been identified and often described in the literature, such as a combination of effective psychological care and meditative therapies. They help to establish a secure, inner space, in which the process of a patient’s therapy may take place over time.
In this work, we review the neuroscientific features of hypnosis and inner-consciousness in meditation and hypnosis, and propose clinical therapies of early integration of deep-introspective hypnosis alongside severe chronic illnesses to address the spiritual needs.


October 20, 2023

Hypnosis & Implicit Memory: Much More Than Riding a Bicycle

Louis F. Damis, PhD, ABPP

Appreciation of implicit memory and subcortical influences on emotional, attitudinal, interpersonal, and behavioral functioning and the importance of bottom-up interventions in psychotherapy are rapidly increasing. Implicit, non-conscious memory has a pervasive influence on states of consciousness, self-regard, emotions, and trauma-related disorders. 

This workshop will review the multiple categories of automatic, incidental, nonconscious, and continuous learning that comprise the domain of implicit memory. The role of implicit memory in the development of trauma related and interpersonal disorders will be reviewed. Hypnotic techniques for generating mental/emotional states that can constructively modify implicit memory will be outlined. Participants will learn to cultivate individualized reparative mental/emotional states that modify nonconscious subcortical memory. The application of hypnotic strategies for creating neuroception of safety and positive self-regard via ego strengthening will be delineated.

This workshop will help clinicians move away from using generic scripts. Instead, participants will learn how to co-create individualized, emotionally corrective mental and somatic states that foster client empowerment fundamental to treating various disorders.


September 8, 2023

Hypnotically Informed Psychotherapy: What is this thing we call hypnosis?

Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH

Ask a group of clinicians, even those with advanced training in hypnosis, “What is hypnosis?” and you will get a variety of descriptions ranging from neurophysiological to socio-cognitive. In addition to how one conceptualizes hypnosis, the term itself is used to describe both a process, i.e., induction/elicitation, and an experiential state, i.e., trance.
In this presentation, the literature on influence, embodiment (embodied cognitions and emotions), mirror neurons, mimicry and gestures will be used to present ways of being hypnotic rather than doing hypnosis. How appreciating this body of literature and incorporating it into one’s clinical practice supports, among other things, what have been identified as the “6 core competencies” of Ericksonian therapy: Tailoring, Utilization, Destabilize, Strategic, Experiential and Naturalistic, will be emphasized.
Attendees will leave the program with ways to conceptualize the idea of hypnosis that will allow them to more easily and fluidly incorporate being hypnotic into their clinical work. They will have a greater appreciation for what it means to practice “hypnotically informed psychotherapy”.


August 11, 2023

Mindfulness and Concentrative Meditation: The Twain Meet Hypnosis

Akira Otani, EdD, ABPH

Mindfulness has become an established paradigm in healthcare over the last 40 years. As its popularity grew, questions began emerging about the nature of mindfulness, its relative efficacy to similar intervention strategies, safety, and, most interestingly, its relationship to hypnosis. How does mindfulness resemble and differ from hypnosis? Despite the educated speculations, this issue has yet to be clarified from conceptual, neurophysiological, and procedural perspectives.

This webinar will examine these topics with clinicians in mind who are interested in integrating mindfulness with hypnosis. To achieve this goal, the Buddhist meditation texts will be analyzed to elucidate the two fundamental methodologies underlying mindfulness meditation. It will clarify that the contemporary mindfulness practice has capitalized on only one method (i.e., open monitoring) while ignoring the other approach (i.e., focused attention). This webinar will illuminate the close resemblance between focused-attention mindfulness and hypnosis.

The session will include the Touch-and-Return demonstration of mindfulness to facilitate the attendant’s experiential grasp of the two mindfulness meditation methods. This easy mindfulness protocol utilizes the open-monitoring procedure described in the classical Buddhist meditation texts. It also allows an application for trance induction.


July 14, 2023

From Neurons to Hypnosis: An Introduction to Hypnosis Research for Clinicians

Afik Faerman, PhD

Recent studies identified relevant cognitive processes supported by neuroimaging evidence. Research approaches in hypnosis are expanding, new theories are proposed, and novel findings deepen our understanding of what hypnosis is and is not. However, many of us face obstacles in staying informed and updated, which could make us feel detached from hypnosis research. This talk will serve as a bridge and an introduction to the various research methods through which hypnosis is currently being studied, with current and future applications for clinical work. We will review and integrate recent evidence to provide a practical framework for clinicians and practitioners and learn skills to better understand and implement hypnosis research. We will also discuss methodological limitations, highlight inconsistent findings, and acknowledge potential risks of bias.

June 9, 2023

Mindful Hypnosis: How to Stress Less and Live More Mindfully

Elizabeth Slonena, PhD

Mindful Hypnosis is an evidence-based modality for integrating mindfulness and hypnosis into clinical and personal practice. Attendees of this experiential webinar will learn the 8-session model of Mindful Hypnotherapy, including practical strategies for integrating mindfulness-based inductions and suggestions into their practice.

Research on the similarities and differences between meditation and hypnosis and the initial evidence supporting Mindful Hypnosis will be presented. Attendees will also experience a Mindful Hypnosis meditation and The Light Within induction. Additionally, tips for establishing a mindful self-hypnosis practice for clinician self-care will be presented.


May 12, 2023

Yoga Nidra & Hypnosis: Yogic Trance or Trance Logic?

Scott Hoye, PsyD

Eastern mind/body techniques have been integrated into psychotherapy for several decades. The most prevalent of these is mindfulness meditation. Similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness have been noted. In recent years, there has also been an integration of the use of yoga nidra, the “yoga of sleep.” What are the similarities between yoga nidra and hypnosis? How can an understanding of hypnosis help to better understanding yoga nidra? Can aspects of both be integrated?
This 90-minute presentation provides an overview of yoga nidra, including its background in Indian spirituality, and the scientific literature about yoga nidra as a behavioral health intervention. It will look at the similarities and differences between it and hypnosis, and suggestions for integrating the two modalities. It was also critical look at the use of spiritual practices into western medicine for practical purposes.


April 14, 2023

The Promise of Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

Joseph P. Green, PhD, Professor, The Ohio State University, Lima,OH

Over 20 million adults report attempting to quit smoking each year (CDC, 2022). This webinar will begin with a review of the health risks associated with smoking and discuss prevalence rates and consumption trends within the US and across the EU before discussing the rationale for including hypnosis within a multi- faceted program to achieve smoking cessation.

Specifically, this webinar will detail the CBT-based program utilizing hypnosis, mindfulness, and acceptance-based strategies for smoking cessation. Participants will explore using implementation instructions to craft self-determination promoting suggestions. Further, we will discuss common obstacles and clinical considerations associated with the treatment of smokers using hypnosis.


March 10, 2023

Hypnosis in Palliative Care

Daniel Radesca, MD

When a patient's condition has evolved to the point where there is no return, they may be struggling with symptoms that can be physically, psychologically, and spiritually burdensome. As therapists or physicians, we need tools for assessing these symptoms and providing supportive care tailored to specific patients. Hypnosis is an outstanding strategy, so we can help patients live more comfortably, despite their advanced illness. Discover the latest research in hypnosis and palliative care and learn the best evidence-based strategies for hypnotically approaching these patients.

By the end of the lecture Applications of Hypnosis in Palliative Care, you will have learned specific techniques for dealing with your first session and a 4-stage model to use in patients with life-threatening illnesses.

February 10, 2023

Hypnosis for Fibromyalgia: Clinical Challenges & Therapeutic Perspectives

Giuseppe DeBenedittis, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Milan

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a functional pain syndrome characterized by chronic musculoskeletal widespread pain associated with fatigue, non-restorative sleep and cognitive dysfunction (fibrofog). Recent evidence supports the notion that hypnosis, combined with a standard medical treatment and a daily practice of self-hypnosis, may be a useful and safe adjunct tool to manage chronic pain and associated symptoms as well as disability. 

This program will discuss the current research on FMS, the psychological factors that can predispose to trigger or worsen FMS-symptoms, and the risk factors for the development of FMS. Participants will also learn the ways in which hypnosis may help those with FMS when used in conjunction with standard medical treatment. Specifically, participants will learn how Indirect (Ericksonian) suggestions and hypnotherapeutic techniques can help with the pain management associated with FMS.


January 13, 2023

The ABCs of Pain Management 

Mark P. Jensen, PhD

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that adults seek medical care. The presenter will provide an overview of the basics of pain management, with a focus on hypnotic approaches. Topics will include: (1) what (and how) to speak with clients about the neurophysiology of pain; (2) the critical role of a thorough assessment of the factors contributing to pain; (3) the importance of having a depth of knowledge about the state-of-science knowledge regarding different pain conditions; and (4) the presenter’s favorite hypnotic inductions and suggestions for pain management.

Following this initial presentation, the session moderator will facilitate a discussion between Dr. Jensen and the attendees on the issues presented (or any other issues raised by the attendees). Discussion will include clinical techniques for assessment and treatment for chronic pain.

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December 9, 2022

Using Self-Hypnosis for Replenishment and Equanimity

Ciara Christensen, PhD

Many individuals continue to report needing to chart new emotional pathways through an assortment of tense situations (e.g. pandemic, riots, social unrest, escalating violence, war, etc.). Especially during the holidays, providers have a front row seat to higher reports of anxiety, depression, concerns for threats to health, and the list goes on. In times such as these, it is easy for providers to diminish attending to their own emotional and physical well-being.

This webinar will bring together ideas and discuss self-care/coping strategies to buffer against emotional and physical depletion. Attendees will learn about research supporting the value of having a gratitude practice. They will also learn practical tools like self-hypnosis, which can be used daily as part of a self-care practice for replenishment and even mindedness. 

About the Presenter: Ciara Christensen, PhD, completed her doctoral degree in 2012 from Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington.  She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Idaho and Wisconsin. Previously, she was a hospital psychologist at St. Luke’s Clinic, Behavioral Health Services, in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the President of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). She is past President of the Society of Psychological Hypnosis (D30) of the American Psychological Association and a past Editor of FOCUS, a publication of the SCEH. Prior to completing her PhD, she was Managing Editor of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Dr. Christensen has published over 17 refereed journal articles, as well as presented research papers and clinical hypnosis workshops with Arreed Barabasz world-wide. Dr. Christensen has over a dozen awards for her research including the Ernest R. Hilgard Best Graduate Thesis Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and Early Career Achievement awards from the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and from APA.


November 18, 2022 

Rewriting the Depressive Script

Barbara S. McCann, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The internal script in depressive disorders is characterized by negative views of the self, the world, and the future. These beliefs form an internal monologue that leads to destructive emotions, behaviors, and physiology.  Depressive attentional mechanisms selectively focus on confirmatory information from these, leading to an endlessly downward spiral as the depressed individual attempts to derive meaning from internal and external events. The depressive monologue gives rise to vivid imaginary reenactments and distortions of past failures and disappointments and leaves little room for a sense of personal agency and hope for a brighter future. Hypnosis offers a means of introducing vivid and plausible new narratives grounded in present realities and future possibilities.  Using case examples, we will explore several hypnotic approaches for engaging depressed individuals in a renewed focus on their role in shaping a plausible sense of agency and hopeful view of self in relation to the world.

About the Presenter: Barbara S. McCann PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her clinical psychology practice is at Harborview Medical Center, where she treats individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia. She teaches medical students and psychiatry residents therapeutic communication strategies, cognitive behavioral therapies, and hypnosis, and has received numerous teaching awards. She has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. McCann is President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Certified as an Approved Consultant by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She serves on the Board of Editorial Consultants for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.


BEING RESCHEDULED FOR 2023 - Original date October 28, 2022

Yoga Nidra & Hypnosis: Yogic Trance or Trance Logic?

Scott Hoye, PsyD, Chicago Psychology Services, Chicago, IL

Eastern mind/body techniques have been integrated into psychotherapy for several decades.  The most prevalent of these is mindfulness meditation. Similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness have been noted. In recent years, there has also been an integration of the use of yoga nidra, the “yoga of sleep.” What are the similarities between yoga nidra and hypnosis?  How can an understanding of hypnosis help to better understanding yoga nidra? Can aspects of both be integrated? 

This 90-minute presentation provides an overview of yoga nidra, including its background in Indian spirituality, and the scientific literature about yoga nidra as a behavioral health intervention. It will look at the similarities and differences between it and hypnosis, and suggestions for integrating the two modalities. It was also critical look at the use of spiritual practices into western medicine for practical purposes.

About the Presenter:  Scott Hoye, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in in Chicago, IL. He works in private practice in Chicago Illinois, and is the co-host of the Psychology Talk Podcast. He has given workshops and presentations with the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, APA’s Division 30, the Oregon Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has held the position of Member-at-Large of Division 30’s Executive Committee,and is currently Division 30’s President Elect (2021-2022). Websites: and


September 9, 2022 

Post-Traumatic Growth: Theory, Process, and Self-Hypnosis Training

- Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco, TX 
- Connor Kelley, BA, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco, TX 

Trauma can take many forms and can relate to traumatic events, adverse childhood experiences, or other traumatic life experiences. When exposed to significant trauma, individuals experience disruption of their beliefs, life narrative, and experience intense emotional distress. Exposure-based behavioral therapies have been shown to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however many individuals continue to struggle with PTSD symptoms and trauma. Posttraumatic growth (PTG), refers to the ability of individuals to create new narratives and meanings following cataclysmic trauma and that positive psychological changes can be experienced as a result of struggle. PTG can be complementary to expose-based therapies and provide needed experiences for healing and positive change. Foundational to PTG is the understanding that “it is not the event itself that defines trauma, but its effect on the schemas, exposing them to reconstruction” (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2004). PTG encompasses a constructivist perspective in which individuals develop core beliefs and schemas about self, the past and future, and the world.  Through struggle, schemas can change, coping skills developed, and growth can occur. With expert guidance individuals may develop new personal strengths, appreciation of life, deeper relationships, spiritual change, and become aware of new possibilities. Training in self-hypnosis can facilitate development of emotional regulation, awareness, and positive schema changes. This webinar will identify the theoretical foundations and goals of PTG, the process by which it can occur, hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and how training in self-hypnosis can facilitate posttraumatic growth.

About the Presenters:
Dr. Gary Elkins is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Program. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Elkins’ publications include Mindful Hypnotherapy: The Basics for Clinical Practice and The Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications and Professional Issues.   

Connor Kelley is a third-year doctoral student in the Baylor University PsyD in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Gary Elkins, PhD. His research interests include Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), trauma and recovery, and hypnosis. To date he has been a part of several projects emphasizing the benefits of PTG and the application of complementary and alternative practices, including hypnosis, in facilitating PTG.


August 12, 2022

Changing Children’s Lives Through Hypnosis

Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP

In this presentation, I will describe and demonstrate four approaches to use of hypnosis with children that have proven to be effective in my clinical practice when used separately or in combination. With most of my patients I first introduce the concepts of the mind/body interactions and the importance of positive self-talk through a muscle testing demonstration. Secondly, patients are taught how to achieve a relaxed state using favorite place imagery and progressive relaxation, as well as how to trigger their relaxation response with an anchor. During a third session I often introduce children to the concept of the subconscious and how it can help them. I teach them ways of communicating directly with their subconscious including through ideomotor signaling and self-talk. Finally, we discuss how to achieve a spiritual state that permits patients to view life challenges with a more helpful perspective.

About the Presenter: Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics, offering hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Anbar is also a past President, fellow, and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Anbar is a leader in pediatric clinical hypnosis, and his experiences with hypnosis since 1998 have allowed him to successfully treat over 7,000 children. He served as a professor of pediatrics and medicine and the director of pediatric pulmonology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, for 21 years. Dr. Anbar has been the principal investigator in 10 published case studies of pediatric hypnosis and involved in research trials of children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary disorders. He is a published author of more than 50 articles, abstracts, and book chapters on pediatric functional disorders and pediatric hypnosis. He is the author of Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis: A Journey to the Center. Dr. Anbar has been the recipient of numerous awards including SCEH’s 2002 Roy M. Dorcus Award for Best Clinical Paper on Hypnosis and ASCH’s 2015 William Wester Award for Excellence in Child Hypnosis.


July 8, 2022

Evocative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy: Demonstration and Discussion

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Founder and Director, Milton H. Erickson Foundation

Hypnosis is the progenitor of experiential approaches to psychotherapy. At its essence hypnosis is an evocative orientation that targets a conceptual realization; it is not an informative method.  A logical extension is to seamlessly extend hypnotic principles into clinical practice

Dr, Zeig will briefly explain his approach and work live with a client. There will be time for audience interaction/Q&A.

About the Presenter: Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in fourteen foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, which are considered the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organized the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (40 countries). He is president of Zeig, Tucker, and Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences. His latest book is An Epic Life: Milton Erickson, Professional Perspectives:  


June 3, 2022

Pediatric Clinical Hypnosis Growing Up: Finding Naturalistic Hypnotic Experiences across Development

Lisa Lombard, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, Chicago, President, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute

The goal of this webinar is to explore pediatric clinical hypnosis as an often-naturalistic experience that takes different shapes and forms depending on the development of the individual child/youth.  Naturally occurring examples will be presented.  Applications of "finding the hypnosis" and utilizing this perspective to craft suggestions for the child and teen will be discussed.  This webinar is particularly relevant for health psychology, play therapy, psychotherapy, and school-based behavioral health. 

About the Presenter: Lisa Lombard, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, provides general psychological services that integrate mind-body practices for children, families, and adults coping with anxiety, stress-mediated health concerns, and pain.  She conducts research on psycho-social coping with food allergies, with plans to develop and test interventions designed to support children and parents during routine avoidance behaviors and as part of de-sensitization protocols.  She also co-leads the development and launch of a digital behavioral health and wellness tool for providers, staff, and other essential workers during Covid.   She earned her Ph.D. in psychology/human development from the University of Chicago.   She is active in the American Psychological Association, Division 30 and training organizations for mental health care providers using clinical hypnosis. 

In her private practice, Dr. Lombard provides psychotherapy to children, teens, and families She also consults to a preschool/elementary school and supervises psychology graduate students. She joined the CFAAR team at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as a research assistant professor in March of 2020.  She is excited to integrate her expertise in pediatric psychology with her specialized training in mind-body practices as she develops interventions that support children and families coping with food allergies. As a member of CFAAR, she collaborates on manuscript writing and the development of psycho-educational materials to meet the psycho-social needs of children and families with food allergies.


May 13, 2022

Breath Matters

Inna Khazan, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback

Healthy breathing is one of the foundations of human health and well-being. Overbreathing, one of the most common breathing dysregulations, affects 10-25% of US population and is associated with conditions such as asthma, panic disorder, anxiety, chest pain, GI distress, and chronic pain. Oftentimes, our clients come to us reporting that the “deep breathing exercises” they’ve learned previously do not work for them, make them feel lightheaded or short of breath, or make them feel worse. These symptoms are often a sign of overbreathing, a behavior of breathing out too much carbon dioxide, resulting in hypocapnia, or low levels of carbon dioxide. Hypocapnia, in turn, leads to significant emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physiological changes that may seriously impact health and performance.  During hypnotherapy, clients may unintentionally overbreathe by taking overly deep breaths, creating discomfort and reluctance to engage in future sessions. The purpose of this session is to discuss the physiology of breathing and provide the audience with practical strategies for breathing assessment and teaching healthy breathing, including guidance for explaining healthy breathing to clients, and tips for practice and training.

About the Presenter:  Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches and supervises trainees. She is clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and performance excellence training using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Khazan is the founder of Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance. She also serves as chief science officer for Optimal HRV, a company dedicated to helping people improve their mental and physical health.

Recognized as a pioneer in mindfulness-based biofeedback, Dr. Khazan is a popular speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. She has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan serves as president of the board of directors for Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), board member for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), where she is currently chair elect.

Dr. Khazan writes for Psychology today, is the author of numerous journal articles and three books, including the highly regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness, the popular Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Practical Solutions for Improving Your Health and Performance, and Mindfulness and Compassion in Biofeedback: A Book of Readings, coedited with Dr. Donald Moss.

April 8, 2022

Process-Oriented Hypnosis

Michael D. Yapko, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, educator and author, Southern California

Just as there are many different models of psychotherapy, each with different foundational philosophies and methods, there are many different models of hypnosis, each with a different theoretical emphasis and therefore utilizing widely diverse methods. The highly innovative work of Milton Erickson in particular is widely acknowledged by therapists who may or may not use hypnosis but are definitely influenced by his strategic methods. 

Milton Erickson was often credited with being a “mind-reader,” but he simply said he was more observant than most. Realistically, there are many common denominators of human experience that can make one seem a mind reader to a client when touching on them in the course of therapy. Hypnosis can be especially well used to address generalities that have very specific effects. In this short webinar presentation, we’ll explore this gentle style of process-oriented hypnotic intervention. 

About the Presenter: Michael D. Yapko, PhD, is a clinical psychologist residing in Southern California. He is internationally recognized for his work in advancing clinical hypnosis and outcome-focused psychotherapy, routinely teaching to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States.

Dr. Yapko has had a special interest for more than four decades in the intricacies of brief therapy, and the clinical applications of hypnosis and directive methods, especially in the treatment of depression. He is the author of 16 books and editor of three others, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on the subjects of hypnosis and the use of strategic psychotherapies. These include his most recent book, Process-Oriented Hypnosis: Focusing on the Forest, Not the Trees (W.W. Norton; 2021), and the widely used hypnosis text, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (5th edition, Routledge; 2019). He is a four-time recipient from SCEH of “The Arthur Shapiro Award for the Best Book on Hypnosis,” and his works have been translated into ten languages. More information about Dr. Yapko’s teaching schedule and publications can be found on his website: He is the recipient of numerous major awards for his innovative contributions in advancing the fields of hypnosis and brief therapy, including lifetime achievement awards from The American Psychological Association’s Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis), the International Society of Hypnosis (the Pierre Janet Award), and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.


March 11, 2022

Suggestion vs. Medication in the Treatment of Depression

Irving Kirsch, PhD, Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies, Lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance. However, analyses of the published and the unpublished data that were hidden by the drug companies reveal that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect, and the difference in improvement between drug and placebo is not clinically meaningful. This conclusion has been replicated in a new patient-level analysis, co-authored by officials at the FDA, of all the antidepressant data sent to them by the pharmaceutical companies between 1979 and 2016 (73,388 patients in 232 clinical trials).

Other treatments (e.g., psychotherapy and physical exercise) produce the same short-term benefits as antidepressants, show better long-term effectiveness, and do so without the side effects and health risks of the drugs, and hypnosis increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Instead of curing depression, popular antidepressants may produce a placebo effect at the cost of inducing a biological vulnerability making people more likely to relapse.

About the Presenter:  Irving Kirsch, PhD is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies at the Harvard Medical School and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull (UK) and the University of Connecticut (USA). He has published 10 books, more than 250 scientific journal articles and 40 book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. He originated the concept of response expectancy. Kirsch’s meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the UK. His 2008 meta-analysis was listed by the British Psychological Society as one of the “10 most controversial psychology studies ever published.” His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, has been published in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Polish, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award. It was the topic of a 60 Minutes segment on CBS and a 5-page cover story in Newsweek. In 2015, the University of Basel (Switzerland) awarded Irving Kirsch an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology.

February 11, 2022

The Magic Glove in its Many Forms

Leora Kuttner, PhD (Reg. Clinical Psychologist), Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia & B.C Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada

Glove anesthesia has a long tradition as a hypnoanalgesic technique to reduce pain and anxiety in anticipation of and during medical procedures. Adapted to Pediatrics over 30 years ago, it became “The Magic Glove.” This child-friendly procedure invites imaginative absorption with repeated stroking the back of the hand combined with specific hypnotic suggestions for sensory changes and increased comfort.

This presentation will show videos and explore the wide range of applications for the Magic Glove: as an Induction, for Flu/Covid Vaccinations, for analgesia at the dentist, drawing blood, accessing IVs, in-dwelling ports, or lines, and for empowering patients and their parents.

About the Presenter:  Leora Kuttner, PhD (Reg. Clinical Psychologist) is a  Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia & B.C Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada  She is the author of over 50 professional articles, and is a documentary filmmaker, creating five films including the award-winning film “No Fears No Tears -- 13 Years Later" on the long-term benefits of hypnosis for children with cancer. She holds many awards including Woman of Distinction’ for Health in Vancouver; The American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award and ASCH’s William Wester Award for Excellence in Child Hypnosis.


January 14, 2022

A Personally and Scientifically Informed Approach to Clinical Hypnosis

Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, SUNY Binghamton University 

Over the past five decades or so, Dr. Lynn has used hypnosis in clinical practice and studied hypnosis in the laboratory. In this presentation, he will share what he has learned from his ongoing fascination with hypnosis and how it can be used as a catalyst to augment the effects of empirically supported interventions.

He will overview findings from his laboratory and what others have discovered regarding the nature of hypnotic inductions, suggestions, and the hypnotic context, and review their implications for clinical work. He will also present his approach to leveraging hypnosis to increase cognitive-behavioral-flexibility and shift spontaneous mental activity in line with goal-directed actions and deeply held personal values.

About the Presenter: Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, ABPP (Clinical, Forensics), is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (BU); the current director of the Laboratory of Consciousness, Cognition, and Psychopathology; and the former the director of both the Clinical Psychology Training Program and the Binghamton University Psychological Clinic. Professor Lynn has published more than 380 articles and book chapters and more than 20 books on consciousness, hypnosis, dissociation, psychopathology, psychotherapy, memory, trauma, and distinguishing science and pseudoscience. He is the founding editor of Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice (APA) and serves on many editorial boards, including the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Clinical Psychological Science. The NIMH has funded his research, his work has been widely represented in the media, and he has served as an expert witness on hypnosis and memory on a national and international basis.

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November 12, 2021

Assessment of Hypnotizability in Clinical Practice: Elkins Hypnotizability Scale

Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Hypnotizability refers to a person’s ability to experience various aspects of hypnosis such as cognitive, experiential, behavioral, and physiological responses to hypnotic suggestion. Assessment of hypnotizabilty can provide important information regarding case conceptualization, treatment planning, and mechanisms of hypnosis interventions. In addition, assessment of hypnotizability may be a useful means of introducing hypnosis through experiential means and may have therapeutic benefits. The Elkins Hynotizability Scale (EHS) can be integrated into clinical practice and research. The clinical form (EHS-CF) takes about 20 minutes or less. It involves a hypnotic induction involving focus of attention, eye closure, and relaxation. Following deepening suggestions, items include inhibitory motor responses, facilitative motor and cognitive responses, and facilitative perceptual responses. The EHS has very good internal consistency (.85), test-retest reliability (.93), and scores highly correspond with the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale-Form C (SHSS-C). In this workshop participants will gain knowledge about hypnotizability theory and research, methods of clinical and formal assessment, and use of the EHS Clinical Form. Foundational research and implications for clinical practice will be presented. Participants will learn how to administer and score the EHS-CF and integrate into their clinical practice or research.

About the Presenter: Dr. Elkins is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Program. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Elkins’ publications include Mindful Hypnotherapy: The Basics for Clinical Practice and The Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications and Professional Issues. 


October 29, 2021

Rapid Hypnosis for Medical and Dental Encounters

Elvira V. Lang, MD, FSIR, FSCEH, Founder & President, Comfort Talk®

Based on extensive clinical trials and clinic practice, this presentation builds on 25 years of experience with nonpharmacologic means of managing patient anxiety and pain in busy healthcare environments. It documents the effects of unaddressed anxiety on pain, the interconnected experience of the patient and dental practitioner’s stress, and the economic ramifications. It addresses how the natural upward trend of pain and anxiety during these encounters can be avoided, and the patient experience improved by slight, but reflective, changes in provider behavior and use of language. The audience will learn how to build rapport with their patients instantly, elicit positive behaviors and cooperation from them and, if needed, from accompanying individuals.

Attendees will be introduced to the powers of word choice, how they can avoid the adverse effects of negative suggestions, reframe distressing thoughts, fears, and worries, and moderate the effect of painful stimuli. Rapid hypnotic techniques will be described and demonstrated with a sample script. The specifics of language providing anxiety release and relaxation in the office, as well as those needed for additional pain relief, will be discussed and supplemented with findings from a recent clinical trial at Tufts Dental School.

About the Presenter: Elvira Lang, MD, PhD, is an award-winning interventional radiologist known for researching the effectiveness and cost savings of rapid hypnotic techniques in medicine and dentistry. She held faculty positions at the University of Heidelberg, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and Harvard Medical School. In her prospective randomized studies with over 700 patients, guidance in self-hypnotic relaxation on the procedure table reduced pain, anxiety, drug use, and complications. She crystallized these techniques and founded Comfort Talk®. In further NIH-supported multicenter trials with >125,000 patient visits, training of MRI teams in Comfort Talk® significantly improved patients’ satisfaction and ability to complete examinations. Dr. Lang co-authored “Patient Sedation Without Medication,” “Managing Your Medical Experience” and >150 research papers. She received the Erika Fromm Award by the SCEH and Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for a Lifetime of Published Experimental Work. She has been featured extensively in the press and on television. 


September 24, 2021

Inductions, Deepening Techniques and Teaching Stories

Eleanor D. Laser, PhD

Overview: To successfully induce the hypnotic state/deliver suggestions, it's key to understand belief, imagination, concentration, expectation and desire. This knowledge helps you craft the induction necessary for hypnosis to reach the optimal desired state. There are hundreds of inductions therapists can apply including direct/indirect suggestions. The key is finding the right induction for the client.

This webinar will help you identify/craft such an induction and understand how the client's unconscious mind provides clues as to what is most effective.  We'll also explore repetition; speaking to the client's exhalation, pace, lead; and how inductions maximize hypnosis for health.

About the Presenter:  Dr. Eleanor Laser is an internationally recognized, Adlerian trained clinical psychotherapist with extensive expertise in medical hypnosis/hypnoanesthesia/non-pharmacological analgesia. She is a sought-after international speaker/author/consultant. Active in numerous professional associations and former president of the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis, she is the recipient of two major SCEH awards, the 2021 Erika Fromm Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2010 Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis for Patient Sedation Without Medication, co-authored with Dr. Elvira Lang.

Certified as an Approved Consultant by ASCH, Dr. Laser is an in-demand consultant/educator/researcher for leading medical facilities/universities including Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan. Her work has received media coverage from CBS, the Discovery Channel, and more. In her private practice she treats a range of mind/body conditions including childbirth, eating disorders, insomnia, PTSD issues, ideopathic multiple chemical sensitivity and sugar/smoking addictions.

August 6, 2021

Autoimmune Disorders, Psychoneuroimmunology and Hypnosis

Moshe S. Torem, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, at Northeast Ohio Medical University

For many years western medicine has considered the immune system to be separate and independent from the central nervous system.  However, significant scientific research discoveries during the past 50 years have presented new data leading to the evolution of psychoneuroimmunology as a new field showing that the immune system does interact with the central nervous system in a bidirectional way.  This webinar provides a review of the research literature establishing data on the connection between the brain and the immune system with relevance to our understanding and treatment of autoimmune disorders. In addition, this webinar will provide a foundation and structure for using hypnosis in the treatment of patients with autoimmune disorders. Clinical case examples will provide practical relevant illustration on effective utilization of hypnosis in treating patients with autoimmune disorders.

About the Presenter: Moshe S. Torem MD is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Life Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Life Fellow of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Torem served as president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST&D), and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Currently, Dr. Torem serves as Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. In addition, Dr. Torem has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field of psychiatry, hypnosis and integrative mind-body medicine and health. He has provided lectures and workshops to professionals in the U.S. and other countries. Dr. Torem has also been in clinical practice providing guidance and treatment for people with a variety of conditions such as; anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, habit disorders, smoking control, weight control, autoimmune disorders, & preparing people for medical procedures and surgery. Moreover, Dr. Torem has also provided guidance and help to students & workers in passing examinations, tests and preparing for important interviews. Dr. Torem is known for his practical approaches utilizing age progression procedures with and without formal hypnosis as an important and unique contribution to the field of hypnosis and therapeutic imagery.  


July 9, 2021

Gut Feelings:  Clinical Hypnosis for Disorders in Brain-Gut Interaction

Louis F. Damis, PhD, ABPP

Overview: Clinical hypnosis has reliably been found to produce both short- and long-term treatment benefits for functional gastrointestinal disorders (i.e., functional dyspepsia, functional abdominal pain, and irritable bowel syndrome).  Moreover, as various physiological and autonomic nervous system variables have been found to contribute to these functional gastrointestinal disorders, they have more appropriately been relabeled Disorders Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI).  However, the exact mechanisms of action that result in such hypnotic intervention benefits have remained elusive.

This webinar will review the empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of various gut-directed clinical hypnosis strategies, address possible mechanisms of action, and outline these techniques for participant use.  Moreover, recent research will be reviewed on a polyvagal-based hypnotic intervention effective with gut-brain interaction disorders. Furthermore, the polyvagal model's relevance and this technique will be reviewed concerning the treatment of fibromyalgia, other pain disorders, and trauma.

About the Presenter:  Louis F. Damis, Ph.D., ABPP, is a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, an ASCH Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis, and a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  He is a past president of the Florida and Washington, DC Societies of Clinical Hypnosis and is a Prime Reviewer and Executive Board Member of the ASCH.  In addition to being a recent Guest Editor for a special issue on Trauma and Hypnosis for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, he contributed several articles, including one on DGBI.  Dr. Damis has over twenty-five years of experience teaching hypnosis for the ASCH and FSCH.  Dr. Damis founded Integrative Health Psychology, PA and maintains a consulting, teaching, and therapy practice in Oviedo, Florida.

June 11, 2021

From Principle to Practice: Deconstructing Problem Patterns toward Strategically Guided Solutions

David S. Alter, PhD, LP, ABPP, ABPH, FACHP

The program/presentation approaches clinical conditions presented by clients from an evolutionary, neurobiological framework. Rather than focusing on the content of presenting concerns (e.g., migraine, digestive distress, depression, or panic), the program participant is invited to explore clinical phenomena as manifestations of evolutionarily based patterns of adjusting and adapting to ever-changing physical and social landscapes. Presenting problem patterns are framed as attempts at solution seeking, goal-oriented (though not necessarily consciously mediated) adaptiveness.

Dr. Alter has identified 13-core principles that aid in cultivation of this adaptive view of clinical concerns. The principles are rooted in what we have learned about the physiological, neurological, psychological, and social legacies we have inherited from our evolutionary ancestors. Applying these principles to clinical phenomena supports the clinician in escaping the diagnostic and formulaic treatment reductionism that too often constrains our ability to interact with clients in ways that are tailored to their unique presenting problem patterns, while simultaneously cultivating an approach that imbues clients’ efforts with meaning, mission, and purpose.

About the Presenter: David S. Alter, PhD, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis, a private, integrative health center. Trained in clinical neuropsychology, clinical health psychology, and psychological hypnosis, Dr. Alter brings a cross-disciplinary and integrative perspective to his clinical, teaching, and writing activities. He is the past-president of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). He has held numerous roles with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), including currently serving as the Chair of the Ethics Committee and as a member of ASCH’s Executive Committee. He is a much sought-after speaker and presenter, having offered more than 100 national and international workshops for health professionals and presentations to the public. Dr. Alter is the author of multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and the author of Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom, published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. The winner for multiple awards for teaching and writing excellence, Dr. Alter is an engaging and dynamic presenter committed to providing participants with practical, innovative, and scientifically sound methods and strategies for enriching their professional and personal lives.

May 14, 2021

Applying the Science of Positive Psychology to Ignite Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy for Well-Being

Elizabeth Slonena, PsyD

This  experiential  webinar  will  invite  clinicians to  approach  hypnotic  interventions  from  a  positive  psychology  perspective.  Unlike  other psychological approaches which focus on reducing problems and weaknesses, positive psychology strives to identify character strengths and behaviors that encourage individuals to enhance their life with meaning and purpose. This approach is especially relevant during the ongoing pandemic. This training welcomes beginner, intermediate, and even advanced level clinicians that wish to deepen theirrepertoire of hypnotic suggestions for strengthening well-being.

Attendees  will  learn  to  approach  the  10  principles  of  Hypnotic  Relaxation  Therapy  from  a  positive  psychology  perspective.  Thefundamental theory, research, and applications of positive psychology interventions and Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy for Well-Being will be presented. Brief clinical vignettes and clinical anecdotes will be incorporated to ignite imagination and discussion. Mostimportantly, the 10 simple steps for self-hypnosis for well-being will be demonstrated to enrich experiential learning.

About the Presenter: Elizabeth Slonena, PsyD recently earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Elkins. She also completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Health (NIH) investigating novel treatments including ketamine for treatment-resistant depression. She is a co-author of 13 peer-review articles and is the co-creator of Brief Mindful Hypnosis, a  novel  treatment  for  stress  reduction  and  inner  resilience.  Dr.  Liz  strives  to  cultivate  community  and  celebrate  diversity  in  the  next generation  of  clinical  hypnotherapists  and  holds  leadership  roles  in  the  Society  for  Clinical  and  Experimental  Hypnosis  Marketing Committee and Mentorship Program. She is also a Content Advisor for Thrive360, a virtual reality wellness app and maintains athriving therapy practice in Asheville, North Carolina.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Adjunctive Therapies for Use with Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA

Adjunctive therapies are interventions that combine well with clinical hypnosis and psychotherapy. These adjunctive techniques augment the therapeutic effect of the hypnosis and psychotherapy. The combined therapeutic effect of hypnosis and adjunctive skills together is often greater than the effect of either intervention alone. Regular home practice of adjunctive relaxation skills improves basal autonomic nervous system regulation and reduces the onset of problematic symptoms.

This Webinar introduces seven adjunctive therapies, including progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, paced diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, meditation, mindfulness, and expressive writing. Three to four of them will be demonstrated, as time allows, and brief clinical vignettes will illustrate the use of the adjunctive techniques with clients. Each of these skill sets can be administered on its own, with therapeutic effect, or provided in combination with clinical hypnosis as a treatment package. Clinical anecdotes will be utilized to illustrate the use of adjunctive therapies.

About the Presenter: Donald Moss, PhD, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.  Dr. Moss is the Education Chair of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) and a board member of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association. He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  He has served as president of Division 30, SCEH, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).  Moss’ most recent books are a co-authored book on chronic illness, Integrative Pathways (Springer, 2019), and three co-edited books, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Compassion in Biofeedback Practice (AAPB, 2020), Physiological Technology and Applicants in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB, 2019), and Foundations of Heart Rate Variability (AAPB, 2016).


Friday, March 12, 2021

Complex Inductions Made Easy: Neurophysiology, Social Psychology and Dissociation

David R. Patterson PhD, ABPP

This webinar will focus on training clinicians in advanced concepts of hypnosis. Although the training will be advanced, the content level will be appropriate for intermediate, or even beginning levels, based on the manner in which the material is taught. A major premise of this workshop is that hypnosis is most effective when presented in a non-linear rather than a cognitively based logical intervention.

The webinar will present scientifically based principles to distill complex hypnosis into clinician friendly-heuristics for clinicians. The science is based on what is known about the neurophysiology of brain functioning during hypnosis, social psychology (including Milton Erickson’s work), and dissociation (particularly dissociated control theories). Guided by science, this workshop will present simple, understandable steps to present hypnosis in a non-linear fashion.

About the Presenter: David R. Patterson is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds diplomates in Psychological Hypnosis and Rehabilitation Psychology. He has published over 170 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on pain control, adjustment to trauma and hypnosis. He has given workshops in over a dozen countries on the topic of hypnosis and pain control. He was funded for his work by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years and was the director of both the psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs in his department. He published Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control in 2010 with American Psychological Association.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Hypnosis, Anxiety, and Children: Opportunities Beyond Relaxation

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Using hypnosis with children teaches skills and helps children experientially discover their own resources and “super-powers.” With anxious children, hypnotic interventions can immediately demonstrate the mind-body connection, help with somatic regulation, and offer relief. But many clinicians focus on relaxation and calmness as the primary (and only) goal with anxious children and teens. Paradoxically, an overemphasis on the goal of relaxation often impede progress. This webinar will focus on additional therapeutic targets that move away from an “elimination” approach and provide skills needed to step into uncertainty, recognize the patterns of anxiety, and interrupt the family cycles that help worry thrive. The goal of this program is to answer: How do we incorporate hypnosis into our treatment of anxious kids and parents without inadvertently supporting anxiety’s demands? There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint document will be shared. A facilitator will moderate specific questions to reach outcome goals.

About the Presenter:  Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, hypnosis, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.Lynn is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She and has several webinar programs for parents and children.


January 22, 2021

How to Create Reliably Effective Hypnosis Interventions for Chronic Physical Symptoms

Olafur S. Palsson, PsyD, Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chronic physical symptoms that have already proven unresponsive to the usual medical treatment methods can present formidablechallenges in healthcare. Clinical hypnosis offers unique techniques for addressing medically unresponsive symptoms, but for the best effects the clinician often has to apply treatment differently for those problems than in other therapeutic applications of hypnosis.

In this webinar, Dr. Palsson will provide participants with a detailed overview of a specific structureand set of essential elements in hypnosis treatment that together produce high probability of improvement in chronic and stubborn physical symptoms.The success of this approach has been empirically demonstrated in published research on GI disorders, including IBS, functional abdominal pain, inflammatory bowel disease, and esophageal disorders, but the same framework is equally useful for creating successful hypnosis treatment for other chronic health problems, such as migraine and fibromyalgia. This includes the approach to the chronic medical patient, formulating the hypnosis sessions to contain key principles that maximize therapeutic impact, and crafting suggestions and metaphors that effectively target psychological and physiological processes that influence body symptoms.

About the Presenter: Dr. Olafur S. Palsson is a clinical psychologist and  Professor of Medicine  at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel  Hill.  He  was previously Director of Behavioral Medicine and Assistant professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk,Virginia. Much of Dr. Palsson's work has focused on biopsychosocial and epidemiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders, psychological factors that modulate physical symptoms, and treatment of chronic GI problems with hypnosis. He developed the fully scripted North Carolina hypnosis protocol for IBS, which has been tested and found efficacious in seven published studies. It is used in clinical practice by hundreds of hypnosis-trained health professional in the U.S. and world-wide, and has served as a model for the development of standardized hypnosis treatment approaches for several other health problems. Dr. Palsson has authored more than 130 published papers in psychology and medicine, as well as numerous book chapters in edited books.

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December 11, 2020   (Rescheduled from original date: October 30, 2020)

A GPS Guide for Clinical Hypnosis Treatment Planning

David Reid, PsyD, Augusta Psychological Associates, Virginia and Saybrook University

What does your hypnosis treatment plan look like? Do you have one? Some clinicians tend to “wing it” or rely on scripts from clinical hypnosis textbooks for treating specific medical and psychological conditions. If you struggle with generating an individualized treatment plan that addresses clients’ concerns, this webinar may offer you the guidance and information you seek through case examples as well as practice opportunities for generating a treatment plan using hypnosis.

This webinar will provide pragmatic guidance for generating and implementing a therapeutic treatment plan using hypnosis. Suggestions for addressing unwanted and unexpected challenges during hypnosis sessions will also be reviewed. Based on his GPS model (Reid, 2012) for minimizing unwanted challenges during hypnosis sessions, Dr. Reid will review a number of strategic interventions through case presentations. Prior experience using hypnosis and completion of at least a Basic Hypnosis workshop is expected as this webinar will focus on generating treatment plans from case scenarios.

About the Presenter: David B. Reid, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Fellow and Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and President Elect of APA Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis). Dr. Reid is an 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 Chair 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 Virginia and is an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University.


November 13, 2020

Use of Hypnosis for Complex Health Conditions and in Integrative Medicine Settings

Lindsey C. McKernan, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

This presentation will discuss the applications of clinical hypnosis in integrative medicine settings, which serve individuals experiencing chronic, and often overlapping complex health conditions. Examples include migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. We will review integrative care models and the use of hypnosis with this population by applying individual and group approaches guided by the biopsychosocial model of care. Specific strategies to use hypnosis in integrative care settings will be discussed, including hypnosis for relaxation, to gain mastery over feared material with imaginal exposure, and self-hypnosis training for chronic conditions. Lastly, we will discuss methods of integrating inductions into specific care pathways to facilitate treatment, such as in physical therapy or for acupuncture treatments.

Empirical data on group and individual case studies will be shared when possible. We will also reserve time for a Q & A to discuss specific induction and suggestion techniques.

About the Presenter:  Lindsey C. McKernan, PhD MPH is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Director of Psychotherapy Training at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. Dr. McKernan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating and researching the intersection of co-occurring chronic health conditions and mental health. She established a hypnosis service line at VUMC and an associated multidisciplinary hypnosis training program, which currently supports providers at the medical center and in the community in the transition from learning to sustained clinical practice over time. She has a highly collaborative and active research lab funded by the National Institute of Health, with regular updates available at or on twitter through @LCMPhD.


September 11, 2020

Creativity and Hypnosis: Evoking Generative States for Positive Growth & Change

Scott Hoye, PsyD, Chicago Psychology Services, LLC, Chicago, IL

Most clinical work involves working with clients on remedial, clinical issues.  How can we use hypnosis to provide more positive states with clinical populations, or to help individuals tap into more generative mental capacities to perform more efficiently, and have more fun in life?  This online presentation will answer these questions, and provide hypnotic tools for creativity, and give an overview of the scientific literature of hypnosis and creativity.

This 90-minute presentation provides an overview of the history and theory of hypnosis and creativity research, as well as clinical aspects discussed in the scientific literature of creativity.  It will also give suggestions for techniques and an overview of treatment planning with case studies from the presenter’s practice, as well as ideas for integration creativity work into therapy and hypnotic settings will also be discussed.  

About the Presenter: Scott Hoye, PsyD, Chicago Psychology Services, LLC, is a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice in Chicago Illinois.  He has given workshops and presentations with the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, APA’s Division 30, the Oregon Society of Clincial Hypnosis, and the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  He serves as Vice President of the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis and has held the position of Member-at-Large of Division 30’s Executive Committee. 


August 14, 2020

Why Study Hypnosis:  Enhancing your Clinical Practice

Eric Willmarth, PhD, Saybrook University

Hypnosis and hypnotic-like procedures have now been used for hundreds of years and yet myths and misunderstandings still seem to make therapists hesitate to add this useful modality to their skill set.

This presentation will briefly review the history and myths of hypnosis and then focus on the many practical reasons to add hypnosis as an adjunctive technique in clinical practice. The data in the presentation is drawn from years of interviews with the leading figures in hypnosis who were all asked “Why study hypnosis?”  There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint document will be shared. A facilitator will moderate specific questions to reach outcome goals.

About the Presenter: Eric Willmarth, PhD, is the Co-Chair of the Department of Applied Psychophysiology and the Coordinator for the Integrative Mental Health Specialization in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health, Saybrook University, in Pasadena. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked for over three decades in the area of chronic pain management. He is certified in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, and pain management. He is currently the President-Elect of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div. 30) and President of the Michigan Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He has served in the past as the President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback. Beginning college as a music major, he played bassoon in the orchestra, trombone in the jazz band, and guitar in a rock band. He continues to be interested in the psychology and health benefits of music and continues to sing in his church choir. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 40 years and has two sons and three grandsons.


July 15, 2020 -- Note different day of the week for this webinar only -- Wednesday.

Managing Anxiety: Cognitive, Mindfulness and Hypnotherapeutic Approaches

Carolyn Daitch, PhD, Center for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety destroys the normal enjoyment of life through the fear, worry, obsessive thinking and avoidant behavior that anxious people experience.Simple activities like going to the grocery store, taking a child to her first day of school, or meeting a friend for lunch trigger a barrage of frantic “what ifs”.  This workshop will explore the subtleties of working with this pervasive category of disorders that affects an estimated 20% of the population. The workshop will also focus on the effect that uncontrolled anxiety has on intimate relationships.The presenter will introduce a powerful, integrative therapy model that combines CBT, Hypnosis and Mindfulness.

Using this integrative therapy model, workshop participants will learn practical interventions that are applicable to the treatment of panic, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A unique feature of this presentation is the four-part intervention developed by Dr. Daitch that integrates mindfulness, cognitive and hypnotic approaches. These tools work together to help clients feel more empowered when flooded with anxiety.

About the Presenter: Carolyn Daitch, an internationally renowned psychologist, trainer, author and presenter, teaches individuals and groups to recognize and manage stress and anxiety. Dr. Daitch, who has 35 years of thriving experience, is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her proven approach has helped countless clients learn how to successfully navigate the inevitable challenges of their lives. She is frequently invited to speak about anxiety and affect regulation at international conferences and as a keynote speaker at these conferences. Dr. Daitch is a certified and approved consultant and an elected fellow with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as well as the Michigan Psychological Association. Carolyn is president of the Michigan Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and vice-president of the Executive Council of ASCH.

She is the author of four books, including the award-winning Affect Regulation Toolbox, Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide, and co-author with Lissah Lorberbaum of Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Partner. Her newest publication is The Road to Calm Workbook. Dr. Daitch is also frequently invited by her colleagues to be a contributing author to a variety of books and journals.


June 12, 2020

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

Mark Weisberg, PhD, ABPP

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 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 webinar, 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: low back pain and headache.

About the Presenter: Dr. Weisberg 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.

He 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. Dr. Weisberg 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 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.


May 8, 2020

Pediatric Hypnosis

Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, ABHN, Nurse Practitioner

This webinar will introduce hypnotic approaches for many common physical, emotional and behavioral problems of childhood. Hypnosis not only gives the child a tool to better cope with or solve the problem himself, but also increases self-esteem, bolsters a sense of accomplishment and gives the child a valuable skill that he can adapt to many new situations throughout life.

This webinar will also review the developmental characteristics that make children particularly hypnotizable. Dr. Thomson will define developmental tasks unique to each stage of development. When people experience adverse childhood events, developmental tasks may not be fully mastered. This can have a detrimental impact not only in childhood but in adulthood as well. The presenter will introduce hypnotic skills and techniques useful in developing effective treatment plans for engaging children to be part of the solution for medical or psychological challenges.

About the Presenter:  Linda Thomson has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 45 years incorporating hypnosis into her clinical work with children. She is the author of two widely acclaimed books for children and clinicians: Harry the Hypnopotamus: Metaphorical Tales for Children, Volumes 1 & 2 and the creator of Harry Hypnopotamus Imagination Cards. Dr. Thomson has presented workshops across the country and around the world. She is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is the current Moderator of the ASCH Board of Governors.


March 6, 2020

Hypnosis for Chronic Pain: Maximizing Comfort

Mark P. Jensen, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Overview:  This 1.5-hour webinar will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies and suggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions. It will begin with a discussion of the neurophysiology of nociception and pain, focusing on nine specific processes and physiological structures involved in pain perception, that can be influenced by hypnotic suggestions. Evidence regarding pain’s impact on other functioning domains (e.g., activity level, sleep, mood) will be discussed, and ideas for hypnotic suggestions and approaches for addressing all of these domains and processes will be generated.

Next, the facilitator will describe what is currently known about the etiology and factors that contribute to pain associated with a number of common chronic pain conditions (specifically, headache, chronic widespread pain, low back pain, neuropathic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome), and how hypnosis can be tailored to treat each one. The webinar will end with a demonstration showing how clinicians can target hypnotic suggestions tailored to the needs of a specific patient.

About the Presenter:  Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine who has been studying chronic pain and helping individuals better manage chronic pain for 40 years. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to study the efficacy and mechanisms of various treatments for chronic pain, including hypnotic analgesia. He has published extensively (over 500 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment. His guidebook on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management and an accompanying patient manual in the Oxford University Press “Treatments that Work” series (Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide) co-won (along with David Patterson’s book, Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control) the 2011 Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis.


February Two Part Ethics Webinar

In February, SCEH will present a two part webinar on Ethical Principles and Practice Standards, scheduled for February 7 and 14, 2020.   Part I will focus on the theoretical foundations of ethics, and Part 2 will emphasize models for decision making for ethical practice.  Attendees may attend one or both dates.  A separate registration must be completed for each session.  Attending both February 7 and 14 sessions will provide the 3 hours of APA CE credit required for many professional licensure renewals.   

About the Presenter: Dr. Joel Marcus is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has served as Chairperson for ASCH’s Standards of Training for over a decade. He has taught Ethics Workshops at the ASCH Annual Meeting regularly for multiple years. He has presented hypnosis workshops at all levels at national and international venues. Dr Marcus is a Fellow of the American Psycho Oncology Society (APOS) where he regularly encounters ethical issues surrounding truth telling, clinical trials, end-of-life issues and provision of services to specialized populations. He has presented papers, workshops and posters on a multitude of issues unique to this health challenged population. He has presented on the overlap of the use of hypnosis in the treatment of cancer and its treatment sequalae.   He is the primary author of APOS’s Ethical Standards.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Ethical Principles and Practice Standards in Hypnosis, Part I. Theoretical Underpinnings

Joel D. Marcus, PsyD, FAPOS, FASCH, Banner Health M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Phoenix, AZ

Overview:  This webinar will present to the learner an overview of ethical principles and practices for the use of clinical hypnosis. Multiple theoretical and historical underpinnings of the applications of ethics will be described. A review of ethical dilemmas that a clinician may encounter will be presented.  The ethical use of hypnosis with specific populations and clinical entities will be offered.

A review of the ethical standards of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the American Psychological Association and other providers will occur. The similarities and differences of the different disciplines will be highlighted. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.  A PowerPoint document will be shared.  A facilitator will moderate specific questions to reach outcome goals.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Ethical Principles and Practice Standards in Hypnosis, Part II. Models for Decision Making

Joel D. Marcus, PsyD, FAPOS, FASCH, Banner Health M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Phoenix, AZ

Overview:  This webinar will present to the learner an overview of ethical principles and practices for the use of clinical hypnosis. Multiple theoretical and historical underpinnings of the applications of ethics will be described. A review of ethical dilemmas that a clinician may encounter will be presented.  The ethical use of hypnosis with specific populations and clinical entities will be offered. A review of the ethical standards of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the American Psychological Association and other providers will occur. The similarities and differences of the different disciplines will be highlighted.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.  A PowerPoint document will be shared.  A facilitator will moderate specific questions to reach outcome goals.

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July 19, 2019

Cultural Sensitivity, Personal Boundaries and Changing Interpersonal Expectations in Professional Conference Settings

Janna A. Henning, JD, PsyD, FT, Adler University, Chicago, IL

(The July 19th live presentation of this webinar was free for all SCEH members.)

About the Presenter: 
Dr. Henning is a clinical psychologist, educator, and researcher who specializes in traumatic stress, dissociative disorders, chronic and life-threatening illness, death and dying, bereavement, and loss. She is a Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, and the creator and coordinator of its Traumatic Stress Psychology Emphasis, one of the only programs of its kind in the U.S. She is the Co-Chair of the Education and Training Committee of Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association, the President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 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 currently provides individual therapy to traditionally underserved individuals who have experienced severe traumatic life events, chronic or life-threatening illness, bereavement, or loss, and training and clinical consultation for professionals and trainees who serve these populations.

September 13, 2019

Integrating Hypnosis and Mindfulness-Based Strategies into a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Smoking Cessation

Joseph P. Green, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Ohio State University, Lima, OH

About the Presenter:  Dr. Green has published over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, and produced two volumes on applied clinical hypnosis.  The majority of his publications have centered around the topics of hypnosis, imagination, and suggestion-based approaches to psychotherapy.  Dr. Green has been elected president of Division 30 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Psychological Hypnosis) three times. He is a Fellow of APA Division 30 and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and is a member of honor of the Association for the Advance of Experimental and Applied Hypnosis (AAEAH; Spain).  He has received a number of awards for research, teaching, and mentoring of undergraduate students and early career researchers.

November 15, 2019

Mindful Hypnotherapy: Integrating Mindfulness into Hypnotherapy Practice

Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Professor,
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor Univerty, Waco, TX

About the Presenter:  Dr. Elkins is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Program. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Elkins’ publications include Mindful Hypnotherapy: The Basics for Clinical Practice and The Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications and Professional Issues. He is a Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis


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Cultural Sensitivity, Personal Boundaries, and Changing Interpersonal Expectations in Professional Conference Settings (July 2019)
This was very well organized. I enjoyed it immensely.
Integrating Hypnosis and Mindfulness-Based Strategies into a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Smoking Cessation (September 2019 )
An excellent presentation, as well as a splendid format. Many thanks.
Added to and refined my knowledge of hypnosis for smoking cessation and the elements of an effective program.
I appreciate the resources shared.  Great research!·The slides, graphics, videos and audio were all very helpful and strengthened the presentation.

Mindful Hypnotherapy: Integrating Mindfulness into Hypnotherapy Practice (November 2019)
Nicely presented. Video of interview was great
Video demos added a lot of value, as does the handout. Thank you.
Great program! I loved the seminar and I look forward to more seminars and workshops in the future! Thank you.

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