ASCH Hypnosis Training

ASCH Basic Workshop - Fundamentals of Hypnosis - November 13-15 - all seats filled
To be added to a wait list for the ASCH Hypnosis training please full please fill-out this form. In the event that a registrant cancels and drops out of the class the space will be filled based off of the order of received requests.

The ASCH Basic Hypnosis Training is not included in the 5-Day conference package and must be purchased separately.

Why pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis? What are the benefits?
Clinicians who are trained in clinical hypnosis learn a range of communication skills that facilitate reaching the therapeutic goal through more effective utilization of the patient’s or client’s innate resources. Clinical hypnosis incorporates the science of neurobiology and brain plasticity, and its principles are trans-theoretical. Suggestion is an inevitable part of any treatment. Learning hypnosis allows you to better understand how you currently use suggestive language in your treatment approaches and how to increase and diversify your range of skills in suggesting therapeutic possibilities.


  •  Rapidly establish rapport and the hypnotic relationship across developmental ages;
  •  Facilitate change, Ego-strengthen and reduce impediments to change;
  •  Cost-effective, collaborative, person centered treatment; and
  •  Provide clients and patients with life-long skills for better health.

The Basic clinical hypnosis training is the first part of a series of workshops in the certification program for clinical hypnosis. An experienced and knowledgeable faculty will teach you the principles and process of hypnotic inductions, suggestions, and treatment. The workshop is a mix of didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises and faculty-led small group practice tailored to the specific needs and learning style of each participant. At the conclusion of the workshop you will have been taught the basic skills required to utilize clinical hypnosis and begin to apply it to your practice.

Introductory Workshop Description
This workshop offers instruction in the theory and applications of hypnosis for a clinical setting.  There is a mix of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and small group practice with supervision and feedback.  Course content is organized in a spiral curriculum consistent with ASCH exemplary standards. Besides the skill basics, application topics include, treatment planning, self-hypnosis, anxiety, and applications for trauma related and dissociative disorders. 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following in their practice:

  •  Identify and demonstrate at least three ways to induce a hypnotic trance and realert a subject from a trance;
  •  Demonstrate two methods for deepening a trance; and
  •  Describe four clinical conditions in which hypnotic techniques may be used.



 Wednesday, November 13, 2013
 Thursday, November 14, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013


Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Welcome & Introductions
Group Experience
5:30 PM

Hypnotic Phenomena
      Applications & Eliciting Phenomea Demonstration

5:45 PMManlove
Definitions, History, Theories of Hypnosis7:00 PM
Break7:30 PM
Myths and Misconceptions/Memory7:45 PM
Ethical Considerations8:15 PM
Principles of Induction
      Steps and re-alerting
8:45 PM

 Adjourn9:30 PM


Thursday, November 14, 2013
Demonstrations of Inductions8:00 AM
All Faculty
Principles of Induction Continued:
      Presenting Hypnosis to the Patient/Client
      Instructions for Small Group Practice
9:00 AM
Refreshment Break and Discussion with Faculty10:00 AM
Small Group Practice – Session I:  Induction10:15 AM
All faculty
Lunch11:45 AM
      Deepening Hypnosis, Tart scale, and Re-Alerting
12:45 PM
Small Group Practice – Session II:  Deepening                    
1:15 PM
Refreshment Break and Discussion with Faculty2:45 PM
Susceptibility and Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales3:00 PM
The Neurophysiologic Effects of Hypnosis3:30 PM
Teaching Self-Hypnosis4:00 PM
Language of Hypnosis:  Formulating Suggestions5:15 PM
Adjourn5:45 PM



Friday, November 15, 2013
Treatment Planning8:00 AM
Integrating Hypnosis into Clinical Practice
      Ego strengthening
9:00 AM
Refreshment Break and Discussion with Faculty10:00 AM
Small Group Practice – Session III:  Utilization10:15 AM
All Faculty
Lunch11:45 AM
Managing Resistance12:45 PM
Integrating Hypnosis into Clinical Practice:
      Applications for anxiety/sleep difficulties
1:30 PM
Refreshment Break and Discussion with Faculty2:45  PM
Integrating Hypnosis into  Practice:
      Concerns with trauma and Dissociative disorders
3:00 PM
Pilon, Lemke
Getting Started in Your Practice:
Ethics: Professional conduct and code of ethics
Professional Organizations; and Continuing Education
4:30 PM
All Faculty
Adjourn5:30 PM



 Wendy Lemke, MS
Dennis S. Pilon, LMSW, ACSW, BCD
Eric Spiegel, PhD
 Jean Manlove ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C


Dr. Speigel


Updated 10/07/2013

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