ASCH Hypnosis Training

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ASCH Basic Workshop - Fundamentals of Hypnosis - 22-24 October 2014 - Register Today!

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

Who is eligible to participate? 

ASCH Basic Hypnosis training is open to  licensed healthcare workers who, at a minimum, have obtained a master’s degree. Psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, medical doctors, masters-level nurses, dentists and chiropractors qualify and can benefit from this training.

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.

What can you expect in this 3 day Basic Hypnosis Training?

Day 1

Day 1 will offer a basic understanding and first experiences of hypnosis and trance through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, individual and group experiences of trance phenomena. Topics will address history, definitions and theories of hypnosis, more recent neurophysiological findings, the development of informed consent, and the creation of a constructive hypnotic experience within the treatment of trauma. Furthermore, participants will begin to learn about the language of hypnosis and how to formulate suggestions, and they will observe as well as experience the eliciting of hypnotic phenomena.

Day 2
Day 2 will expand on the learnings of Day 1 and deepen the understanding of the power of hypnotic language and its therapeutic utilization, while considering different hypnotic susceptibilities and different stages of hypnosis.  During two small-group practices, participants will have the unique opportunity to learn under close guidance how to competently induce and deepen a trance, and how to successfully realert.

Day 3
Day 3 will focus on hypnotic treatment planning and the integration of hypnosis into psychotherapy and phase I treatment of trauma and dissociation – creating safety through hypnotically informed self-regulation tools. Two small-group practices will allow participants to practice the utilization of trance and to “put it all together”. Information about ethical principles and professional conduct, further training in hypnosis, and professional resources will round out the training.

Schedule Updated October 17, 2014

  Wednesday, 22 October, 2014
 Session Title
 12:00  - 1:30 PM

Welcome and Intro to Basics
What is trance, what is alertness, what is hypnosis?
Three resources in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
Definitions, history, and theories of hypnosis.

 1:30  - 2:00 PM

 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Hypnosis and memory.   Myths and misperceptions of hypnosis.
Assessment, presenting hypnosis to the patient, informed consent.
Managing apprehension / “resistance”.

Group experience and discussion: Guided hypnosis.

 3:30 - 4:00 PM
 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Principles of formulating hypnotic suggestions. Principles and Process of
Induction and Realerting
 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Break - Light Dinner Provided
 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Hypnotic phenomena and their therapeutic applications.
Demonstration/Video of inductions /eliciting hypnotic  phenomena.
  Thursday, 23 October, 2014
 Time Session Title
 8:30 - 10:00 AM
The Power of Language, Utilization Theory and the Fundamentals of Hypnotic Suggestion. With group experience and discussion                                 
 10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 12:00 PM
 Intro to Small Group Practice
Small Group Practice 1 - Inductions and Realerting
 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 Break - Lunch (provided)
 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Hypnotic susceptibility, stages of hypnosis, deepening with demonstration.
Group experience of deepening and discussion.
 2:30  - 3:00 PM
 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Small Group Practice 2 - "Deepening
 5:00 - 5:30 PM
 Processing of day's learning with entire group
  Friday, 24 October, 2014
 Time Session Title
 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Utilization of trance: treatment planning, strategies, techniques, suggestions for integration of hypnosis into Phase 1 treatment of trauma/dissociation. Creating safety.
 10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 12:00 PM
 Small group practice 3 - "Utilization"
 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 Break - Lunch (provided)
 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Integrating hypnosis and psychotherapy.
 2:30 - 3:00 PM
 3:00 - 5:00 PM
 Small Group Practice 4 - "Putting it all Together"
 5:00 - 5:15 PM
 Processing of learning/ fb with whole group
 5:15 - 5:45 PM
 Ethical Principles and professional conduct.
 5:45 - 6:00 PM
 Next training steps, professional organizations
 Evaluations, Receive certificates.

Meet the Basic Hypnosis Teaching Team

  Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT
Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT; Bala Cynwyd, PA (Workshop Chair). Clinical Psychologist in Independent Private Practice working with traumatized individuals, couples and families across the life span. ASCH Fellow, Approved Consultant, Past Co-Chair of Education, Past Moderator, Regional Workshop Chair; Past President Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. 
 Susan Dowell, LCSW, BCD
Susan Dowell, LCSW, BCD is Co-Director of CATCH (Center for Advancement of Training in Clinical Hypnosis) in NYC, Private Practice in New York and Westchester County, specializing in work with Trauma, Ego State Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Adjunctive Therapy. ASCH Approved Consultant, Past member ASCH Education Committee and ASCH Executive Committee.

 Delle Jacobs, LICSW, LMFT
Delle Jacobs, LICSW, LMFT, has an adult psychotherapy practice in St Paul, MN. She has been training in hypnosis for over 20 years. Delle is a Past President of the MN Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has taught at all levels of ASCH trainings, and is an ASCH Approved Consultant.

ISSTD is excited to work with these wonderful ASCH approved consultants this year!

In case there is a wait list, you will be asked to fill-out a 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.

Updated 10/15/2014

Preliminary Program

Online Program



2014 Fee Schedule - fax/mail in registration form

Registration Opens 1 May 2014

Early Bird Pricing Available
1 May - 9 September 2014

Regular Pricing Available
10 September - 28 October 2014

Advanced Registration Open
Through 15 October 2014

Thereafter, On-Site Registration
Available 22 - 27 October 2014


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