ASCH Hypnosis Training

ASCH Intermediate Workshop - Applications and Skills - April 15-17
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The ASCH Hypnosis Training is not included in the 5-Day conference package and must be purchased separately.

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Who is eligible to participate?
The ASCH Intermediate 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.  *Please note: It is a requirement to have participated in the Basic level prior to registering for the Intermediate level.

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 INTERMEDIATE part of the training, the second of three steps towards certification in Clinical Hypnosis, builds on the BASIC skill set and focuses on strengthening your skills, strategies, and applications of Clinical Hypnosis. It refines and furthers your development and adds the “why, when, where” (and a little bit of a more advanced “how”) to the mix.  You will be introduced to a wider range of topics on the utilization of clinical hypnosis in the treatment of trauma and dissociation, and broaden your creative use of the language of suggestions to facilitate change. More complex hypnotic interventions for the exploratory and meaning-making phases of treatment and small group practices with the feedback of expert faculty will build your confidence in the use of Clinical Hypnosis with traumatized and dissociative patients.  The INTERMEDIATE level training will prepare you to move on to the advanced workshop level and to individual consultation with a strong basis of skills and understanding of the principles and practice of Clinical Hypnosis.


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

  • Observe, experience, and practice a minimum of three intermediate trance inductions and intensification methods, and clarify conditions of their use in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
  • Name at least three principles of ego-state therapy in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
  • Experience and practice two hypnotic strategies for use in pain management and somatic concerns.
  • Provide at least two examples of constructing therapeutic metaphors to be used as suggestions in the treatment of common clinical problems in a traumatized population.
  • Explain how and why depression, anxiety, habit disorders, and anger can be understood as altered states
  • Describe how this understanding can be utilized in effectively integrating hypnotic techniques into the treatment.
  • Describe the use of cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy principles in the treatment of dissociative disorders.
  • Describe at least three of the five exploratory hypnotic methods listed below.     1) Affect Bridge,  2) Age Progression,   3)Age Regression,4)  Ideomotor Signaling,  5) Hypnoprojectives
  • Discuss how they can be utilized for accessing and strengthening resources states.
  • Explain the indications and contraindications for using them as an insight oriented hypnotic approach in working with trauma.
  • Discuss the application of hypnotic techniques in the treatment of select clinical cases involving trauma and dissociation.
  • Identify professional conduct and legal issues relevant to clinical hypnosis.

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

Instructions will center on the use of Clinical Hypnosis in the measured exploration of experienced trauma and dissociative defenses, and the demonstration of intermediate level inductions and deepening methods, as well as inquiry via ideomotor signaling.

Two small group practices will offer a review of basic inductions and the opportunity to practice new intermediate level inductions and deepening techniques. You will learn about pain management strategies, age regression and working with younger self-states/parts of the mind.

Didactic instructions will focus on constructing therapeutic metaphors and indirect suggestions, as well as on hypnotic interventions for comorbid anxiety and habit disorders in traumatized and dissociated patients. Integration of hypnotic interventions into your clinical practice will be an ongoing discussion. In two small group practices, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned.
At the conclusion of this workshop, you will have received training geared towards offering hypnosis for more specific symptom management and for the judicious exploration of and settling with traumatic material in the treatment of traumatized and dissociated patients.

Tentative Schedule as of 1/15/2015

  Wednesday, 15 April, 2015
 Session Title
12:00  - 2:00 PM

Welcome and Introduction
Insight-Oriented and Exploratory Hypnotic Techniques

2:00 - 2:30 PM
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Constructing Therapeutic Metaphors and Suggestions for Change 
4:00 - 4:30 PM
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Hypnotic Approaches to Working with Ego State Therapy Constructing Therapeutic Metaphors and Suggestions for Change 
6:00 - 6:30 PM
Break - Light Dinner Provided
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnosis in the Treatment of Dissociative
  Thursday, 16 April, 2015
 Time Session Title
 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Principles and Techniques of Age Regression/Working with
 Young States 
 10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 12:00 PM
Small Group Practice 1: Intermediate Inductions, Deepening, Utilization
 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 Break - Lunch (provided)
 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Hypnotic Strategies for Pain Management and Somatic Concerns
 2:30  - 3:00 PM
 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Small Group Practice 2: Pain Management
 5:00 - 5:30 PM
 Processing of day's learning with entire group
  Friday, 17 April, 2015
 Time Session Title
 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Approaches to Understanding and Working with Anger
 10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 12:00 PM
 Affect Regulation - Hypnotic Treatment of Anxiety/
Habit Disorders
 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 Break - Lunch (provided)
 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Small Group Practice 3: Putting it all together
 2:30 - 3:00 PM
 3:00 - 4:00 PM
 Hypnotic Treatment of Depression
 4:00 - 5:00 PM
 Hypnotic Case Conceptualizations
 5:00 - 5:30 PM
 Ethics, Prof. Conduct, Certification

I look forward to welcoming you in Orlando.

Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT

ASCH Instructors
Chair: Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT       
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. 

Faculty: Susan Dowell, LCSW    
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.
Catherine Fine, PhD
Wendy Lemke, MS   

Updated 1/14/2015

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