ASCH Level I (Fundamentals) Training in Clinical Hypnosis

October 15-17, 2021
Hilton Arlington

ISSTD is pleased to offer an ASCH Level I (Fundamental) training in clinical hypnosis! Join us this October to gain a solid theoretical, practical, and experiential understanding of clinical hypnosis. This training is trauma and dissociation focused, appreciating the autohypnotic capacities of traumatized and dissociated people, and the unique abilities of clinically sound hypnotic interventions to further the healing process.

The training incorporates lots of opportunities to experience hypnosis for yourself, as well as 1:1 and small group practices to become comfortable with offering individualized formal and informal trance experiences from start to finish. This training will address how to integrate hypnosis into your practice, and how to offer hypnosis as part of the treatment you are already providing. At the end of the training, you can feel confident and ready to share your beginning hypnosis skills with some of your patients, tailored to their individual needs.

If you would like additional information, feel free to contact Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT, Chair, at

Registration Details

Group rates are available for groups of five or more from the same hospital, facility, or university. Please email the ISSTD HQ for assistance with group rates.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to the training are subject to a $45 cancelation fee. No refund are provided for no shows. The deadline for cancellations with a refund is Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

Registration Contact Information
Phone: 844.994.7783
Fax: 888.966.0310


Meet our Faculty

Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT, is a licensed psychologist and licensed family therapist in Private Practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She provides trauma informed psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families across the life span, consultation and training nationally and internationally. She is a certified ASCH approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, past ASCH Moderator, past co-chair and member of the ASCH Education Committee, and has served as chair and faculty of regional and annual ASCH conferences. She has been an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis and has served as their President. She is an active member of ISSTD and has chaired the training in clinical hypnosis at ISSTD since 2014.

Wendy Lemke, MS, LP is a licensed psychologist at Lemke Counseling & Consulting.  She also serves as adjunct faculty for St. Cloud Technical Community College in MN. She has expertise in the fields of clinical hypnosis, ego state therapy, and trauma related disorders. She is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) certified approved consultant, an active member and former Vice President of the ASCH. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). She is a fellow and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and is a certified therapist and trainer through Ego-State Therapy International (ESTI). She has published articles in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She also produced the documentary, You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and has produced Self-hypnosis CD’s.

Louis F. Damis, PhD, ABPP, FASCH is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a licensed psychologist who holds ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis with Consultant Status. Dr. Damis is a Past President of the Florida and Washington DC Societies of Clinical Hypnosis and has taught hypnosis for over 25 years for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.  Dr. Damis has served on the Executive Committee of ASCH and is a Prime Reviewer.  Dr. Damis works extensively with developmental trauma and attachment disorders and was recently a Guest Editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis on Hypnosis and Trauma. He is an Advisory Editor for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and has conducted research on hypnosis, trauma, persistent pain, neuropsychological functioning in medically ill individuals, aging, and psychotherapy process. Dr. Damis is a Clinical Health Psychologist who established Integrative Health Psychology, PA, in 2003 and specializes in the integration of psychophysiological, mind-body, interpersonal, and experiential therapies to promote physical, emotional, and relational wellness. He maintains a private practice along with his work as an instructor, author, and consultant.

Schedule and Content

Abstract: This Level I training in clinical hypnosis will provide trainees with a solid understanding of the concepts, principles and processes of hypnosis. Experienced, ASCH-certified, approved consultant faculty will offer a mix of didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and faculty-led small group practices to facilitate a fundamental understanding of clinical hypnosis and its integration into clinical practice.

At the completion of the training, trainees will have been taught the knowledge and skills to begin the application of clinical hypnosis strategies in the treatment of their patients. Specifically, trainees will be able to identify and demonstrate at least three ways to facilitate hypnotic trance and to appropriately re-orient a patient from trance state, demonstrate at least three strategies for facilitating intensification of trance, and describe at least four clinical conditions in which hypnotic strategies might be successfully utilized. Trainees will have been introduced to clinical hypnosis as a neurophysiological phenomenon, a mental state of absorption implicated in neuroplasticity and change, as well as a creative clinical skill of relationship development in the service of collaboratively facilitating mental and physical health.

Upon successful completion of this Level I training in clinical hypnosis, trainees will be eligible for ASCH membership as well as for participation in Level II (Intermediate) and Advanced Level ASCH or ASCH approved workshops.

For more information on the content of the training including learning objectives click here.

Training Schedule

DAY 1 – Friday, October 15, 2021

9:00 am – 9:15 am | BLOCK 0
Welcome and Orientation

9:15 am – 11:00 am | BLOCK 1
Intro to Level 1
Intro to Hypnosis

11:00 am – 11:15 am | BREAK

11:15 am – 1:00 pm | BLOCK 2
Hypnosis and the Autonomic Nervous System
Hypnotic Phenomena
Anatomy of a Hypnotic Experience

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | LUNCH (not provided)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | BLOCK 3
Client Assessment for Hypnosis
Introducing Hypnosis to the Client
Informed Consent / Memory Fallibility
Rapport, Elicitation, and Reorienting
Group Experience

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm | BREAK

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm | BLOCK 4
Fundamentals of Hypnotic Suggestions


DAY 2 Saturday, October 16, 2021

9:00 am – 10:00 am | BLOCK 5
Client Readiness – Hesitation
Introduction to Small Group Practice
Demonstration of Inductions
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Magnetic Fingers

10:00 am – 10:15 am | BREAK

10:15 am – 12:15 pm | BLOCK 6
Small Group Practice 1
Rapport, Elicitation, and Reorienting

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | LUNCH (not provided)

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm | BLOCK 7
Intensification (Deepening) with Demonstration
Demonstration of Eye Fixation

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm | BREAK

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | BLOCK 8
Small Group Practice 2
Rapport, Elicitation, Intensification, Reorientation

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm | BREAK

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm | BLOCK 9

TOTAL: 7 Hours

DAY 3 Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 am – 10:00 am | BLOCK 10
Demonstration of Spiegel Eye Roll

10:00 am – 10:15 am | BREAK

10:15 am – 12:15 pm | BLOCK 11
Small Group Practice 3
Rapport-Elicitation-Intensification –
Ego Strengthening Suggestions-Reorientation

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | LUNCH (not provided)

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm | BLOCK 12
Integration into Practice – Treatment Planning
Demonstration of Arm Levitation and Lowering

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm | BREAK

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | BLOCK 13
Small Group Practice 4
Rapport -Elicitation-Intensification-
Ego-Strengthening Suggestions-Reorientation

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm | BLOCK 14
Membership, Certification, Future Training

TOTAL: 7 Hours
GRAND TOTAL: 21 ASCH Credit Hours

Continuing Education Credits

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB ACE)

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021.   Social workers completing this course receive 13 continuing education credits. 

American Psychological Association

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
This training is pending approval for 21 ASCH credit hours.

Eligibility & Training Policies

Training Eligibility
Registrants must hold a masters degree or higher in a health care discipline deemed appropriate by the Society from a college or university accredited by its appropriate regional accrediting body. In addition, registrants must be licensed or certified in the state in which they practice.

Registered Nurses with a bachelors degree from a college or university accredited by its appropriate regional accrediting body who are licensed or certified in the state in which they practice are eligible to attend the Basic Workshop on Clinical Hypnosis.

Students enrolled full-time in masters level or higher program are eligible to attend. Students must have completed a minimum of one full semester of the program and must submit proof of full-time enrollment at an ACE-approved institution of higher education on school letterhead that clearly identifies the individual’s program of study, area of concentration (if applicable), level of degree pursued and date of intended graduation.

Full time residents or interns participating in a recognized residency or internship program may also register to attend. Residents/interns need to submit correspondence from their supervisor on official letterhead explaining the nature of the residency/internship and date of intended completion of the program.

Due to the nature of this training, all participants are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from with 72 hours of the start of training on Day 1. Participants who are unable to provide this proof onsite with not be allowed to participate in training and no refund will be provided.

ISSTD will monitor the COVID-19 situation and determine additional onsite precautions as necessary in compliance with local, state and national guidelines. Any decisions about additional changes will be made no less than 30 days prior to the event.

Disability Policy (ADA)
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please contact ISSTD Headquarters via email at or via phone at 844.994.7783 for assistance.

Grievance Policy
ISSTD is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformation with the APA, ASCH, and ASWB grievance procedures.

During a course, instructors will address any concerns that arise. Every effort will be made to address the concerns during the course when possible. If the course instructor(s) are unable to address the participant’s concerns, the complaints and grievances shall be presented in writing to ISSTD Headquarters at These will be forwarded on for review by the ISSTD Executive Committee.

Social Workers: Should social workers have a specific grievance, these grievances will be addressed by D. Michael Coy, LICSW. In situations where the social worker would have a conflict of interest, then, Christine Forner, MSW will review the grievance.

ISSTD strives to resolve grievances in a manner that is in the best interest of the participant. All complaints and grievances are reviewed within five working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and emailed as directed above and will be responded to within 15 business days.

Awarding of Certificate of CE Credit
Certificates of continuing education credit are awarded within 30 days of completion of the evaluation for the training. Participants will be provided access to a system via email to complete evaluations and will be able to download a pdf of their certificate after all evaluations are complete.

Explore Arlington, VA

Just steps from Washington DC, Arlington Virginia is your gateway to everything the Capitol has to offer! Nestled in the heart of Ballston, the conference venue has easy access to dozens of restaurants and shopping. Steps away from the hotel you’ll find Ballston Quarter. Ballston Quarter is a new, urban destination where the area’s best chefs, entertainment options, events, shopping, and more come together in the heart of Arlington, VA. With unique indoor and outdoor spaces, Ballston Quarter offers one-of-a-kind experiences for everyone, including a variety of Quarter Market eateries and shopping options at the premier Ballston mall. 

From monuments and memorials to vibrant neighborhoods filled with character and charm, DC is a memorable, world-class destination filled with breathtaking views, unique venues, award-winning hotels and hundreds of free things to do. Enjoy the iconic monuments along the beautiful National Mall, acclaimed theater at renowned venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Arena Stage, outstanding shopping in historic Georgetown and inside the fashion-forward CityCenterDC and great sporting entertainment from five professional franchises.

Explore DC’s nightlife and a flourishing dining scene that has been rewarded with three Michelin Guides. Near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, attendees and visitors can enjoy acclaimed new restaurants, including Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s Smoked and Stacked and All-Purpose Pizzeria.

DC offers unique cultural diversity, pairing international influence with a distinct local identity. It’s easy to access and navigate through three airports. Traversing the city is simple, whether by foot, via bike rental with Capital Bikeshare or through the city’s efficient Metrorail system. The nation’s capital is a go-to destination for a successful and unforgettable visit.

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Venue & Travel

Conference Venue

Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203

A discounted room rate of $99/single $119/double per night is available to conference attendees. Hotel reservations can be made here.

Closest Metro Stops
Ballston-Mu (Orange and Silver Lines)
This metro stop is connected to the hotel.

Hotel self-parking: $20/day


Reagan National Airport
1 Aviation Circle
Washington, DC 20001
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Travel distance to Hilton Arlington
Approximately 6 miles (15 minutes)