ASCH and its affiliate, the ASCH-Education and Research Foundation, jointly sponsor basic, intermediate and advanced level instruction through our professional training in clinical hypnosis. These Regional Workshops are held four to six times a year. ASCH makes every effort to hold workshops in all regions of the US.
Basic Workshop: Fundamentals of Hypnosis
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. A diverse faculty from a range of health disciplines 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.
Intermediate Workshop: Refining Skills and Treatment Applications
What are the advantages of more training in Clinical Hypnosis?
The second step in certification training is to strengthen your skills, strategies and applications of clinical hypnosis. Part one taught you “how to” do clinical hypnosis, and part two builds on this skill set and refines and furthers your development so you add the when, why and where to the “how to”.
- Introduction to a wider range of topics on the utility of clinical hypnosis (e.g., Pain Management; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Anxiety and Sleep Disorders; Habit Disorders; Dissociative Identify Disorder);
- Learn more techniques for the creative use of the language of suggestion to facilitate change;
- Learn specific tools (complex inductions and intensification techniques) for specific populations (children; procedural hypnosis; PTSD); and
- More practice with the feedback of expert faculty.
The Intermediate Workshop increases your skills and builds confidence in your use of hypnosis. It prepares you to move on to the Advanced Workshop level and Individual Consultation with a strong basis of skills and understanding of the principles and practice of clinical hypnosis.
Advanced level workshops are topical. Recent professional training workshops have focused on behavioral medicine, health psychology, hypnosis and pediatrics, and mind-body medicine.
Participants are encouraged to attend these workshops in sequence in order to make the most of each workshop. Skills mastered in the basic and intermediate levels are essential to fully benefiting from the advanced level workshops.
Regional Workshop Schedule - Each of the following locations will offer a Basic, Intermediate and an Advanced Workshop unless otherwise stated.
• September 15-18, 2016 ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL (PDF Brochure)
In addition to offering the Basic and Intermediate Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Schaumburg - Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Physiological Monitoring: The Pillars of Self-Regulation.
Hypnosis and Biofeedback have distinctly different histories but along with a number of adjunctive skills and interventions, make up the foundation of self-regulation and mind-body medicine. This workshop will present a broad survey of the potential of hypnosis and biofeedback to address issues from psychotherapy to anxiety management to pain management to optimal performance. The course is designed to expand the skills of existing practitioners and to introduce new options for incorporating integrative techniques into daily practice. The course will begin with an introduction to general biofeedback and the most widely used modalities of biofeedback. The presenters will use both entry level inexpensive equipment and higher end multi-modality biofeedback systems to demonstrate how the combination of hypnosis with biofeedback enables more effective treatment of mind-body disorders and enhances greater awareness of mind-body connections for both therapist and patient. Each day will leave attendees with two to three simple interventions useful in psychotherapy, hypnosis-based therapy, and general wellness practice.
Applications to be discussed include: 1) Physiological monitoring during hypnotherapy sessions; 2) the use of biofeedback for general relaxation and stress management; 3) the use of breath training and heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in the treatment of anxiety and depression;
4) the use of a combination of muscle biofeedback, HRV biofeedback, and hypnosis for the management of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, 5) an introduction to the EEG, neurofeedback, and common applications of neurofeedback; and 6) an overview of the use of hypnosis, biofeedback and neurofeedback for optimal performance in sports, the performing arts, and executive optimal performance.
The course will include live demonstrations, hands-on practice, video presentations and interactive discussion. Entry into the field of biofeedback will be reviewed with options for low- cost interventions and higher-end possibilities. Discussion will also include career options and growth opportunities. This course is designed for those with basic hypnosis skills who want to expand knowledge, skill and opportunity.
• October 27-30, 2016 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Doubletree by Hilton Austin, Austin, TX (This meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Austin at 6505 N Interstate 35. The hotel's phone number is +1-512-454-3737.) (PDF Brochure) (Hotel Reservations)
In addition to offering the Basic and Intermediate Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Austin: Hypnosis in Medical and Behavioral Health Settings: Appreciating Essential Disparities and Common Grounds. (Joel Marcus, PsyD, Psychosocial Oncology, The Cleveland Clinic and David Reid, PsyD, author of two books on clinical hypnosis and an adjunct faculty member in a university behavioral health training program)
The current healthcare environment involves, and to some extent requires, an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and integration. It is therefore important that clinicians who are trained in, and use, clinical hypnosis in patient care expand their awareness of the types, varieties and extent of use of clinical hypnosis strategies in healthcare delivery. This advanced workshop was designed to meet this important need for practicing clinicians. In addition to describing and contrasting clinical applications in these seemingly different clinical settings, the workshop experience will address ways in which such practices can be increasingly complementary and integrated, both with each other and in broader treatment environments.
• December 1-4, 2016 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL
In addition to offering the Basic and Intermediate Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Orlando: Healing When Cure Is Not Possible: Hypnotic Approaches to Address Acute, Procedural and Chronic Pain and Palliative Intervention in Advanced Illness.
This three-day advanced workshop, taught by Dan Handel, MD and Sylvain Neron, PhD, will focus on palliating pain in clinical settings, starting with day on acute and procedural pain in which education, diversion, and dissociative techniques are rapidly taught and employed. We will focus on simple and rapid techniques with sequentially applied rescue techniques. This session will discuss important aspects of assessment prior to deployment of rapid interventions, which will be taught through didactic presentation, live and video demonstration, and small group practice sessions. We will also discuss the relevance of setting, with examples of suggestions meant to positively influence health care providers and/or family.
One day session will intensively explore the nature and challenges of chronic pain, and will include a half day on the natural history of chronic pain and hypnotic interviewing, interventions, and pre-induction suggestions. The second half-day will include demonstrations of pain-modifying techniques, with an emphasis on reducing the "bother" of pain. A brief but important model for the double dissociation of limbic vs somatosensory systems will present the neurophysiology and sample scripts to address each system preferentially. This session will conclude with a discussion and demonstration through video of effective techniques for resistance commonly seen in chronic pain settings, such as motivational interviewing techniques and exploratory techniques to learn pertinent dynamics.
The final 1.25 days will focus on palliative approaches for advanced illness, and will demonstrate behavioral and dynamic approaches that are employed at multiple levels simultaneously. Suggestions for acute or procedural pain are woven into a metaphor addressing the importance and relevance of accepting and embracing change, and given suggestions for "moving beyond", "looking back" on what they have showed to loved ones is possible in the face of adversity (legacy-building).
This session will employ multiple small group practice sessions and script-writing practice. Multiple audio-video clips from our ebook will demonstrate such techniques and reinforce important learning points, and opportunities for rapid scripting practice sessions will provide opportunities to apply these skills. This session will also address spiritual and existential distress, and will demonstrate language to guide such exploration and intervention. We will build skills in sequential fashion, reinforcing prior learning and techniques, and will provide a framework to address symptoms and meaning-based suffering simultaneously through crafted suggestion.
• June 15-18, 2017 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
• September 14-17, 2017 ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL
• June 21-24, 2018 ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
• September 27-30, 2018 ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL
• June 20-23, 2019 ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
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NOTICE TO PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: The NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) status of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Education and Research Foundation (ASCH-ERF, the Foundation) has been suspended indefinitely. During this suspension the Foundation is not permitted to offer or grant any NBCC continuing education credit. ASCH-ERF will advise professional counselors when its ACEP status has been reinstated.