Clinical Workshops
Workshops Schedule

The ASCH-Education and Research Foundation sponsors three levels of  instruction through its professional training in clinical hypnosis. These Regional Workshops are held four to six times a year. ASCH-ERF makes every effort to hold workshops in all regions of the US.

Fundamentals of Hypnosis Workshop
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 Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop 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.

Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop
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 Refining Skills & treatment Applications 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 Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops are essential to fully benefiting from the advanced level workshops. 


Regional Workshop Registration Fee Chart:

Member NonMember Resident/Intern/ECP Student
Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272
Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272
Advanced Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272

All registration fees include a $37 printed handout fee. If you wish to receive your handouts electronically, you may subtract the $37 fee from your total amount due at registration. Handouts will be emailed approximately one week before the workshop.

Information on the Mutter Scholarship Fund for Student and Early Career Professional Training.


Regional Workshop Schedule

Each of the Regional Workshops will offer a Fundamentals of Clinical HypnosisRefining Skills & Treatment Applications and an Advanced Workshop and begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday and end at noon on Sunday unless otherwise stated. Call 630-980-4740 with any questions.

•  April 26-29, 2018           ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, Denver, CO (PDF Flyer with hotel information)(PDF brochure)

Thanks to your overwhelming support, we have to close the Denver Regional Workshop due to limited hotel space.  We look forward to seeing you at a future ASCH workshop.

In addition to offering the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Denver: Neuroscience Meets Technology in Hypnosis: Treatment Implications for the Practicing Clinician.  Why is an understanding of the neuroscience of hypnosis important for the practicing clinician?

While research supports hypnosis as a legitimate medical intervention for both behavioral health and medical conditions, there is a gap at the individual practitioner level in understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of hypnosis and its effects on the brain and body, and the translation of this knowledge to enhance clinical care.  In addition, with the advent of technologically-enhanced health care, including behavioral health, the nature of the clinician-patient therapeutic alliance is changing.  Clinicians of the future will need to understand how technology is changing health-care delivery including its impact on the practice of hypnosis. This workshop will provide a unique blend of didactic and experiential opportunities dedicated to the neuroscience of hypnosis.  Participants will gain a pragmatic understanding of the neuroscience of hypnosis, observe hypnotic demonstrations, and participate in discussions about the neurobiology underlying hypnotic techniques. For some, seeing is believing, and gaining a better understanding and appreciation of how hypnotic interventions impact and modify neurophysiology can be validating, not only for the clinician, but our patients as well. 

This 20-hour Advanced workshop will be taught by two accomplished ASCH faculty and expert neuroscience clinical educators: Eva Szigethy MD, PhD, with a doctorate in neurological science and the Medical Director of the Visceral Inflammation and Pain Center (an integrated behavioral clinic in Gastroenterology) at the University of Pittsburgh, and ASCH-Approved Consultant and David Reid, PsyD, ASCH-Approved Consultant and author of two books including the award winning Hypnosis for Behavioral Health: Professional’s Guide to Expanding Your Practice (SCEH 2013 Best Book on Hypnosis).

•  June 21-24, 2018 ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA (PDF Flyer with hotel information)(PDF Brochure)

In addition to offering the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Alexandria: Self-Hypnosis with Patients with Serious Illness with Holly Forester-MIller, PhD. 

This advanced workshop is appropriate for both medical and mental health clinicians who have completed both the basic and intermediate training and have experience using clinical hypnosis in their health care practices. The workshop is designed primarily for clinicians who work with, or intend to work with, patients with serious illness, those who want to learn the value and strategies of a group protocol for teaching self-hypnosis, and those who want to learn more about the range of applications of clinical hypnosis with patients with cancer. 

In this specialized advanced workshop, including didactic, demonstration and experiential components, you will learn in detail Dr. Forester-Miller’s protocol for 4 session self-hypnosis classes designed for seriously ill patients (Forester-Miller, 2017).  The introduction and utilization of clinical hypnosis with patients with cancer will be used as an example for teaching the protocol, although the protocol and strategies practiced can apply to all patients with serious illness.  Learning to use hypnotic interventions to assist patients with cancer with the varietyof  physiological and psychological  issues with which they are faced encompasses a wide range of applications of hypnotic strategies  including, but not necessarily limited to reframing, ego strengthening, surgery preparation, minimizing the side effects of chemo and radiation therapies, gastrointestinal concerns, insomnia,  pain, and distress.

Forester-Miller, H. (2017). Self-Hypnosis Classes to Enhance the Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Patients. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 60: 18–32.

•  September 27-30, 2018   ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL 
•  October 25-28, 2018                  ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Holiday Inn World's Fair Park; Knoxville, TN

•  December 13-16, 2018  ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Clearwater Beach, FL

•  January 20-27, 2019 ASCH-ERF Workshop at Sea; Holland America Lines; Mexican Riviera Cruise (PDF Brochure) (Workshop will be limited at the first 20 paid registrants)

Carolyn Daitch, PhD will teach this 12-hour Advanced Workshop titled, Healing Anxiety: Evidence-Based CBT, Mindfulness and Hypnosis Techniques that Really Work! 

Anxiety destroys the normal enjoyment of life through the fear, worry, obsessive thinking and avoidant behavior that anxious people experience.  Simple activities like going to the grocery store, taking a child to her first day of school, or meeting a friend for lunch trigger a barrage of frantic “what ifs.” This workshop will explore the subtleties of working with this pervasive category of disorders that affects an estimated 20% of the population.  

Workshop participants will learn practical interventions that are applicable to the treatment of panic, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

In addition, health care providers with medical and dental specialties will learn approaches to address procedural anxiety, medical avoidance as well as strategies to address somatic responses.   The presenter will introduce a powerful, integrative therapy model that combines:
• Hypnosis
• Mindfulness
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

These approaches work together to help patients feel more empowered when flooded with anxiety. If you want to gain skill crafting the best treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs, this workshop offers a springboard for your creativity and an invaluable addition to your therapeutic toolkit.

•  May 2-5, 2019   ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Seattle Marriott Bellevue, Bellevue, WA (Hotel Reservations
•  June 20-23, 2019   ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA 


On-Line Registration for Regional Workshops Now Available 

On-line registration for Regional Workshops is available by clicking here.  Simply complete the form, including payment information, and submit the form.  It's that easy! Remember when making your travel and lodging arrangements that the workshop begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday and ends at noon on Sunday unless otherwise stated in the brochure.  Call 630-980-4740 with any questions.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Accreditation

Please note that effective July 1, 2015, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS) is no longer renewing existing CE provider numbers.  ASCH-ERF’s accreditation through CBBS expired on December 31, 2015.  BBS licensees now obtain their continuing education through the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association, among others, both through which ASCH-ERF maintains accreditation.      

September 14-17, 2017  ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL


March 15-18, 2018 ASCH Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop; Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee, FL

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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