Clinical Workshops
Workshops Schedule

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.)

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. 

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. The accomplished ASCH faculty for this advanced workshop include Joel Marcus, Psy.D. medical psychologist from the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, and David Reid, Psy.D., author of two books including Hypnosis for Behavioral Health: Professional’s Guide to Expanding Your Practice. In addition to describing and contrasting clinical applications in these seemingly different clinical settings, Drs. Marcus and Reid will address ways in which such practices can be increasingly complementary and integrated, both with each other and in broader treatment environments.

Drs. Marcus and Reid will begin this advanced workshop by thoroughly reviewing the clinical essentials of developing an effective hypnosis treatment plan based on personal, medical, and psychiatric histories, personal interests, appropriate individualized utilization techniques, hypnotic phenomenon associated with presenting concerns, and recognition of potential client resistance. During this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to develop a treatment plan based on case studies presented, and will employ their devised treatment plan in small group work. 

On the first full-day of this workshop, Dr. Marcus will teach and demonstrate rapid and brief induction techniques that, at times, are essential when working in medical settings where elaborate inductions can be impractical. Dr. Reid will follow this presentation with a review of specific hypnotic interventions for panic and other anxiety-based disorders (including a case study of a teenager suffering from the fear of swallow). In the afternoon session, a review the treatment of habit disorders using alert hypnosis and anchoring techniques will be provided that will include demonstrations and hands-on practice opportunities. Dr. Marcus will then focus attention on specific hypnosis interventions in medical settings that will also include live demonstrations and interactive discussion.

On Saturday morning, Dr. Marcus will begin the day with a presentation on the important distinction between symptoms and systems when establishing treatment plans for hypnosis interventions. Dr. Reid will overview the benefits of self-hypnosis, and offer specific strategies for introducing and encouraging the use of hypnosis outside of the clinic. Dr. Reid will also provide a focused overview, including case presentations, using hypnosis with athletes and performers. Attendees will have opportunities to develop treatment plans for athletes and put them into action during small group work. Saturday’s session will conclude as Dr. Marcus addresses the benefits of hypnosis in palliative care. 

On Sunday, the final day of this workshop, Dr. Marcus will discuss the application of hypnosis for end-of-life issues at which time attendees will gain clinical knowledge and hypnosis skills for assisting those coming to terms with their mortality. Dr. Reid will then provide an overview of the integration of hypnosis in behavioral health settings, regardless of one’s psychotherapeutic theoretical orientation or comfort zone (i.e., Client-centered, psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness).

Finally, we are also pleased to announce that this advanced workshop will dedicate three hours to ethical consideration in hypnosis that will meet continuing education credits for several licensed professionals. 

•  December 1-4, 2016 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL
•  June 15-18, 2017 - 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.