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. 

2014-2015 Regional Workshop Schedule - Each of the following locations will offer a Basic, Intermediate and an Advanced Workshop. 

•  May 8-11, 2014 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel; Columbus, OH - (PDF Brochure)

• June 12-15, 2014 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Sheraton Suites Alexandria, Alexandria, VA - (Register Now) (Hotel Reservations)

ADVANCED: "Hypnosis and Psychotherapy: Beyond the Western Horizon."

On Thursday night Akira Otani, EdD, ABPH will open the workshop with Clinical Hypnosis & Mindfulness (1): Basic Concepts and Comparisons in which you will define mindfulness on the basis of its historical roots, sociocultural contexts, and the recent integration into the western clinical paradigms, especially the “third wave” cognitive behavioral approaches (e.g., MBSR, DBT, ACT, etc.).  Following an exposition of these topics, we will review the current neuroscientific findings of mindfulness in comparison and contrast to those of clinical hypnosis.  The participant will have chance to experience a mindfulness exercise during the session.

Philip R. Appel, PhD will present Psychosynthesis: A psychology for the soul on Friday.  Psychosynthesis is one of the first Western transpersonal models of personality and psychotherapy. It was developed in 1910 by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli. In this workshop, basic constructs involving the realms of consciousness, subpersonalities (ego-states), and the importance of the will, and the neo-Jungian functions, will be introduced and related to the practice of hypnotically mediated psychotherapy. That which makes this model unique is its recognition of the human spirit and how that impacts consciousness and its inclusion as an important element to be included in therapy. A guideline for selecting interventions based upon the patient’s symptom will be described as well as a discussion of some of the therapy techniques associated with this model.

Philip Accaria, PhD will discuss Indigenous Energy Medicine Practices: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Day Healers on Saturday. Using ancient, indigenous energy medicine paradigms which hold that humans are energy systems and quantum mechanics views of “non-local undivided consciousness,” we shall explore concepts of dis-ease as sourced in energy systems such as: the Luminous Energy Field, chakras, meridians and the soul. We shall also highlight and practice ways of using intention to effect an enhanced healing environment as well as gathering information intuitively via trance states (Villoldo, 2000). The use of hypnotic principles such as focus of attention (via drumming ritual) in creating naturalistic trances to facilitate this work will also be explored.  We shall also describe ways by which clinicians and clients can personally  use trance and altered states of perceiving to diagnose/assess  problem states and solutions. In addition, participants will learn and practice the use of Muscle Testing as an ideomotor signal for the purpose of indirectly accessing the accuracy of intuitively sourced/obtained data. To these ends we shall draw on Native Indigenous and Occidental healing practices.  This workshop will be both didactic and experiential and will include opportunities for small group practice. The focus will be on adding to and refining hypnotic and intuitive skills using ancient traditions as well as providing a forum for those who are interested in energy medicine and energy psychology methods.

On Sunday, Dr Otani will bring everything together in the second half of his   presentation, which will focus on clinical integration of mindfulness and hypnosis.  Specifically, the concept of decentering will be introduced and examined as the therapeutic mechanism underlying mindfulness.  We will see how decentering works and can also complement hypnotic dissociation in clinical work.  The participants will then learn ways to apply mindfulness and hypnotic techniques for various therapeutic goals, e.g., affect regulation, trauma work, and pain management.

• September 4-7, 2014 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL
• June 18-21, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

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