Registration opens soon. 


For many years, clinical hypnosis has received significant attention and empirical support for the treatment of numerous physical and mental health challenges. One aspect of hypnosis that has yet to be featured at an annual meeting is the hypnotic relationship that clinical hypnosis occurs within.  Hypnosis, as a treatment process, is inherently relational. It is applied in an individualized manner since each patient, and each patient-clinician pairing, is unique.  The tone, pacing, and content of hypnotic suggestions all derive from the uniquely intersubjective qualities of the treatment relationship. At this annual meeting, we will explore the bidirectional association between hypnosis and the treatment relationship. How does the treatment relationship influence the unfolding of the hypnotic process? How does the process of hypnosis influence the treatment relationship that holds it? 

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced workshops will provide 20 hours of CEs.       
1 or 4 day registrations will be offered for the Advanced level.
Plenary sessions will provide up to 5 additional hours of CEs.

The registration fee includes:
   • Continental breakfast each morning; 
   • Welcome Reception on Thursday, March 15, 2018; and 
   • The Awards Dinner with entertainment on Saturday, March 17, 2018.             


             Relational Safety as the Treatment for Trauma and Pain: Polyvagal Contributions to the Countertransference Trance
Maggie Phillips, PhD

For more information on Dr. Phillips visit her website.  

PTSD Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Care: The Significance of Relationship

Christine Courtois, PhD

For more information on Dr. Courtois visit her website.

  The Intersection of Hypnosis and Relational Psychoanalysis
Jeremy Safran, PhD

For more information on Dr. Safran visit  his website. 
  Dreamers, Schemers, Moonbeamers, and Redeemers:  Psychoanalytic Musings on the Benevolent Allure and Therapeutic Action in Hypnotically-augmented Psychotherapy
Michael Diamond, PhD

For more information on Dr. Diamond visit his website.

  The Healing Impact of Relationship in Palliative Care: In Trance, Out of Trance, Upon Trance
Daniel Handel, MD


Advanced Workshops will include:

  Expanding the Possibilities of Self-Hypnosis: From the Medical to the Psychotherapeutic
Relational Healing for Relational Injury in the Treatment of Trauma
Hypnosis Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with the North Carolina Protocol: Update and Refresher
Resolving Therapeutic Impasses
Joining a Threesome?  The Joys and Pitfalls of Adjunctive Therapy with Hypnosis
Hypnosis, Connection, and Empowerment for Trauma Recovery


Friday, March 16, 2017, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Lunch with the Masters: Hypnosis & the Health Care Relationship
Cheryl Beighle, MD; Dan Handel, MD; Alfred Clavel, MD, Laurence Sugarman, MD; Moderated by Ran Anbar, MD & Eric Spiegel, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 17, 2017, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Lunch with the Masters: Hypnosis & the Psychotherapy Relationship 
Elgan Baker, PhD, ABPH; Carolyn Daitch, PhD; Michael Diamond, PhD, Maggie Phillips, PhD; Moderated by Eric Spiegel, PhD


The The Power of Words: Effective Clinical Communication; a one day workshop for all licensed or certified health care professionals  on
Friday, March 16, 2018.


The Teaching and Consultation Workshop (TCW) is a ten hour workshop designed for experienced practitioners wishing to become approved consultants or who would like to offer a training in clinical hypnosis on Friday, March 16, 2018 and the morning of  Saturday, MArch 17, 2018. 



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 at a reduced rate. 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 at a reduced rate. 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.


This Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South at 4955 Kyngs Heath Road in Kissimmee, FL. 

At this all suites facility, each suite features a private bedroom, separate living area with a sofa bed, microwave, refrigerator, two flat-screen televisions and in-room safe. Start the day with a free made-to-order breakfast, then unwind with snacks and beverages at the complimentary evening reception in the atrium.

At Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, you’re less than 10 minutes from the entrance of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. Cool off at Aquatica Water Park and get close to the dolphins and stingrays at SeaWorld® Orlando. Be at the heart of the action at Universal Studios Florida® and Universal Islands of Adventure®, and enjoy the Harry Potter attraction and thrill ride.

Tee off at some of Florida’s finest fairways within minutes of this hotel in Kissimmee, FL. Greg Norman’s Champions Gate has the highest course rating in the state at 76.3. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill is legendary. Steve Smyer’s Southern Dunes Golf Club is one of the most unique in central Florida, with elevation changes of over 100 ft. providing tantalizing risk/reward balances. Rees Jones’ Falcon’s Fire course is a classic Jones design, harnessing the natural landscape to provide a stiff golf challenge for all skill levels.

ASCH has contracted a limited number of rooms at a discounted room rate of $169 per room per night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis until the contracted block is full. Any unbooked rooms will be released to the general public on February 20, 2018. So book early to receive the group rate. Make your
reservations online or call  the hotel directly at 407-597-4000 to make reservations for this event.