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.  

• December 4-7, 2014 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin, Austin, TX (PDF Brochure)

The Basic Workshop is closed to further registrations at this time. 

ADVANCED WORKSHOP: Hypnotic Strategies for Psychophysiologic Disorders and Challenges to Health

On Thursday and Friday, Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH will present Advanced Hypnotherapy in Behavioral Medicine, which will focus on advanced methods of hypnotherapy in behavioral medicine and health related issues. Topics will include: advanced hypnotic inductions, pain management, smoking cessation, therapeutic assessment of hypnotizability and hypnotic relaxation therapy for hot flashes. The workshop will include multiple demonstrations, practice and case consultation in addition to didactic material. 

On Saturday, Ran D. Anbar, MD will offer an experiential patient-centered approach to therapy in his presentation Changing Body Responses Through Hypnosis.   This workshop will  include ways with which the clinician can help the patient be more receptive to therapy with hypnosis. Specific hypnosis techniques to be discussed include suggestions involving various forms of imagery, methods of accessing the subconscious to help develop insight, and use of hypnotic regression in order to achieve improvement and occasional resolution of physical symptoms.

Linda Thomson, MSN, CPNP, ABMH will present a half-day workshop titled Functional Symptoms: anatomical metaphors for psychological/emotional problems in which she will describe how metaphors and hypnosis can be used to diagnose functional disorders and help the individual, recognize inner strength, resiliency, and develop self-esteem that may ultimately lead to self-mastery over functional symptoms. The workshop will include experiential components. Cases will be discussed by the group where the presenting symptom of the patient was a physical expression of a psychological problem. The participants will also have the opportunity to work in groups to develop metaphors for a variety of conditions.

• April 23-26, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch; St. Louis, MO
• June 7-14, 2015 - ASCH Workshop at Sea; Holland America Lines, Alaska Inside Passage - (Short Schedule)
There will only be a 12-hour Advanced Workshop offered during this cruise.  This workshop is limited to the first twenty paid registrants. 

Hypnosis and Pain Management Through Self-hypnosis Training with Mark P. Jensen, PhD
This 12-hour workshop, which is limited to the first 20 registrants, will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies and suggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions and health behaviors. It will begin with a discussion of the neurophysiology of nociception and pain, focusing on nine specific processes and physiological structures involved in pain perception, and that can be influenced by hypnotic suggestions. Evidence regarding pain’s impact on other functioning domains (e.g., diet, activity level, sleep, mood) will be discussed, and ideas for hypnotic suggestions and approaches for addressing all of these domains and processes will be generated. A model for performing a complete evaluation of the outcome domains that hypnosis can benefit in persons with chronic pain will be presented, and methods for developing a pain treatment plan based on this evaluation will be discussed. Strategies for integrating hypnosis with other approaches with proven efficacy (e.g., cognitive therapy and Motivational Interviewing) to enhance overall treatment benefits will also be introduced. The emphasis of the workshop will be on applied clinical technique; demonstrations, brief exercises and the opportunity for consultation will be included. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the neurophysiological basis of behavior change, and practice self-hypnosis strategies for addressing their own health behavior goals. After participating in the workshop, participants will have the resources and skills to evaluate a patient with chronic pain for hypnosis treatment, and design a treatment intervention that addresses the various problems identified.

• June 18-21, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
•  September 17-20, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Chicago-Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL
•  October 1-4, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX
•  December 17-20, 2015 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL


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