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.  

•  May 12-15, 2016 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ (PDF Brochure) 

In addition to offering the Basic and Intermediate Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Scottsdale - Hypnosis for Children and the Child Within All of Us. 

This workshop will give clinicians playful hypnotic techniques to use with patients/clients of all ages. Many hypnotic techniques used with adults are not suitable for children. However, many strategies used with children can be utilized effectively with the inner child of the adult.

The workshop will include a review of the developmental stages of childhood and how to craft treatment strategies appropriate to the child’s developmental age. Strategies to help children help themselves with a variety of physical, emotional and behavioral disorders will be presented including chronic illness, anxiety, depression, pain, and habit disorders.

The presentation will describe interventions that can be used with patients/clients that not only give the individual skills to solve the problem himself, but also increases self- esteem, bolsters a sense of accomplishment and gives the person a valuable skill that he can adapt to many new situations throughout life.  An experiential opportunity to design treatment strategies for several different disorders will be an integral part of the workshop.

A portion of the workshop will be devoted to increasing the knowledge, skills and comfort level of the participants in developing metaphors for use in their hypnotic work and helping their patients develop their own personal metaphors. Experiential group sessions will be used as skill practice for the attendees to learn to cultivate the positive forces of imagination, bypass natural resistance to change and generate new patterns of consciousness by using metaphors in their hypnotic work. The participants will learn how to enter the digital world of teens and utilize their media interests in hypnosis.  The participants will learn how to help youth find their inner selfie using hypnotherapy as the search engine and ego state parts work as the home page to help adolescents and young adults absorbed in cyberspace find balance.

Learn from four of the world’s experts in pediatric hypnosis: Ran Anbar, editor Functional Symptoms in Pediatric Disease, Tobi Goldfus, expert in the area of the digital and social media world of children and adolescents, Lynn Lyons, author of the newly released Using Hypnosis with Children, and Linda Thomson, author of the popular Harry Hypnopotamus tales.

NOTE: The Skills and Applications workshop will have two tracks on Saturday and Sunday, allowing participants to refine their skills based on their discipline and the ways in which they incorporate hypnotic skills into their clinical practice.  One track is designed to meet the needs of clinicians in the mental health field.  The other track will provide skills and applications for health care providers with a more medical focus.

•  June 23-26, 2016 - ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA (PDF Brochure) (Book your hotel room)

In addition to offering the Basic and Intermediate Workshops, ASCH will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Alexandria - Advanced Methods in the Theory and Clinical Practice of Mindfulness, Psychosynthesis, Management of Pain and Suffering, and Integrative Psychotherapeutic Strategies

This workshop will provide intensive experiential learning opportunities for clinicians with interests in refining and expanding their skills in therapeutic focus suggestion. The accomplished faculty, Philip Appel, PhD and Akira Otani, EdD, ABPH , will provide didactic content on the theory and practice of mindfulness and will outline specific techniques to employ when therapeutic progress is challenged.  

Dr. Appel will teach and demonstrate a method of hypnotic induction that utilizes the patient’s present experience that directly leads into his designed intervention.  Dr. Appel will then present and develop Roberto Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis model and resulting integrative psychotherapy techniques directed at the intrapersonal, interpersonal and transpersonal dimensions. This unique therapeutic model posits the existence of a higher self, separate from the ego and personality. In that workshop attendees will explore Assagiolli’s, basic model of the mind, the importance of the Neo-Jungian functions, and experience therapeutic techniques directed at the intrapersonal, interpersonal and transpersonal dimensions.  On Saturday afternoon Dr. Appel will focus on a model for comprehensive pain management and strategies for amelioration of suffering.

Sunday Morning Dr. Otani will  present mindfulness and its history, methods, neuroscientific evidence and efficacy outcome. The attendees will gain clinical knowledge and basic skills of mindfulness in reference to those of hypnosis and will provide participants a chance to experience it. Finishing the workshop with the tool of integrating mindfulness skills in hypnotic work.

•  July 15-17, 2016 ASCH Individualized Consultation Workshop; Minnetonka, MN   CANCELLED

•  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
•  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.