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Power of Words
Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis (Basic) Workshop
Refining Skills & Treatment Applications (Intermediate) Workshop
Advanced Workshops
Teaching and Consultation Workshop

Evaluations will be open until Monday, April 2, 2018.  

Please note that as of Thursday, March 1, 2018, all registrations must be submitted on site at the meeting.

Hello!  We could start this invitation off by extolling the virtues of Orlando, Florida in March.  But we’re not going to do that – want to know why?  The programming for the 2018 Annual Meeting is so darn good, you’re not going to want to sneak away to go to Disney World. 

This is the year for groundbreaking precedents.  Want to know what we mean?  Here are some highlights:

Original and pertinent meeting theme.  This year, the theme for the meeting is Hypnosis & The Treatment Relationship: Applications, Processes, and Outcomes.  This is the first time in ASCH’s history that its annual meeting theme has directly dealt with hypnotic relationship and on relational considerations of treatment.  We are going to have top-level programming on these aspects from experts both in and outside of clinical hypnosis.  As always, we’ll have diverse offerings on clinical hypnosis that extend beyond our theme – but this meeting is unique for the depth of training in this area.

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? 

Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis, Refining Skills and Treatment Applications
and Advanced workshops will provide 20 hours of CE credit. 
1 or 4 day registrations will be offered for the Advanced level.
Plenary sessions and lunch panels will provide up to 7 additional hours of CE credit.  

A 4-day  Registration includes:

Daily Continental Breakfast
Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
Plenary Presentations on Thursday-Sunday
Lunch Panels on Friday and Saturday
Awards Dinner with Entertainment on Saturday evening
Daily Workshop Sessions                                                                                  

World class plenary speakers.  What do Maggie Phillips, PhD; Christine Courtois, PhD; Jeremy Safran, PhD; Michael Diamond, PhD and Dan Handel, MD all have in common?  Why they will be giving plenary addresses in Orlando of course!  

             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.  

Maggie will be weaving together subjects like attachment, hypnosis, neuroscience, countertransference, and trauma into what promises to be a mind-blowing start to our conference.

  PTSD Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Care: The Significance of Relationship
Christine Courtois, PhD
For more information on Dr. Courtois visit her website.  

Dr. Courtois, an international authority on relational treatment of complex trauma, will offer Friday’s plenary
on her experiences creating empirically-supported trauma treatment guidelines as the Chair of the APA PTSD
Guidelines Development Panel.  Dr. Courtois has written over 10 books on relational treatment of trauma that
have been published worldwide.  

  The Intersection of Hypnosis and Relational Psychoanalysis
Jeremy Safran, PhD
For more information on Dr. Safran visit  his website. 

Dr. Safran, a leading expert in relational psychoanalysis, will give a plenary on Saturday morning in which he will bridge the
literature in relational psychoanalysis and hypnosis.  Dr. Safran is unique for his expertise not just in relational psychoanalysis,
but also for his contributions working with Beck on CBT, and in helping to develop Emotion-Focused Therapy with
Les Greenberg and Sue Johnson.

  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

Michael Diamond, PhD, author of the seminal paper on the hypnotic relationship “It Takes Two to Tango” returns to his
hypnosis roots after two decades as a faculty member at the Los Angeles Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, the Wright Institute,
and UCLA.  

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

Dr. Handel,  Chief of Palliative Medicine at Denver Health and former Education Committee Co-Chair for ASCH, will discuss the role of hypnosis in managing the palliative medical relationship and end-of-life existential issues.  

Learn hypnosis for the first time with personalized attention at our Fundamentals in Clinical Hypnosis Workshop
This year’s Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop will feature a tight-knit and small experienced team of faculty ready to teach clinical hypnosis to the next generation of health and mental health care practitioners.  We’re excited about our team of faculty who are experienced and enthusiastic.  And on top of it all, with all of the extra programming at this year’s meeting, practitioners learning hypnosis for the first time will leave with a leg up on the usual fundamental training.

Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop from advanced experts on applications of hypnosis
What makes this year’s Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop completely unique is the breadth of expert faculty that we are bringing in to teach applied workshops on a variety of treatment areas.  For example, when else will an workshop participant get to take a workshop on hypnosis and pain management with Dave Patterson, PhD, ABPH, ABPP?  If you have finished the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop, this is the time to complete Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop.  Even if you have completed an Refining Skills and Treatment Applications  workshop in the past, you may want to take it again this time around because of the faculty involved this year.

Comprehensive Advanced Workshops from leaders in the field.  
The quality and quantity of advanced training for this meeting will truly be something to behold.  We understand that you have a choice in where, when, and how you get clinical hypnosis training in your field of practice.  Where else can you get multi-hour advanced workshop training from luminaries such as Elgan Baker, PhD, ABPH; Carolyn Daitch, PhD; Cory Hammond, PhD, ABPH; Rick Kluft, MD, PhD and Dave Patterson, PhD, ABPH, ABPP?  Highlights of the 2018 Annual Meeting advanced workshops include:

o   Interested in the meeting theme?  Some of the half to full day headlining workshops on this subject include those by David Alter, PhD, ABPH (The Body’s Mind: The Role of Relationship in Integrating Body and Mind in People with Psychophysiological Disorders), Elgan Baker, PhD, ABPH and Eric Spiegel, PhD (Hypnotic Strategies to Manage the Treatment Relationship), Christine Courtois, PhD (Relational Healing of Relational Injury in the Treatment of Trauma), Carolyn Daitch, PhD (Integrating Hypnosis in a Relational Context), Carol Ginandes, PhD (Staying the Course in Treatment: The Evolution of the Provider-Patient Relationship), and Jeremy Safran, PhD (Resolving Therapeutic Impasses).

o   Dave Patterson, PhD, ABPH, ABPP will give a full-day workshop on hypnosis and the treatment of pain entitled Zen, Hypnosis, and Suffering

o   Cory Hammond, PhD, ABPH will share his pearls of wisdom during his workshop titled Insight-Oriented Hypnotherapy.

o   Neuroscience expert and author of the book Staying Sharp,  David Alter, PhD, ABPH will present on hypnosis and memory - Memory Shifts: The Lynch Pin to Symptom Change & Positive Client Growth.  Dr. Alter will later team up with Laurence Sugarman, MD, ABMH and David Reid, PsyD  for the workshop Clinical Hypnosis is Changing our Minds.

o   On a timely subject, Mark Weisberg, PhD, ABPP and Al Clavel, Jr, MD  will present on how hypnosis can facilitate neuroplasticity in the treatment of opiate addiction - Response to the Opiate Prescription Crisis with Compassionate Patient Centered Care: Integrating Hypnotic Utilization, Neuorplasticity, and the Psychophysiological Pattern.

o   Scholar and expert on dissociation Rick Kluft, MD, PhD will present a full day workshop on the use of hypnosis in the treatment of pathological dissociation - Hypnosis in the Treatment of Pathological Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders.

o   Olafur Palsson, PsyD will present an update on the use of the North Carolina protocol in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with hypnosis - Hypnosis Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with the North Carolina Protocol: Update and Refresher. 

o   Integrative medicine workshops on the use of hypnosis in treating cancer, fibromyalgia, psychosomatic illness, and skin disorders.

o   Five hours on ethical decision making.  

“Lunch with the Masters”: Moderated Discussion Panels on Hypnosis & The Treatment Relationship
As a bonus to the usual basic, intermediate, and advanced workshops, we will offer two lunchtime panels (for CE credit) to all meeting participants geared towards health care and mental health audiences.  These panels are meant to informal, interactive, and relatable.  Experts will share their philosophies, experiences, and anecdotes about how hypnosis intersects with the treatment relationship.

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

Research Track on hypnosis assessment and publication in clinical practice, and a first annual student poster session. 
We felt strongly this year that we wanted to give the research identity of our society the full attention that it deserves.  In response to membership-wide feedback, our track this year focuses on training practitioners in conducting hypnosis assessment in their clinical practices.  We will also have a workshop on how to turn your clinical research into a publishable piece of work.  Faculty include John Alexander, PhD; Steve Lankton, MSW, DAHB; Dave Patterson, PhD, ABPH, ABPP and David Reid, PsyD.  We are also excited to feature the first annual poster session for students, which will be open to all meeting participants to attend.  Put the word out to students – we want your research! 

Are you a health or mental health care practitioner with no previous experience in hypnosis? Interested in learning about how hypnotic principles can enhance your communication with patients?  Then the Power of Words: Effective Clinical Communication Workshop is for you!  Linda Thomson, MSN, APRN, ABMH, ABNH and Deb Nesbitt. MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ABMH, ABNH will co-lead this one day workshop that is a great way to begin to learn how hypnosis is embedded in every day patient communication.  At the end of this workshop, you will have a greater appreciation of the power of communication, and also will have taken the first step towards an education in clinical hypnosis.

Become a master in hypnosis teaching and consultation with our Teaching & Consultation Workshop. 
Holly Forester-Miller, PhD and Ran Anbar, MD will provide in-depth training to participants on hypnosis teaching and consultation.  This workshop is a must for those interested in excelling as an ASCH Approved Consultant.

Are you a psychologist, counselor, or therapist with no background in hypnosis but interested in receiving advanced relational therapy training in conjunction with our meeting theme?  Take our one day ‘Advanced Relational Therapy Sampler’ training package. 

This is a rare opportunity to get advanced training with some of the leaders in relational therapy, and also get your feet wet in clinical hypnosis.  By the end of the day, you will have experiential knowledge of how relational therapy and hypnosis go hand in hand.  Included in this package are advanced workshops on relational therapy by plenary speakers Christine Courtois, PhD and Jeremy Safran, PhD.  Also included is the Saturday morning plenary by Dr. Safran, the lunch panel on “Hypnosis and the Psychotherapy Relationship” with Drs. Baker, Daitch, Diamond, and Phillips, and an introduction to hypnosis workshop with our faculty.

And last, but certainly not least, this year ASCH-ERF will offer its first ever Pre-Conference Workshop!  Show up early and take a 4-hour workshop on attachment, hypnosis, and Ego State Therapy given by Maggie Phillips, PhD.  The workshop is titled "It Takes More than Two to Tango: Building Secure Attachment Through Hypnotic and Ego State Relationships”.  Early Bird registrants for our Annual Meeting will have first opportunity to sign up for this incredible Pre-Conference workshop!


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 Meeting  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.

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