Integrative Training in Relational Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis.

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On behalf of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis-Education and Research Foundation (ASCH-ERF), I'm excited to let you know about an excellent advanced training opportunity in psychotherapy available at a special discounted rate for nonmember psychotherapy professionals

The 2018 ASCH-ERF Annual Meeting, to be held March 15-18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida is themed Hypnosis & The Treatment Relationship: Applications, Processes, and Outcomes.  The programming for this meeting is going to be heavily geared towards exploring aspects of the psychotherapy relationship, as well as how clinical hypnosis can effectively be integrated into the therapeutic process.  Interested in more information?  View the complete program. 

Plenary speakers include well-known psychologists in the psychotherapy world, including Jeremy Safran, PhD (The Intersection of Hypnosis & Relational Psychoanalysis); Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP (PTSD Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Care: The Significance of Relationship); Michael Diamond, PhD (Dreamers, Schemers, Moonbeamers and Redeemers: Psychoanalytic Musings on the Benevolent Allure and Therapeutic Action in Hypnotically-Augmented Psychotherapy) and Maggie Phillips, PhD ( Relational Safety as the Treatment for Trauma and Pain: Polyvagal Contributions to the Countertransference Trance).

If you have received this link then you are eligible for a discount of $100 off the cost of full meeting registration (3 days), and $50 off the cost of a 1-day registrationprovided that you are not an ASCH member and have never previously attended ASCH-ERF programming. 

Take advantage of these savings.  

Use your discount code and  Register now. 
Fax the completed form with payment to 630-351-8490 or email it to

You might be thinking, what does hypnosis have to do with how I practice psychotherapy?  

Clinicians often focus on the technical and procedural aspects when conceptualizing clinical hypnosis.  However, hypnosis as a treatment process is inherently relational. The tone, pacing, and content of hypnotic suggestions all derive from the uniquely intersubjective qualities of the treatment relationship.  As a result, learning clinical hypnosis inherently helps your work as a psychologist, whether you formally integrate hypnosis into your therapy sessions or not.  Furthermore, clinical hypnosis has a rich body of literature and training associated with various psychotherapeutic theoretical orientations.  Attachment-focused therapists integrate the language and imagery of hypnosis into rich developmental repair work to build secure attachment.  Cognitive-behavioral therapists value hypnosis for the experiential manner in which clients can rehearse and internalize adaptive schemas or visualize imaginal exposure scenes.  Psychodynamic therapists utilize hypnosis for projective exploration of unconscious material and elaboration of transference themes, all with the purpose of building insight.  Across all theoretical orientations, hypnosis is incredibly valuable in building rapport, strengthening the therapeutic relationship, and enhancing clients' self-esteem, mastery, and utilization of their positive internal resources.  Ultimately, hypnosis is integrative and a wonderful way to augment your existing psychotherapy approach.  As a practitioner, being trained in clinical hypnosis is a unique and valuable specialization to have in today's crowded psychotherapy marketplace.

There are two training track options that make the most sense for a psychologist interested in advanced psychotherapy training, yet unfamiliar with clinical hypnosis:

For those interested primarily in the psychotherapy training options yet curious to learn more about clinical hypnosis, you might consider the Advanced Relational Psychotherapy & Intro to Clinical Hypnosis 1-day Sampler Package.  This is a rare opportunity to get advanced training with some of the leaders in relational psychotherapy, and get introduced to clinical hypnosis at the same time.  By the end of the day, participants will have experiential knowledge of how relational psychotherapy and hypnosis go hand-in-hand.  Included in this package are 2 and 3 hour advanced workshops on relational psychotherapy with Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP (Relational Healing for Relational Injury in the Treatment of Trauma), and Jeremy Safran, PhD (Resolving Therapeutic Impasses).  Also included is the Saturday morning plenary address by Dr. Safran; and the lunch panel on Hypnosis and the Psychotherapy Relationship featuring Elgan Baker, PhD; Carolyn Daitch, PhD; Michael Diamond, PhD; and Maggie Phillips, PhD. Please note this panel is also included in the Basic Workshop track registration which you will read more about below. 

Dr. Baker has published numerous papers on hypnosis and the psychotherapy relationship and is a Fellow of APA Divisions 12, 29, 30, and 39.  Dr. Daitch is the author of several well-known books for clinicians, including The Affect Regulation Toolbox, Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide for Clients and Therapists, and Anxious in Love.   Dr. Diamond has published articles on hypnosis, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis, and is author of the book My Father Before Me."  He is also a Fellow of APA Division 39 and the International Psychoanalytic Association.  Dr. Phillips is well-known for her pioneering work on the treatment of trauma and pain using hypnosis, Ego State Therapy and EMDR, and is co-author of the books Healing the Divided Self with Claire Frederick), author of Finding the Energy to Heal and Reversing Chronic Pain, and co-author of Freedom from Pain with Peter Levine.   In addition to the aforementioned programming, participants will also receive a 3-hour introductory primer on clinical hypnosis with our faculty. 

For those who are already interested in learning clinical hypnosis, I would recommend our Fundamentals of Hypnosis (Basic) Workshop  Track which requires a full conference registration.  Completion of this 20-hour workshop will count towards the 60-hour requirement for ASCH certification in clinical hypnosis.  We have a skilled team of faculty members with a wealth of experience in teaching hypnosis to mental health and health care practitioners.  The 3 days of training incorporates teaching on identification, understanding, and utilization of individual hypnotic capacity; the therapeutic use of individually pertinent suggestions; the importance of rapport and ego strengthening; explications of the role of hypnosis in neurobiology, neurophysiology, and neuroplasticity; hypnotic communication and its core contribution to alteration of patient/client readiness for openness to change; and an introduction to the wide range of behavioral health care applications of patient-mastered self hypnosis.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills in clinical hypnosis in faculty-supervised small group training.  Additionally, participants will also have the opportunity to attend all plenaries and panels for the meeting. 

I hope that you will consider joining us in Orlando in March and embarking on an enriching training process in clinical hypnosis!

Eric Spiegel, PhD
President-Elect, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Program Chair, 2018 ASCH Annual Meeting



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.

We have 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.

Relational Safety as the Treatment for Trauma and Pain: Polyvagal Contributions to the Countertransference Trance