Clinical Workshops
Workshops Schedule

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis-Education and Research Foundation (ASCH-ERF) sponsors three levels of  instruction through its professional training in clinical hypnosis. These Regional Workshops are held four to six times a year. ASCH-ERF makes every effort to hold workshops in all regions of the US.

Fundamentals of Hypnosis Workshop
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 Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop 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.

Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop
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 Refining Skills & treatment Applications 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 Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops are essential to fully benefiting from the advanced level workshops. 


Regional Workshop Registration Fee Chart:

Member NonMember Resident/Intern/ECP Student
Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272
Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272
Advanced Workshop $457 $657 $317 $272

All registration fees include a $37 printed handout fee. If you wish to receive your handouts electronically, you may subtract the $37 fee from your total amount due at registration. Handouts will be emailed approximately one week before the workshop.

Information on the Mutter Scholarship Fund for Student and Early Career Professional Training.


Regional Workshop Schedule

Each of the Regional Workshops will offer a Fundamentals of Clinical HypnosisRefining Skills & Treatment Applications and an Advanced Workshop and begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday and end at noon on Sunday unless otherwise stated. Call 630-980-4740 with any questions.

•  September 27-30, 2018   ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL  (online hotel reservations) (PDF flyer with hotel information)

In addition to offering the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops, ASCH -ERF will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Schaumburg, Hypnosis for Trauma-Informed Integrative Medicine with Louis Damis, PhD, ABPP and Joseph Zastrow, MD.

Physical, sexual, and psychological trauma are associated with mental, emotional, interpersonal, and physical manifestations that often involve medical presentations and conditions. This workshop will review the somatic conditions and experiences associated with trauma and outline a phase-oriented approach for hypnotic and psychophysiological interventions. Specific strategies for somatic symptom processing will be reviewed and integrated with hypnotic techniques. The workshop will also address how relevant aspects of neuroplasticity, psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, and beliefs can inform hypnotic interventions for a variety of medical conditions. Finally, as life-style modifications are often essential to health promotion, hypnotic applications for habit management will also be addressed. 

In consideration of the increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice, this workshop will include examples of outcome research providing empirical support for hypnotic treatment strategies. In addition, medical disorders covered will include information on diagnostic criteria, underlying pathophysiology, psychophysiological patterns to be targeted, and selected non-hypnotic treatment components relevant to symptom resolution. Conditions to be covered will include aspects of chronic pain, myofascial pain, headache, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome as well as autoimmune, inflammatory, and infectious disorders. 

The workshop will provide sufficient information for participants new to the advanced workshops as well as more senior practitioners looking for specialized training in integrative medicine applications. The phase-oriented approach will begin with trauma stabilization and optimization of the autonomic nervous system function for health promotion followed by treatment of specific disorders. Overall, a comprehensive hypnotic approach, including relevant non-hypnotic components, will be outlined and taught through didactic presentation, demonstration, and dyadic practice. 

•  October 25-28, 2018                  ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Holiday Inn World's Fair Park; Knoxville, TN

•  December 13-16, 2018  ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Clearwater Beach, FL

In addition to offering the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops, ASCH -ERF will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Clearwater Beach, Case Conceptualization, Treatment Planning, and the Use of Clinical Hypnosis in Integrated Health Care with Lane Wagaman, EdD; David Reid, PsyD; Cheryl Beighle, MD; and Sheryll Daniel, PhD.

Integrative case formulation has long been considered a core skill of trained health care professionals.  However, while many articles describe what case formulation might include, and how to use the process, many health care professionals remain uncertain and uncomfortable with the use of this skill, how to integrate hypnosis into the plan and how it can appropriately inform ongoing and frequently changing treatment.  This might be particularly true for clinicians from varied health care disciplines who use the dynamic and powerful intervention strategy of clinical hypnosis.

Dr. Lane Wagaman will begin the workshop with an overview of the what, why, when, and how of case formulation, core content of a pertinent case conceptualization, a brief review of integrative conceptualization models, and the importance of case conceptualization in the development of an initial, and adaptable, treatment plan. The how, why and when of incorporating hypnosis into the treatment plan will also be presented.

The workshop will continue with presentations and discussion by several widely experienced and capable clinicians, who are accomplished and respected educators, of clinical applications of case conceptualization and treatment planning, with emphasis on specific patient populations and presentations, and with particular focus on the inclusion of clinical hypnosis in the health care relationship.

Dr. David Reid will focus on case formulation and treatment planning using hypnosis for the treatment of anxiety and phobic disorders. Two case studies will be reviewed and include a thorough review of each case and the rationale for selected treatment interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to generate their own hypnotic treatment plan for an individual who suffers from a specific phobia.

How to conceptualize the issues being presented in complicated cases will be discussed and demonstrated by Dr. Holly Forester-Miller.  She will review the psychological and medical issues in hypnotic surgery preparation for a patient having very complex surgery with a trauma history related to prior surgeries and related grief issues.  Participants will have the opportunity to work through another complicated case for which hypnosis was effective in helping a woman whose anxiety impacted every area of her life and manifested in a variety of physical symptoms. Case formulation and treatment planning when working with patients with obesity will be discussed by Dr. Cheryl Beighle.  Biobehavioral interventions and hypnotic strategies will be presented.

Dr. Sheryll Daniel will discuss case formulation and the use of hypnosis in the treatment of depressive disorders. She will focus on when and how to focus on addressing the patient’s symptoms, and how to discern when deeper exploration of the causes of depression and the triggers for a specific depressive episode is indicated. She will demonstrate the integration of hypnosis with cognitive-behavioral techniques. She will provide case reviews as examples. Participants will create treatment plans for a patient with a depressive disorder.



•  January 20-27, 2019 ASCH-ERF Workshop at Sea; Holland America Lines; Mexican Riviera Cruise (PDF Brochure) (Workshop will be limited at the first 20 paid registrants)

Carolyn Daitch, PhD will teach this 12-hour Advanced Workshop titled, Healing Anxiety: Evidence-Based CBT, Mindfulness and Hypnosis Techniques that Really Work! 

Anxiety destroys the normal enjoyment of life through the fear, worry, obsessive thinking and avoidant behavior that anxious people experience.  Simple activities like going to the grocery store, taking a child to her first day of school, or meeting a friend for lunch trigger a barrage of frantic “what ifs.” This workshop will explore the subtleties of working with this pervasive category of disorders that affects an estimated 20% of the population.  

Workshop participants will learn practical interventions that are applicable to the treatment of panic, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

In addition, health care providers with medical and dental specialties will learn approaches to address procedural anxiety, medical avoidance as well as strategies to address somatic responses.   The presenter will introduce a powerful, integrative therapy model that combines: Hypnosis, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

These approaches work together to help patients feel more empowered when flooded with anxiety. If you want to gain skill crafting the best treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs, this workshop offers a springboard for your creativity and an invaluable addition to your therapeutic toolkit.


•  May 2-5, 2019    ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Seattle Marriott Bellevue, Bellevue, WA (Hotel Reservations

In addition to offering the Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis and Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshops, ASCH -ERF will be offering the following Advanced Workshop in Bellevue, Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management with Mark Jensen, PhD and David Patterson, PhD, ABPH.

This 20-hour workshop will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies and suggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions. 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., 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. Approaches to use when a patient is in high distress or anxiety will be described. A hypnotic cognitive therapy approach using open question and reflective listening that can be used to develop effective suggestions and enhance overall treatment benefits will also be introduced. Participants will learn how to do inductions that prepare patients for upcoming stressful medical procedures. An age progression technique for helping clients effectively manage pain will also be introduced. Participants will learn the basics of Ericksonian hypnotic approaches and how they can be used to construct complex, non-linear inductions for use with pain management. The workshop will end with a discussion of the specific hypnotic suggestions that can be used to target specific pain conditions. The emphasis of the workshop will be on applied clinical technique; demonstrations, brief exercises and the opportunity for consultation will be included.  After participating in the workshop, participants will have the resources and skills to evaluate a patient with chronic pain or hypnosis treatment, and design a treatment intervention that addresses the various problems identified.


•  June 20-23, 2019   ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA 


On-Line Registration for Regional Workshops Now Available 

On-line registration for Regional Workshops is available by clicking here.  Simply complete the form, including payment information, and submit the form.  It's that easy! Remember when making your travel and lodging arrangements that the workshop begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday and ends at noon on Sunday unless otherwise stated in the brochure.  Call 630-980-4740 with any questions.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Accreditation

Please note that effective July 1, 2015, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS) is no longer renewing existing CE provider numbers.  ASCH-ERF’s accreditation through CBBS expired on December 31, 2015.  BBS licensees now obtain their continuing education through the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association, among others, both through which ASCH-ERF maintains accreditation.      

September 14-17, 2017  ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL


March 15-18, 2018 ASCH Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop; Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee, FL

June 21-24, 2018 ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA 

September 27-30, 2018    ASCH Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL


June 20-23, 2019   ASCH Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA