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.

Clinical hypnosis targets mind/body communication to create change. The targeted use of suggestions that occurs in hypnosis can influence the mind/body system in numerous ways including improving immune function, altering pain, improving the gut biome and reducing blood flow to a surgical site. For some, hypnosis is an alternative to anesthesia.It has been used successfully to improve both comfort and compliance in patient’s undergoing medical and dental procedures, saving thousands of dollars.

Hypnosis is equally beneficial in behavioral health with a broad range of applications including the treatment of anxiety, depression, habit disorders, trauma and behavioral aspects of many known medical problems. As a therapeutic technique, hypnosis offers novelty of experience creating effective and deeply engaging experiences of change. While hypnosis engages the mind, it also activates imagination and the unconscious. Without being called such, hypnosis is a somatic therapy through its use of bridging mind/body communication. In treating anxiety and depressive disorders, hypnosis has both rapid interventions aimed at improving self-regulation as well as interventions aimed at physiology, mind or behavior, allowing for tailoring to the individual. Hypnosis helps a patient tap into their inner strengths and resources. Patients are empowered as they develop skill-based techniques. For those with a preference for a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach, research has shown that adding hypnosis into the treatment improves outcomes. These improved outcomes are seen in treating anxiety, depression, pain and more. 

Clinical hypnosis incorporates the science of neurobiology and brain plasticity. Its principles are trans-theoretical. For clinicians across medical and behavioral health disciplines, learning the use of hypnosis heightens attention to language and the use of communication skills to facilitate change in thinking, feeling, perception and behavior. Suggestion is an essential aspect of any treatment. Learning hypnosis allows one to understand better one’s use of language in treatment and how to increase and diversify skills in the implicit and explicit suggestion of therapeutic possibilities. We all know how something said in just the right way for a person can enable impactful change. As a clinician, unlike strategies that are problem specific, clinical hypnosis can transform the way one thinks about patient problems and the solutions one offers.


Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop (Level 1/Basic)
Why pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis? What are the benefits?

The Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop, the first part of a series of workshops in the certification program for clinical hypnosis, is intended for licensed health professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, dentists, counselors, social workers and those in related fields. A diverse faculty from a range of health disciplines will teach 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 participants will have been taught the basic skills required to utilize clinical hypnosis and begin to apply it to their practice.
 

           Benefits:

• 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.
• Empower clients and patients to build skills for better health.
• Learn a highly creative, broad-ranging technique for use in integrative medicine.
 

           Refining Skills and Treatment Applications Workshop (Level 2/Intermediate)
           What are the advantages of more training in Clinical Hypnosis?

The second step in certification training is to strengthen skills, strategies and applications of clinical hypnosis. Part one taught “how to” do clinical hypnosis, and part two builds on this skill set and refines and furthers development to add the when, why and where to the “how to”.

Advantages:

  • Introduction to a wider range of topics on the utility of clinical hypnosis (e.g., Pain Management; Anxiety and Sleep Disorders; Habit Disorders).
  • 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).
  • More practice with the feedback of expert faculty.

The Refining Skills & treatment Applications (Level 2/Intermediate) Workshop increases skills and builds confidence in the use of hypnosis. It prepares the workshop participant 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. 

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Regional Workshop Registration Fee Chart*:     Member: $457     NonMember: $657     Resident/Intern/ECP: $317     Student: $272
Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis Workshop           
Refining Skills & Treatment Applications Workshop 

Advanced Workshop
 

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. Please note: workshop handouts can be approximately 200+ pages for Level 1/Basic, 150+ pages for Level 2/Intermediate, and 100 pages for Advanced (actual page numbers vary per workshop). ASCH recommends printing the handouts 2-sided to save paper.
 

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

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*Due to increases in the number of participants at the most recent workshops, we strongly recommend registering for the workshop of your choice in advance, as we cannot guarantee the ability to accommodate walk-in registrants.
 

Regional Workshop Schedule

Each of the Regional Workshops will offer a Level 1(Basic), Intermediate (Level 2) and an Advanced Workshop.
Workshops begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday and end at noon on Sunday unless otherwise stated. C
all 630.980.4740 with any questions.

2020

  • UPDATE: As of 5.13.20: Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops will be held as a virtual meeting,
    Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23 

    An updated workshop schedule, virtual platform information, and registration link will be provided after they have been finalized.

  • CANCELED: June 25-28, 2020  ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Hilton Alexandria Mark Center; Alexandria, VA 
     
  • CANCELED: INDIVIDUALIZED CONSULTATION WORKSHOP (ICW) 

    PLEASE NOTE: In-person workshops are contingent upon Federal, State, and/or local public health social distancing guidelines and restrictions.    ​
  • September 10-13, 2020    ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Lincolnshire Marriott Resort; Lincolnshire, IL Book your group rate for American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Regional Meeting Housing deadline: Thursday, August 20

    Advanced Workshop: "From Principle to Practice: Deconstructing Problem Patterns to Create Hypnotically Guided Solutions" with David S. Alter, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, FAACHP

    Workshop Overview: 

    Does it stretch credulity to suggest that the origins of clinical hypnosis are to be found in our reptilian ancestors’ brains? We have certainly come a long way since then, but every neuroanatomical advance we have subsequently made in our brain remains wedded to and at times enslaved by the brains that came before. 

    • Come and learn about how our clients’ capacity to respond to novel suggestions. 
    • Learn how treatment outcomes can be enhanced using clinical hypnosis to modify client/patient’s habituated patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. 
    • Discover how to activate their neuroplastic potentials, bringing forward novel ways of engaging in themselves and in their social worlds. 
    • Looking through a neuroevolutionary lens, come away from this interactive workshop with a better understanding of our brains and our minds work. 
    • We have inherited adaptive living systems honed over 600 million years that simultaneously enable us to imagine the farthest reaches of our universe, while also finding ourselves drowning in a tsunami of guilt, shame, fears, and tears in response to subtle non-conscious cues. 

      This four-day advanced workshop utilizes the interplay between engaging didactic presentations, lively group-based discussion, and small group practice. Participants will emerge with an expanded repertoire of ideas and enriched clinical practice skills. This workshop utilizes a neuro-evolutionary focus incorporating neuroscience findings to the ageless tension between the polar biological pulls of fear vs. desire.  Adding attachment theory-based applications forges a new orientation to the process of change and the place of trance and hypnosis within that dynamic process. Focusing less on diagnostic conundrums, and more on problem-maintaining processes, the workshop models the utilization of innate change-inducing and growth-seeking energies with which we are endowed.  

      *Please join us this September in Chicago, IL for what promises to be a dynamic, engaging, at times surprising and disorienting, but ultimately practical workshop that can enliven your clinical practice and enrich your professional growth.

  • ​October 22-25, 2020         ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; DoubleTree by Hilton, Irving, TX 
  • December 3-6, 2020         ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Wyndham Celebration; Kissimmee, FL
    Advanced Workshop: 
    Taming Anxiety with an Integrative Model: Hypnosis, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy", with Carolyn Daitch, PhD

    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.


    The presenter will introduce a powerful, integrative therapy model that combines:
    -Mindfulness
    -Hypnosis
    -CBT

    Using this integrative therapy model, 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. A special component of this presentation is the four-part intervention, The Stop Solution, developed by Dr. Daitch, that integrates mindfulness, cognitive and hypnotic approaches. These tools work together to help clients feel more empowered when flooded with anxiety. If you want to gain skill crafting the best treatment plan for each client’s individual needs, this workshop offers a springboard for your creativity and an invaluable addition to your therapeutic toolkit.

    At the conclusion of this advanced workshop, participants will be able to:
    Demonstrate a treatment protocol using clinical hypnosis and CBT.
    Appraise the different components of anxiety, and utilize clinical strategies, particularly clinical hypnosis approaches, to address them.

2021

SAVE-THE-DATE!! ASCH-ERF 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops (ASMW), Omni Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, March 4-7

 

  • May 6-9, 2021                      ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; DoubleTree by Hilton; Albuquerque, NM
  • June 17-20, 2021                ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Hyatt Regency Bethesda (Metro Center); Bethesda, MD
  • September 9-12, 2021        ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Lincolnshire Marriott Resort; Lincolnshire, IL
  • October 28-31, 2021           ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Crowne Plaza; Austin, TX
  • December 2-5, 2021           ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Wyndham Celebration; Kissimmee, FL
     

   

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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

 

2018

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

 

2019

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