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.

Level 1
Why pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis? What are the benefits?

The Level 1 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.


• 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.

           Level 2
           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”.


  • 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 Level 2 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 will resume in December 2021.  Recent professional training workshops have focused on behavioral medicine, health psychology, hypnosis and pediatrics, and mind-body medicine.

Advanced level workshop participants are encouraged to complete Level 1 and Level 2 training. Skills mastered in these workshops ensure comprehension an applicability of the material.


Regional Workshop Registration Fees:  






Graduate Student

Level 1





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Workshop Capacities:

Level 1 capacity is set at 30and Level 2 capacity at 25 to ensure participants are given the opportunity for active participation and provided the required attention and oversight by faculty especially in small group activities.  Advanced level workshop capacity is varied depending on topic.

Typical Workshop Schedule: 

Virtual: Workshops typically start each day at 12:30 pm ET ending by 7:00 pm ET days 1-3 and by 5:30 on Sunday.

In-Person:  Workshops typically begin Thursday at 6:30 pm (local time) and end on Sunday at 12:00 pm (local time).  Expect a full day of sessions on Friday and Saturday beginning around 8:30-9:00 am local time and ending before 7:00 pm.


Registration Instructions:

On-line registration will take you to the new ASCH site and require new account set-up (non-members) or Member login.  If you are an ASCH member enter the email address associated with your ASCH Membership as our UserID; click Forgot Password to set a new password. 

Payments can now be made in a secure online environment.  The system DOES NOT save credit card information once the transaction has been completed and registration submitted.    

Regional Workshop Schedule:

September 9-12, 2021 (Virtual) Level 1 & Level 2 Workshops

(Workshops take place simultaneously)

Click here to register for a September Workshop


October 28-31, 2021 (Virtual) Level 1 & Level 2 Workshops  

(Workshops take place simultaneously)

Click here to register for an October Workshop


December 2-5, 2021 (In-Person) Level 1, Level 2 & Advanced Workshops

Wyndham Celebration; Kissimmee, FL

Click here to register for a December Workshop


General Information:

Workshop Material.  Approximately one week before the workshop, registered participants will receive a link to a private webpage that will include links to handouts and resources materials.  This access will be good for seven days after the workshop has been completed.  Note: workshop handouts can be approximately 200+ pages for Level 1; 150+ pages for Level 2; and 100+ pages for Advanced. Participants are responsible for downloading and printing workshop materials. 

Continuing Education Hours.  On-time attendance, full engagement, and completion of the daily program evaluations are required for a Certificate of Completion.  Workshop are approved for 21.5 hrs.   

Changing Dates.  ASCH will honor one registration transfer.  Transfer requests must be made in writing, by emailing, a minimum of fourteen (14) working days in advance of the workshop start date.  Changes made after the fourteen window will be considered a cancellation.

Cancellations.  Cancellations must be made in writing, by emailing, a minimum of seven (7) working days in advance of the workshop start date.  No cancellations will be taken by phone.  Refunds will not be made after access has been given to the workshop materials.  The registration fee, minus a $50 Administrative fee will be processed. 

Save the Date:

ASCH-ERF Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops (ASMW), March 3-6, 2022, Jacksonville, FL  


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