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.



• 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”.


  • 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. 


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. 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.



*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 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.



•  December 5-8, 2019 ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Rosen Plaza; Orlando, FL (December Workshop Brochure(on-line registration available)
Hotel Reservations
PLEASE NOTE: The ASCH room block at the Rosen Plaza has been filled and the hotel is booked for the nights of December 5, 6, and 7.

Workshop participants can contact the hotel directly and request to be put on the waiting list.

Advanced Workshop title: "Wake Up to Better Sleep: Hypnosis, Neuroscience, and the Role of Sleep in Common and Uncommon Clinical Conditions" with David Alter, PhD, ABPP, ABPH and Mary Wells, PhD.

Centuries before de Cuvillers and Braid popularized the term hypnosis, the association between sleep and evocation of people’s deep reservoir of change-enabling states of mind and body was well established. The term hypnosis harkens to ancient Greece mythology, where Hypnos (god of sleep) and his twin brother, Thanatos, lived as neighbors, personifying humanity’s timeless struggle with individual mortality, fate, and how the choices and actions we take in life alter our destiny. Contemporary neuroscience makes clear the considerable differences between the experience of trance and sleep, and the role that hypnosis plays in accessing both. Nevertheless, popular conceptualizations of hypnosis continue to perpetuate unwarranted mischaracterizations of hypnosis, trance, and sleep. This workshop is a great opportunity to debunk hurtful myths while simultaneously enriching your sense of the wonder and potential of directing restful sleep toward healthful therapeutic ends.

This multi-day immersive workshop will guide participants along a journey of professional enrichment and personal discovery. Together, we will delve into mysteries of sleep from evolutionary, biological, cognitive, affective, interpersonal, and social perspectives. Through interweaving didactic presentation, group discussion, and active small group practice, we will come to appreciate sleep’s role as a healing buffer against our daily stressors and as a potentiator of our life’s highest aspirations. When sleep rhythms are intact, health flourishes. When de-synchronized, as in insomnia, and a variety of parasomnias, a cascade of illness patterns begins to emerge. Therefore, the workshop will devote ample practice time for acquiring methods of using hypnosis to re-establish optimal sleep rhythms, thereby unleashing sleep’s capacity to reduce anxiety, stabilize mood, reduce pain, regulate behavior, improve memory and cognitive functioning, metabolize post-traumatic patterns, ease physiological distress, and support client’s ability to use dreams to build motivation to align their lives with a deeper purpose.

Join us for this exciting multi-day adventure tour through the fascinating world that lies just beneath our conscious awareness. You’ll leave the workshop prepared to incorporate sleep-work into your clinical practice. So, ease off the snooze button, open your eyes, and discover a new vista on the world of sleep, our single greatest, naturally occurring, psychobiological reboot process.

Dr. Mary Wells is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she is actively involved in program development of an interdisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain. She has been in this role since June 2018, having left an 18 year stint with Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Centers, first as a front line clinician and for the last 10 years as director of the medical psychology department. She began her work with hypnosis early in her career as a staff psychologist with the Washington Pain and Rehab Center in Washington, DC where she learned to incorporate hypnosis, relaxation training and biofeedback into an integrated pain treatment program. She began training with ASCH approved programs in 2001 and has been certified since 2008 and later achieved approved consultant status when she began teaching workshops for ASCH in 2012. She has been faculty with a number of ASCH training workshops, focusing her skills on training clinicians new to the use of hypnosis in medical and mental health settings. Her primary clinical interest is chronic pain management where she has concentrated her efforts for the last 30 years in a variety of medical and private practice settings.

David Alter, PhD, ABPP, ABPH is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in hypnosis, neuropsychology, and clinical psychology. Addressing the challenges and creative possibilities that arise when minds, brains, bodies intersect has been his clinical focus for more than 30 years. In addition to managing Partners in Healing, the holistic health clinic he created 20 years ago, Dr. Alter is an author, teacher, active blogger, and the creator of MyRelevium, a company that designs online educational/therapeutic programs for individuals suffering from a variety of health challenges. He is a past member of the ASCH Executive Committee and is board certified in psychological hypnosis through ABPH. Dr. Alter is described as an engaging and adroit teacher of naturalistic methods of training clinicians in the theory, methodology, and practice of clinical hypnosis.



  • March 19-22, 2020 ASCH-ERF Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops; Nugget Resort Casino; Reno/Tahoe (Hotel Reservations) Use Group Code 'GASCH20', or call 1.800.648.1177

    Meeting schedule and registration will be posted in November, 2019

  • May 7-10, 2020     ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort and Spa; Concord, NC Use Group Code 'SCH' (deadline for reservations is midnight on Tuesday, April 21, 2020) or call 1.800.362.2779 (provide the workshop dates and group code).

    Advanced Workshop title: "Clinical Hypnosis and Chronic Illness, Palliative Care and End of Life Process" with Dan Handel, MD and Sylvain Neron, PhD 
  • May 30-June 6, 2020 ASCH-ERF 7-Day Cruise to Alaska ( May Cruise.pdf?ver=2019-12-04-180451-113)
  •    “Helping Others to Make Lifestyle Changes: Weight Management and Smoking Cessation” with Cheryl Beighle, MD and
              Linda Thomson, APRN, ABMH, ABHN

    ASCH is offering its 4th continuing education cruise May 30, 2020. A seven-day round-trip cruise will depart from Seattle on board Holland America’s Eurodam. Ten hours of continuing education will be provided. Licensed medical and mental health professionals are eligible to attend this workshop with or without a background in hypnosis.

    There are three behaviors (poor diet, tobacco use and no physical activity) that lead to  four diseases: cancer, heart disease/stroke, type 2 diabetes and lung cancer which cause more than 50% of all deaths in this country. Health and mental health care providers play the most important role in improving the health of their patients by moving them along the path to behavior change. If you would like to improve your skills in helping your patients/clients make life-saving, lifestyle changes, then this is the workshop for you.

    Obesity is an epidemic. Not only does it affect people in a medical sense with increased disease and shortened life span, it has a psychological toll as well. Join Cheryl Beighle, MD to learn about the current research on weight in America, interventions that work for weight loss as well as hypnotic interventions to create a healthy vital future. She has developed and has been teaching a group weight loss class using mindfulness, hypnosis and education for the past 10 years. During this training the basics of a 7-session class will be covered so that participants will have a structure to develop a weight loss program in their community or use these strategies to enhance their effectiveness with individual patients/clients.

    Smoking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among Americans. Clinicians trained in smoking cessation can have a critical impact on saving the health and lives of people addicted to nicotine. Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, ABHN will describe interventions that can be used by medical and mental health practitioners to promote smoking cessation through counseling, motivational interviewing and hypnosis. Helping patients overcome nicotine addiction can make a remarkable change in the state of the patient’s health and a positive impact on the increase of the number of referrals and the growth of one’s practice. 

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following in their clinical practices:
    • Understand the development over time of the epidemic of obesity
    • Have familiarity with different diets/nutrition options as they relate to weight loss
    • Obtain a greater understanding of stages of change and motivational interviewing as it relates to making lifestyle changes
    • Be able to develop three or more different hypnotic strategies to work with clients around weight loss
    • Be able to assist with habit reversal and healthy habit development as related to weight loss and smoking cessation
    • Cite the history of tobacco use and global efforts to reduce smoking addiction
    • List and explain the interventions available to medical and behavioral health practitioners for aiding patients in their efforts to stop smoking.
    • Describe how to incorporate hypnosis into the treatment plan for smoking cessation.
    • Formulate a metaphor useful for smoking cessation.


    To see the cruise itinerary click on

    Holland America will guarantee the following rates when booked using ASCH’s group number with a refundable downpayment of $350/person

    Interior Cabin: $949  plus taxes and port fees

    Ocean View (obstructed): $1,199 plus taxes and port fees

    Ocean View (unobstructed): $1,449 plus taxes and port fees

    Veranda/Balcony: $1,449 plus taxes and port fees

    To book your cabin contact the ASCH personal cruise consultant, Brandi Johnson, at 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 29347 or via email at:

    Our Voyage code is 'D038' and our group number is 'TPT'

    Registration fees for the course are $500. If participants book their cabin with ASCH’s personal cruise consultant using our group number, $200 of the registration fee will be refunded following the cruise. Individuals who want to use credit card points or frequent flier credits or their own travel agent will not receive the $200 refund.

    For US and Canadian Citizens a Passport is recommended, but not required. If someone does not have a passport they need their original or a      certified copy of their birth certificate AND a second form of identification.


  • June 25-28, 2020     ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Hilton Alexandria Mark Center; Alexandria, VA  (reservations deadline is Monday, May 25, 2020)
  • September 10-13, 2020    ASCH-ERF Regional Workshop; Lincolnshire Marriott Resort; Lincolnshire, IL
  • ​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


  • 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



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