68th Annual Workshops and Scientific Program

Hypnosis for the Ages

October 25-29, 2017

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Chicago, IL (connected via walkway)





Registration to open July 1.    

We are now finalizing our conference brochure and expect to open registration on or around July 1st.  Please check back then, or join our mailing list to receive our email announcements.

Hotel Reservations     Workshops & Scientific Program     Conference Theme     Keynotes       Who Should Attend 

Site & Accommodations     Continuing Education - CE Credits     Call for Posters     Conference Committee     Additional Details 



Hypnosis for the Ages Conference Theme

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis will celebrate that hypnosis is "for the Ages"   Modern hypnosis has a 300-year history; it is a therapy for the ages!  

Clinical hypnosis has relevance for each stage in the human life cycle. The "Hypnosis for the Ages" conference will feature keynotes, symposia, and workshops on Pediatric and Adolescent Applications of Hypnosis, Current Approaches to Hypnosis in Geriatrics and End of Life Care, and Highlights in the History of Hypnosis. The meeting will also include scientific presentations on the Evidence-Base of Medical Hypnosis.

2017 Keynotes (alpha order)

We are pleased to announce the following keynote presentations and speakers for this year's conference in Chicago.

sceh 2017 keynotes


  • Arreed Barabasz, EdD, PhD, ABPP, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    Topic:  Humor in Psychotherapy
  • Melanie Brown, MD, MSE, FAAP, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Topic: An Integrative Approach to Pediatric Pain Management
  • James Gerhart, PhD, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL with co-presenter 
  • Sean O'Mahony, MB, BCh, BAO, MS, FAAHPM, Section Director, Palliative Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Topic: Workforce Resiliency for Palliative Medicine Teams
  • Amir Raz, PhD, ABPH, McGill/Chapman University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Topic: On Hypnosis and Science
  • Pierre Rainville, PhD, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Topic: Pavlov Meets the Zen Brain: Mindfulness in the Fear of Pain
  • David Spiegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
    Topic: Tranceformation: Hypnosis in Brain and Body

Workshops & Scientific Program  

SCEH Annual Workshops

By tradition, SCEH offers introductory, skills building/intermediate and advanced level workshops.  Workshops are scientifically-based and of the highest teaching quality.  Most workshops include demonstrations and/or practica or other experiential components and are led by leaders in the field.  
  • Introductory (Basic) Workshop in Hypnosis - taken as a cohort
  • Skills Workshops (Intermediate to Advanced) - choose from a selection of topics,designed to sharpen your skills or be used toward certification requirements
  • Advanced Workshops in Hypnosis - choose from a selection of full day, half day and quarter day concurrent session
  Workshops Agenda
  • SCEH Scientific Program

The Scientific Program features presentations or symposia that address empirical issues in hypnosis research and practice and related areas. Research presentations shine the light on novel empirically-based findings, including experimental studies, case reports, clinical trials, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews. Symposia bring together top notch researchers as they critically discuss empirical findings pertaining to a specific theme of relevance to the hypnosis community. Many symposia integrate research and practice or draw upon research in psychology, psychiatry, or neuroscience to highlight issues that improve our understanding of hypnosis. Our poster session provides another glimpse into the latest research in the field.

  • Scientific Program (general session)

Scientific Program Agenda  

Who Should Attend

Our meeting brings together top experts in the field of hypnosis to share the latest in both research and clinical applications of hypnosis. 
The program is designed for Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers, Dentists, Chiropractors, Master’s level Nurses and Clinical Nurse Practitioners, other Master’s level licensed mental health and healthcare professionals, and clinical and experimental researchers in the field of hypnosis.

Session topics are varied, and have included the following: providing a definition of hypnosis; reviewing clinical applications of hypnosis; reviewing the latest in hypnosis research; medical hypnosis and its uses; discussing hypnosis for pain management, hypnosis for ADHD, PTSD, hypnosis treatment for hot flashes, anxiety and substance abuse; discussing hypnosis in health care settings; reviewing clinical applications of alert hypnosis; discussing hypnotizability; discussing hypnosis and mind-body communication, mindfulness; and meditation; reviewing ego state therapy, trance, virtual reality hypnosis; discussing hypnosis and dissociation; discussing hypnosis and mind-body approaches.  

Continuing Education - CE Credits

Continuing Education (CE) credits are provided by the Institute for Continuing Education.
 The SCEH Annual Conference typically includes:

  • 20-Credit hour Introductory (Basic) Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Skills Workshops and Advanced Clinical Workshops - up to 16 Credit hours if attending all Keynotes
  • Scientific Program - up to 11 Credit hours if attending all Keynotes. 

Site & Accommodations


The meeting program will be held in two locations -- the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (connected via walkway).  We have secured a block of rooms at the  Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North for conference attendees.  View Site and Accommodations details.

Call for Posters

We will continue to accept posters on a rolling basis.  We invite researchers and clinicians to submit posters addressing empirical issues in the science of hypnosis and related topics. We particularly invite submissions on applications of hypnosis for each stage of life. Aside from empirical work, we also invite the submission of abstracts of rigorously conducted case studies, case series, and critical reviews. View details and access our online submission forms.


2017 Conference Committee

SCEH wishes to express its gratitude for the planning efforts now underway by our 2017 Conference Committee.  The Committee invites your participation in this year's program. and looks forward to a very successful event.

 Overall Meeting Chairs: Donald Moss, PhD and Janna Henning, JD, PsyD 
 Scientific Meeting Co-Chairs: Zoltan Kekecs, PhD and Shelagh Freedman, PhD candidate
 Introductory Workshop Co-Chairs: Eric Willmarth, PhD and Lisa Lombard, PhD
 Skills Workshops Co-Chairs:  Scott Hoye, PsyD & John Mohl, PhD
 Advanced Workshops Co-Chairs: Ciara Christensen, PhD and David Reid, PsyD

Additional Details 

Social Media and Conference Hashtag

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Founded in 1949, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) is an international organization of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, dentists, social workers and nurses who are dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in clinical and medical settings.


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