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)   #SCEH2017  


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Print the Conference Registration Form, on Pp. P. 58-61 of the brochure and complete as applicable.  To view Registration Fees, see P.57. 

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 & Symposia

Keynote Speakers


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

sceh 2017 keynotes

See page 34-35 for Keynote dates and times.

      • Arreed Barabasz, EdD, PhD, ABPP, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
        Humor in Psychotherapy
        Saturday evening, October 28 – 8:00-9:00 PM
      • Melanie Brown, MD, MSE, FAAP, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
        An Integrative Approach to Pediatric Pain Management
        Thursday morning, October 26 – 8:30-9:30 AM
      • 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
        Workforce Resiliency for Palliative Medicine Teams
        Wednesday evening, October 25 – 5:30-6:30 PM
      • Amir Raz, PhD, ABPH, McGill/Chapman University, Montreal, QC, Canada
        On Hypnosis and Science
        Sunday, October 29 – 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM
      • Pierre Rainville, PhD, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
        Pavlov Meets the Zen Brain: Mindfulness in the Fear of Pain
        Saturday morning, October 28 – 8:30-9:30 AM
      • David Spiegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
        Tranceformation: Hypnosis in Brain and Body
        Friday evening, October 27 – 5:00-6:00 PM


  • The Influences of Erika Fromm and the Chicago Paradigm, through the Ages

  • The Neuroscience of Hypnosis: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

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.  Please refer to our conference brochure for detailed workshop descriptions.
  • Introductory (Basic) Workshop in Hypnosis - taken as a cohort

                      Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis Agenda   

  • Skills Workshops (Intermediate to Advanced) - choose from a selection of topics,designed to sharpen your skills or be used toward certification requirements
    See P. 8 of brochure for list of workshops. 
  • Advanced Workshops in Hypnosis - choose from a selection of full day, half day and quarter day concurrent session  
    See P. 15 of brochure for list of workshops. 

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)

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To print the Conference Registration Form, see pages P. 58-61 of brochure and complete as applicable. 
To view Registration Fees, see P.57

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, Licensed Counselors, 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.  

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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; full day workshops - 6 CE credits; half day 3 CE credits
      • Scientific Program - up to 11 credit hours if attending all Keynotes. 

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and The Institute for Continuing Education.  Continuing education credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required for the sessions attended.  Partial session credit is not offered.  There is no processing fee for continuing education credit.  Attendees should pick up CE packets at registration.  CE verification will be mailed to CE applicants following the Conference.  If you have questions regarding the program,  continuing education,  learning objectives, presenters, or for grievance issues,  contact  The Institute at: 251-990-5030; e-mail: [email protected].   

It is the responsibility of attendees to check with their licensing/certification board to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education will meet their boards' regulations.   The Institute for Continuing Educations holds no CE provider status with boards outside the United States. 

To receive CE credit, attendees must complete all CE forms, sign in/out daily at designated locations, and submit an evaluation of sessions attended.

Psychology:  The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  All sessions are approved for psychology CE credit.

Counseling/ MFT:  Florida Dept. Health, Division Counseling, Social Work, MFT,  Provider BAP 255, expiration 03/2019.     Note:  NBCC credit is not offered for this Conference.

Illinois Board Marriage/ Family Therapy:  Provider 168-000108.

Ohio Board MFT:  Provider No. RTX 100501.

New York:   Counselor Provider:  MHC-0016 /   MFT Provider:  MFT-0012.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB ), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ( ACE ) program.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2015 - 04-13-2018.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  

Florida Dept. Health, Division Social Work, Provider BAP 255.

Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board Provider No. RCS 030001

New York SED: Social Work  Provider:  0025.

New Jersey:  No CE offered

Nursing:  California Board Nursing, Provider CEP 12646.

Non-Credit Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner (with the exception of the Banquet Keynote presentation), reception events or poster sessions; breaks; Board meetings or Committee meetings.  If you have questions regarding continuing education credit, please contact The Institute directly via phone at 800-557-1950 or email [email protected].

Instructional Methodology:  May include didactic, lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.


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.

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

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