2019 Advanced Workshops

Advanced Workshop Topics (alpha order)

  • Altered States of Consciousness Experiences Related to Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Skin and Skin Disorders
  • Back to the Future: Using Biological Age Regression and Other Strategies to Accelerate Healing
  • Behavioral and Hypnotic Intervention for Chronic Pain: Our Role in Reducing Opioid Reliance
  • Deep Structure Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: An integrative Hypnotic Approach
  • Future Focused Interventions with and without Formal Hypnosis
  • Hypnosis Research Workshop: Designing Case Studies and Clinical Trials and Preparing Papers for Publication
  • Hypnosis, Mindfulness and CBT for Smoking Cessation: The Winning Edge Program
  • Hypnotically Enhanced Addictions Treatment
  • Hypnotic-Like Practices of Advanced Tibetan Yoga and Meditation
  • Measuring the Core Competencies of Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Non-linear Hypnotic Inductions
  • Techniques of Age Regression and Age Progression: Research, Theory, Techniques - Applications and Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Use of Hypnosis in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Utilization of Hypnosis in Pain Management

 View the list of workshops.   For complete descriptions, see below.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

6:30 - 9:45 PM
Hypnosis, Mindfulness and CBT for Smoking Cessation: The Winning Edge Program

Joseph Green, PhD

As a brief, cost-effective intervention, hypnosis can be a catalyst for change.   Joseph Green and Steven Jay Lynn designed The Winning Edge program to incorporate recent advances and best clinical practices in the treatment of tobacco addiction.  The intervention provides a unique blend of strategies based on cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and hypnotic approaches to smoking cessation.  Workshop participants will learn the entire program and be able to implement the intervention on an individual or group basis.  Treatment materials include a one-hour educational DVD; two hypnosis audio files; Powerpoint slides; a coping model video clip; client monitoring forms; and, data collection materials.  The workshop will provide step-by-step instructions so that beginning and expert clinicians can administer the program in either a largely standardized manner or incorporate various aspects of the program into existing treatments in order to tailor the intervention to individual clients.  We will review commonly asked questions and anticipated concerns, address ambivalent or low motivated clients, and illustrate how clinicians can collect outcome data while using the program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the the health risks associated with smoking and the pervasiveness of smoking addiction.
  2. Cite the scientific evidence for incorporating hypnosis into treatment programs for smoking cessation.
  3. State ways to implement The Winning Edge program and how to address common questions/concerns raised by clients.  


6:30 - 9:45 PM
Behavioral and Hypnotic Intervention for Chronic Pain: Our Role in Reducing Opioid Reliance

Karen Slaton, PhD

A reliance on opioid therapy to treat chronic non-cancer pain has resulted in an opioid crisis.  Recent CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing recommend alternative treatments for chronic pain.  The Comprehensive Addition and Recovery (CARA) Act of 2016 provides guidelines for treatment and recovery and mandates Complimentary Integrated Healthcare modalities (including clinical hypnosis) for the management of chronic pain.  This workshop will place the "opioid crisis" in historical context and will describe the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain.  Participants will learn the major differences between acute and chronic pain and will learn behavioral interventions (non-medical treatments) for chronic pain.  A special focus will be on utilizing clinical hypnosis for the treatment of chronic pain.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain..
  2. Desccribe two hypnotic interventions for chronic pain.
  3. Practice two hypnotic interventions for chronic pain.


6:30 - 9:45 PM
Altered States of Consciousness Experiences Related to Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Skin and Skin Disorders

Philip Shenefelt, MD, ABMH

Skin and skin disorders have had spiritual and religious dimensions often derived from induced altered states of consciousness experiences since ancient times. Skin, hair, and nails are visible to self and others. The skin is a major sense organ for touch, pain, itch, heat, cold, pressure, and vibration. Skin also expresses emotions detectable by others through pallor, coldness, goose bumps, redness, warmth, or sweating. How much skin is covered with what kind of coverings, scalp and beard hair cutting, shaving, and styling, skin and nail and hair coloring and decorating, tattooing, and intentional scarring of skin all have had and continue to have spiritual and religious significance, often derived originally from visions or other altered state of consciousness experiences. Persons with visible skin disorders have often been stigmatized or even treated as outcasts. Spiritual and religious interactions with various skin disorders such as psoriasis, leprosy, and vitiligo are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the connection between altered states of consciousness and spiritual and religious experiences.
  2. Recognize the culturally specific contexts in which the spiritual and religious experiences occur.
  3. Describe the interaction between skin and psyche and their spiritual and religious dimensions.



Thursday, October 17, 2019


8:30 - 4:30  PM
Use of Hypnosis in Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Barbara McCann, PhD

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological intervention for many clinical presentations. CBT as traditionally practiced makes use of a combination of didactic methods, Socratic questioning, disorder-specific treatment manuals, and between-session homework. Such approaches to treatment delivery resonate with well-educated individuals (particularly from Western cultures) who find such approaches familiar. Hypnosis affords the practitioner many alternative methods for introducing the CBT model to patients, and encouraging them to examine and distance themselves from negative automatic thoughts and destructive intermediate and core beliefs. The highly experiential nature of hypnosis allows for in-session rehearsal of behavioral activation, interpersonal skills, and tolerance of distress during exposure to previously avoided situations. Although a basic familiarity with the principles of CBT is assumed, in this workshop, key concepts of CBT will be reviewed.  Case examples, experiential learning, and brief didactic overviews will help prepare the learner to use hypnosis to facilitate the delivery of cognitive behavioral interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe basic principles and approaches of CBT, including many of the core tasks of CBT interventions.
  2. Explain seeding of ideas and truisms during induction and deepening, and use of the hypnotic state itself, to experientially convey the core CBT model to patients.
  3. Demonstrate the hypnotic parallels for some common psychiatric symptoms (panic attacks, avoidance) and help patients develop new associations to these symptoms.
  4. Create useful metaphors to help patients identifying and respond to maladaptive automatic thoughts, intermediate beliefs, and core beliefs.
  5. Explain the use of post-hypnotic suggestion as a means of engaging patients in the practice of newly acquired skills and concepts between sessions.
  6. Describe methods to strengthen the therapeutic relationships in CBT through the use of hypnosis.


8:30 - 4:30  PM
Non-linear Hypnotic Inductions

David Patterson, PhD

This full day workshop will focus on advanced inductions for patients that are struggling with hypnosis, as well as those who require multi-layered suggestions to match clinical conceptualizations. A premise of this workshop is that direct, linear inductions are the ones that are most commonly used in clinical hypnosis but have a number of limitations. The instructor will use power point presentations, demonstrations, discussion and frequent presentee practice to provide theoretical and practical knowledge about non-linear inductions. The workshop will rely on neurophysiology, cognitive linguistics, motivational interviewing and Ericksonian approaches to provide a foundation for the inductions. The components of the non-linear inductions (e.g., dissociation, confusion, indirect suggestions, multiple choices) will be taught as individual skill sets and then combined as a whole both in demonstrations and practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate the theory behind direct and non-linear hypnotic inductions.
  2. Demonstrate how to translate complex clinical conceptualizations into multilayered inductions.
  3. Explain how the neurophysiology of hypnosis can guide effective inductions.
  4. Demonstrate the use of dissociation, indirect suggestions and pacing and leading in conducting hypnosis.
  5. List three suggestions and provide them in a multiple choice format.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to integrate concepts of zen into hypnosis.


8:30 - 11:45 AM
Hypnosis Research Workshop:
Designing Case Studies and Clinical Trials and Preparing Papers for Publication

Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH; Lynae Roberts, MA, Baylor University; Zoltan Kekecs, PhD. ELTE, Department of Affective Psychology and Lund University, Department of Psychology; Michael Nash, PhD, University of Tennessee

This workshop is intended to provide foundational knowledge regarding hypnosis research. Topics include discussion of the evolving body of research into clinical and experimental hypnosis. Also, key considerations in design of case studies and randomized clinical trials of hypnosis and related concepts (relaxation, mindfulness, suggestion methods, etc.) will be discussed. Topics will also include assessment of hypnotizability and cognitive expectancies, participant selection in clinical and experimental studies, experimental designs and control conditions. Empirically-based research will be discussed and preparation of papers for submission for publication. Participants will be encouraged to bring and develop hypnosis research ideas. This workshop will be of interest empirically minded clinicians, researchers, experimental and clinical graduate students, interns, fellows, and residents, as well as professionals in the field who wish to learn more about the potential of hypnosis research to inform clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key components of well-designed case studies of hypnosis interventions.
  2. Discuss purpose and design of pilot studies.
  3. Identify three components of randomized clinical trials of hypnosis interventions.


8:30 - 11:45 AM
Hypnotically Enhanced Addictions Treatment

Joseph Tramontana, PhD

In this time of what is being called the "opioid epidemic," working with pain patients to reduce their dependence on drugs is of utmost importance. While most hypnosis advanced workshops having to do with addictions focus on smoking and weight loss, this presentation also covers alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and gambling. Smoking and weight loss will be covered, as well, with strategies for packaging sessions. The presentation will include demonstrations, scripts, strategies, and ample case studies, including successes and failures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain techniques to expand their practices into the addictions field.
  2. List strategies for working with pain patients to reduce dependence on opioids.
  3. Develop scripts to use with addicted clients.


1:00 - 4:15 PM
Future Focused Interventions with and without Formal Hypnosis

Moshe Torem, MD

This workshop will review the various forms of hypnotherapy as related to the issue of time focus.  Many therapies have focused on the present and the past, attention to the future has been rather minimal.  However, future focused therapy can be a powerful strategy to bring about transformational change in patient’s behavior and symptoms in the present.  Hypnosis allows the patient to experience a desirable therapeutic outcome in the future, which is internalized on both a conscious and sub-conscious level.  Participants will learn the use of future focused communication, suggestions, and a variety of age progression techniques with and without formal hypnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain hypnotic communication in terms of its time focus (past, present, or future).
  2. Explain the value of a future focused orientation.
  3. Articulate examples of effective therapeutic communication and suggestions with age progression techniques, with and without formal hypnosis.


Friday, October 18, 2019


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Techniques of Age Regression and Age Progression:
Research, Theory, Techniques- Applications and Practice! Practice! Practice!

Maureen Turner, MEd, LCMHC, RNBC, LCSW

An Age Regression technique is any technique that connects present belief and behavior to the past and past to the present and encourages insight. Hypnosis can augment that connection to belief change and therefore, behavior change. The main focus will be to teach, apply and practice the techniques most utilized, adapted and developed  by the presenter and now used by colleagues she has trained in the practice of Age Regression hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been utilized for trauma-release intuitively cross-culturally for centuries (Harms, 1967).  In 2007, Lynn and Cardena reviewed empirically supported evidence-based principles and practices that suggests that hypnosis can be a useful adjunctive procedure in the treatment of posttraumatic conditions. Their conclusion was that more research on hypnosis, hypnotic-suggestibility, and posttraumatic conditions is urgently needed.  This workshop will briefly review the still sparse hypnosis research in applications fostering connections from the past to present and future  (Rotaru and Rusu, 2016; Turner, 2016, 2017, 2018; Grogan, Barabasz, and Christensen, 2017).

The applications of theory and techniques will include:

  • Assessing for timing and conditions for age regression.
  • Deepening inductions that can also double for self-hypnosis, such as the Elman-Turner and Chakra Inductions.
  • Teaching clients to anchor positive mind states and set triggers for self-soothing self-talk.
  • Demonstrating techniques that help facilitate age regression like the Somatic-Affect Bridge, adaptations of the Meeting Room, the Magic Sieve and Turner¿s Rescue Mission protocols.
  • Handouts, demonstrations, videos, case presentations, supervised experiential exercises, practice and practice will be included in the workshop experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. State timing issues and three conditions where age regression would be appropriate treatment.
  2. Describe techniques to induce and deepen to induction, for both use as self-hypnosis for the client and a means of establishing a deep trance state by the therapist.
  3. Describe how to anchor positive mind states and set them to be triggered for self-soothing self-talk.
  4. Describe the Turner Rescue Mission and describe the roles of the therapist and the client .
  5. Demonstrate at least 2 technique(s) to facilitate age regression.


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Deep Structure Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: An Integrative Hypnotic Approach

James Straub, EdD

Deep Structure Cognitive Therapy is an integrative targeted approach utilizing tools, patterns and techniques identified through advances in neurology and psychotherapy for helping increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy. This hypno-cognitive/behavioral/trans-theoretical approach has been used in both inpatient and outpatient settings for more than 20 years and combines various Eastern and Western approaches in a cohesive structure that draws on Adler's Individual Psychology, Psychosynthesis, Buddhism, Eriksonian Hypnotherapy, NLP, Imagery and understanding of neurological underpinnings of cognitive/behavioral functions . It is particularly useful in helping clients modify wellingrained personality disorders and patterns related to complex posttraumatic stress disorder.

In the effort to survive, belong and develop identity, individuals create neuro-networks that serve as internal maps and response patterns, often in the form of procedural memories. These phenomenological structures do not form a unified integrated pattern and can be in conflict. However, once created, they typically become fixed as part of a person's private logic at an unconscious or semiconscious level. Such patterns often are neurologically isolated and not easily updated to the current reality and yet can significantly influence perceptions, thoughts, behaviors and emotions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and demonstrate how to apply a deep structure time and place grounding technique.
  2. Describe and demonstrate methods for identifying, reframing and  "separating" parts/neuropatterns" from the self.
  3. Describe and demonstrate methods for identifying, reframing and"separating"parts/neuropatterns" from traumatic memories.
  4. Describe and demonstrate methods of restructuring limiting beliefs and memories.
  5. Describe and demonstrate methods to identify disidentify from neuropatterns.
  6. Describe and demonstrate techniques for reintegrating restructured parts/patterns.
  7. Describe and demonstrate two techniques for reframing memories..


8:30 - 11:45 AM
Measuring the Core Competencies of Ericksonian Hypnosis

Dan Short, PhD

For the first time in the history of the Ericksonian movement, a set of core competencies has been identified and endorsed by a majority of the leading figures in Ericksonian hypnosis. Furthermore, these key concepts have been subjected to empirical testing and found to be pivotal to the identity of this unique form of therapy. Dan Short, the person leading this work and the author of the recently released Core Competencies Manual for Ericksonian Therapy, will familiarize the audience with the concepts while demonstrating clinical applications. This workshop will be highly interactive as the instruction is individualized to the needs of the audience. Dr. Short is known for his energetic and enthusiastic teaching style as well as for his dynamic demonstrations and his willingness to communicate complex ideas using simple principles. The overall context will be one of diversified instruction and healthy encouragement.

All participants will be provided with an electronic copy of The Principles and Core Competencies of Ericksonian Therapy. This is the 136-page treatment manual that was recently distributed to leaders of Ericksonian institutes throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate professional excellence by engaging in deliberate practice of isolated skill sets, using a statistically validated measurement device that you will be trained to use as a self-monitoring tool.
  2. Explain the underlying principles behind: tailoring treatment, utilization, strategic intervention, destabilization, experiential events, and the naturalistic approach.
  3. Explain how to be more innovative, and how to use and apply these principles to create new techniques you can apply as you encounter unique circumstances.


8:30 - 11:45 AM
Back to the Future: Using Biological Age Regression and Other Strategies to Accelerate Healing

Carol Ginandes, PhD, ABPP

Hypnotic strategies can be utilized to elicit beneficial physiological changes as well as psychological improvements. After overviewing the presenter’s research /clinical model of hypnotically augmenting mind/ body healing, the workshop will focus in on three approaches to targeting site- specific healing and somatic regeneration which can be adapted for use in a variety of mind/body conditions. Such strategies will include: consultation with somatic ego states; accessing biological resource retrieval utilizing “Biological Age Regression”, and creating hypnotic “pseudo-scientific instruments” to target specific healing outcomes.

Discussion and modeling of these techniques will precede opportunities for structured dyadic practice. Workshop methods will include didactic elements as well as a generous amount of practicum and experiential components.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1.       Describe  a customizable multi-modal hypnotic  model integrating various strategies to facilitate mind/body healing.
  2. Explain methods of inducing and utilizing “Biological Age Regression”.
  3. Demonstate  two hypnotic strategies for creating hypnotic “pseudo -scientific instruments” for targeting site- specific healing.


1:00 - 4:30 PM
Hypnotic-Like Practices of Advanced Tibetan Yoga and Meditation

 Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD

The tradition of Dzogchen meditation has been practiced by both the Bonpo and the Buddhist communities of Tibet for at least the last 1,500 years. The term Dzogchen refers to an experiential and philosophical understanding of the boundless nature of human potential which is often translated as ¿the great self-perfection¿ (Reynolds, 2008).  The term Dzogchen also refers to hypnotic-like methods of meditation and other experiential yogic exercises that help one to fully realize their true nature from the self-delusion that is said to commonly plague human beings.

The philosophical viewpoints and experiential practices of Dzogchen are very similar to many traditions of hypnosis. In particular, there are many aspects of the Ego State Therapy, Social Cognitive, and Transpersonal traditions of hypnosis that easily demonstrate the hypnotic-like (Krippner, 2004) nature of the tradition of Dzogchen meditation. In particular, the Dzogchen model of mind is polypsychic like some traditions of hypnosis (Frederick, 2005; Hilgard, 1977) which posit that the human mind has at least two psychic structures which refers to the conscious and unconscious nature of mind. The Dzogchen model posits that the polypsychic nature of human beings is caused by a psychic structure referred to as the Kunzi-Namshe which divides the seamless nature of experience into deluded conceptual categories that become the “parts” of people. This idea has a number of interesting parallels in the Neo-Dissociative, Ego States, and Social Cognitive positions on the nature of the self. Dzogchen techniques also utilize many hypnotic-like practices of selective attention, visualization, and post-hypnotic suggestion to help their practitioners develop an experiential understanding of the illusion of self that is also frequently spoken of in Transpersonal Psychology (Wickramasekera, 2013).

We will practice several introductory forms of Tibetan Yoga and meditation that are foundational to Dzogchen in this workshop.  Please wear comfortable clothes and consider bringing a yoga mat and/or a meditation cushion so that you can learn the practice personally.  We will then discuss the experience and the philosophy of Dzogchen theory in light of hypnosis research with the remaining time.

Ian Wickramasekera II has written about and practiced these techniques from the perspective of hypnosis for over fifteen years and was authorized to teach these practices by the Bon lineage of Dzogchen by Khenpo Yungdrung Rinpoche, the Abbott of a Bon monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to practice the five tsa lung practice of Tibetan Yoga. 
  2. Describe an introduction in how to practice Tibetan sound healing meditation.
  3. Explain research perspectives and some other similarities of the tradition of Dzogchen and Hypnosis.
1:00 - 4:30 PM
Utilization of Hypnosis in Pain Management

Presenters: Dabney Ewin, MD, ABMH, Joseph Tramontana; PhD and David Patterson, PhD

Workshop leaders will present techniques and issues regarding hypnosis in treating pain.  After each gives a presentation, there will be ample time for workshop participants to “pick the brains” of the presenters.

Topics will reflect the focused expertise of each presenter. Dr. Ewin is well known for his ideo-motor signaling techniques in working with pain patients and psychosomatic conditions. Dr. Patterson is internationally known for his work in clinical hypnosis, and specializes in pain control and recovery from physical trauma. Dr. Tramontana is primarily known for his use of hypnosis with addictions and sports hypnosis, and frequently uses hypnosis for pain management in working with reduction of opioid medication for pain patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three new techniques to utilize with pain patients.
  2. Create scripts that work for the style of both the therapist and the patient.
  3. Describe two ways to use hypnosis with patients recovering from physical trauma.
  4. List two ways to use ideo-motor signaling techniques with patients with psychosomatic conditions.
  5. State two ways to use hypnosis to help patients reduce opiod medication.





Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

70th Annual Workshops & Scientific Program

Clinical and Applied Hypnosis: Evidence-based Practice and the Therapeutic Relationship

October 16-20, 2019

Ace Hotel -- New Orleans, LA


Event details and registration