2019 Annual Conference

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Introductory, Skills and Advanced Workshops plus Scientific Program. #SCEH2019
Workshops meet accepted Standards of Training in Clinical Hypnosis and count toward SCEH Certification.

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About the Conference  Site & Hotel
Who Should Attend    Workshops & 
Scientific Program
Keynotes & Symposia     Continuing Education 
CE Credits
Poster Session   

Conference Pricing

Conference Committee
Conference  Updates

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About the Conference

This year's theme,
Clinical and Applied Hypnosis: Evidence-based Practice and the Therapeutic Relationship, puts a focus, first on selecting treatment interventions well tested by rigorous research, and second, on personal mastery of the relationship variables that optimize all therapeutic interventions.

In the words of SCEH President, Don Moss, PhD, “We are very excited about our 70th Annual event!   We are confident this will be among our best conferences ever, celebrating the proud tradition of SCEH meetings that focus on the evidence base of hypnosis. We will explore some new and varied topics, while providing attendees the opportunity to gain CE credits, engage in vibrant debate and learn best practices and tools from instructors and colleagues."

Our 2019 conference will feature keynotes, symposia, and workshops that illustrate these twin themes, as well as scientific presentations extending the scope of hypnosis in both medical and psychological practice.

All Presenters and Attendees should review the SCEH Confidentiality Statement for Attendees and Presenters.

Getting Registered

Registration will open in June 2019.   Note that our Early Bird Conference Registration discount in effect until September 15, 2019.

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The conference runs from Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, October 20, 2019. 

Conference Check In opens Wednesday, October 16 at the hotel at 3:30 PM.  Please plan your arrival to allow sufficient time to pick up your badge, conference program and CE packet. Thank you.

The Conference adjourns at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 20. 

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The hashtag for the conference is: #SCEH2019. Please use it in all posts and mentions you add to social media.  We appreciate your helping us to spread the news about this event. Thank you.

Site & Accommodations

The meeting will be held at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans. Make your hotel reservations early!  Learn more about the conference on our Site and Accommodations page.

Who Should Attend

SCEH programs are designed for: Psychologists; Physicians; Social Workers; Counselors; Dentists; Chiropractors; Master’s level Nurses, Clinical Nurse Practitioners and Health Care Coaches; other Master’s level licensed mental health and healthcare professionals, and clinical and experimental researchers in hypnosis.  Any health care professional who is eligible for SCEH membership may register. Special student rates apply. View SCEH membership eligibility requirements here.

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.  The conference brings together top experts in the field of hypnosis to share the latest in both research and clinical applications of hypnosis.

Workshops & Scientific Program  

SCEH Annual Workshops

Our meeting brings together top experts in the field of hypnosis to share the latest in both research and clinical applications of hypnosis.
SCEH offers introductory, intermediate and advanced level workshops of the highest teaching quality with most including experiential learning so attendees can put learned concepts into immediate practice. All SCEH workshops meet accepted Standards of Training in Clinical Hypnosis and count toward SCEH Certification Programs.
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.  A faculty list and full workshop and session descriptions appear in the conference brochure.
  • Introductory (Basic) Workshop in Hypnosis  (taken as a cohort)
  • Intermediate/Skills Workshop in Hypnosis  (taken as a cohort, or Advanced Workshop attendees may also select program blocks they wish to attend)
  • Advanced Workshops in Hypnosis  (choose from a selection of full day, half day and quarter day concurrent sessions) 

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)

Keynote Speakers and Symposia

SCEH 2019 Highlighted Speakers

Left to right: Éva I. Bányai, PhD; Irving Kirsch, PhD; Michael R. Nash, PhD; Karen Olness MD; Devin B. Terhune, PhD and Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

Keynotes (alpha order)

  • Éva I. Bányai, PhD, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary -- Hypnotic Relationship as Corrective Emotional and Cognitive Experience: Empirical Results and Theoretical Considerations
  • Irving Kirsch, PhD, Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Relationship, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA -- What Hypnosis Can Learn from Research on the Placebo Effect and the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Michael R Nash, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN -- Still Seriously Curious about Hypnosis
  • Karen Olness MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH -- Hypnosis: By Another Name in a Variety of Settings
  • Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phoenix, AZ -- Hypnosis as Evocative Communication

Invited Address

  • Devin B. Terhune, PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England -- Revisiting (and Rethinking) Dissociation and Suggestibility       


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5:15-6:15 PM
Evidence-Based Practice of Hypnosis

Chair:  Donald Moss, PhD, Saybrook University, West Olive, MI
Participants:  Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH;Baylor University, Waco, TX; Zoltan Kekecs, PhD, ELTE Institute of Psychology, Budapest, Hungary; Irving Kirsch, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA; Joshua Rhodes, and Lauren Simicich, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30 - 10:30 AM
The Common Factors in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Chair: Donald Moss, PhD, Saybrook University, West Olive, MI
Participants:  Éva I. Bányai, PhD, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; Mattie Biggs, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Baylor University; Lauren Simicich, Baylor University, Ian Wickramasekera, II, PsyD, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

10:50-12:00 PM
Clinical Complexity in Hypnosis: Trauma, Obsession, and Complex Pain

Chairs:  Lindsey McKernan, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN; David Patterson, PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Participants:  Alexandra Chadderdon, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Nalini Conner, PhD, Psychologist, Vanderbilt University Counseling Center, Nashville, TN; Erin Connors, MA, Doctoral Student, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; Michael T.M. Finn, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; Shelby Reyes, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Counseling Center

Poster Session

Posters are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn how to submit a poster.  View a list of Accepted Posters.

Continuing Education - CE Credits

Continuing Education (CE) credits are provided by the Institute for Continuing Education. 

The 70th   Annual Conference is    co-sponsored by the Society for Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and The Institute for Continuing Education.   The program offers continuing education credit as listed below.    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 additional fee for continuing education credit.    Conference attendees who wish to receive continuing education credit MUST check in at the continuing education desk to make formal application and receive CE materials for completion. 

Target Audience:  Licensed mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage-Family Therapists, and allied professionals. 

Course Completion:  To qualify to receive continuing education credit, attendees must complete the CE materials, sign in/out daily at designated locations, and complete an evaluation of the sessions attended.  CE verification is mailed to attendees within 30-days following the receipt of completed CE materials.

Questions: If you have   questions regarding continuing education,  the program, faculty, or for a listing of learning objectives, comprehensive speaker bios,  please contact  The Institute at: 800-557-1950;  e-mail:  [email protected]

Learning Objectives:  For a listing of learning objectives by session, contact The Institute at: [email protected]

Commercial Support:  The Institute for Continuing Education receives no funds from any commercial organization for financial support of its activities in providing continuing education sponsorship of the Colloquium. The Institute’s sponsorship of this Conference does not imply endorsement of featured exhibits.

Note:  It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if continuing education credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their licensing/certification board.

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.   Not all sessions may offer psychology CE credit.  CE materials distributed at registration will indicate any non-credit sessions; or you may contact The Institute for Continuing Education within 30-days of the Conference at:  [email protected]

Skill Level: Workshops have been ranked for skill level.  Participants are urged to review session description for appropriateness for professional and personal development.

Instruction Methodology:   May include lecture, audio-visual, demonstration, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion

Non-Credit Activities:   Credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, social events, poster sessions, networking sessions, tour activities.  If you have questions, contact The Institute for Continuing Education at:  [email protected]

Ethics Hours / Academic Credit:  The Conference offers no “academic” credit and CE hours awarded are not eligible toward fulfillment of a degree.  No “ethics” hours are offered by our CE provider. Note that the Skills Session on Ethics MAY might meet regulations for some state psychology boards.  Since these requirements vary widely state to state, please check with your state board.  Any attendee always has the right to submit information to their Board independently for consideration of Ethics hours.

ADA:   For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact SCEH at [email protected]

Continuing Education Hours Offered*: 

  • Introductory (Basic) Workshop:   20.00 hrs.
  • Skills Workshops:                          20.00 hrs.
  • Advanced Workshops:                  15.00 hrs.
  • Scientific Program:                        12.50 hrs.

 * Hrs. are awarded based on actual attendance


CME NOTE: Medical CE credit is not available for this conference. We welcome any inquiries from members, colleges or universities who can work with us toobtain CME for future meetings

2019 Conference Pricing

Registration rates vary depending on selected package. 

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ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER:  ** Guests (spouse, guest or child) must be accompanied by registered attendee.  All event attendees are required to register. Banquet tickets are not transferable. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: in effect to September 15, 2019.  Please note that all registration prices increase after September 15.  Register early for the best pricing. Your event registration is not considered complete until payment is received.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: Cancellations received on or before September 15, 2019at 5:00 PM EST USA will be issued a refund, minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be made after September 15, 2019.

SCEH HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:   Please reserve rooms early – our special rate applies until sold out or before 9/15/2019, whichever comes sooner.  Be sure to book directly with the hotel and mention “1910SCEH" when making your reservation to get our discounted group rate. See website for details.

REGISTER ONLINE:  All attendees must register online.  After you hit “Submit” on the registration form, you are brought to the payment page where you have the option to pay by credit card at that time or mail a check. 

CHECK PAYMENTS:  If you pay by check, note that your registration is not complete until payment is received.  Make checks payable to Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. See website for address.

PROGRAMMING: SCEH reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient registration; agenda is subject to change. 


  • Special Discounted Rate for SCEH Members:  SCEH Members receive a discounted registration
  • Special Discounted Rate for Workshop and Scientific Program Faculty/Presenters:  Faculty/Presenters who give Workshop or Scientific Presentation receive a discounted registration fee.
  • Special Discounted Rates for Students and Student Members:  SCEH offers a discounted conference registration rate to qualified students, and special discounts to student members who actively participate as speakers or are approved for the Poster Session:
    • Student members giving Research Presentation, Workshop or speaking in a Symposium are given a free registration (a $280 savings).
    • Student members approved for the Poster Session receive a deeply discounted registration of only $50. (Non-member students pay the regular discounted student rate of $320.)

NON-MEMBERS WISHING TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP:  To be eligible for member rates, please join BEFORE you register for an event to ensure you receive member pricing.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for member application review. To access a membership application, see www.sceh.us/apply-for-membership.  Students: Full-time interns/residents/fellows/graduate students in an accredited college or university must submit proof of status.  See membership application for details.  Allow 2-3 weeks for member application review.

Conference Registration

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EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION:  Find full conference details at: www.sceh.us/2019-annual-conference

REGISTER ONLINE:  Click on the button above or use this link.  Login required.  New users are prompted to create an account.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:  All attendees must register online.  After you hit the Submit button, you are brought to the payment page where you have the option to pay by credit card at that time or mail a check. 

CHECK PAYMENTS:  If you pay by check, note that your registration is not complete until payment is received.  Make checks payable to Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. See website for address.

QUESTIONS?  Email us at [email protected]

Conference Committee 


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

  •  Overall Meeting Co-Chairs:  David Reid, PsyD and Ciara Christensen, PhD
  •  Scientific Meeting Co-Chairs:  Zoltan Kekecs, PhD and Shelagh Freedman, MA
  •  Introductory Workshop Co-Chairs:  Paul Larson, PhD, JD and Sam Kohlenberg, LPC
  •  Intermediate Workshop Co-Chairs:  John Alexander, PhD and David Reid, PsyD
  •  Advanced Workshops Co-Chairs:  Joseph Tramontana, PhD and Joseph Green, PhD

Conference Updates

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Read a Recap of Last Year's Conference 

Curious to learn more about our conferences?  Read a recap and view photos about last year's event in our Focus Newsletter (PDF).

Student Scholarships

SCEH awards a limited number of competitive student scholarships for this event.  Learn more about Student Scholarships on our Call for Papers page..

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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