Fundamentals: Level 1 Training in Hypnosis

May 13 – 14, 2022 and June 18, 2022

This three-day workshop is for all practitioners who wish to begin ASCH Approved education in Clinical Hypnosis. It is designed for health care participants who are new to hypnosis. Come join us on the journey!

DatesMay 13 – 14, 2022: Virtual (Days 1 and 2)
June 18, 2022: In-Person** (Day 3)
TimesSee Agenda Below (all times CST)
CEUsApplying for 21.5 ASCH CEUs anticipated
LocationMay 13-14, 2022 via Zoom
June 18, 2022 In-Person at the Wilder Center, St. Paul, MN**

**The Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis will make a final decision regarding whether or not in-person portions of training will remain in person depending upon CDC and state guidelines closer to the date of the conference.


Clinical hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic that draws upon the skills, adaptability, and creativity of clinicians. has been used in medical, dental, and psychological treatment for hundreds of years. Clinical hypnosis incorporates understanding of current concepts of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuroplasticity with effective patient relationship and communication skills.

Hypnosis is defined as a state of consciousness involving focused attention, reduced awareness of outside stimuli, and enhanced suggestibility. Through the use of clinical hypnosis, impediments to change are reduced and client awareness of inner capacities increase. The benefits of using clinical hypnosis in treatment situations include:

• Rapid establishment of rapport and identification of therapeutic goals

• Facilitation of change, reduction of barriers, ego-strengthening, and personal mastery

• Cost-effective, collaborative, and person-centered treatment

• Patient acquisition of life-long skills for better physical and mental health

The MSCH Level 1 training is a standardized training prescribed by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). It is the first of a series of training workshops that comprise ASCH certification in clinical hypnosis. The MSCH Level 1 training is taught by faculty from various health care disciplines who will demonstrate and teach participants the concepts, principles, and processes of hypnosis. The training includes didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and faculty-led small group practice. At the successful completion of the Level 1 training, participants will have been taught the knowledge and skills necessary to begin to integrate clinical hypnosis into their clinical practice. They will also be eligible for ASCH membership as well as participation in Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced ASCH or ASCH-approved workshops.

Eligibility & Target Audience*

Health care professionals with a Doctoral Degree in Medicine, Dentistry, or Psychology; persons holding a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, or Clinical or Counseling Psychology who are licensed by the state/province in which they practice; Registered Nurses with advanced sub-specialty training and certification or a Master’s Degree; or students actively enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree in any of the foregoing or a four-year bachelor’s degree that ends in certification in such a field. Master’s level, licensed health professionals (e.g., Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, et. al.) are also welcome and encouraged to attend.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following in their clinical practices:

• Identify and demonstrate at least three ways to facilitate hypnotic trance and to appropriately re-orient a patient from trance state.

• Demonstrate at least three strategies for facilitating intensification of trance.

• Describe at least four clinical conditions in which hypnotic strategies might be successfully utilized.

A full list of objectives for each section will be available at the time of the workshop.

Note: This is an approximate schedule that will be updated over time.


Fundamentals: Level 1 Training in Hypnosis

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM CSTWelcome, Faculty and Student Introductions and Instruction
9:00 – 9:45 AM CSTIntroduction to Clinical Hypnosis
9:45 – 10:00 AM CSTBreak
10:00 – 10:45 AM CSTNeurophysiology of Hypnosis
10:45 – 11:30 AM CSTAnatomy of a Hypnotic Experience
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CSTGroup Experience
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CSTLunch Break
1:00 – 1:45 PM CST
Fundamentals of Hypnotic Communication and Formulation of Suggestions
1:45 – 2:30 PM CSTEgo Strengthening
2:30 – 2:45 PM CSTBreak
2:45 – 3:30 PM CSTSelf-Hypnosis: How and What to Teach Patients
3:30 – 4:15 PM CSTManaging Resistance
4:15 – 4:45 PM CSTEthical Principles and Professional Conduct
4:45 – 5:00 PM CSTQuestions and closing remarks
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM CSTWelcome, Questions
8:15 – 8:30 AM CSTDemonstration of Trance Elicitation – Diaphragmatic Breathing #1 (.25 CE)
8:30 – 9:00 AM CSTIntroduction to Small Group Practice
9:00 – 10:30 AM CST*Small Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #1
10:30 – 10:45 AM CSTBreak
10:45 – 11:30 AM CSTHypnotic Phenomena
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CSTIntensification of Hypnotic Experience
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CSTLunch Break
1:30 – 2:15 PM CSTPatient/Client Assessment, Presenting Hypnosis to the Patient/Client
2:15 – 3:15 PM CSTTreatment Planning, Strategy and Technique Selection in Hypnotherapy
3:15 – 3:30 PM CSTBreak
3:30 – 4:15 PM CSTHypnosis with Children
4:15 – 5:00 PM CSTIntegrating Hypnosis into Clinical
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM CSTASCH Membership and Certification
5:15 – 5:30 PM CSTClosing, Raffle and Questions
7:30-8:00 AMBreakfast & Social Time
8:00-8:15 AMAnnouncements/Raffle
8:15 – 8:45 AM CSTPrinciples and Process of Rapport, Attunement, Trance Elicitation, and Re-orienting (Part I)
8:45 – 9:00 AM CSTDemonstration of Group #2
9:00 – 10:30 AM CSTSmall Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #2
10:30 – 10:45 AM CSTBreak
10:45 – 11:00 AM CSTDemonstration of Group #3
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM CSTSmall Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #3
12:45 – 1:45 PM CSTLunch
1:45 – 2:30 PM CSTPrinciples and Process of Rapport, Attunement, Trance Elicitation, and Re-orienting (Part II and Demo)
2:30 – 2:45 PM CSTDemonstration of Group #4
2:45 – 3:00 PM CSTBreak
3:00 – 5:30 PM CSTSmall Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #4
5:30 – 6:00 PM CSTClosing, Review, Raffle and Discussion


Your registration includes a free membership to the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis for one year!

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