Professional Education

My 8-hour continuing education workshop has been taught to Psychologists, MFT’s, and LCSW’s throughout California.  The workshop has been offered through the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS) at Argosy University, Psycho-Legal Associates at National University, and the Department of Educational Psychology at California State University Northridge. Additionally I have taught this workshop in numerous hotel conference centers for the same continuing education providers.

Workshop Title: Learn Hypnosis and Understand How Hypnotherapy Can Benefit Your Clients and Grow Your Practice

The purpose of this workshop is to provide licensed therapists with the training necessary to be able to hypnotize clients or patients with ease.  Those in attendance learn the fundamentals of one-on-one hypnosis, while also participating in self-hypnosis and group hypnosis exercises.

The workshop explores hypnosis in terms of its history, its presence in the media, the myths that surround its application, its efficacy in therapy and medicine, and the Theory of Mind, which is a model easily explained to clients or patients.  Following a PowerPoint presentation, covering the preceding, the workshop is filled with an array of demonstrations and exercises enlisting your observation and participation.

Class Outline

Hypnosis Class Outline

Instruction Objectives:

  • Communicate information about how those in attendance can request medical and dental referrals as a way of expanding their practice, while simultaneously creating a referral network of dentists and physicians
  • Develop an understanding about the public’s many misconceptions concerning hypnosis
  • Define and quantify hypnosis
  • Explain the Theory of Mind and the concept of Suggestibility
  • Conduct demonstrations of finger spreading, arm raising, maternal and paternal hypnotic inductions, reactional hypnosis, shock induction, the initial hypnotherapy session, and group hypnosis
  • Teach self-hypnosis and
  • Oversee a practicum exercise Involving dyad teams practicing hypnotic inductions using provided narrative scripts.

Morning Session

Class Instruction:

  • Background of Instructor
  • Demonstration of Hypnosis
  • History of Hypnosis
  • Myths  Surrounding Hypnosis***
  • Misconceptions about Hypnosis Fostered by  the Media
  • The Efficacy of Hypnosis***
  • The Use of Hypnosis by Counseling Professionals
  • Definition of Hypnosis***
  • The Conscious and Subconscious Minds***
  • EEG Brainwave Patterns During Consciousness, Sleep, and Hypnosis***
  • The Theory of Mind***
  • Environmental Hypnosis and Hyper-suggestibility
  • Understanding Suggestibility***
  • The Pre-Induction Speech***
  • Written Suggestibility Test***

*** Asterisk topics are each discussed with the client during the initial hypnotherapy session.

Afternoon Session

The Initial Hypnotherapy Session (A Live or DVD presentation)

  • Meeting the Client & Introduction, Handouts, Education, Overload, and Inducing Hypnosis ~ A “pulling together” of the asterisk *** topics from the morning session to condition a client to enter hypnosis
  • Demonstrations of various Deepening Techniques to include: The Staircase, Finger Spreading, Reactional Hypnosis, Relaxed Arm / Heavy Arm, and Arm Rigidity
  • Post-Hypnotic suggestions to Re-Hypnosis
  • De-Hypnotizing

Demonstrations: Various Hypnotic Inductions, etc. 

  • Finger Spreading
  • Arm Raising ~ Literal + Inferred
  • Maternal and Paternal Hypnotic Inductions
  • Shock Induction
  • Hyper-Suggestibility
  • De-Hypnotizing
  • Group Hypnosis
  • Self-Hypnosis

Practicum Workshop:

The practicum workshop consists of a supervised practice of hypnotic induction skills by all attendees working in dyad teams.  Activities will be conducted using a number of written scripts and visualization exercises. The workshop will also include learning self-hypnosis, practicing self-hypnosis, and group hypnosis. Time permitting, a group hypnosis exercise may be conducted by a volunteer in attendance.

Note: Certain of the afternoon session demonstrations or topics may be integrated into the morning session to increase the time allocated to practicum workshop activities.

The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS), California State University Northridge (CSUN), and Psycho-Legal Associates are each approved as continuing education providers.

AATBS courses are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program, the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

CSUN courses provide continuing education credit for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSCWs).  CSUN Courses are approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.  CSUN courses are also offered to interns, trainees, and other mental-health professionals.  The College of Education is the approved provider.

Psycho-Legal Associates is approved by various state licensing boards (e.g., BOP, BBS, BRN) and national professional organizations (e.g., APA, NBCC) to offer continuing education courses for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs