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Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey Training health and mental health professionals since 1986

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The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey (CHSNJ), founded in 1986, is a non-profit, professional organization of licensed healthcare providers who utilize hypnosis in the care of their patients.

Membership is open to physicians, psychologists, dentists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and nurses. Membership is also currently open to chiropractors and nurse practitioners/physicians’ assistants who are licensed to practice independently. 

Associate and student memberships are also available. See the JOIN US section for details.

CHSNJ is a Component Section of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and complies with the Ethical Principles and Standards of ASCH and supports and abides by the following ASCH statement of diversity:  

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis welcomes members and training participants of all faiths and religious backgrounds, people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities and expressions, sexual or affectional orientations, and political beliefs. As a professional organization focused on the highest standards of clinical hypnosis training and research, we are committed to multiculturalism and stand against all forms of discrimination. We at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis believe everyone deserves to feel safe, valued, and equipped to thrive. Our overarching goal is to provide healthcare professionals with the skills to promote healing, growth, autonomy, and empowerment in those we serve

Our current Executive Board members are: 

Robert D. Staffin, PsyD, ABPH President and (acting) Treasurer       

Richard Dauber, PhD Vice President  

Ginny Dinsmore, MA, LPC, MDiv Secretary

Stephen R. Lankton Scholarship Award

In 2023, CHSNJ started the Stephen R. Lankton Scholarship Award to help offset training/workshop costs for graduate students and early career professionals.  You can join us in this endeavor by donating to the Stephen R. Lankton Scholarship Award fund.  DONATE NOW

        Current Executive Board

    Basic & Intermediate Programs

                       Previous Presenters

Dan Handel, MD

Dabney M. Ewin, MD

David B. Reid, PsyD

Wendy Lemke, MS

Eric Spiegel, PhD

Lawrence Sugarman, MD

Dan Short, PhD

Stephen R. Lankton, LCSW

What We do

The mission of CHSNJ is multifaceted. We provide the highest Standards of training and quality workshops in clinical hypnosis. This includes Basic/Beginner; Intermediate, and Advanced Workshops. CHSNJ also offers bi-monthly meetings which provide its multidisciplinary membership opportunities for further development and refinement of their clinical hypnosis skills as well as cross-fertilization of ideas.

In addition to offering complete ASCH approved basic and intermediate trainings yearly we offer annual programs to all professionals. Professionals and students curious about the applications of hypnosis are welcome to attend our spring programs where discipline CEs for psychologists and NJ social workers are awarded. 

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