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Advances in Children's Trances: We are only young once but we can be immature all our lives.

  • Saturday, May 04, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • APA Hotel Woodbridge 120 Wood Ave South Iselin, NJ 08830


  • With a letter from the University.
  • Contact for registration code.

This workshop will be presented by Laurence Irwin Sugarman, MD

Research Professor & Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation, College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology 

He is Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a behavioral pediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Rochester, New York. After training in pediatrics at the University of Rochester he spent 26 years in community practice developing clinical strategies that effectively address psychobiological problems by helping children help themselves. Dr. Sugarman has achieved international recognition for his teaching and writing in the field of hypnosis and biofeedback with children. He is a Fellow, past Vice-President, and past Co-Director of Education with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Immediate Past President and current Vice-President of the American Board of Medical Hypnosis. With William Wester, Dr. Sugarman is the co-author/editor of Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents. His award-winning documentary Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice has received international acclaim. His current research foci include hypnosis and autonomic regulation training for young people with autism spectrum disorder, therapeutic interactive media, and the development of innovative models of psychobiological care.

Workshop Description

What is different about using hypnosis with children and adolescents? What does exploring hypnosis with young people teach us about using hypnosis across the lifespan? Children are in the business of building their mind-body systems. Hypnosis with children and adolescents goes beneath and beyond the presenting problem and diagnosis. It is an investment in a promising startup. The emphasis is nurturing those unique connections that drive mastery, self-efficacy and resilience. That clinical attitude applies not only to children, but to all who have ever been children. In this experiential workshop, we will review video-recorded examples, draw on our clinical experience, and role-play our way toward a real-world application of hypnosis with young people. We will focus on (1) recognizing the spontaneous trance the child brings to the encounter, (2) evoking and utilizing the young person’s innate resources to drive plasticity and beneficial change, and (3) responding to development challenges in the context of coping with illness…for children of any age.


  • 1. Define “mind” using Rossi’s four-stage model of change.
  • 2. Define “trance” and give two examples each of naturally occurring and intentional trances.
  • 3. List three common examples of hypnosis in everyday life.
  • 4.  List two examples of how the inclusion or exclusion of novelty, attachment, developmental imperatives can affect therapy.
  • 5. Explain the difference between self-hypnosis and hetero-hypnosis, and which is primary.
  • 6.   State one explanation for cultural stigmatization and opposition to hypnosis.
  • 7. Cite four ethical principles that govern the application of hypnosis in clinical settings.
  • 8. Provide an example of how conversational, person-centered hypnosis can more readily access and utilize resource for beneficial change than a more directive diagnosis-based approaches with a passive subject.
  • 9. List seven categories of therapeutic language. 
  • 10. Name one way in which hypnosis is different from therapeutic strategies.
  • 11. Identify five basic skills proposed by Alter & Sugarman for hypnotic interaction.
  • 12. Provide 1 example of how each of the following can be integrated into embodied hypnotic strategies with young people: scaling, characterization, developing insight, placebo effects, evoking metaphors and embodiment of change.
  • 13. Explain the role of “continuing questions” and “souvenirs” to extend change and plasticity beyond therapeutic encounters.
  • 14. List and provide at least three examples of hypnotic approaches to parenting that can reframe their catastrophizing, support their child’s autonomy and model self-regulation.

8:30 - 9 Registration

9 - 10:30 Introduction & Overview; Defining mind, trance, hypnosis & utilization

Demonstration and discussion

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12 Conversational hypnosis; utilization as investment; 

Five skills that disrupt sets & cultivate a beginner's mind

12 - 1 Lunch

1 - 2:45  Putting hypnosis into practice: embodied scaling, placebos, characterization, developing insight, and evoking metaphors.Integrating “Continuing questions” & “Souvenirs” 

Demonstration and discussion

2:45 - 3 Break

3 - 4:30 Hypnotic Parenting; Demonstration: "Find the trance in the encounter"

Summary and discussion


This workshop is appropriate for all levels of professionals interested in this topic. Licensed  Mental Health Professionals: Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Psychologists & others holding a license to practice independently, or graduate student currently enrolled and under the supervision of a licensed professional. Master's level clinicians practicing in a non-profit setting under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students and non-licensed professional are required to submit proof of their status and supervisor. 

Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact the society at 

Certificates of attendance will be handed immediately to professionals who attend the entire session and complete a course evaluation. 

Cancellation policy: A full refund less a $50. cancellation fee will be granted up to 14 days prior to the workshop. After that no refunds are available.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #95 Course #2183 from 02/13/2019 to 02/13/2021. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6.

ASWB NJ Continuing Education Course Approval Program for the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey.  NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This workshop is approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 6 hours of CE that may be applied to membership or certification requirements.

Questions can be directed via e-mail to either Robert Staffin, President ( or to the Treasurer, Philip Accaria, PhD ( .

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