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Fundamentals of Hypnosis

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, September 20, 2019, 8:00 AM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:30 AM 6:00 PM (EDT)
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019, 8:30 AM 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • APA Hotel Woodbridge 120 South Wood Ave., Iselin NJ 08830


  • $600. to be billed once registration is approved.
  • $575. to be billed after registration is approved.
  • Register for both the Fundamentals and Intermediate trainings and receive a discount. $975. will be billed once registration is approved.
  • Must provide letter from University validating enrollment.
  • As a refresher course.
  • Must provide letter from employer.

First time registrants will be invoiced once their application is reviewed.
Registration is closed

Workshop Description:

A 3-day introductory course for all levels of licensed health and mental health professionals to inform and train them in the use of hypnotic language, principles and techniques to increase the efficacy of their work.

Program sophistication: Introductory. No previous hypnosis training required.

This program has been approved by NJPA, ASWB-NJ and ASCH to provide 20 hours of CEs for psychologists and social workers.

Intended Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Graduate Students (with a letter from their university), Marriage and Family Therapists, Physicians, Nurses and Dentists practicing within the scope of their license. For individuals wishing to pursue certification in hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) this is the first step. Taught by members of the CHSNJ 

Faculty: Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH; Richard B. Dauber, PhD; Arline Duker, MSW, LCSW; Gary Goldberg, PhD, Robert D. Staffin, PsyD, ABPH and Nicole Wegweiser, MSW, LCSW.


Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH has taught hypnosis nationally for over 20 years for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) as well as the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey (CHSNJ). He is a psychologist licensed for private practice and specializes in Indigenous Energy Medicine and Ideo-motor signaling methodologies. He is a Past President of both ASCH and CHSNJ.

Richard B. Dauber, PhD is a founding partner of the Morris Psychological Group & Director of Child & Adolescent Services. He has over 25 yrs experience, published articles and lectures to many professional and non-professional groups on a variety of topics including hypnosis, pain management & sport psychology. He has taught hypnosis to psychologists in a program sponsored by NJPA. He has been twice President of the Morris County Psychological Association.

Arline Duker, MSW, LCSW has been in private practice for over 25 yrs. She was previously Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work at NYU for over 10 yrs and presently teaches Pastoral Counseling at the Academy for Jewish Religion. She has 20 yrs experience teaching and supervising therapists in the area of hypnosis. She was also a Board Member of the Milton H. Erickson Society of NJ.

Gary Goldberg, PhD is a psychologist with a wide breadth of experience in school, clinical and health psychology settings. Currently having hospital privileges at St. Barnabas Medical Center his utilization of hypnosis for a wide range of acute and chronic health issues and sport psychology is a focus of his practice. He has taught at Seton Hall U, and held the position of Associate Clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UMDNJ. He is currently the Vice President of CHSNJ.

Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH is a clinical psychologist licensed in both NJ and NY, who has been practicing for over 25 yrs. In addition to being an Approved Consultant for ASCH, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. He has taught regionally and nationally with ASCH, and has been a presenter at the Brief Therapy Conference and the International Ericksonian Congress. He is an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for Yeshiva and Rutgers Universities and is the current President of CHSNJ. He is the author of, More Common Therapy: The Experiential Psychotherapy of Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.

Nicole Wegweiser, MSW, LCSW has a private practice in Morganville, NJ where she sees primarily adolescents and adults.  Nicole began her training in hypnosis in September 2017 and is currently working towards her ASCH certification.  Nicole is presently serving as Member at Large on the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey and is serving a three year term on the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Components Committee. Nicole is grateful and honored to be a part of this community of esteemed and knowledgeable colleagues.  

Workshop Objectives:

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to:

1. Provide a definition of hypnosis related to current scientific research.
2. List 3 central figures in the history of hypnosis and their respective contributions to the field.
3. List 3 common myths/misconceptions about hypnosis and provide example of how to dispel them.
4. Speak to the clinical controversy and the possibility of creating pseudo-memories.
5. Demonstrate an ability to form a rapport with their client, explaining hypnosis in a non-technical manner.
6. Review the important elements in obtaining informed consent for utilizing hypnosis in therapy.

7. Articulate how to determine the best fit for the client for an induction.
8. List 3 hypnotic phenomena.
Name 2 theories of hypnosis.

10. Demonstrate the ability to provide suggestions for eliciting hypnotic phenomena.
11. Illustrate applications of hypnotic phenomena in clinical cases and treatment planning.
12. Identify steps in facilitating hypnotic induction.

13. Demonstrate the ability match the method of induction to re-alerting.

14. Discuss the importance of removing suggestions and re-alerting clients.
15. Verbalize at least one method for re-alerting.
16. Describe at least 4 types of hypnotic suggestions.
17. Define at least 6 principles of hypnotic induction and suggestion.
18. Identify how to facilitate at least 4 basic induction techniques.
19. Discuss whether hypnotic responsivity is modifiable.
20. Name at least 2 clinical populations associated with above average hypnotizability.
21. Identify the traditional "stages of hypnosis".

22. Describe 4 traditional methods for "deepening" hypnotic involvement.
23. Define self-hypnosis and be capable of teaching it to clients.
24. Indicate cases where hypnotic techniques may be indicated or relatively contraindicated.

25. Name 1 therapist & 1 client variable that could influence resistance.

26. Identify 6 alternative techniques for bypassing or working through resistance to hypnosis.
27. Explain the neurophysiology of the hypnotic experience.
28. Define “pain” and “suffering” as they relate to hypnotic strategies useful in pain management.
29. Describe the ethical-legal issues and standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis.
30. Articulate the certification requirements of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Workshop agenda:

Friday, September 20, 2019

8-8:30 Registration
8:30-9 Introduction of faculty & program
9-10 History, Definitions, Myths & Misperceptions
10-10:15 Introduction to rapport, inductions, and re-alerting
10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:15 Rapport, etc. continued
11:15-11:45 Group hypnotic experience
11:45-Noon Presenting hypnosis to the patient & Informed consent
12-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:30 Presenting hypnosis, etc. continued
2:30-2:45 Demo of Induction #1
2:45-3 Intro to Small Group Practice (SGP)
3-3:15 BREAK
3:15-4:30 SGP: Conduct 1 induction and re-alert
4:30-5:30 Fundamentals of hypnotic language&formulating suggestion
5:30-6:15 Stages of hypnosis, intensification, deepening techniques, etc.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:30-9 Theories, hypnotizability, hypnosis & memory
9-9:45 Hypnotic Phenomena & Applications with demo
9:45-10:15 Demo of Induction #2
10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-Noon SGP 2: Conduct Induction with deepening and re-alert
12-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:30 Managing Resistance
2:30-3:15 Ego strengthening and suggestions ....
3:15-3:30 Demo of induction #3
3:30-5 SGP 3: Conduct Induction, deepen, offer ego-strengthening, then re-alert
5-5:30 Self-hypnosis
5:30-6 Neurophysiology

Sunday, September 22, 2019

8:30-8:45 Demo of induction #4
8:45-10:15 SGP 4: Induction, deepening, elicit one hypnotic phenomenon, offer a suggestion then re-alert
10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:15 Hypnosis and pain management
11:15-Noon Treatment planning strategies & Integrating skills
12 - 1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:15 Now that I have learned this .... continuing on ...
2:15-3:15 Ethics, Prof Conduct; ASCH; Certification etc...


Full attendance at all 3 days is required. No partial credit will be given.

1.) This program has been approved for 20 hrs basic continuing education credits by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

2.) This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Psychological Association & CHSNJ. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 20 credit hours for psychologists are approved. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

3.) This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #95 Course #1870 from 05/16/2018 to 05/16/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credits: Clinical social work practice 20.

Following the completion of program evaluations, certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the program on the final day indicating ASCH and ASWB approval. NJPA certificates will be e-mailed to psychologists.

Cancellation Policy: A full tuition refund, less a $50 fee, will be made for cancellations up to 14 days prior to the workshop. After that there is no reimbursement.

All grievances must be in writing to

A reply will come within 5 business days.

"New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board."

This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Ace. Please contact if special accommodation is required.

There is no commercial support or conflict of interest for any program offered by CHSNJ.

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