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Virtual Intermediate Workshop

  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • Virtual on Zoom
  • 5

Workshop Description:

A 3-day intermediate course for licensed health and mental health professionals to strengthen and expand their skills in the use of hypnotic language, principles and techniques to increase the efficacy of their work. Previous hypnosis training is required.

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

Intended audience : Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Graduate Students (with a letter from their supervisor), Marriage and Family Therapists. Physicians, Dentists, and Nurses practicing within the scope of their license.

Program sophistication: Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Previous coursework in hypnosis necessary. 

For individuals wishing to pursue certification in hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) this is the second step. Taught by members of the CHSNJ Faculty: 

Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH; Richard B. Dauber, PhD; Arline Duker, MSW, LCSW; Maria Masciandaro, PsyD; Robert D. Staffin, PsyD, ABPH, and Nicole Wegweiser, MSW, LCSW. 

Faculty :

Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH has been practicing clinical hypnosis for 35 years and has been teaching hypnosis for 30 years for ASCH and CHSNJ. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice and in addition to hypnosis, specializes in Indigenous Energy Medicine practices and Ideomotor Signaling methodologies. He is Past-president of both ASCH and CHSNJ.

Richard B. Dauber, PhD is a clinical psychologist and a founding partner of the Morris Psychological Group in Parsippany, NJ. He has been practicing hypnosis for over 35 years and treats both children and adults.  Dr. Dauber is an Approved Consultant for ASCH, and currently is the Vice-President of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey.  

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.

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 Matawan, NJ where she sees primarily adolescents and adults.  Nicole began her training in hypnosis in September 2017 and holds her ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis.  Nicole is presently serving as Secretary 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. Construct 2 therapeutic metaphors as a type of hypnotic suggestion.

2. Describe the principles involved in constructing metaphors. 

3. Explain the purpose of using stories in hypnosis, and be able to construct a story that contains 3 different characteristics that distinguish it from "ordinary" storytelling.

4. Identify 3 intermediate to advanced inductions and explain when they might be used .

5. Define the Law of Concentrated Attention.

6. Explain how to create a "yes set".

7. Define the terms susceptibility and suggestibility.

8. Define what is meant by ego strengthening methods and how they are used in practice.

9. Identify 3 different types of ego-strengthening techniques and 2 types of suggestions.

10. Explain how to acknowledge the negative constructively.

11. Identify and experience one of the most commonly used scales for hypnotic susceptibility.

12. Discuss whether one theory or single variable accounts for hypnotic responsiveness.

13. Name the behavioral and psychodynamic factors relating to anxiety disorders from research data.

14. Name 2 hypnotic techniques for treating anxiety disorders.

15. Describe 2 hypnotic techniques for treating phobias and the rationale for each.

16. Explain the importance of non-hypnotic methods of both medical and psychological evaluations for chronic pain patients.

17. Identify hypnotic strategies and name 6 hypnotic techniques for use in pain management.

18. Describe the precautions in using hypnosis for pain relief.

19. Identify 3 techniques for facilitating age regression and 5 contraindications.

20. Identify hypnotic processes which facilitate ego stability during trauma work.

21. Describe ways to modulate affect intensity during therapeutic abreaction.

22. Identify 4 different types of suggestions that may be used in the treatment of smoking or obesity.

23. Discuss how hypnosis may be used to treat other habit disorders.

24. Describe 3 exploratory hypnotic methods and ideo-motor signaling.

25. Discuss indications and contraindications for using an insight oriented hypnotic approach.

26. Explain the principle of utilization in Ericksonian hypnosis. 

27. Describe an Ericksonian naturalistic induction and how it is used.

28. Compare and contrast an Ericksonian and traditional introduction to hypnosis.

29. Identify professional conduct and legal issues relevant to clinical hypnosis.

30. Describe the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis certification requirements.

Workshop agenda:

Friday: February 11, 2021                                           

8:30-9        Registration
9:00-9:30       Welcoming, Introductions and Overview      

9:30-10:30    Therapeutic Metaphors, Suggestions and Phenomena

10:30-10:45    BREAK

10:45-11:45    Advanced and Specialized Inductions               

11:45-12:30    Advanced Ego Strengthening Methods              

12:30-1:30      LUNCH

1:30-2:45       Small Group Practice (SGP) 1:

                       Use an Advanced Induction w/ an Ego Strengthening Suggestion, Re-Alert           

2:45-3:15        Susceptibility/Suggestibility                           

3:15-3:30        BREAK

3:30-4:15        Clinical Demonstration

4:15-5:15        Hypnosis and Pain Management    

5:15-6:15       Hypnotic Interventions for Anxiety and Phobias

6:15             Adjourn

Saturday: February 12, 2021                                           

9:00-10:00         Hypnosis and Trauma: Memory, Trauma and Treatment                                  

10:00-11:15      SGP 2: Induction and Suggestion for Addressing Pain or Anxiety Symptom

11:15-11:30    BREAK

11:30-12:30    Hypnosis and Habit Disorders                                          

12:30-1:30      LUNCH

1:30-2:30        Ericksonian/Utilization Hypnosis 1   

2:30-3:15        Practicum in Formulating Direct and Indirect Suggestions

3:15-3:30        BREAK

3:30-4:30         Ideo-motor Signaling and Exploratory Hypnotic Techniques

4:30-5:30       Medical Hypnotic Applications    

5:30-6:30        Case Consultation in Integrating Hypnosis into Clinical Practice

6:30               Adjourn

Sunday: February 13, 2021

9:00-10:00      Ericksonian/Utilization Hypnosis 2           

10:00-11:15    SGP 3: Indirect Induction, Suggestion and Elicitation of Ideo-Motor Signaling Response or Suggestions Based in Metaphors.

11:15-12:15   Practicum in Constructing Therapeutic Metaphors

12:15-12:45        LUNCH

12:45-1:30      Ethics, Conduct, and Certification                        

1:30-2:30      Integrating Hypnosis into Your Clinical Practice

2:30              ADJOURN


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

1.) This program has been submitted for approval for 20 hrs intermediate 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 #(Course # 3190) from 12/10/21-12/12/21 to 2/11/22-2/13/22. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credits: Clinical social work practice 20 hrs.

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.

This workshop is being held virtually.   

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."

Each presenter will disclose the presence or absence of commercial support or conflict of interest before presenting each module of the workshop.

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