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Making Hypnosis More Effective by Activating Unconscious Intelligence

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • A letter of good standing is required by the program of which you are attending.
  • People who were awaiting CE approval from ASWB-NJ

This Advanced Level Interactive workshop will be presented via ZOOM by Dan Short, Psy. D. 

Workshop Description:

In traditional hypnosis, suggestion has often been utilized for suggestion’s sake, with procedures such as trance induction or trance deepening used to increase responsiveness to suggestion (circular objectives). The oldest theories attribute positive clinical outcomes to compliance with suggestion. This all changed when Milton Erickson framed therapy as a problem-solving endeavor and the evocation of unconscious intelligence as more essential to wellbeing than compliance. Now, the broader field of psychology has begun to emphasize the importance of self-organizing change for neurological health (neurogenesis) as well as emotional thriving (positive psychology). In this workshop, Dr. Dan Short will share with participants important discoveries from the positive psychology movement and essential methodology from Erickson and show how to use these to improve therapeutic outcomes.

About our Presenter:

Dan Short has thirty years of experience as a practicing clinical psychologist. He serves as director for the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix and on the educational board for the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH). Dr. Short has authored numerous books, which include: Hope and Resiliency (in co-authorship with Betty Alice Erickson and Roxanna Erickson Klein); Transformational Relationships; also, From William James to Milton Erickson: The Care of Human Consciousness; and most recently, Making Psychotherapy More Effective with Unconscious Process Work. Dr. Short’s scholarship includes numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, such as authorship of a research-based treatment manual for Ericksonian therapy (ET), which is used by training institutes around the world. In addition to private practice work, Dr. Short routinely provides training and supervision of professionals in the United States and abroad, presenting at large conferences and at workshops as visiting faculty at institutes around the world. 

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.     At the completion of the language of unconscious intelligence module, participants will creatively apply hypnotic imagery during supervised practice—demonstrating the target skills during a 15-minute period.
  • 2.     At the completion of the utilizing the client’s life narratives and metaphors module, participants will creatively apply a 2-step model for finding strengths during supervised practice—demonstrating this skill during a 15-minute period.
  • 3.     At the completion of the workshop, participants will create a list (at least 3-bullet points) that highlights and analyzes the benefits of unconscious thought and how it enhances creativity, self-determination, and the exercise of choice.

Time Line:

8:30am Zoom waiting room is opened

9am      Demonstration -- Speaking the language of unconscious intelligence

10am    Supervised Practice – Hypnotic imagery that targets unconscious intelligence

11am    The strategic use of prediction versus suggestion (shifting from compliance to autonomous problem-solving)

12noon Lunch Break

1pm     Demonstration – Utilizing the client’s life narratives and metaphors

2pm     Supervised Practice – Finding strengths to be used in novel ways (2-step model)

3pm     Review takeaway lessons and question/answer period

4pm     Concluding remarks


This workshop is appropriate for Licensed Health and  Mental Health Professionals such as: Physicians, Nurses, 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. 

Certificates of attendance will be emailed to professionals who attend the entire session, provide their license number and complete a course evaluation.  It has been approved for 6 CEs for licensed psychologists through NJPA who is approved to offer APA CE credits. In addition ASCH has approved this course for 6 advanced CE credits. 

Making Hypnosis More Effective by Activating Unconscious Intelligence, Course #4128, is  approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education  (ACE) program to be offered by Clinical Hypnosis Society of NJ as an individual course.  Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial  regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be  accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/21/2022 - 04/21/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Clinical continuing education  credits.

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 workshop will be held virtually. Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact the society at

All grievances must be in writing to Nicole Wegweiser, LCSW at A reply will come within 14 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."

The presenter does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach. 

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