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CHSNJ Fundamentals of Hypnosis Level I

  • Friday, September 29, 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, October 01, 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Virtual on Zoom


  • Masters or Doctorate level students with letter from their department chair.
  • CHSNJ Members, Associate Members, Member Emeritus

CHSNJ Fundamentals of Hypnosis Level I

Live, Interactive, Virtual

September 29, 2023 - October 1, 2023

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.

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.

Continuing Education (21.0):

CHSNJ Fundamentals of Hypnosis Level I has been approved by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) for 21 hours of continuing education credit towards ASCH membership and/or certification. 

NJPA* Council on Continuing Education Affairs has approved CHSNJ's Fundamentals of Hypnosis - Level I for a total of 21 continuing education credits for psychologists.

This course, The Fundamentals of Hypnosis (Level I) - Virtual, Approval #202381123-5, provided by The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Friday, August 11, 2023 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 21 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.


Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH; Richard B. Dauber, PhD; Ginny Dinsmore, MA, LPC;  David Reid, PsyD, FASCH Robert D. Staffin, PsyD, ABPH

Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and Tennessee and is credentialed through APIT to conduct “teletherapy” in 33 states. He has been practicing in the field of mental health since 1976 and has been utilizing clinical hypnosis since 1981. Philip is Past-President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Past-Chair/Moderator of its Board of Governors for 4 years. He also served as President of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey for 15 years and is currently a faculty member. Philip is also specialized in Indigenous/Shamanic Energy Medicine practices which utilize the clinician’s trance state and intuitively accessed information. He has also been practicing Past-Life Regression Therapy and teaching ideomotor signaling since 1992.

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.  

Ginny Dinsmore, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She is an Outpatient Clinician in a community mental health agency in Hackettstown, NJ.  In 2018, after 12 years as an Episcopal priest, Ginny decided to begin study in clinical mental health counseling at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Ginny was exposed to the teachings of Milton Erickson and his students in 2010 by one of her mentors.  She wanted the principles and practices of clinician hypnosis to be part of the foundation of her counseling education and now her practice.  Ginny has been part of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of NJ since December 2018 and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board as Secretary. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is in consultation working toward ASCH certification. 

David Reid, PsyD, FASCH is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Fellow and Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He is an Award Winning author of Hypnosis for Behavioral Health: A Guide to Expanding Your Professional Practice (Springer Publishing Company), and co-author of Permanent Habit Control: Practitioners’ Guide to Using Hypnosis and Other Alternative Health Strategies. Dr. Reid has received numerous Presidential awards from ASCH and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) for his contributions to both societies. He has also been honored with awards for his peer-reviewed publications on clinical hypnosis (Milton H. Erickson Award, Ernest R. Hilgard Award, and the William S. Kroger Award). In 2021, Dr. Reid was the recipient of the Erica Fromm Award for Excellence in Teaching from SCEH. Dr. Reid is an adjunct professor at Saybrook University and Past President of Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association.

Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH is a clinical psychologist who lives and practices in Teaneck, New Jersey.  He received his doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Frekauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1990.  His research was in infant social development.  Since completing his doctorate, he has worked in hospitals and clinics with children and adults.  In 2003 he and his partner, Gail Talcoff, MSW, co-founded Staffin & Talcoff Associates, Inc.  He is an adjunct clinical supervisor for both Yeshiva University and Rutgers University.   Dr. Staffin has been teaching hypnosis nationally and internationally for over 20 years.  In addition to being an approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, he is the president of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. Dr. Staffin is the author of More Common Therapy: The Experiential Psychotherapy of Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.  He has served as Dr. Zeig’s discussant throughout the Art of Psychotherapy series sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He maintains a private practice and offers consultation in Teaneck, NJ and remotely.

Identification of Conflicts of Interest and Commercial Support: Each presenter will disclose the presence or absence of commercial support or conflict of interest before presenting each module of the workshop.


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

1. Provide at least one commonly accepted definition of hypnosis.

2.  Explain 3-4 hypnosis terms and how they apply to the clinical hypnosis experience.

3. Identify two commonly held misperceptions and myths about hypnosis and offer a rebuttal for each.

4. Explain at least two ways hypnotic communication creates positive expectancy;

5. Discuss Erickson’s Principle of Individualization (tailoring) and Utilization as it pertains to language and suggestion.

6. Name at least four commonly used words/phrases to reinforce the patient’s hypnotic experience.

7. Differentiate between direct and indirect suggestion                                                        

8. Describe the steps in a formal hypnotic encounter. 

9. Identify 2 characteristics of trance exhibited by the subject.

10. Define 3 changes the facilitator made during the reorientation phase of trance.

11. Experience trance & identify 3 aspects of their individual experience of trance.

12.  Describe three effective ways to build and reinforce rapport. 

13. Describe at least 4 observable physiological and 4 psychological/behavioral signs of trance

 14. Discuss the importance of removing suggestions

15. Demonstrate at least 3 methods of reorienting.                                

16. Explain five different hypnotic phenomena;

17. Discuss and describe how the concept of trance logic and other hypnotic phenomena can be used therapeutically.

18. List at least three principles of eliciting phenomenon;

19. Define abreaction and describe how it can be addressed therapeutically.

20. Describe how hypnosis affects the autonomic nervous system & stress response.

21. Detail 3 implications of neurophysiology research on the practice of clinical hypnosis.

22. Define what is meant by ego strengthening and how it might be used in clinical practice.

23. Identify three different types of ego strengthening. 

24. Describe at least three strategies for ego strengthening in clinical hypnosis practice.

25. Describe three methods of trance intensification. 

26. Demonstrate the ability to intensify the hypnotic experience to fit the client   

27.  Identify how fractionation can be used to intensify trance.

28.  Define self-hypnosis and explain the difference between self-hypnosis & hetero-hypnosis

29. Describe at least three therapeutic applications of self-hypnosis in clinical practice

30. Explain how to teach self-hypnosis to a patient.

31. Describe at least two ethical-legal issues.

32. Discuss standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis clinically

33. Describe three types of resistance.

34.  Identify at least four strategies for bypassing or working through resistance.

35. Summarize at least three key points about hypnosis to discuss in a non-technical manner with a client or patient/client. 

36. Review important elements and recommended procedures in obtaining informed consent regarding the use of hypnosis clinically.

37.  Discuss the fallibility of memory.

38. Identify three developmental characteristics that make children particularly hypnotizable. 

39. Describe how hypnotic approaches vary according to the developmental age of the child.

40. Describe the therapeutic benefits and applications of using hypnosis with children.

41.  Execute a thorough case assessment to elucidate the information necessary to develop a quality treatment plan.

42. Design a treatment plan for a patient/client who presents with anxiety.

43. List at least 4 hypnotic techniques/application that may be best suited to achieve the specific therapeutic goal in the case presented.

44. Describe situations of uncertainty that might occur as clinical hypnosis is included in practice and identify strategies for managing/resolving such. 

45. List at least three uses of hypnosis to your discipline that you have been taught and are ready to apply and three applications of hypnosis that require more training. 

46. Describe three ways that he or she will begin to incorporate hypnotic communication, hypnosis and hypnotic techniques into his/her practice.

47. Discuss ASCH’s clinical hypnosis standards of training, levels of training, and requirements for, ASCH certification.

48. Describe the opportunities available for further training, membership &certification.


FRIDAY, September 29, 2023 9AM - 6PM

8:30 – 9:00      Registration

9:00 – 9:30      Welcoming, Intro. of Faculty and Intro to the Basic Program     

9:30 – 10:00      Intro to Clinical Hypnosis

10:00 – 10:45    Fundamentals of Hypnotic Language & Formulating Suggestions 

10:45 – 11:00    BREAK

11:00 – 11:45    Anatomy of Hypnotic Experience

11:45 – 12:15   Group Hypnotic Experience                                          

12:15 – 12:45   Introduction to Small Group Practice (SGP)  

12:45 – 1:45      LUNCH

1:45 – 3:00       Principles and Process of Rapport, Attunement, Trance Elicitation and Reorientation 

3:00 – 3:15     Demonstration of Elicitation #1

3:15 – 3:30      BREAK

3:30 – 5:00      Small Group Practice (SGP) 1                                             

5:00 – 5:45      Hypnotic Phenomena                                                                        

6:00                  RECESS

SATURDAY, September 30, 2023 9AM - 6PM

9:00 - 9:45         Neurophysiology                                                                                

9:45 – 10:30       Ego Strengthening                                 

10:30 – 10:45     BREAK

10:45-11:00        Demo of Elicitation #2                                                              

11:00 – 12:30       SGP 2                     

12:30 – 1:30        LUNCH           

1:30 – 2:30          Intensification of Hypnotic Experience                                           

2:30 – 3:15          Self-Hypnosis: How and what to teach patients                             

3:15 – 3:30          BREAK

3:30 – 3:45          Demo of Elicitation #3                                                                       

3:45- 5:30           SGP 3                                                                                             

5:30 – 6:00          Ethical Principles and Professional Conduct                                  

6:00                     RECESS

SUNDAY, October 1, 2023 9AM - 5PM

9:00 – 9:45        Strategies for Managing Resistance                                                 

9:45 – 10:30      Patient/Client Assessment, Introducing Hypnosis to the Client  

10:30 – 10:45    BREAK

10:45 – 11:00    Demonstration of Elicitation # 4

11:00 – 1:30      SGP 4

1:30 – 2:00       LUNCH  (Suggest brown bag lunch)

2:00 – 2:45      Hypnosis with Children

2:45– 3:45       Treatment Planning, Strategy & Technique Selection in Clinical                                 Hypnosis                               

3:45-4             BREAK

4 -–4:45           Integrating Hypnosis into Clinical Practice

4:45– 5            ASCH Membership and Certification                                            

5:00pm            RECESS


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

Following the completion of program evaluations, certificates will be awarded from CHSNJ.

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.

Grievances: 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."

* NJPA is approved by APA to offer continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

Proprietary Information: NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA, co-sponsored programs. No material (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Dr. Robert Staffin for more details.

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