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Intermediate Workshop in Hypnosis Level II

  • Friday, December 15, 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, December 17, 2023
  • 3:30 PM
  • Virtual on Zoom


  • Public access + from October 1, 2023 through December 8, 2023
  • Public access + from November 16, 2023 through December 8, 2023.
  • Public access + from August 1, 2023 through November 15, 2023.
  • Limited access + from August 1, 2023 through December 13, 2023.

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CHSNJ Intermediate Workshop in Hypnosis Level II 

Live, Interactive, Virtual

December 15, 2023 - December 17, 2023

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. 

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

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 second step.

Need a refresher? Those who have taken the Level II course previously can attend at a reduced rate. 

Continuing Education: 20 CEs

CHSNJ Intermediate Workshop in Hypnosis Level II has been approved by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) for 20 hours of continuing education credit towards ASCH membership and/or certification. 

This course, Intermediate Workshop in Hypnosis Level II , Approval #202381123-6, 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 20 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.

NJPA* Council on Continuing Education Affairs has approved CHSNJ's Intermediate Workshop in Hypnosis - Level II for a total of 20 continuing education credits for psychologists.

**NJ Professional Counselors: As per New Jersey Administrative Code

Title 13: Law and Public Safety; Chapter 13: Board of Marriage and

Family Examiners; Subchapter 10-31 Professional Counselor Examiners Committee, courses or programs approved by the American

Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers

are acceptable sources of continuing courses, programs, articles, as long

as the courses, programs or articles fall within the content areas. See

Subchapter 15 for Continuing Education, Course Approvals, and Content Areas.  CHSNJ has not sought NBCC CE approval and recommend that you check with your state licensing board. The NJ administrative code is provided for your convenience.

Source: New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13: Law and Public Safety;

Chapter 13: Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; Subchapter 10-31 Professional Counselor Examiners Committee   

Please note: This does not guarantee approval for license renewal.

Participants are strongly encouraged to keep CHSNJ CE certificate and

participate in APA CE approval process. Counselors from states other

than NJ are encouraged to check with their licensing boards.


Philip L. Accaria, PhD, FASCH; Cheryl Bemel, PhD LP; David Reid, PsyD, FASCH; Robert D. Staffin, PsyD, ABPH; Jennifer Swaim, PhD, BCB, MBA; Social Work Consultant: Arline Duker, LCSW

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.

Cheryl Bemel, PhD LP is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry, where she treats patients and trains dentists in psychophysiological management for chronic pain conditions.  Additionally, she sees patients for Presurgical Psychological Evaluations (PPE’s) at Allina Health’s Bariatric Surgery Center. She also has her own Private Practice. Dr. Bemel has provided on-site trauma services within the Minneapolis Police Department’s Child Development Policing Project, and has provided care as a Crisis Psychologist in hospital emergency departments. Dr. Bemel is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and teaches as a faculty member for both ASCH workshops & NPHTI workshops (The National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute). 'Engaging in play' is important to her, so she will be happy to play Pickle Ball or Bicycle with you when you visit Minnesota. And yes, that was a hypnotic suggestion, 'when you visit Minnesota.'  For more information about her work, you may visit

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.

Jennifer Swaim, Ph.D, BCB, MBA is a licensed psychologist and practice consultant who specializes in supporting individuals pursuing the best possible functioning in their professional and personal lives.  Dr. Swaim is a member of the American Psychological Association, and an Approved Consultant and educator for The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and is Board Certified in General Biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. In addition to her expertise in applied human factors, she holds an MBA in Health Care.  Her Medical Psychology practice currently focuses on work with individuals with chronic pain, biomedical ethics and peak performance/positive psychology. Previous areas of specialization have included rehabilitation psychology, consultation/liaison psychology, presurgical psychological evaluations, and psychogenic disorders.

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. Construct two 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 three different characteristics that distinguish it from "ordinary" storytelling.

4. Identify three principles of induction.

5. Identify three principles of hypnotic suggestions.

6. Identify hypnotic language for refining inductions.

7. Present four types of inductions and examples of each.

8. Increase clinician’s ability to develop and use both direct and indirect suggestions.

9. Discuss the “gist” of the research regarding the effectiveness of direct vs. indirect suggestion.

10. Iterate at least three forms of indirect suggestions

11. Cite one current finding on hypnosis & memory and cite the implications for clinical work.

12. Identify the three major positions within the "false memory" debate.

13. Identify and explicate the “SARI” model of trauma treatment.

14. List 3 hypnotic techniques used in the treatment of trauma.

15. Name the behavioral & psychodynamic factors relating to anxiety disorders.

16. Name two hypnotic techniques for treating anxiety disorders.

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

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

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

20. Name six hypnotic techniques for use in pain management

21. Describe when a habit becomes a problem.

22. List two methods to address habit disorders with hypnosis.

23. Identify four types of suggestions that may be used to treat smoking or obesity.

24. Explain the principle of utilization in Ericksonian hypnosis.

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

26. Compare and contrast Ericksonian & traditional introductions to hypnosis. 

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

28. Identify situations and symptoms presented by clients when ego strengthening would be appropriate. 

29. Identify and utilize three ego strengthening strategies and techniques using hypnosis.

30. Identify three forms of ideomotor signaling.

31. Articulate Cheek’s 3 levels at which mind-body information can be encoded.

32. Identify LeCron’s 7 Common Causes of Symptoms.

33. List 5 medical disorders for which hypnosis could be beneficial.

34. Describe four different ways in which hypnosis can be helpful with medical conditions.

35. Identify three metaphors that could be helpful with different types of symptoms and diagnoses.  

36. List three regions or networks that research shows may be hypnotically altered.

37. Discuss how polyvagal theory relates to hypnosis and stress response.

38. Detail three implications of neurophysiological research on use of clinical hypnosis.

39. Describe the Ericksonian approach to facilitate each of the stages of hypnosis.

40. Clarify when Erickson followed the principle of Utilization.

41. Explain how "prescribing the symptom" could promote change.

42. Develop therapeutic metaphors for four different client populations.

43. Demonstrate how to construct metaphors that are culturally sensitive.

44. Describe at least two ethical-legal issues.

45. Discuss standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis clinically

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

47. Name three ways in which the clinician intends to utilize hypnosis skills in the coming week.



Friday: December 15, 2023                                                

8:30-9:00              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         Practicum in Formulating Direct and Indirect Suggestions             

12:30-1:30            LUNCH

1:30-3:15             Small Group Practice (SGP) 1: Advanced induction w/a suggestion based in metaphor                          

3:15-3:30              BREAK

3:30-4:15             Clinical Demonstration                                                

4:15-5:00             Hypnosis & Trauma: Memory, Trauma and Treatment                 

5:00-6:00             Hypnotic Interventions for Anxiety and Phobias                          

6:00                      Adjourn

Saturday: December 16, 2023   

9:00-10:00           Hypnosis and Pain Management                                  

10:00-11:45         SGP 2: Induction and Suggestion for Addressing Pain or Anxiety Symptom

11:45-12:00          BREAK

12:00-1:00           Hypnosis and Habit Disorders                                      

1:00-2:00               LUNCH

2:00-3:00             Ericksonian/Utilization Hypnosis 1                                                   

3:00-3:45             Advanced Ego Strengthening Methods 

3:45-4:00              BREAK

4:00-4:45             Ideo-motor Signaling and Exploratory Hypnotic Techniques           

4:45-5:30             Medical Hypnotic Applications                                      

5:30                     Adjourn

Sunday: December 17, 2023 

9:00-9:45             Neuroscience of Hypnosis

9:45-10:45           Ericksonian/Utilization Hypnosis 2                              

10:45–12:30        SGP 3: Indirect Induction, Suggestion and Elicitation of Ideo-Motor Signaling Response or Suggestions based in Metaphors.

12:30-1:00          LUNCH

1:00-2:00            Practicum in Constructing Therapeutic Metaphors          

2:00-2:45             Ethics, Professional Conduct and Certification          

2:45-3:30             Integrating Hypnosis into Your Clinical Practice         

3:30                      ADJOURN



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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