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    • Saturday, April 22, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is pleased to welcome Stephen R.  Lankton, LCSW, DAHB, FASCH.  This Advanced Level Interactive workshop will be presented via ZOOM on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

    Workshop Description: "Depotentiating Conscious Sets."  The day will be broken into two parts.  Part 1 will focus on: Expectancy, Naturalistic, and Conscious/Unconscious Inductions. Part 2 will focus on: Essential Indirect Suggestions, Binds, and Basic Confusion Techniques.

    Depotentiating Conscious Sets is a major aspect of Erickson’s approach to both induction and psychotherapy.  It was fundamental to his approach to therapy in hypnosis.  He wrote, “Depotentiating the limitation of the individual’s usual patterns of awareness thus open up the possibility that new combinations of associations and mental skill may be evolved for creative problem solving within the individual.” This workshop, explores, explains, and demonstrates strategic techniques including creating expectancy, naturalistic induction, and conscious/unconscious inductions.

    Ernest Rossi has noted that Erickson's actions for, “depotentiating consciousness are so subtle and pervasive in the manner with which they are interwoven with the actual process of induction and suggestion that they are usually unrecognized even when studying a written transcript of his words.”  This workshop, explores, explains, and demonstrates the role of ambiguous language forms, several essential indirect suggestions, therapeutic binds, and basic confusion techniques and their creation, delivery, and purpose.

    About our Presenter: Stephen R. Lankton, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Phoenix, Arizona.  He had the distinct pleasure of studying with Milton H. Erickson, M. D. from 1975-1979.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (since 2005) and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). 

    He has practiced psychotherapy (since 1974) and trained therapists worldwide for over four decades.  He is a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis, an Emeritus Clinical Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association, and President Emeritus of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work.

    He is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 clinical books with translations in six languages and more than 65 chapters and peer reviewed articles in professional publications.

    Learning Objectives:

    1)  To be able to create therapeutic expectancy in treatment.

    2)  To be able to conduct 3 types of destabilization of consciousness in treatment.

    3)  Participants will learn how to use conscious-unconscious dissociation language for inductions.

    4)  Participants will learn how construct 5 types of indirect suggestion techniques to retrieve experiential resources in treatment.

    5) Participants will be able to construct 4 type of therapeutic binds and use them in treatment.

    6) Participants will learn how to construct and use 1 basic confusion technique to aid in retrieving experience in treatment.

    Time Line:

    Time Agenda: 6 Hours of Instruction

    9:45am                 Zoom Room opens

    Program               3 hours of morning instruction

    10am                     The Evolution in Erickson’s approach

    10:30am               Depotentiating Conscious Sets and Therapeutic Goals

    11am                     Naturalistic Induction and Utilization

    11:30am               BREAK (15 min)

    11:45am               Attention Management and the Drama Grid

    12 noon               Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation Language

    12:45pm               Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation Induction

    1:15 – 2:15          LUNCH BREAK (60 min)

    Program               3 hours of afternoon instruction

    2:15pm                 Importance of Ambiguity

    2:45pm                 Constructing and Using Indirect Suggestions

    3:15pm                 BREAK   (15 min)

    3:30pm                 Indirect Suggestions Continued

    3:45pm                 Constructing and Using Therapeutic Binds

    4:15pm                 Therapeutic Binds Continued

    4:45pm                 Constructing and Using Confusion Techniques

    5:20pm                 Questions & Answers

    5:30                        Adjourn

    7.5 hours 6 CEs


    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 program, provide their license number and complete a course evaluation.  For questions about CEs, please email 

    Continuing Education Approval:

    The New Jersey Psychological Association, an approved sponsor for the American Psychological Association, has approved this program to offer 6 CEs for psychologists.

    This program has been approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) to offer 6 CEs

    “This course, Depotentiating Conscious Sets: Part 1 – Expectancy, Naturalistic, and Conscious/Unconscious Inductions. Depotentiating Conscious Sets: Part 2 – Essential Indirect Suggestions, Binds, and Basic Confusion Techniques, Approval #10242022-8, provided by 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: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 6 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

    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 Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH 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. 

    • Sunday, May 21, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Resolving Trauma with Acceptance and Integration Training®

    The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is pleased to welcome Melanie McGhee, LCSW an award-winning author, psychotherapist and founder of Acceptance and Integration Training® (AAIT™). 

    This workshop will be presented via ZOOM on Sunday, May 21, 2023 11am - 1pm EDT.


    The pain of trauma keeps clients stuck in the past and ruminating about the future. The demand for efficient and effective trauma care is exponentially expanding as recent studies point to PTSD prevalence rates across all populations polling at 22.6%, with healthcare workers standing at 26.9%.

    Discover how the energy of trauma can be disrupted in minutes, providing clients with a source of immediate hope and relief. With Acceptance and Integration Training® (AAIT™), we facilitate strategic acceptance and integration of psychological pain, giving clients access to freedom from the past alongside their inner wisdom rather than relying on therapeutic interpretations of personal narratives.

    Observe a live demonstration of trauma resolution with AAIT™ and see the principles of this model in action. A discussion of these principles coupled with an experiential exploration of the phases and theory of AAIT™ will reveal how practitioners can immediately apply components of AAIT™ in their practice, helping themselves and their clients orient to the present.

    This workshop is free to members of CHSNJ, ASCH, its component sections and SCEH. There is a $15 fee for nonmembers.  To register, please visit our website, and click on the events tab.

    Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W., is an award-winning author, psychotherapist and founder of Acceptance and Integration Training® (AAIT™). This promising transpersonal approach is the formation of dedicated study with master therapists coupled with a multi-decade contemplation of nondual philosophy. McGhee has established the Alliance for Integrated Awareness, a non-profit organization committed to advancing equity in mental health care with AAIT™. Aside from work that uplifts and inspires her, she enjoys life with her BFF and husband and thrives in spending time outside.

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Friday, September 20, 2019 Fundamentals of Hypnosis
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Friday, December 07, 2018 Intermediate Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 2018 Clinical Conversations: What we can learn from scripts so that we do not need them.
Friday, September 28, 2018 Fundamentals of Hypnosis
Saturday, August 18, 2018 Clinical Conversations: Tips from a Master: Jeff Zeig's "5 minute therapy tips"
Saturday, June 09, 2018 Clinical Conversation: Using Hypnosis with Children
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Healing the Wounds of Development: Attachment Theory and Hypnosis, An Integrated Approach to Psychotherapeutic Treatment
Saturday, January 13, 2018 Clinical Conversations: What do the words sound like in practice?
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