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2-Day Hypnosis Intensive Workshop: Applying Clinical Hypnosis with Psychological Treatments

Eric K. Willmarth, PhD
13 Hours 02 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 04, 2021
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Watch this Intensive Workshop and transform your ability to heal anxiety, stress and trauma, sleep, eating disorders, addiction, and pain.

You will leave this high-impact workshop immediately able to apply the following hypnosis skills in your practice:

  • Go into self-hypnosis
  • Work with a partner to do a pre-trance interview to discover abilities and help for individualizing in trance
  • Induce trance
  • Use direct and indirect suggestion
  • Deepen trance with hypnotic phenomena
  • Elicit relaxation and calm
  • Activate positive unconscious processes
  • Successfully end trance

By working indirectly and unconsciously in hypnosis, you bypass your client’s conscious limitations and enlist resources to help resolve entrenched problems.

The unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is the way to access that potential. Neurological pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help heal disorders that might be difficult to do deliberately and consciously.

This is your opportunity for personal self-transformation as you also learn about hypnotic techniques that can be applied in your own life!

If you are new to hypnosis, you will gain the skills you need to start using hypnosis in your practice. And if you are an experienced hypnotherapist, you will add innovative methods to enhance your work. With the latest research, case examples, guided trance experiences, opportunities to work with trance induction, helpful handouts, protocols, and a clear understanding of hypnotic effects in the brain - this workshop will inform, uplift, and transform your clinical practice.

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- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 13.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Eric K. Willmarth, Ph.D., is the president of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Division 30) and a past-president of both the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He has used hypnosis in clinical practice for over 40 years, including over 30 years in a chronic pain management setting.

Dr. Willmarth is the chair of the department of applied psychophysiology department in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University. He oversees the hypnosis certificate program at Saybrook, which involves basic, intermediate and advance hypnosis courses and he is a frequent presenter and Keynote speaker at national and international hypnosis conferences and workshops. He is the winner of the Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis Award from the American Psychological Association and the Ericka Fromm Excellence in Teaching Award from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

In addition to his teaching, Eric has recorded hundreds of interviews with prominent hypnosis clinicians and researchers from around the world. Many of these video clips can be viewed at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Eric Willmarth has employment relationships with Saybrook University, Michigan Behavioral Consultants, and Michigan Pain Consultants. He receives a speaking honorarium from the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Eric Willmarth receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Eric Willmarth is a fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is on the council of representatives for the American Psychological Association and a member of the Michigan Psychological Association, the AAPB Counsel of Chapters, and the International Society of Hypnosis.


  1. Justify the use of clinical hypnosis to enhance clinical outcomes.
  2. Practice hypnotic elicitation, deepening and suggestion with volunteer participants.
  3. Debate the pros and cons of using a separate hypnosis informed consent document.
  4. Integrate hypnotic suggestion into patient interactions to improve client level of functioning.
  5. Design hypnotic interventions for symptoms specific pain, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
  6. Distinguish the myths and misperceptions related to hypnosis and demonstrate methods to reduce client resistance.
  7. Defend the use of direct or indirect suggestion in specific clinical situations.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to introduce hypnosis to a client in a non-technical manner.
  9. Support the use of hypnosis in the clinical setting from an ethical perspective.
  10. Create a therapeutic metaphor for at least one clinical condition.
  11. Defend and support your own definition of hypnosis.
  12. Propose a neurological basis for specific pain management suggestions.


Day One

Understanding Hypnosis

  • Why Hypnosis?
  • Working with the Unconscious
  • Defining Hypnosis
  • Myths and Misperceptions
  • Live Demonstration - Pain Management

Ethical Considerations

  • Hypnosis Codes of Conduct
  • Ethics Overview
  • Scope of Practice
  • Risks and Limitations

Hypnosis, Trauma and Memory

  • Hypnosis and Memory
  • The False Memory Debate
  • Appropriate Applications
  • Working with Trauma Memory

Patient Preparation

  • Explaining Hypnosis
  • Establishing the Hypnotic Relationship
  • Building Rapport
  • Informed Consent

The Power of Suggestion

  • Types of Suggestion
  • Direct or Indirect?
  • Individualizing Suggestions
  • Laws of Suggestion
  • Formulating Suggestions
  • Imagery, Questions and Metaphors

Demonstration: Hypnotic Inductions

  • Eye Roll/Eye Fixation
  • Budzynski
  • All Thumbs
  • Arm Levitation

The Structure of the Hypnosis Session

  • Induction/Elicitation
  • Deepening/Intensification
  • Suggestion/Exploration/Treatment
  • Alerting
  • Debriefing

Hypnotic Phenomenon

  • Time Distortion
  • Glove Anesthesia
  • Age Progression/Regression
  • Dissociation
  • Affect Bridge
  • Idiopathic Communication
  • Amnesia

Breakout Group Practice Sessions

Day Two

Application of Hypnosis in Clinical Practice

  • Trauma Recovery
  • Pain Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Habit Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Substance Abuse
  • Creative Applications
  • Case Presentations/Demonstrations


  • Applications
  • Techniques
  • Aids
  • Instructing Clients in Self-Hypnosis

Managing Resistance to Hypnosis

  • Identifying Resistance
  • Clinical Use of Resistance

Treatment Planning

  • Intervention Selection
  • Treatment Strategies
  • Contraindications

Assessing Hypnotic Ability

  • Formal Scales
  • Informal Techniques

Putting It All Together – Group Practice Time!

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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