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2-Day Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD: A Hypnosis, Mind/Body & Neuroscience Approach to Effectively Treat Trauma and PTSD

Carol Kershaw, EdD |  Bill Wade, MDIV, LPC, LMFT
12 Hours 21 Minutes
Oct 28, 2021
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Your clients have endured stressful and traumatic experiences which often results in less ability to maintain health and to fully provide self-comfort. This course is designed to help you understand more of the neurological and psychological patterns that create PSTD symptoms. This course will focus on developing strategies to help traumatized clients heal by changing these patterns.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool that you can add to your clinical toolbox for treating trauma. When it’s used with the brain in mind, hypnosis provides effective interventions to help clients interrupt negative patterns, live more in joy with the ability to self-motivate, and accomplish life goals.

During this course, special emphasis will be given to understanding how trauma affects the brain and can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and difficulty handling anger. You will learn how to treat these symptoms with the use of hypnosis.

Watch hypnosis experts and trainers, Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade, as they demystify and simplify hypnosis so you can start using it with your traumatized clients immediately. They will break down the research that supports hypnosis for trauma and teach you how to implement it into your clinical work. You will learn through demonstrations, case- examples, lecture, experiential exercises and hands-on experience.



Carol Kershaw, EdD's Profile

Carol Kershaw, EdD Related seminars and products

Carol Kershaw, EdD, is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston and co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation (2012 WW Norton), co-author of The Worry Free Mind (Career Press) and author of The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance (Brunner/Mazel). She is board certified in Neurofeedback, a member of the American Psychological Association, and approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is an international trainer and is a frequent presenter in the states on the most cutting-edge interventions based in neuroscience and hypnosis. Carol has been featured on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for her cutting-edge work.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Carol Kershaw is the co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston. She is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Kershaw receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Carol Kershaw has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Bill Wade, MDIV, LPC, LMFT's Profile

Bill Wade, MDIV, LPC, LMFT Related seminars and products

Bill Wade, MDiv, LPC, LMFT, is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, author and international trainer. Co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston he is also a co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry-Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You. Bill has taught extensively in the states on neuroscience and has also taught meditation and given Dharma lectures at various Buddhist temples.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: J. William Wade is the co-director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston and has an employment relationship with Brain Change International. He receives royalties as a published author. J. William Wade receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: J. William Wade is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

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  1. Utilize the basics of hypnosis for the treatment of trauma and PTSD.
  2. Appraise the limitations and risks regarding research on hypnosis for treating trauma.
  3. Evaluate advances in mind/body research and its clinical implications.
  4. Perform hypnotic suggestion in a clinical setting.
  5. Determine how symptoms change with focused attention.
  6. Analyze the neurophysiology of trauma and its treatment implications.
  7. Integrate three hypnotic strategies to facilitate trauma resolution.
  8. Construct deep hypnotic states that calm the sympathetic nervous system.
  9. Justify how trauma symptoms act as negative hypnotic trances.
  10. Practice utilizing three brain change tools to develop a positive mood in patients.
  11. Modify client’s attachment patterns using limbic system desensitization.
  12. Distinguish a neuroscience paradigm from a cognitive model to calm the mind’s inner story.


Neurophysiology of Trauma/PTSD
  • Insults to the Nervous System
  • Brain Shrinkage and Symptoms
  • Blood Flow with Intense Stress
  • Vagal Nerve Activation-Stephen Porges
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Intense and Prolonged Trauma
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Epileptiform Activity with Trauma
A Neuroscience Paradigm to Calm the Mind’s Inner Story
  • Using Whole Brain Functioning to Resolve Trauma and Release Emotional Blocks
  • Understanding Emotional Imprints and How to Dissolve Them Hypnotically
  • The Key to Mastering Change for Good
Limbic Kindling and Long-Term Stress
  • Overarousal and Anxiety
    • Startle Response
    • Panic
    • Obsessive-compulsive Patterns
    • Difficulty Handling Anger
    • Insomnia
  • Underarousal and Depression, Negative Thinking, Classic Conditioning, and Stimulus Generalization
Essentials of Hypnosis
  • Definition of Hypnosis as Resource Activator
  • Focused Attention and Suggestion
  • Hypnotic Language
  • Conversational Hypnosis
  • Psychotherapy as Hypnosis
  • EEG Hypnosis
How Symptoms Change with Focused Attention
  • The Brain and the Optical System in Symptoms and Trauma Resolution
  • Focus on “Nothing” Eliminates Negative Thought
Trauma and Attachment
  • Attachment Styles
  • Trauma and Dissociation Style Attachment
  • Change in Physiology Creates Change in Ability to Form Relationships
Put Hypnosis to Practice
  • Simple Inductions
  • Changing Mental States
  • Strategies for Interrupting Rumination
  • Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Calming the Nervous System
  • Experiential Exercises to Practice the Skills Learned
How to Use Affective Brain Circuits to Resolve Trauma and Condition Calm States
  • Panksepp
  • Turn on Competing Circuits
  • Tools for Developing the Relaxation Response
EEG Hypnosis Demonstration
  • Endocannabinoid System
  • Deep State Hypnosis and Healing
Memory Reconsolidation
  • Retrieval and Disruption
  • Assimilation into Long-Term Memory
  • State Dependent Memory and Learning
Simple Biofeedback Tools to Support Post Traumatic Growth
  • Heartmath HRV Training
  • Temperature Training
  • Breath Training and Meditation
  • Galvanic Skin Response Training
How Talk Therapy May Make Symptoms Worse
  • Re-runs of the Trauma
  • Conditioning the Trauma Response
  • How the Unconscious Mind Works and How to Activate It
Limitations and Risks Regarding Hypnosis for Treating Trauma

Target Audience

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

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