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LIVE WEBINAR: Integrating Mindfulness Meditation in Your Hypnosis Practice with Akira Otani, Ed.D., ABPH, November 8, 2020

  • 2020-11-08
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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NESCH virtual Meeting 

November 8, 2020, 10 a.m.

"Integrating Mindfulness Meditation in Your Hypnosis Practice"

Dr. Akira 

Presented by: Akira Otani, Ed.D., ABPH 

Description of the Workshop:

Mindfulness meditation has become popular in recent years as an effective strategy to treat a wide range of physiological and psychological disorders. Although it differs from hypnosis in terms of the etiology, procedure, and therapeutic mechanisms, mindfulness can be easily incorporated and integrated in hypnotic practice. This webinar will: (1) summarize basic concepts and styles of mindfulness, (2) discuss similarities and dissimilarities between hypnosis and mindfulness, (3) provide a simple, yet effective, 4-step Touch-and-Return mindfulness protocol (with online experiential practice), (4) examine possible ways to integrate mindfulness with hypnosis, and, finally (5) introduce a case example. No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge is necessary.  Advanced meditation practitioners are welcome.

Learning Objectives:

(1) Comprehend 4 fundamental concepts of mindfulness meditation, i.e., open monitoring, focused attention, decentering, and compassion.

(2) Gain familiarity with at least 3 similarities and differences between clinical hypnosis and mindfulness.

(3) Acquire the 4 steps of the Touch-and-Return mindfulness protocol.

(4) Master at least 2 ways of integrating mindfulness with hypnotic trance induction and utilization.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Otani is a licensed psychologist whose professional interests include clinical hypnosis and mindfulness meditation, as well as anxiety disorders and psychological trauma. He has authored/co-authored four books and published more than 60 journal articles on these topics. 

He received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis (ABPH).

He joined Spectrum Behavioral Health, Annapolis, Maryland in 2008 after serving on the graduate faculty at The Johns Hopkins University (1986-1988), and on the Senior Psychologist staff at the University of Maryland Counseling Center (1988-2008).

Dr. Otani is bilingual in English and Japanese. He spent several months in Japan receiving advanced training in meditation.


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Otani, A. (2003).  Eastern meditative techniques and hypnosis: a new synthesis.   American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 46, 97-108.

Otani, A. (2016).  Hypnosis and mindfulness: The Twain finally meet.   American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 58, 383-398.

Raz, A., & Lifshitz, M. (Eds.). (2016).   Hypnosis and meditation: Towards an integrative science of conscious planes. New York: Oxford University Press.

Semmens-Wheeler, R., & Dienes, Z. (2012).  The contrasting role of higher order awareness in hypnosis and meditation.   The Journal of Mind-Body Regulation, 2, 43-57.


Pre-registration for quarterly meetings is now required of members and non-members. This meeting is free for NESCH members in good standing. 

Non members must pay a $45 fee to attend meeting. Fee is payable online with a credit card or by cash/check which can be mailed in or presented on the day of the event. 

Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Log in info will be provided the week of the training. 

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