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Two Day Advanced Virtual Workshop, "Changing Our Minds About Changing Our Minds" with Laurence Sugarman, MD

  • 2021-02-06
  • 10:00 AM
  • 2021-02-07
  • 2:30 PM
  • Live Webinar


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Eligible Members must have accounts in good standing! If you have any questions or are unsure about your membership status, please contact neschmsc@gmail.com.
  • Students/Trainees must provide proof of student/trainee status. Supervisors must send verification letter to neschmsc@gmail.com


Speaker: Laurence Sugarman, MD 

Dr. Sugarman is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation in the College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT. He produced an internationally acclaimed video-documentary, Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice: Imaginative Medicine in Action, and has authored over 40 papers and book chapters. He co-authored the text, Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents. His new book, coauthored with Julie Linden and Lee Brooks, is Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis: Narratives and discourse for a new health care paradigm.

This  workshop will provide a unique opportunity to take a "deep dive" into  re-inventing clinical hypnosis in view of our current understanding of psychobiology—from its effect on gene expression to encouraging systemic plasticity of the embodied mind. How will it be different? How will we interact differently with the person in care? Will we still be using inductions and scripts? In this workshop we will rediscover hypnosis with beginners’ minds. We will encounter hypnosis not as a procedure or ritual, but as a set of basic skills that build rapport, disrupt the encoding of experiential engrams, then cultivates resources for renewal. With video, demonstration, and discussion, we will discover new and powerful ways to integrate hypnosis skills into any clinical encounter. Instead of “doing hypnosis” we will become creatively inspired to “be hypnotic.” Those of you who have heard Dr. Sugarman present  in the  past  will welcome this opportunity to experience an in-depth exploration of his approach.


February 6, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm EST & 12:30-2:30pm EST

February 7, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm EST & 12:30-2:30pm EST

Participants are required to attend both days


Virtual via Zoom

Learning Objectives

As a result of the presentation, participant will be able to:

  1. List at least three areas of empiric research that support the concept of the mind as an embodied, liminal, and oscillating complex system.

  2. Describe how “trance” is a process (not a state) of psychobiological plasticity, listing at least five common trance generators.

  3. List at least four differentiators between the legacy/formal model of clinical hypnosis and conversational/naturalistic model.

  4. Characterize the three phases of Rossi’s “novelty-numinosum-neurogenesis effect” applied to the ultradian basic rest activity cycle.

  5. Apply the three phases of Rossi’s “novelty-numinosum-neurogenesis effect” to three groupings of therapeutic hypnosis skills, exemplifying at least five skills within each grouping.

  6. Define each of four orienting principles that can be applied to strategies for therapeutic hypnosis.

  7. Exemplify each of four basic skills for integrating therapeutic hypnosis into any type of clinical encounter or therapeutic intervention.

  8. Identify the use of the aforementioned principles and skills in a demonstrated clinical encounter.

Continuing Education:

*NOTE: Tuition does not include continuing education fee. 

NESCH applies to North Shore Medical Center and R. Cassidy Seminars for continuing education approval for each workshop. Approval status is posted on the website once it has been received.

This is also an ASCH approved hypnosis training. Credits earned may be used toward Hypnosis Certification. 

Participants must have paid tuition fee, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to be present for the entire workshop will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion.

8.0 credit hours 


NESCH members: $195 (NESCH Membership must be active and in good standing)
Non members: $245
Students/trainees: $99 (Students must provide letter from clinical supervisor verifying student status)

Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the start of the training are subject to a $30 cancellation fee. 


For more information email neschworkshops@gmail.com

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