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(REGISTRATION CLOSED) Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management featuring Dr. Mark P. Jensen, 2024 Dr. Thomas Martin Advanced Training (Hybrid- In-person & online)

  • 2024-05-04
  • 9:00 AM
  • 2024-05-05
  • 6:00 PM
  • Courtyard by Marriott Boston Billerica/Bedford, 270 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA 01821


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Eligible Members must have accounts in good standing. If you have questions about your membership status, please email or check your membership profile.
  • Students/Trainees must provide proof of student/trainee status. Supervisors must send verification letter to

2024 Rev. Thomas Martin, Psy.D. Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management

Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington, USA


The Rev. Thomas Martin, Psy.D. Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis honors the incredible legacy of the late Reverend Thomas W. Martin, Psy.D. This workshop is made possible in part by the generous support by his wife's generous donation in his memory. 

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies andsuggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions.  It will begin with a discussion of the role that the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Systems play in hypnotic responding. This will be followed by a presentation of the neurophysiology of nociception and pain, focusing on nine specific processes and physiological structures involved in pain perception, all of which can be influenced by hypnotic suggestions.  Evidence regarding pain’s impact on other functioning domains (e.g., activity level, sleep, mood) will be discussed, and ideas for hypnotic suggestions and approaches for addressing all of these domains and processes will be generated.  A model for performing a thorough psychosocial evaluation of the outcome domains that hypnosis can benefit in persons with chronic pain will be presented, and methods for developing a pain treatment plan based on this evaluation will be discussed.  Strategies for integrating hypnosis with other approaches with proven efficacy (e.g., cognitive therapy and Motivational Interviewing) to enhance overall treatment benefits will also be covered. The emphasis of the workshop will be on applied clinical techniques; demonstrations, exercises and the opportunities for group consultation will be included.  After participating in the workshop, participants will have the resources and skills to evaluate a patient with chronic pain for hypnosis treatment and design a treatment plan that addresses the various problems identified.

Date: May 4-5, 2024, 9am-6pm EST


Hybrid: In person at Courtyard by Marriott Billerica/Bedford (270 Concord Road, Billerica, MA 01821) OR online via Zoom

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the role of Behavioral Inhibition and Behavioral Activation systems for developing a tailored pain treatment plan.
  2. Apply research in findings regarding "seeding" to enhance response to clinical suggestions. 
  3. Design tailored and targeted hypnotic suggestions to maximize the benefits of hypnosis treatment based on current scientific knowledge regarding the neurophysiological basis of pain for designing.
  4. Create an effective relaxation hypnotic induction.
  5. Create an effective "Favorite place" hypnosis induction.
  6. Identify the cognitive and behavioral factors that influence pain for designing hypnotic suggestions that help clients shift from maladaptive to adaptive cognitive processes and pain coping behaviors.
  7. Utilize a thorough psychosocial evaluation of the psychosocial factors influencing pain and functioning.
  8. Design a treatment protocol that addresses each factor.
  9. Explain the environmental, physical, and psychological factors that impact sleep quality in individuals with chronic pain.
  10. Design an intervention for improving sleep quality in individuals with chronic pain. 
  11. Identify strategies to integrate cognitive therapy and Motivational Interviewing with hypnosis treatment to enhance treatment outcome.
  12. Describe an effective age progression suggestion for increasing adaptive pain management behaviors.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, May 4, 2024 

 8:30am   Registration & Breakfast
 9:00  Indtroductions & Workshop Overview
 9:15 A Guiding Model: The Behavioral Inhibition & Activation Systems 

Understanding the Neurophysiology of pain and hypnotic analgesia; implications for developing hypnotic suggestions 

 10:45 Break 
 11:00 Performing a pain evaluation and developing a treatment plan 
 1:00pm  Lunch 
 2:00 Demonstration & Practice: Self-hypnosis for acceptance and comfort 
 3:30 Self-hypnosis for satisfying and restful sleep
 4:00 Break 
 4:15  Demonstration & Theory: Motivational Interviewing and Hypnotic Cognitive Therapy for pain management 
 6:00 Adjourn  
Sunday, May 5, 2024
 9:00am  Skill Development: MI as "Natural" Hypnosis (Step 1)
 10:45  Break
 11:00  Skill Development: MI as "Natural" Hypnosis (Step 2)
 12:30pm  Lunch
 1:30 Thought Management  
 2:30  Demonstration & Practice: Age Progression 
 3:30 Break 
 3:45 Hypnosis for specific conditions 
 4:15 Final questions/discussions 
 6:00 Adjourn 

About Dr. Jensen

Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine who has been studying chronic pain and helping individuals better manage chronic pain for over 40 years.  He has had continual funding from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to study the efficacy and mechanisms of various treatments for chronic pain, including hypnotic analgesia.  He has published extensively (11 books and over 700 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment.  His guidebook on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management and an accompanying patient manual, published by Oxford University Press as a part of their “Treatments that Work” series, was one of two books that won the Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis from the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis the year it was published.


Pricing for Hybrid and In Person registration are the same to absorb the fees for the venue and tech costs associated. In person attendees will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch catered by the hotel as part of their registration. 

Early Bird Rates (until February 29):

Members: $405

Non-members: $490

Students: $200 (Students must send proof of student status ie a letter from their clinical, course schedule, etc)

Regular Rates (after February 29):

Members: $480

Non-members: $580

Students: $200 (Students must send proof of student status ie a letter from their clinical, course schedule, etc)

Register early, and you could win a free copy of Dr. Jensen’s book,"Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide," available in either paperback or Kindle version. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and practice. The winner will be announced at the training.

Hotel Accommodations:

Book your stay at the Courtyard Marriott Billerica/Bedford for a special rate of $149 per night (available from May 3-5, 2024). Act quickly, as this rate is only guaranteed until April 3, 2024.

In-person attendees will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch catered by the hotel as part of their registration.

Book your group rate for NESCH 

AV Support: 

Top-notch AV support will be provided by NuVision to ensure a seamless and enriching experience for both in-person and virtual participants.

Continuing Education: 

This event is approved for 14 ASCH CE credits. 

This event is approved by the NASW-MA for 14 CE credits for social workers. 

The event is approved   for 14.0 CE credits for licensed mental health counselor.

This event is approved for 14.0 CE credits for psychologists  for this educational activity. CE approvals will be posted as they are recieved.

CME credits for physicians are not available. 

**Note: Tuition does not cover $30 CE fee. 

Cancellation Policy: 

Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the start of the training are subject to a $30 cancellation fee. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled if unpaid after two weeks unless you make an arrangement with the registrar at

For more information please see our Cancellation & Grievance Policy

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