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    • 2022-10-08
    • 10:00 AM
    • 2022-10-23
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual Workshop via Zoom
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    The New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis presents:

    2022 Max Shapiro Level 1 Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis (formerly known as the Level I Training)

    Max Shapiro, Ph.D. is the Director Emeritus of Training and Research for the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  This program was renamed in recognition of Max’s many years of dedicated service to the Society, as well as to the community at large.  Max was more than an exemplary teacher, he carried on the legacy of his own mentor, Harold Golan, in his dedication to the advancement of hypnosis for the benefit of patients and clinicians alike.

    Where: Live via Zoom.  Login information will be provided the week of the training. 

    Workshop Description: Clinical hypnosis deepens the work of mind-body practices such as mindfulness meditation. Adding hypnosis allows clients/patients to become even more deeply aware of their inner states and fosters awareness of their own strengths, resources and problem-solving abilities. Extensive research has been done demonstrating its effectiveness in treating a number of mind-body conditions, expediting habit change, facilitating pain management and enhancing treatment of depression and anxiety.

    This intensive workshop will allow participants to receive in-depth training in both the theory and practice of clinical hypnosis.  The didactic includes presentations, demonstrations and experiential exercises.  The practices and tips will be from some of New England’s leading hypnosis practitioners.  They will act as teachers and mentors in small group practice sessions tailored to the specific needs, interests, and learning styles of participants.

    Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to incorporate the following in their clinical practice:

    • Identify and demonstrate four ways to facilitate hypnotic trance and appropriately reorient patients from a trance state.
    • Demonstrate three strategies for facilitating intensification of trance.
    • Describe four conditions in which hypnosis might be successfully utilized.

    Eligibility requirements: Registrants must hold a master's degree or higher in a health care discipline deemed appropriate by the Society from a college or university accredited by its appropriate regional accrediting body. In addition, registrants must be licensed or certified in the state in which they practice.

    Students enrolled full-time in master's level or higher programs are eligible to attend at a reduced rate. Students must have completed a minimum of one full semester of the program and must submit proof of full-time enrollment at an ACE-approved institution of higher education on school letterhead that clearly identifies the individual’s program of study, area of concentration (if applicable), level of degree pursued and date of intended graduation.

    Full-time residents or interns participating in a recognized residency or internship program may also register to attend at a reduced rate. Residents/interns need to submit correspondence from their supervisor on official letterhead explaining the nature of the residency/internship and the date of intended completion of the program.

    CE hours/CMEs: This two-weekend course has been approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. 22 CE hours and CMEs for mental health counselors and physicians have been applied for.  Approvals will be posted when received. 

    Attendance at all four sessions is required to earn continuing education credit for this program. No partial credit will be given.

    Social Workers: The above listed Standard program has been approved in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. Multiple dates listed above means participants must attend all dates to receive the above noted credit. NO PARTIAL CREDIT IS TO BE GIVEN. Authorization number D91326 is applicable ONLY to the program date(s) listed above.

    Psychologists: This event is approved by the Massachuetss Psychological Association. 

    Cost:  Regular: $650 

    Students/trainees: $300 (verification letter from supervisor must be provided to confirm student status)

    Cancellations must be made in writing to  There is a $30 administrative fee for any cancellations made less than 30 days before the training.  

    You may review our Cancellation Policy for more information about our process.

    Workshop Questions? Email Staisha Stephens-Brown at

    • 2022-11-20
    • 10:00 AM - 1:10 PM
    • Live Webinar via Zoom
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    Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis

    Presenter:  Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, President and Founder, Center Point Medicine

    Overview: In the first part of this presentation, I will describe and demonstrate four approaches to use of hypnosis with children that have proven to be effective in my clinical practice when used separately or in combination. With most of my patients I first introduce the concepts of the mind/body interactions and the importance of positive self-talk through a muscle testing demonstration. Secondly, patients are taught how to achieve a relaxed state using favorite place imagery and progressive relaxation, as well as how to trigger their relaxation response with an anchor. During a third session I often introduce children to the concept of the subconscious and how it can help them. I teach them ways of communicating directly with their subconscious including through ideomotor signaling and self-talk. Finally, we discuss how to achieve a spiritual state that permits patients to view life challenges with a more helpful perspective. The second part of the presentation will be devoted to an interactive discussion regarding case studies that demonstrate use of the four approaches in the treatment of pediatric functional disorders.

    Learning Objectives: After attending this program participant will be able to:

    1. Describe how to teach basic hypnosis techniques to children, including introducing them to the concept of mind/body interactions through muscle testing.
    2. Interact with children's subconscious through muscle testing, ideomotor signaling, and the whiteboard technique to teach them about how to tap better into their inner resources.
    3. Describe how functional disorders can be treated through hypnotic self-calming, as well as use of hypnosis to develop insight into the psychosocial stressors that might be perpetuating the symptoms.

    About the Presenter: Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics, offering hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Anbar is also a past President, fellow, and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Anbar is a leader in pediatric clinical hypnosis, and his experiences with hypnosis since 1998 have allowed him to successfully treat over 7,000 children. He served as a professor of pediatrics and medicine and the director of pediatric pulmonology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, for 21 years. Dr. Anbar has been the principal investigator in 10 published case studies of pediatric hypnosis and involved in research trials of children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary disorders. He is a published author of more than 50 articles, abstracts, and book chapters on pediatric functional disorders and pediatric hypnosis. He is the author of Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis: A Journey to the Center. Dr. Anbar has been the recipient of numerous awards including SCEH’s 2002 Roy M. Dorcus Award for Best Clinical Paper on Hypnosis and ASCH’s 2015 and 2022 William Wester Awards for Excellence in Child Hypnosis.

    Date: November 20, 2022, 10am-1:10pm EST

    Cost: $45 for Non Members; Registration fee included in Membership fees for NESCH Members in good standing.

    At least 30 days notice is required for full refund.  There is a $30 cancellation fee for cancellations after October 21, 2022

    Continuing Education: 3 CE and 3 CME credits have been applied for with the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Salem Hospital (APA-approved sponsor), and the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Work. Approvals will be posted when recieved.

    Please note that attendance for the entire program is required to earn continuing education credit for this program. Partial credit is not available.

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