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    • 2023-10-14
    • 10:00 AM
    • 2023-10-29
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual Workshop via Zoom
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    2023 Max Shapiro Level 1 Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis

     October 14-15 & 28-29, 2023, 10:00 am EST to 5:30 pm EST each day 

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

    Workshop Description: In this intensive workshop participants receive in-depth training in both the theory and practice of clinical hypnosis from some of New England's leading hypnosis practitioners.  The workshop is composed of a mix of didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and faculty led small group practice tailored to the specific needs, interests, and learning styles of workshop participants. Clinical hypnosis deepens the work of mind-body practices such as mindfulness meditation. Adding hypnosis allows our clients/patients to become even more deeply aware of their inner states and fosters awareness of their own strengths, resources and problem-solving abilities. There has been extensive research demonstrating its effectiveness in treating a number of mind-body conditions, and in expediting habit change, facilitating pain management and enhancing treatment of depression and anxiety.

    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: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis approval has been applied for.  22 CEUs and CMEs have been applied for. 

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

    Cost:  Regular: $650 

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

    Professionals working in community agencies: $300 

    To support our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to ensure this valuable therapeutic approach is available to underserved communities, we offer a reduced fee of $300 to professionals working in community agencies serving BIPOC and underserved communities. Applicants for the reduced fee will be asked to provide a brief description of their work with these communities.

    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 Santungwana at

    • 2023-11-05
    • 10:00 AM - 1:10 PM
    • Live Webinar via Zoom
    • 94

    Useful Biology to Know When Utilizing Clinical Hypnosis

    Presenter:  Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C. 

    Overview: Practitioners of Clinical Hypnosis can benefit greatly by understanding human biology and how it can be affected by interpersonal relationship and by the practice of Clinical Hypnosis. Foundational to that understanding is the knowledge that human biology functions in a manner that is encompassed by the word, “Wholeness.” In our biology physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social distinctions are not real biologically. We made the distinctions up based on limited knowledge, limited beliefs, and the need to communicate and to explore human experience. Anything affecting any part of an individual is affecting all of that individual biologically.

    In addition, understanding human biology allows us to understand how our interaction with others affects the others’ biology either positively or negatively, as well as affecting our own biology positively or negatively. Thus our behavior and interactions as practitioners of whatever we practice has very real biological effects therapeutically or erosively, thus healing or not,  and aiding or impeding whatever therapies we apply from outside. All human interaction matters, and understanding the biology can assist our therapeutic endeavors.

    Learning Goals

    1. Attendees will be able to describe the “Wholeness” of human biology based on gene expression.
    2. Attendees will be able to describe the biology of the human Autonomic Nervous System and how its function is impacted by Practitioners and the Utilization of Clinical Hypnosis.
    3. Attendees will be able to discuss the biology of pain, including perception and modulation, and how utilization of Clinical Hypnosis can alter acute and chronic pain.
    4. Attendees will be able to describe the biological connection of childhood trauma to adult physical distress including pain.

      Learning Program  
    10:00 a.m.  Introduction to Workshop
    10:05 a.m.  The wholeness of human biology based on gene expression 
    11:15 a.m.  Biology of the Autonomic Nervous System 
    11:45 a.m.  Bio break
    11:55 a.m.  Biology of Pain 
     12:30 p.m.  Connection of Childhood Trauma
     12:55 p.m.  Q & A 


    Hori, Hiroaki and Kim, Yoshiharu. Inflammation and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 73: 143-153, 2019

    Miller, CWT. Epigenetic and Neural Circuitry Landscape of Psychotherapeutic Interventions. Psychiatry Journal Volume 2017, Article ID 5491812, 38 pages

    Sunzini, Flavia, Schrepf, Andrew, Clauw, Daniel J., and Basu, N.  The Biology of Pain: Through the Rheumatology Lens. Arthritis & Rheumatology Vol 75, No.5, May 2023, pp650-660

    About the Presenter: A dedicated physician and believer in using hope, humor and education to empower personal responsibility, Dr. Zarren has been caring for patients on the North Shore of Massachusetts since1975. He practiced medicine as a cardiologist and internist for 32 years, and in 2001, Dr. Zarren focused his career on wellness, nutrition, and healing through Clinical Hypnosis and Healing Relationship.

    Dr. Zarren trained in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, served in the United States Navy from 1971-1973, trained in Cardiology at Tufts - New England Medical Center from 1973 - 1975, and practiced in private practice from 1975 - 2001.

    He has taken his life experience, medical experience and extensive training in Clinical Hypnosis to his private practice. His work is based on current knowledge of gene expression and brain plasticity.

    Date: November 5, 2023, 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 6, 2023

    Continuing Education: We have applied for for 3 CE for social workers. We will post approvals once recieved. 

    MassPsych is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 psychology CEs. 

    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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