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    • 2023-01-22
    • 10:00 AM - 1:10 PM
    • Live Webinar via Zoom
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    Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Change Disorders

    Presenter:  David B. Reid, Psy.D.

    Overview: Unwanted habits seem to control people more than people control their habits. Whether the persistent behavior involves nail biting, smoking, overeating, or alcohol abuse, the pesky habit desires to claim victory in the end regardless of the resistance or efforts employed to ward it off. 

    Clinical hypnosis, whether facilitated by another or self-directed (i.e., self-hypnosis), has been shown to be an effective means of enhancing smoking cessation (Green & Lynn, 2018), weight management (Milling, Gover, & Moriarty, 2018), and nail biting (Kohen, 2018) in particular. Hassan, Zagarins, Pischke, Saiyed, Bettencourt, et al., (2014) found hypnosis to be more effective than nicotine replacement in improving smoking abstinence in hospitalized smokers. It is also apparent that group interventions employing hypnosis are as equally efficacious in smoking cessation as individual therapy that includes hypnosis (Riegel, 2013). As clinicians we can evoke therapeutic, conscious and unconscious resources for our clients in many ways, though in this workshop we will explore evocation of client resources through trance facilitated by clinical hypnosis (Reid, 2016).

    This proposed workshop will provide attendees with opportunities to discuss and formulate hypnosis treatment plans, as well as implement hypnotic interventions (e.g., age regression, age progression, alert trance, posthypnotic suggestions) for the treatment of unwanted habits that promote disease, body-dysfunction, and co-morbid emotional and behavioral challenges. Furthermore, this workshop will minimize the apparent gap that exists for many clinicians who lack knowledge, understanding, and strategic application of clinical hypnosis interventions for treating unwanted habits.

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

    1. Develop a treatment plan including hypnosis interventions to patients presenting with habit control challenges. Participants will complete a hypnosis treatment plan for two case studies that will be provided by the instructor.
    2. Articulate and practice hypnosis interventions including but not limited to time regression and time progression as a new method of treatment for habit control.
    3. Construct three metaphors appropriate for treatment of habit concerns (one each for smoking cessation, weight management, and nail biting).
    4. Construct three posthypnotic suggestions for two case studies provided by the instructor. Participants will have the opportunity to practice posthypnotic suggestions while working in dyads.
    5. Identify three hypnotic interventions that can be used to minimize triggers associated with two unwanted habits.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Reid is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Fellow, and Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and a member of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He is an Award Winning author of Hypnosis for Behavioral Health: Professional’s Guide to Expanding Your Practice (Springer Publishing Company), and co-author of Permanent Habit Control: Practitioners’ Guide to Using Hypnosis and Other Alternative Health Strategies (Springer Publishing Company). Dr. Reid also serves as a Science Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, and Chair of the SCEH Certification Committee. He has received numerous awards from ASCH and SCEH for my contributions to both societies, as well as my peer-reviewed published papers on clinical hypnosis. Dr. Reid is an adjunct professor at Saybrook University and the President-elect of Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association. He also maintains a private practice at Augusta Psychological Associates in Central Virginia.

    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 December 23, 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.

    Attendance for the entire program is required to earn continuing education credit for this program. Partial credit is not available.

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    • 2023-03-11
    • 10:00 AM
    • 2023-03-26
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    This training enables practitioners who have taken an ASCH approved Level I (Basic) hypnosis workshop to add to and refine their clinical skills in the use of hypnosis and its applications. 

    Topics to be covered include: advanced inductions, working with children, treatment of pain, functional disorders, anxiety, psychological trauma, and the use of metaphors and creativity in hypnosis. Includes 20 hours of lectures and small group practice.

    Continuing Education

    We apply for CE and CME credits for all our educational activities. CME & CE approval will be posted as they are recieved. 
    **Tuition does not cover $30 CE & CME fees. 

    March 11-12, 2023 & March 25-26, 2023 (2 weekends)
    Virtual via  Zoom


    NESCH members: $460 (Membership must be active and in good standing)
    Non members: $560
    Students/trainees:  $210 (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. 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

    An ASCH approved Level II Workshop is required for ASCH certification in clinical hypnosis 

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