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Level 1 Course: Fundamentals in Clinical Hypnosis Workshop

  • 21 Feb 2020
  • 8:30 AM
  • 23 Feb 2020
  • 3:30 PM
  • Serenity Lane Outpatient Facility - 10920 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland 97219


  • The Basic Course in Clinical Hypnosis 3 day training. Current member of OSCH.
  • Registration for the general public non member and non student.
  • Associate level members of OSCH - Student, Interns and Residents
  • Those enrolled in a graduate program and not an OSCH member. Must have proof of enrollment
  • Registration for members wishing to retake course
  • Late registration 2/1 -2/9
  • Associate member Late registration 2/1 - 2/8
  • Late registration - Those enrolled in a graduate program, non member of OSCH
  • Late registration 2/1-7, 2019

Registration is closed

The 57th Annual OSCH Level 1 Fundamentals in Clinical Hypnosis course provides a solid foundation to get started using clinical hypnosis. It is also a great course for anyone who has stepped away from hypnosis and is in need of a refresher. Registration includes the course and a post course optional follow-up practice session. 

The course covers the principles and process of hypnosis for use in diverse clinical settings.  Participants will learn the principles and process of hypnotic inductions and elicitation, suggestions, and treatment.

Participants will learn about:

  • The history of hypnosis
  • Hypnotic phenomena and hypnotizability
  • Trance Elicitation (Induction), intensifying, and reorienting techniques
  • The use of metaphor and hypnotic language
  • Handling resistance
  • Applying hypnosis in your practice 
  • Hypnosis with children
  • Memory and hypnosis
  • Screening, determining client fit for use of hypnosis - contraindications
  • The ethical considerations in using hypnosis

The course is a mix of didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and opportunity to practice in safe, faculty led small groups.  Small group mentored practice is tailored to the learning needs and style of each participant.

At the end of the 3 day course participants will have been taught the basic skills needed to utilize clinical hypnosis and begin using it in a practice setting.  Course hours: Friday February 21st check in and late registration 8 am - 8:30 am. Friday & Saturday 8:30am-5:40 pm, Sunday 8:00 am-3:15 pm. Lunch on your own. This course is held in Portland Oregon. 

The Practice session follow-up: Saturday May 2, 2020 from 9 am to noon. This practice session will be held in two locations - Portland and Eugene. Details will be provided at the course and is optional. Cost to attend is included in your course registration fee. 

Workshop Schedule Overview: Level 1 Basic Schedule.pdf

 Course Flyer Level 1 2020.pdf, please download and distribute. 

Additionally, OSCH offers a mentor program for those who complete the course to have support and guidance in integrating course material into practice.  Post course practice skills groups are also available to OSCH members. 

CE Credits:

The OSCH Level 1 Course content is consistent with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) training guidelines.  The course meets guidelines for the 20 hours of Level 1 training for certification.

The course is approve for 21  hours of Continuing Education Credits by NASW OR, (3.5 Ethics, 17.5 clinical).  Both are accepted by most licensing boards; check with your clinical board if you have questions.  

Course Registration: 

Early Bird Pricing:  Until January 31, 2020: $400 OSCH members, $490 non-OSCH members, Associate Members (Students/Interns) $220 and Students/Intern non members $250. Late registration from February 1-7, 2020: members $500, non-members $590 and $250 Associate member, $300 student non member.   Registration closes end of day 2/7/2020.  If you have missed the registration deadline please call the course director, Debbie Bensching, 503-957-1164 for possible late admission. 

GROUP RATES: $50 discount per person on above fees when 3 or more register together.  Contact course director for group registration. 

Hypnosis: Clinical hypnosis is evidence based, client centered, cost effective, appropriate for all ages, diverse healthcare disciplines, and  incorporates the science of neurobiology and brain plasticity. Hypnosis allows for more effective utilization of the client’s or patients innate resources and enhances a range of communication skills that facilitate reaching therapeutic goals.  Suggestion is an inevitable part of any treatment.  In learning hypnosis one is better able to understand current uses of language in treatment and how to increase and diversify the range of skills in suggesting therapeutic possibilities. 

Questions?: Course Director Debbie Bensching, 503-944-5032 or debbensching@comcast.net

Participants must be licensed health care professionals or mental health providers licensed for independent practice.  Residents, interns, and students enrolled in a graduate program may enroll for the course; proof of status will be required. 

Course Review: If you have attended an OSCH Level 1 course in the past or are a current member of OSCH who has had Level 1 through ASCH you may take the course as review at a discounted rate.  Please contact the course director for details. Verification of prior attendance is required.

Event Cancellation Refund Policy: 

Cancellation refund requests submitted in writing to info@oregonhypnosis.org at least 21 days before the start of the workshop will receive an 100% refund of the amount paid less a $25 administrative charge.  Cancellation refund requests received 20 -15 days before the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund of the amount paid less a $25 administrative charge.  No refund will be issued for requests made with 14 days notice or less. 

OSCH reserves the right to provide a member or 'workshop registrant 'a full refund or credit toward a future workshop in special circumstances for compassionate relief at OSCH leadership board discretion.

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