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Level 1 Course in Clinical Hypnosis Workshop

  • 09 Feb 2024
  • 8:30 AM
  • 11 Feb 2024
  • 3:30 PM
  • Virtual online course via zoom
  • 11


  • Associate level members of OSCH - Student, Interns and Residents
  • The Basic Course in Clinical Hypnosis 3 day training. Current member of OSCH.
  • Registration for the general public licensed health care provider non member and non student.
  • Those enrolled in a graduate program and not an OSCH member. Must have proof of enrollment
  • Registration for OSCH members wishing to retake course or non-members who took their level 1 from OSCH
  • Late Registration Associate member
  • Late registration for regular members
  • Late registration - Those enrolled in a graduate program, non member of OSCH
  • Late registration

Registration is closed

The 61st Annual Training 

 OSCH Level 1 Clinical Hypnosis: the Fundamentals

This will be a virtual online course offering.   

The 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 elicitation, suggestions, and treatment.

Participants will learn about:

  • What hypnosis is: definitions, steps and misperceptions
  • Hypnotic phenomena
  • Trance elicitation, intensifying, and reorienting techniques
  • Hypnotic communication: the language and suggestion
  • Handling resistance
  • Applying hypnosis in your practice 
  • Hypnosis with adults and children
  • Neurophysiology of hypnosis
  • Screening, determining client fit for use of hypnosis - contraindications
  • The ethical considerations in using hypnosis
  • Mentored practice groups for application and skill development

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 and Saturday 8:30 am- 6 pm, Sunday 8:30 am -3:30 pm (Listed hours: Pacific time zone)

Workshop Schedule Overview: This is a draft schedule from last year which will be similar to the 2024 schedule Level 1_OSCH 2023 draft.pdf

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Course Scholarship: BIPOC Scholarship The deadline to apply for our February 2024 course is January 10th at 5 pm Pacific time. 

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 consultation and skills practice 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 is approved by ASCH for 22 CE hours. NASW OR has approved this course for 22 CE hours and meets guidelines for the 20 hours of Level 1 training towards certification. In the past NASW OR has identified 3 Ethics and 19 Clinical continuing education credits.    Both are accepted by most licensing boards; check with your clinical board to determine what is accepted for continuing education If your license requires specific information to get CE approval please contact the course director for assistance. 

Course Registration:  

Early Bird Pricing:  Until January 21, 2024: $425 OSCH members, $550 non-OSCH members, $245 OSCH Associate Members (Students/Interns) and Students/Intern non members $310. Late registration from January 22, 2024: members $525, non-members $650 and Associate member $300, student non member $350.   Registration closes end of day February 3, 2024.  If you have missed the registration deadline please call the course director, Debbie Bensching, 503-957-1164 for possible late admission. 

Member rates offered to other ASCH component society members.

GROUP RATES: $50 discount per person for groups of 3 or more.  Groups must 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 debbie@debbiebensching.com

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 or a component 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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