2023 Level 1 for Wilder Registration

2023 Fundamentals: Level 1 Training in Clinical Hypnosis

This three-day workshop is for clinicians and health care workers who are ready to begin their ASCH Approved education in Clinical Hypnosis. It is designed for health care practitioners who are new to hypnosis. We are excited to welcome you!


Dates:*May 5, 2023: Virtual
May 6-7, 2023: In-Person
Times:See Agenda Below (all times CST)
CEUs:21.5 CEUs (see details below)
Location:May 5, 2023: Virtual via Zoom (Day 1)
May 6-7, 2023: In-Person, St. Paul, MN (Days 2-3)
Register:Register for the Conference

*Please note: This is an in-person training, and there is no fully online option.

Continuing Education Credits

This MN Society of Clinical Hypnosis conference is designed to meet continuing education requirements for many clinical disciplines. 21.5 CEHs are anticipated. We have applied for CE credits with the following boards:

  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Applying for Approval
  • MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy – Applying for Approval
  • MN Board of Psychology – Applying for Approval

Professionals in other related clinical disciplines, as well as those working outside of Minnesota, can submit CEH certificates to their corresponding boards for independent approval. Actual CEH amounts will be dependent upon your specific licensure board and attendance.

This training does not have a fully virtual option. To complete this training you must be able to be in attendance in St. Paul, MN, on the second two days.


Clinical hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic that draws upon the skills, adaptability, and creativity of clinicians. It has been used in medical, dental, and psychological treatment for hundreds of years. Clinical hypnosis incorporates understanding of current concepts of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuroplasticity with effective patient relationship and communication skills.

Hypnosis is defined as a state of consciousness involving focused attention, reduced awareness of outside stimuli, and enhanced suggestibility. Through the use of clinical hypnosis, impediments to change are reduced and client awareness of inner capacities increase. The benefits of using clinical hypnosis in treatment situations include:

• Rapid establishment of rapport and identification of therapeutic goals

• Facilitation of change, reduction of barriers, ego-strengthening, and personal mastery

• Cost-effective, collaborative, and person-centered treatment

• Patient acquisition of life-long skills for better physical and mental health

The MSCH Level 1 training is a standardized training prescribed by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). It is the first of a series of training workshops that comprise ASCH certification in clinical hypnosis. The MSCH Level 1 training is taught by faculty from various health care disciplines who will demonstrate and teach participants the concepts, principles, and processes of hypnosis. The training includes didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and faculty-led small group practice. At the successful completion of the Level 1 training, participants will have been taught the knowledge and skills necessary to begin to integrate clinical hypnosis into their clinical practice. They will also be eligible for ASCH membership as well as participation in Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced ASCH or ASCH-approved workshops.

Eligibility & Target Audience*

Health care professionals with a Doctoral Degree in Medicine, Dentistry, or Psychology; persons holding a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, or Clinical or Counseling Psychology who are licensed by the state/province in which they practice; Registered Nurses with advanced sub-specialty training and certification or a Master’s Degree; or students actively enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree in any of the foregoing or a four-year bachelor’s degree that ends in certification in such a field. Master’s level, licensed health professionals (e.g., Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, et. al.) are also welcome and encouraged to attend.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following in their clinical practices:

• Identify and demonstrate at least three ways to facilitate hypnotic trance and to appropriately re-orient a patient from trance state.

• Demonstrate at least three strategies for facilitating intensification of trance.

• Describe at least four clinical conditions in which hypnotic strategies might be successfully utilized.

A full list of objectives for each section will be available at the time of the workshop.

2023 Agenda

Note: This is an approximate schedule that will be updated over time.

DAY ONE: Friday, May 5, 2023
Online Zoom
ALL TIMES CSTPresentationFaculty
8:00–8:15Welcome and Faculty Introductions
8:15–8:45Introduction to Clinical HypnosisStoos
8:45–9:30Hypnotic Principles and Stages 1Schissel
9:30–10:15Hypnotic Principles and Stages IIBemel/Klein
10:30-11:15Anatomy of a Hypnotic ExperienceWolf
11:15–12:30Neurophysiology of HypnosisSchissel
12:30–1:30Lunch Break
Fundamentals of Hypnotic Communication and Formulation of SuggestionsSiegel
2:15–3:00Tailoring Hypnosis for your Client/PatientStoos
3:15–4:00Patient/Client Assessment, Presenting Hypnosis to the Patient/ClientBemel
4:00–4:45Self-Hypnosis: How and What to Teach PatientsStoos
4:45–5:00Questions and Closing Remarks

DAY TWO: Saturday, May 6, 2023
, St. Paul, MN

DAY THREE: Sunday, May 7, 2023 (ALL TIMES CST)
, St. Paul, MN

2023 Faculty

Cheryl Bemel, PhD – Faculty/ Small Group Facilitator

Alfred Clavel, MD – Faculty

Kevin Harrington PhD – Faculty

Kristen Kampsula, LMFT, LADC

Heather Klein, PhD, LP – Faculty/ Small Group Facilitator

Jack S. Rusinoff, MA, LP, ATSA Fellow – Faculty

Ann Schissel, PhD – Small Group Facilitator

Carol Siegel, PhD – Small Group Facilitator

Jennifer Stoos, MA, MDiv, LMFT- Faculty/ Small Group Facilitator

Ben Wolf, LICSW

Registration Information

If you are not a member your registration includes a free membership to the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis for one year!

Be sure to add deb@msch.us to your email contact list to ensure you receive all workshop notifications!

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund before April 10, 2022 MINUS $50 Admin Fee



This year we have a new option for Level I Participants. You may 1) Sign up for the Fundamentals training alone, or 2) Sign up for the Fundamentals Training, AND the June training with Carolyn Daitch, PhD, a wonderful presenter for new students of clinical hypnosis. Her work on anxiety is accessible, clear, and immediately useful. Students who sign up for both the Level 1 and Daitch presentations will have access to a small group practice session between the presentations, and receive a discount on the Daitch workshop.

Level I: FundamentalsLevel I AND Dr. Carolyn Daitch
Wilder Employee$250$500

Register Now!

See our registration fees and the option of registering for two conferences