“Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Integrating Somatic and Ego State Techniques”

The Minnesota Society for Clinical Hypnosis is delighted to welcome Dr. Janina Fisher as our speaker for the 2022 MSCH Annual Conference. Dr. Fisher is interested in the use of hypnosis in somatic and ego state techniques in the treatment of trauma. Dr. Fisher will present via ZOOM. This presentation will be recorded and available for two weeks after the presentation.

DatesJune 16, 17, & 18, 2022
TimesSee Agendas Below (all times CST)
CEUs13.5 CEUs, additional 3 in-person training hours (not pre-approved CEUs) for those who join us in person **. This presentation will be recorded and will be available for two weeks after the presentation.
LocationDr. Fisher will be presenting via Zoom. You may either 1) Register to see her presentation in your own location via Zoom, or 2) Join us in Minnesota at the Wilder Center, St. Paul, MN to view her presentation on screen, with live break-out groups, three hours of extra live presentations, and networking breakfasts and lunches.

**This MN Society of Clinical Hypnosis conference is designed to meet continuing education requirements for many clinical disciplines. The following boards are expected to provide 13.5 CEH approval:

  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Approved
  • MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MN Board of Psychology – Approved

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.

MSCH 2022 Annual Conference

Janina Fisher, PhD


Dr. Fisher will present via ZOOM on the use of hypnosis with ego state and somatic techniques in the treatment of trauma.

In the context of abusive parenting, the ability to dissociate or alter consciousness offers a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.”  This deeply painful failure of self-acceptance is adaptive in childhood but results in lifelong shame and self-loathing, difficulty self-soothing, and complications in relationships with others.  Without internal compassion and some sense of worth, it is difficult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others.

To overcome alienation from self, therapy must focus on cultivating clients’ mindful awareness of their disowned ego states and disowned experience. As clients discover their trauma-related younger selves and bring them “home,” they spontaneously begin to feel an internal sense of safety that changes their felt sense of abandonment and betrayal.  By integrating somatic strategies inspired by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with ego state techniques, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to our clients’ most deeply disowned selves.


  • Describe 3 specific effects of early attachment trauma on the relationship to self
  • List 3 symptoms caused by trauma-related dissociative splitting
  • Identify 2 effects of autonomic dysregulation on the ability to focus and calm
  • Identify 3 signs indicative of disowned dissociated ego states
  • Describe 2 manifestations of internal conflicts between parts
  • Identify 2 mindfulness-based techniques that increase awareness across different ego states
  • Articulate 2 advantages to using parts language with fragmented clients
  • Describe “blending” as a hypnotic state
  • Identify 2 interventions for facilitating dual awareness
  • Articulate 2 techniques for initiating internal dialogue between ego states
  • Identify 2 uses of hypnotic suggestion for facilitating internal compassion
  • Describe 3 specific techniques for working with suicidal and self-destructive parts
  • Describe 3 somatic interventions that increase hypnotic connection to young ego states
  • Articulate 2 uses of hypnotic suggestion that evoke increased compassion for young ego states
  • Identify 2 interventions that foster “earned secure attachment” as the outcome of attachment bonding between clients and wounded ego states


Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation.  Dr. Fisher is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  More information can be found on her website: www.janinafisher.com.  

Eligibility & Target Audience

This conference is ideal for health professionals who have had previous formal training in clinical hypnosis. Participants should have previous experience in performing hypnotic inductions and facilitating hypnotic phenomena.

Our Target Audience includes 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.


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




Alfred Clavel, MD – Faculty

Angie Gwiazdon, MSE, LMFT

Mark B. Weisberg, PhD, ABPP – Faculty

Registration Information

This event will be recorded, and the recording will be available for two weeks after the event for those registered.

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Cancellation Policy: Before May 31 Full Refund MINUS $50 Admin fee.



IN-Person Registration is No Longer Available