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!

The 2023 Fundamentals: Level 1 Training in Clinical Hypnosis is at capacity.


Dates:*May 5, 2023: Virtual
May 6-7, 2023: In-Person
Times:See Agenda Below (all times CST)
CEUs:21 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 CEHs are anticipated. We have applied for CE credits with the following boards:

  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Approved)
  • 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 1Wolf
9:30–10:15Hypnotic Principles and Stages IIBemel
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
ALL TIMES CSTPresentationFaculty
7:45–8:15Breakfast/Social Time
8:15–8:30 Welcome, Questions
8:30–8:45ASCH Membership and CertificationStoos
8:45–9:30Hypnotic PhenomenaRusinoff
9:30–10:00Group Hypnotic ExperienceRusinoff
10:15–10:45Introduction to Small Group PracticeStoos
10:45–11:00Demonstration of Group #1: Diaphragmatic Breathing, Rapport Elicitation, and ReorientationSmall Group Faculty
11:00–12:30Small Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #1Small Group Faculty
1:30–2:30Intensification of the Hypnotic ExperienceStoos
2:30–3:15Integrating Hypnosis into Clinical Practice: Improving Health and ResilienceClavel/Harrington
3:30–3:45Demonstration of Group #2: Eye Fixation, Rapport, Elicitation, Intensification, and ReorientationSmall Group Faculty
3:45-5:15Small Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #2Small Group Faculty
5:15–5:30Closing, Raffle and Questions
ALL TIMES CSTPresentationFaculty
7:45-8:15Breakfast & Social Time
8:30-9:15Ego StrengtheningStoos
9:15-10:00Hypnosis with ChildrenBemel
10:00-10:15Demonstration of Group #3: Eye Roll, Rapport, Elicitation, Intensification, Ego-Strengthening, Suggestions, and ReorientationSmall Group Faculty: Bemel
10:30-12:30Small Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #3Small Group Faculty
1:30-2:00Ethical Principles and Professional ConductBemel
2:00-3:00Treatment Planning, Strategy and Technique Selection in HypnosisSiegel*
3:00-3:15Demonstration of Group #4: Chaisson or Arm Levitation, Rapport, Elicitation, Intensification, Hypnotic Phenomenon, Ego-Strengthening, Suggestions, and ReorientationWolf
3:30-5:30Small Group Practice of Hypnotic Process #4 Small Group Faculty
5:30-5:45Closing, Review, Evaluations, Raffle

2023 Faculty

Cheryl Bemel, PhD is a licensed psychologist. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, training dentists and dental students in psychophysiological management of pain techniques with patients. Dr. Bemel has proudly deployed with the Minnesota Behavioral Health Medical Reserve Corps to provide Psychological First Aid at national disaster sites. Dr. Bemel is a former provider of trauma services within Minneapolis Police Department’s Child Development Policing Project. She has also provided care as a Crisis Psychologist in hospital emergency rooms. Currently, she is a provider within Allina Health Medical Clinics, as well as in her own independent practice. Dr. Bemel is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. For more information, about her practice, visit www.drcherylbemel.com

Alfred Clavel serves as the Medical Director of the Hennepin County Pain Clinic and Research Center and directs the Acute Pain Consultative Service, located at the Hennepin County Medical Center. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Clavel completed a four-year residency in Neurology at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in Clinical Electrophysiology and Clinical Pain Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Clavel is a co-owner and Medical Director of MN Head & Neck Pain Clinic. He currently sees patients in their Plymouth and St. Paul clinic locations. He also practices at Fairview Palliative and Pain Clinic.

Kevin Harrington Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist currently working in private practice in Bloomington Minnesota. Dr. Harrington utilizes hypnosis in his work with children, adolescent, adults and families. Dr. Harrington has been teaching hypnosis to healthcare providers nationally and internationally for over 25 years. In 2009, he was awarded the Kohen Outstanding Clinician Award from MSCH for outstanding leadership in clinical practice, teaching, and utilization of therapeutic hypnosis. His private practice includes providing parenting seminars, training and supervision of healthcare providers, consultation to schools and psychotherapy for families, children, adolescents and adults.

Kris Kampsula is a Mental Health Professional at Hazelden Betty Ford and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and works with individuals, couples and families. She is trained in EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis. She specializes in treating trauma and addiction, and relational dysfunction.

Heather Klein is a licensed psychologist at the Parkdale Therapy Group. She is trained in narrative therapy and hypnosis and incorporates solution-focused, mindfulness, hypnosis, and creative/playful approaches into the therapeutic process. Heather works with individuals experiencing a variety of life transitions/changes, anxiety, and depression. She uses the client’s expertise, metaphors, and collaboration to build the foundation of therapy. Heather also provides supervision to post-doctoral level psychologists and conducts workshops for mental health providers and members of the community. She is on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). She has served as the editor of the MSCH Images Newsletter, and is currently serving as Co-President as well as the Small Group Coordinator for MSCH’s annual conference. Heather is an Approved Consultant through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).

Jack Rusinoff is a Masters Level Licensed Psychologist who previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Psychology and is in his second term on the Board. Mr. Rusinoff earned his BA in Psychology and Sociology from State University of New York in Potsdam, NY and a Masters degree in Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.  Mr. Rusinoff is a Sex Offense Treatment Professional at Minnesota Department of Corrections and an ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers) Fellow. He has been a faculty member of the MSCH annual Introductory Workshop since 1993. In 2009, Jack was awarded the Wark Outstanding Teacher Award from MSCH for excellence in teaching, advising, program innovation and development, and education leadership.

Ann Schissel is a Doctoral-level Licensed Psychologist.  She is currently in private practice at CenterLife Counseling and teaches as an Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Counseling Psychology Doctorate Program. Ann also serves on the Board of Directors as MSCH secretary.

Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in Minneapolis and sees parents and children in her private practice. Carol’s primary clinical focus is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. This may include depression, stress, adoption, foster care, trauma, abuse or neglect. Carol is also a consultant to clinicians and home-visiting programs around Minnesota. She teaches in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota and is endorsed by the Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor. Carol is also serves on the Board of Directors as current co-President MSCH

Jennifer Stoos is a member of MSCH, and ASCH, and an Approved Consultant. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MN Board and  American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Approved Supervisor, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Approved Consultant, and Past President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH).  In 2019 Jennifer was the recipient of the Kohen Outstanding Clinician Award from MSCH for outstanding leadership in clinical practice, teaching, and utilization of therapeutic hypnosis. She has been using hypnosis with couples and individuals since 2007. Jennifer has a private practice at Rekindle Counseling.

Ben Wolf is a licensed clinical social worker currently working in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a current member and past president of MSCH. He has been utilizing hypnosis in his work with adolescents, adults, and couples for over 10 years. Mr Wolf specializes in treating anxiety, depression, complex trauma and eating disorders.

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, 2023 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