A not-for-profit professional society providing education in the uses of hypnosis in clinical practice

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2018: 2:30-4:30 PM


Phyllis Gildston, PhD


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Milton Erickson's noblest prescription concerned shaping therapeutic interventions to conform to the patients' unique qualities and value systems. An overview of the most valued work in the field of Clinical Hypnosis will be reviewed.


1-Be able to state the subtleties, challenges and benefits of Ericksonian Hypnosis.

2-Be able to explain why Milton Ericson had such an enormous influence on many uses of hypnosis.

3-Be able to cite at least three published criticisms with current patients.

4-Be able to employ some basic Ericksonian techniques with current patients.



FEBRUARY 10th, 2019: 2:30-4:30 PM


Linda LaMarca, PhD, ABPP-CN


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A traumatic brain injury [TBT] causes numerous cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms that are often persistent and contribute to long-term functional disability. Common hypnotic techniques can be modified and applied to assist in the treatment of these symptoms following TBI to result in more positive treatment outcomes. Theoretical reasons for the choice of specific hypnotic techniques will be discussed and case examples will be provided.


1- Specify the 'recent' neurological finds underlying hypnotic phenomena and mechanisms of traumatic brain injury.

2-Describe how specific hypnotic techniques can be used to address common emotional reactions following a TBI, including depression, anxiety, anger, and grief.

3-Describe how specific hypnotic techniques can be used to address common cognitive impairments following a TBI, including attention, processing speed, and word finding difficulties.

4- Describe how specific hypnotic techniques can be used to address common physical symptoms following a TBI, including headaches, neck and back pain, and poor balance.



SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019: 2:30-4:30 pm


Lewis J. Kass, M.D., FAAP


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Children are always in a creative and imaginative trance-like state. This might seem to make the pediatric hypnotherapist's job easier, or perhaps challenging and difficult. While the trance may frequently be right there, understanding a child's developmental level and degree of autonomy and the necessary language to use [or not to use] in order to establish rapport and trust is where the differences are compared to working with adults. An introduction to working with clinical hypnosis in the pediatric population in terms of concepts, history and techniques will be presented.


1-Children are not little adults.

2-Need to establish "Rapport, rapport, rapport."

3-The importance of language used in pediatric population.

4-In Ericksonian fashion, be able to utilize what the child brings to the table.

5-Hopefully the talk will serve as a springboard to attend to all-pediatric course.   



 SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2019: 2:30 -4:30 pm


Peter Gardner, M.D.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been estimated to affect 11% of people worldwide with
a greater percent in the United States. Treatments often yield suboptimal results.
Hypnotherapy has been established as an underused but effective therapy for IBS as well as
other GI conditions, such as esophageal spasm. An overview of the medical conditions, medical
therapies, and strategy of hypnotherapy for several of these conditions will be presented.

1. To understand the underpinnings of the GI diseases to which hypnosis will be directed.
2. To be able to separate those aspects of the conditions on which hypnosis may have a direct
effect from those in which it’s unlikely to do so.
3. To understand the direct and metaphorical suggestions of the available* protocols for IBS
and Esophageal Spasm.
4. To be able to formulate direct and metaphorical suggestions for various GI conditions.


SUNDAY, JUNE 9th, 2019 : 2:30-4:30PM

“Inductions, Demonstrations and Practice” 

       NYSCH Faculty

Lewis Kass, MD
Marlene L. Levy, PhD, DAIPM 
Herbert Feldman, M.D., DABFM, DAIPM 
Ita O'Sullivan, RN, NP 
Peter Gardner, M.D.
Richard M. Tuck, PsyD 
Susan Lee Bady, LCSW, BCD 
Linda LaMarca, PhD 
Phyllis Gildston, PhD


Course Description:

Faculty member will present varied induction demonstrations along with colleague participation.This very successful program will once again be presented offering presentations of difficult and interesting cases. In the first part, senior professionals on the NYSCH Board will discuss their work. In the second section, attendees will question the speakers as well as present some of their own difficult cases in order to receive feedback from the group.


Upon completion of the program, the participants will be able to:

1-Provide rationale for the selection of hypnotic techniques for two patients issues.

2-Demonstrate the application of techniques used for the treatments described above.

3-Discuss two areas of therapeutic resistance and resolution in the cases under discussion.


Location & Directions for Sunday 2hr training courses:

Port Washington Public Library 
One Library Drive, 3rd Floor [Hagedorn Room] 
Port Washington, NY 11050

The Port Washington Public Library is located at One Library Drive, opposite the Landmark on Main Street. 
Check our location on the Yahoo! map, or get travel directions from other locations on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.

Registration Fees for each of the 2hr. training courses [not the annual WORKSHOP]:

Professional Participants: $20.00
Student Participants: $10.00
NYSCH Members: No Charge

NYSCH membership dues 2018/2019: $100.00 yr.

*Participants sign in and pay their fee at the door upon arrival [cash or check].

 *A course evaluation form will be issued and must be filled out and handed in, to obtain a completion certificate.