Adding Hypnosis to your Clinical Practice

‎AAPB Virtual Workshop

April 20-22, 2022 from 12 pm to 2 pm EASTERN each day‎
Three-day event, 6 CE credits available








Presented by

  • Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV, BCN - Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences ‎
  • Eric K. Willmarth, PhD, BCB - Department Chair, Department of Applied Psychophysiology, Saybrook University

Dr. Moss and Dr. Willmarth are licensed psychologists and both are certified in biofeedback ‎and hypnosis.‎



•    AAPB Member Price: $125‎
•    Non Member Price: $225‎


Wednesday, April 20, 2022‎
Thursday, April 21, 2022‎
Friday, April 22, 2022‎


‎12 pm - 2 pm Eastern‎
‎11 am - 1 pm Central‎
‎10 am - 12 pm Mountain‎
‎9 am - 11 am Pacific‎
‎(6 hours over three days)‎


CE Credits

‎6 CE credits available for full event participation.‎


Virtual Workshop Description

This three-part workshop will highlight the usefulness of integrating hypnosis techniques and ‎hypnotically-based language and communication into biofeedback, neurofeedback, and ‎psychotherapy. Attendees learn basic principles in hypnosis technique. They will review ‎widely held fears and misconceptions about hypnosis and practice educating and ‎orienting patients for a hypnosis session. The presenters will describe the typical steps in a ‎classical hypnosis process – induction, deepening, therapeutic work, and re-alerting. The ‎presenters will also describe the less structured and more conversational Ericksonian ‎approach to clinical hypnosis. Attendees will also discuss the concept of utilization, ‎harnessing the client’s own words and imagery to individualize the therapeutic process.‎
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Attendees will each practice two simple hypnotic inductions and three deepening ‎techniques. Attendees will observe and practice using hypnosis to facilitate and deepen ‎relaxation states, and will observe and practice simple strategies such as calm scenes, ego ‎strengthening, and age regression. Attendees will observe and practice one self-hypnosis ‎technique, and explain approaches and techniques for guiding the patient to practice ‎self-hypnosis between sessions.‎
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Attendees will learn basic principles of ethics in hypnosis practice and review possible ‎adverse effects and guidelines for managing adverse reactions. Attendees will learn the ‎importance of re-alerting the patient to a full waking state at the close of each session. The ‎workshop will include one hour of case narratives and case anecdotes. ‎


Learning Objectives

In this workshop you will learn:‎

Day One - April 20‎

•    Discuss three commonly held misconceptions and fears about hypnosis and ‎practice wording rebuttals for each misconception.‎
•    Practice educating and orienting a patient for hypnotic experiences in ‎psychotherapy or other applications.‎
•    Describe three effective ways to build and reinforce rapport.‎

Day Two - April 21‎

•    Describe the typical steps in a formal hypnotic encounter, including induction, ‎deepening, therapeutic work, and re-alerting.‎
•    Describe at least four observable physiological and four ‎psychological/behavioral signs of trance.‎
•    Experience receiving and delivering clinical hypnosis and identify three ‎aspects of the individual experience of trance.‎
•    Discuss the importance of re-alerting the patient and removing suggestions at ‎the close of each session. ‎

Day Three - April 22‎

•    Describe the assessment of efficacy and clinical effectiveness in hypnosis.‎
•    Explain three basic principles in the ethical practice of clinical hypnosis. ‎
•    Describe reputable professional organizations in clinical hypnosis and ‎respected scholarly hypnosis journals and textbooks.‎
•    Explain the process for certification in clinical hypnosis, with ASCH, SCEH, and ‎the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis.‎


Target Audience:

This workshop will be valuable for biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners, as well as psychotherapists and counselors.


Content is designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content ‎area. Through this level of programming, the learner can become acquainted with the theoretical ‎underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. An introductory level program also ‎may serve as the foundation for subsequent intermediate and advanced learning. Introductory level ‎programming may also be related to an emerging area of knowledge or practice. Although this content ‎can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, an introductory level program may simply focus ‎on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge. ‎

‎*The primary goal of this particular program is to broaden the clinical, consultative, and research ‎knowledge bases of attendees and was deemed intermediate, by the definition above.‎


Clinicians and researchers who have some clinical experience of biofeedback.‎


Adverse effects for hypnosis are minimal. Most frequently, patients may report upsurges of painful emotions ‎painful memories, or anxiety. In most cases, reassurance and termination of the hypnotic session is helpful ‎in ending the adverse reactions. ‎
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The Elkins (2012) book cited above summarizes the evidence for clinical efficacy for a broad range of ‎hypnotic applications. ‎

The presenters have no financial interests to disclose.‎


Diversity Considerations:

The presenters will highlight the delivery and modification of ‎clinical hypnosis techniques in various communities, integrating community mores and values into the ‎hypnosis session. The presenters will present clinical anecdotes showing the potential for misunderstanding ‎and treatment failure, when divergent expectations and values are not understood. Examples will include ‎practice with religiously conservative patients, Native American communities, and an Asian family without ‎English comprehension. ‎

Delivery Method: ‎

Interactive workshop using telephone and Internet technology via Zoom with Chat feature.‎

For those psychologists using the modality of biofeedback and interested in the efficacy, science and ‎latest clinical applications. This session presents research relevant to psychological practice, education and ‎science; (2) it is our intention to host an offering to help psychologists to keep up with the most current ‎scientific evidence regarding assessment, intervention, and education; and (3) we believe that this ‎program would allow psychologists to increase competencies in order to improve services to patients.‎
This session IN NO WAY was a substitute for the basic academic education and training needed for entry to ‎the field of psychology.‎


About Our Presenters

Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV, BCN, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health ‎Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There, he has built training programs in ‎biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and ‎integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss is the Education Chair of the Society for Clinical ‎and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He is also the ethics chair and international certification ‎chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He has served as president of ‎Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, SCEH, and the Association ‎for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).  ‎
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Eric Willmarth, PhD, BCB, began teaching at Saybrook University in 2007 and currently serves ‎as the Chair of the Department of Applied Psychophysiology and the Coordinator for the ‎Integrative Mental Health Specialization. He has been a fully licensed clinical psychologist ‎working for the past 30+ years in the area of chronic pain management. He is certified in ‎Biofeedback, Clinical Hypnosis and Pain Management. He is currently the Past President of the ‎Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div. 30) and has served in the past as the President ‎of The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The American Society for Clinical ‎Hypnosis, the Michigan Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and the Michigan Society for ‎Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback. Beginning college as a Music Major, he played ‎bassoon in the orchestra, trombone in the jazz band and guitar in a rock band. He ‎continues to be interested in the psychology and health benefits of music and continues to ‎sing in his church choir. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 40 years ‎and has two sons and three grandsons. Life is good!‎

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Continuing Education Statements

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved ‎by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for ‎psychologists. The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback maintains ‎responsibility for the program and its content. ‎

There is no known commercial support for this program.‎
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This virtual workshop offers a MAXIMUM of 6 CE credits for maximum participation.‎
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BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance may be used to fulfill the continuing ‎education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.‎


Cancellation, Refund and Compliance Policy

Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to AAPB, via Phone: 800-477-8892, or via Email, AAPB is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will make every attempt to accommodate them in compliance with the ADA act.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law.  If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration.  We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification. Closed captioning is not available, however we will ensure any hearing impaired individuals can access the recording for CE verification.

Refund/Attendance Policy: Cancellations for the virtual event received in the AAPB office by April 15, 2022 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 720.881.6102 or emailed to Refunds will not be given after this date.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before a given conference activity is completed will not receive CE credit.

Grievance Policy: AAPB is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. They will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Trainings are held in locations accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations will be made if requested. While AAPB works to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which will require intervention and/or action on the part of AAPB. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the issue, the following actions will be taken: 1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Coordinator will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual. 2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Coordinator will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action during a workshop or conference, the CE Coordinator or his/her representative will: a. attempt to move the participant to another presentation or; b. provide a credit for a subsequent presentation or; c. provide a partial or full refund of the registration fee. Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual. 3. If the grievance concerns the business practices of AAPB, in a specific regard, the CE Coordinator will attempt to arbitrate.  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest


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