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    • 2024-05-04
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2024-05-05
    • 6:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott Boston Billerica/Bedford, 270 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

    2024 Rev. Thomas Martin, Psy.D. Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis

    Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management

    Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D.

    Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

    University of Washington

    Seattle, Washington, USA

    **In person event registration will close on April 23, 2024. You will not be able to register to attend in person after that date. 

    Online event registration to close on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.**

    The Rev. Thomas Martin, Psy.D. Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis honors the incredible legacy of the late Reverend Thomas W. Martin, Psy.D. This workshop is made possible in part by the generous support by his wife's generous donation in his memory. 

    Workshop Description

    This workshop will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies andsuggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions.  It will begin with a discussion of the role that the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Systems play in hypnotic responding. This will be followed by a presentation of the neurophysiology of nociception and pain, focusing on nine specific processes and physiological structures involved in pain perception, all of which can be influenced by hypnotic suggestions.  Evidence regarding pain’s impact on other functioning domains (e.g., activity level, sleep, mood) will be discussed, and ideas for hypnotic suggestions and approaches for addressing all of these domains and processes will be generated.  A model for performing a thorough psychosocial evaluation of the outcome domains that hypnosis can benefit in persons with chronic pain will be presented, and methods for developing a pain treatment plan based on this evaluation will be discussed.  Strategies for integrating hypnosis with other approaches with proven efficacy (e.g., cognitive therapy and Motivational Interviewing) to enhance overall treatment benefits will also be covered. The emphasis of the workshop will be on applied clinical techniques; demonstrations, exercises and the opportunities for group consultation will be included.  After participating in the workshop, participants will have the resources and skills to evaluate a patient with chronic pain for hypnosis treatment and design a treatment plan that addresses the various problems identified.

    Date: May 4-5, 2024, 9am-6pm EST


    Hybrid: In person at Courtyard by Marriott Billerica/Bedford (270 Concord Road, Billerica, MA 01821) OR online via Zoom

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify the role of Behavioral Inhibition and Behavioral Activation systems for developing a tailored pain treatment plan.
    2. Apply research in findings regarding "seeding" to enhance response to clinical suggestions. 
    3. Design tailored and targeted hypnotic suggestions to maximize the benefits of hypnosis treatment based on current scientific knowledge regarding the neurophysiological basis of pain for designing.
    4. Create an effective relaxation hypnotic induction.
    5. Create an effective "Favorite place" hypnosis induction.
    6. Identify the cognitive and behavioral factors that influence pain for designing hypnotic suggestions that help clients shift from maladaptive to adaptive cognitive processes and pain coping behaviors.
    7. Utilize a thorough psychosocial evaluation of the psychosocial factors influencing pain and functioning.
    8. Design a treatment protocol that addresses each factor.
    9. Explain the environmental, physical, and psychological factors that impact sleep quality in individuals with chronic pain.
    10. Design an intervention for improving sleep quality in individuals with chronic pain. 
    11. Identify strategies to integrate cognitive therapy and Motivational Interviewing with hypnosis treatment to enhance treatment outcome.
    12. Describe an effective age progression suggestion for increasing adaptive pain management behaviors.

    Workshop Schedule

    Saturday, May 4, 2024 

     8:30am   Registration & Breakfast
     9:00  Indtroductions & Workshop Overview
     9:15 A Guiding Model: The Behavioral Inhibition & Activation Systems 

    Understanding the Neurophysiology of pain and hypnotic analgesia; implications for developing hypnotic suggestions 

     10:45 Break 
     11:00 Performing a pain evaluation and developing a treatment plan 
     1:00pm  Lunch 
     2:00 Demonstration & Practice: Self-hypnosis for acceptance and comfort 
     3:30 Self-hypnosis for satisfying and restful sleep
     4:00 Break 
     4:15  Demonstration & Theory: Motivational Interviewing and Hypnotic Cognitive Therapy for pain management 
     6:00 Adjourn  
    Sunday, May 5, 2024
     9:00am  Skill Development: MI as "Natural" Hypnosis (Step 1)
     10:45  Break
     11:00  Skill Development: MI as "Natural" Hypnosis (Step 2)
     12:30pm  Lunch
     1:30 Thought Management  
     2:30  Demonstration & Practice: Age Progression 
     3:30 Break 
     3:45 Hypnosis for specific conditions 
     4:15 Final questions/discussions 
     6:00 Adjourn 

    About Dr. Jensen

    Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine who has been studying chronic pain and helping individuals better manage chronic pain for over 40 years.  He has had continual funding from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to study the efficacy and mechanisms of various treatments for chronic pain, including hypnotic analgesia.  He has published extensively (11 books and over 700 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment.  His guidebook on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management and an accompanying patient manual, published by Oxford University Press as a part of their “Treatments that Work” series, was one of two books that won the Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis from the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis the year it was published.


    Pricing for Hybrid and In Person registration are the same to absorb the fees for the venue and tech costs associated. In person attendees will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch catered by the hotel as part of their registration. 

    Early Bird Rates (until February 29):

    Members: $405

    Non-members: $490

    Students: $200 (Students must send proof of student status ie a letter from their clinical, course schedule, etc)

    Regular Rates (after February 29):

    Members: $480

    Non-members: $580

    Students: $200 (Students must send proof of student status ie a letter from their clinical, course schedule, etc)

    Register early, and you could win a free copy of Dr. Jensen’s book,"Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide," available in either paperback or Kindle version. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and practice. The winner will be announced at the training.

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Book your stay at the Courtyard Marriott Billerica/Bedford for a special rate of $149 per night (available from May 3-5, 2024). Act quickly, as this rate is only guaranteed until April 3, 2024.

    In-person attendees will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch catered by the hotel as part of their registration.

    Book your group rate for NESCH 

    AV Support: 

    Top-notch AV support will be provided by NuVision to ensure a seamless and enriching experience for both in-person and virtual participants.

    Continuing Education: 

    This event is approved for 14 ASCH CE credits. 

    This event is approved by the NASW-MA for 14 CE credits for social workers. 

    The event is approved   for 14.0 CE credits for licensed mental health counselor.

    We have applied for 14.0 CE credits for psychologists  for this educational activity. CE approvals will be posted as they are recieved.

    CME credits for physicians are not available. 

    **Note: Tuition does not cover $30 CE fee. 

    Cancellation Policy: 

    Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the start of the training are subject to a $30 cancellation fee. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled if unpaid after two weeks unless you make an arrangement with the registrar at

    For more information please see our Cancellation & Grievance Policy

    For more information email

    • 2024-06-09
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Live Webinar via Zoom
    • 83


    Members will share their experiences practicing hypnosis over the past year. We welcome you to sign up as a presenter or attendee—hearing about cases, strategies, and techniques that enhance all our learning.

    Presentations are scheduled to be brief, about 15 minutes, and can be on any topic in hypnosis that feels useful to share. Time will be allotted for discussion.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work in a supportive, collegial setting.


    June 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM EST


    Free for both members and nonmembers.

    Continuing education credit (CEU, CME) is not being offered. 

    Registration is required. Zoom link will be provided once registration is complete.

    To sign up to present, contact

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