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    • 2020-11-08
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Meeting
    • 31

    NESCH virtual Meeting 

    November 8, 2020, 10 a.m.

    "Integrating Mindfulness Meditation in Your Hypnosis Practice"

    Dr. Akira

    Presented by Akira Otani, Ed.D., ABPH 

    Description of the Workshop:

    Mindfulness meditation has become popular in recent years as an effective strategy to treat a wide range of physiological and psychological disorders. Although it differs from hypnosis in terms of the etiology, procedure, and therapeutic mechanisms, mindfulness can be easily incorporated and integrated in hypnotic practice. This webinar will: (1) summarize basic concepts and styles of mindfulness, (2) discuss similarities and dissimilarities between hypnosis and mindfulness, (3) provide a simple, yet effective, 4-step Touch-and-Return mindfulness protocol (with online experiential practice), (4) examine possible ways to integrate mindfulness with hypnosis, and, finally (5) introduce a case example. No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge is necessary.  Advanced meditation practitioners are welcome.

    Learning Objectives:

    (1) Comprehend 4 fundamental concepts of mindfulness meditation, i.e., open monitoring, focused attention, decentering, and compassion.

    (2) Gain familiarity with at least 3 similarities and differences between clinical hypnosis and mindfulness.

    (3) Acquire the 4 steps of the Touch-and-Return mindfulness protocol.

    (4) Master at least 2 ways of integrating mindfulness with hypnotic trance induction and utilization.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Otani is a licensed psychologist whose professional interests include clinical hypnosis and mindfulness meditation, as well as anxiety disorders and psychological trauma. He has authored/co-authored four books and published more than 60 journal articles on these topics. 

    He received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis (ABPH).

    He joined Spectrum Behavioral Health, Annapolis, Maryland in 2008 after serving on the graduate faculty at The Johns Hopkins University (1986-1988), and on the Senior Psychologist staff at the University of Maryland Counseling Center (1988-2008).

    Dr. Otani is bilingual in English and Japanese. He spent several months in Japan receiving advanced training in meditation.


    Lynn, S. J., Das, S. L., Hallquist, M. N., & Williams, J. C. (2006).  Mindfulness, acceptance, and hypnosis: Cognitive and clinical perspectives.   International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 54, 143-166.

    Otani, A. (2003).  Eastern meditative techniques and hypnosis: a new synthesis.   American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 46, 97-108.

    Otani, A. (2016).  Hypnosis and mindfulness: The Twain finally meet.   American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 58, 383-398.

    Raz, A., & Lifshitz, M. (Eds.). (2016).   Hypnosis and meditation: Towards an integrative science of conscious planes. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Semmens-Wheeler, R., & Dienes, Z. (2012).  The contrasting role of higher order awareness in hypnosis and meditation.   The Journal of Mind-Body Regulation, 2, 43-57.


    Pre-registration for quarterly meetings is now required of members and non-members.

    This meeting is free for NESCH members in good standing. 

    Non members must pay a $45 fee to attend meeting. Fee is payable online with a credit card or by cash/check which can be mailed in or presented on the day of the event. 

    Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Log in info will be provided once registration is complete. 

    Other Questions? Email neschmsc@gmail.com

    • 2021-01-23
    • 8:30 AM (EST)
    • 2021-01-24
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Shipley Auditorium, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462

    64th Annual Rev. Thomas W. Martin, PsyD

    The New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis

    Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis

    This workshop is open to physicians, licensed healthcare professionals and dentists who have completed an ASCH approved basic training in clinical hypnosis. Workshop fulfills 14 credit hours of Continuing Medical Education Credits, and 14 CEUs for psychologists and social workers. 


    Speaker:  Mark P. Jensen, PhD


    Mark P. Jensen, PhD presenting on "Hypnotic Approaches to Chronic Pain Management". Mark is the author of Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management (Treatments that Work) and the Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management Workbook as well as numerous journal articles.  Mark  is a highly sought-after speaker and we expect this training to sell out so register early.


    January 23-24, 2021



    Shipley Auditorium

    Newton Wellesley Hospital

    2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462

    Price Information: 

    NESCH members: $450 

    Non-members: $550

    If you have questions about a pre-existing registration, email neschmsc@gmail.com. 


    For more information or to register, email neschworkshops@gmail.com.

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