MAY 3 – 5, 2018

Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


This workshop is for clinicians who have not completed a prior pediatric-specific hypnosis training (20+ hours). This workshop teaches basic skill-building in hypnosis as therapeutic communication and adjunctive intervention for children/teens experiencing a variety of clinical conditions. Particular focus is on management of pain, anxiety and sleep. Instructional videos and case vignettes are integral components of all presentations. Experiential learning is a critical component (this workshop provides double the amount offered in most introductory hypnosis workshops). Activities include large-group exercises and supervised small-group practice (typically a 6-1 trainee-to-faculty ratio) focused on the structure and elements of clinical hypnosis with children/teens, explaining hypnosis to parents and children, and the use of self-hypnosis.


Workshop participation requires an active clinical license AND one of the following:

  • Doctoral Degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing or Dentistry
  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • Masters Degree in Nursing or a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree and subspecialty training or certification (e.g. APRN, CPNP, CNS)
  • Other Advanced degree clinicians (e.g. Occupational & Physical Therapists, Speech & Language Pathologists, et al.)
  • Child Life Specialists holding a Doctoral, Masters or Bachelors degree
  • Full-time Interns/Residents/Fellows or Graduate students enrolled in an accredited program leading to these clinical degrees will be accepted when they provide a letter from their department on letterhead, attesting to their current full-time status, specifying timing of training (month and year)


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • List the stages of hypnosis
  • Describe hypnosis as a process of therapeutic communication
  • Describe three pediatric hypnosis induction methods
  • Demonstrate three appropriate induction techniques
  • Describe methods for deepening (intensification) of and re-alerting from hypnosis
  • Outline applications for pediatric hypnosis
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of hypnosis for pain control for procedures and for chronic, recurrent pain
  • Describe and demonstrate how to teach a child/parent the skill of self-hypnosis and how to practice it regularly
  • Describe and demonstrate a hypnotherapeutic approach for sleep onset insomnia/anxiety
  • Outline a strategy for getting started using hypnosis in clinical practice
  • Using therapeutic language, design a hypnotic suggestion for children and teens with clinical anxiety


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI). Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association-MCE Program to offer continuing education for psychologists. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 341645979.

The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board has approved this course for 22.25 Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist CPEs. Approval Number MCST051801.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM toward recertification requirements.

The Joint Continuing Education Program of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society and Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry has approved this course for 22.25 CEs.

Other health care professionals who participate in this activity may submit their Certificates of Participation to their appropriate accreditation organization or state board for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

7:30 a.m.    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.    Faculty Introductions/Course Overview

8:30 a.m.    Hypnosis Definitions/Theories/Myths

9:25 a.m.    Hypnosis Structure and Stages

10:15 a.m.   Break

10:35 a.m.   Hypnosis: The Many Right Ways

11:15 a.m.   Overview: Format for Small-Group Practice

11:35 a.m.
#1 DEMO:
Induction: Favorite Place (Dissociation)
Intensification: Multisensory Imagery'

11:50 a.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.
Induction: Favorite Place (Dissociation)
Intensification: Multisensory Imagery – Alert – Debrief

2:40 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.
#2 DEMO:
Induction: The Breath
Intensification: Muscle Relaxation

3:15 p.m.
Induction: The Breath
Intensification: Muscle Relaxation – Alert – Debrief

4:55 p.m.   Developmental Considerations in Hypnosis

5:45 p.m.   Adjourn for the Day

Friday, May 4, 2018

7:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.   Formulating Suggestions: Language and Utilization/Communication Techniques + Direct/Indirect Suggestions

9:10 a.m.
#3 DEMO:
Induction: Magnet Fingers
Intensification: Utilization – Direct/Indirect Suggestions

9:25 a.m.   Break

9:45 a.m.
Induction: Magnet Fingers
Intensification: Utilization; Incorporate Language & Suggestions

11:05 a.m.
#4 DEMO:
Explaining Hypnosis to Child & Parents with Video

11:30 a.m.  Lunch Break

12:40 p.m.
Explain Hypnosis to Child & Parents

1:45 p.m.  Creating Goal-driven Suggestions

2:35 p.m.
#5 DEMO:
Induction: Learners’ Choice
Intensification: Learners’ Choice; Goal-driven Suggestions

2:50 p.m.  Break

3:05 p.m.
Induction & Intensification: Subject’s Choice, Goal-driven Suggestions'

4:45 p.m. Goals & Suggestions: Self-Regulation for Worry, Fears & Anxiety

5:45 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.   Goals & Suggestions: Acute & Chronic Pain

9:00 a.m.
#6 DEMO:
Magic Glove Technique with Video

9:20 a.m.   Goals & Suggestions: Sleep Disturbances

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.
Magic Glove Technique

11:35 a.m.   Lunch Break

12:45 p.m.   Self-Hypnosis: Learning and Teaching and Questions

1:10 p.m.    

Self-Hypnosis: Large-Group Experience/Debrief

#7 DEMO:
Teach Self-Hypnosis & Do Self-Hypnosis

1:30 p.m.
Teach Self-Hypnosis & Do Self-Hypnosis

2:20 p.m. Break

2:35 p.m.
(Participant’s Choice) Planning a Hypnosis Session:
Goals & Suggestions
1. Primary Care
2. Anxiety
3. Pain
4. Chronic Conditions

3:50 p.m.   Continued Learning and Resources Beyond Monday: NPHTI, Ongoing Education and Organizations

4:10 p.m.   Beyond Today: What’s Left to Learn?

4:20 p.m.   Special Closure: All-Faculty Group Hypnosis with Participants

4:30 p.m.   Course Adjourns


Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD, BCB
Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Division of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, Ohio

Pamela Kaiser, PhD, CPNP, CNS
Co-Founder and Co-Director
National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute
Former Associate Clinical Professor of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
Former Director
Anxiety, Stress and Health Clinic
Palo Alto, California

Adam Keating, MD, FAAP
Section Head, Community Pediatrics
Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Wooster, OH
Medical Director
Longbrake Student Wellness Center
College of Wooster
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Approved Consultant, ASCH
NPHTI Faculty

Daniel P. Kohen, MD, FAAP, ABMH
Co-Founder and Co-Director
National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Medical Hypnosis & Self-Regulation
Partners-in-Healing of Minneapolis
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Former Director (retired), Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Director of Education and Training (1986-2016)
Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH)
Past President
Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH)
Past President
American Board of Medical Hypnosis

Additional faculty small group facilitators to be announced.


The policy of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the commencement of the activity. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Public parking is available in a visitor parking garage located on Ford Road, just north of Euclid Avenue. Exit the garage to the left and turn right at the next light (Bellflower Road). The Mandel Community Studies Center will be on your right approximately ½ block down.
Metered parking is available directly across the street from the Mandel Community Studies Center, but space is limited. You are responsible for your own parking charges.

The Glidden House
A restored bed-and-breakfast hotel, is located at 1901 Ford Drive, less than ¼ mile from
the Mandel Center.
Call 216-231-8900 or visit for rates and availability.

Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
Located at 2021 Cornell Road, less than ½ mile from the Mandel Center.
Call 1-800-321-2211 for rates and availability.

A printed syllabus will not be distributed. No services for printing syllabi are available on site during the conference. Registered attendees will be emailed access instructions to view the presentations online prior to the course and download or print for their use at the conference.

Registration includes tuition, access to educational materials (available online), continental breakfast and lunch. Registration fees are refundable, less a $50 administrative fee, if a participant cancels by Thursday, April 19, 2018. No refunds will be made after that date.

Persons with special needs who require additional assistance should call the CME Program at 216-983-1239 or 1-800-274-8263 not less than two weeks prior to the program.

A minimum of 3 registrants from the same organization is required for a group discount of $20 per person to be deducted from the corresponding registration fees listed on the registration form. Group registrations must be received in one batch via mail or fax.

Following receipt of your registration you will be emailed an Acknowledgment and Release form which must be signed and returned to us prior to the Workshop.


  1. Register online with your credit card.
  2. Mail the registration form with your check payable to Case Western Reserve University or credit card number to: Registrar, Continuing Medical Education Program, 10524 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-6026.
  3. Fax the form with your credit card number to 216-844-8133.
  4. Call 216-983-1239 or 1-800-274-8263 with the information requested on the following page and your credit card number.

Download pdf of program brochure for registration form.