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Hypnosis in Healthcare

by Carolyn Stroebe, PhD 3 CE Credits


Throughout a long history, hypnosis has been viewed in contrasting ways, having been idealized as a miraculous cure, rejected as fraudulent, and seen as many things between these extremes. Consistently controversial, hypnosis has intrigued, been studied by and/or utilized by renowned scholars. Today, thanks to a growing body of research, hypnosis has finally been acknowledged as an evidenced-based therapeutic technique for a variety of conditions. Most healthcare providers lack formal training in hypnosis, but perhaps more importantly, many lack a minimal understanding of its applications and efficacy in patient care. This course provides a very basic introduction to hypnosis to enable healthcare professionals to expand their knowledge base of techniques helpful to patients and include hypnosis as a treatment planning option with confidence.


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Course Sections/Outline:

  • Brief History of Hypnosis
  • What is Hypnosis? Definitions and Myths
  • Basic Hypnotic Procedures: Suggestions and Inductions
  • The General Stages of a Hypnosis Session
  • Underlying Theoretical Mechanisms: How Does Hypnosis Work?
  • The Application of Hypnosis in the Healthcare Context
  • Hypnosis as Evidenced-Based Treatment: Relevant Disease Models
  • Contraindications for Hypnotherapy: Patient-based and Clinician-based
  • Web-Based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Articulate three myths about hypnosis along with the facts that dispel them.
  • Identify three healthcare problems or problem areas for which hypnosis is considered an evidence-based treatment, as well as three contraindications for hypnosis.
  • Specify two key concepts in definitions of clinical hypnosis.
  • Describe two basic hypnotic techniques; suggestion and induction.
Course Price: $75.00