ASCH Training in Clinical Hypnosis (2023)

Arlington, VA US

Enrollment is now closed for the Level I training as we have reached our enrollment cap. If you wish to be added to the waitlist for this training, please do so through the online system or email


ISSTD is thrilled to offer another year of training in clinical hypnosis with Reinhild Draeger-Muenke and Wendy Lemke. In 2023, we will offer a Level I and Level II training at the same venue in Arlington, VA. Participants can choose to register for individual levels or for both levels at a discount. 

ASCH Level I (Fundamentals) Training in Clinical Hypnosis 

Dates: April 28-30, 2023 
Location: Hilton Arlington (Arlington, VA 22203)
Tentative Schedule: 
Day One: April 28, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM US Eastern Time
Day Two: April 29, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM US Eastern Time 
Day Three: April 30, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM US Eastern Time 
This Level 1 training in clinical hypnosis will provide trainees with a solid understanding of the concepts, principles and clinical applications of hypnosis. Experienced, ASCH-certified faculty will offer didactic presentations, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and faculty-led small group practices to facilitate a fundamental understanding and experience of clinical hypnosis and its integration into clinical practice.

At the completion of the training, trainees will have been taught the knowledge and skills to begin the application of clinical hypnosis strategies in the treatment of their patients. Specifically, trainees will be able to identify and demonstrate at least three ways to facilitate hypnotic trance and to competently re- orient a patient from a trance state, demonstrate at least three strategies for facilitating intensification of trance, and describe at least four clinical conditions in which hypnotic strategies can be successfully utilized. Trainees will have been introduced to clinical hypnosis as a neurophysiological phenomenon, a mental state of absorption implicated in neuroplasticity and change, as well as a creative clinical skill set of relationship development in the service of collaboratively facilitating mental and physical health. Upon successful completion of this L1 training in clinical hypnosis, trainees will be eligible for ASCH membership as well as for participation in Level II (Intermediate) and Advanced Level ASCH or ASCH
approved workshops.

ASCH Level II Training in Clinical Hypnosis - Skills and Applications

Dates: October 20-22, 2023 
Location: Hilton Arlington (Arlington, VA 22203)
Tentative Schedule: 
Day One: October 20, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM US Eastern Time
Day Two: October 21, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM US Eastern Time 
Day Three: October 22, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM US Eastern Time 

Attending the second level of training in Clinical Hypnosis is an important step towards proficiency and confidence in offering hypnotic interventions to diverse populations and symptom presentations.

Whether your Fundamental – Level I (Basic) training in Clinical Hypnosis was 6 months or 6 years ago, this training will meet you where you are and help you build on to your “how to” techniques from the Fundamental course, and refresh, solidify, broaden, and refine your hypnotic skills and strategies.

This training is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in clinical hypnosis. Prior clinical hypnosis training is required such as an approved ASCH Level I course. Focus will be placed on advancing skills and confidence with elicitations, reorienting, and integrating hypnotic applications into practice, along with several supervised practice opportunities. Hypnotic applications include exploratory strategies such as ideomotor signaling, an introduction to ego state therapy, applications for children or child states, trauma, habit disorders, anxiety, and somatic concerns including pain management.

Similar to the Fundamental training, the Level II course will offer you learning through didactic presentations, demonstrations and small-group practices, so that new information can be integrated and become available to you in your clinical practice. Your instructors will be ASCH approved consultants with decades of clinical experience offering hypnosis.


Target Audience

ASCH Level I - Beginning/Introductory
ASCH Level II - Intermediate
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Tentative Program

ASCH LEVEL I Training Schedule 

Day One - April 28, 2023

9:00 - 9:15 AMBlock 0Welcome & OrientationRDM, WL, MW
9:15 - 11:00 AMBlock 1Introduction to Level 1
Introduction to Hypnosis
11:00 - 11:15 AM BREAK 
11:15 AM - 1:00 PMBlock 2

Hypnosis and the Autonomic Nervous System (Neurophysiology)
Hypnotic Phenomena
Anatomy of a Hypnotic Experience



1:00 - 2:00 PM LUNCH 
2:00 - 4:00 PMBlock 3Client Assessment for Hypnosis
Introducing Hypnosis to the Client
Informed Consent/Memory Falliability
Rapport, Elicitation, and Reorienting
Group Hypnotic Experience
4:00 - 4:15 PM BREAK 
4:15 - 5:45 PMBlock 4Fundamentals of Hypnotic Suggestions                                                 RDM

Day Two - April 29, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 AM BREAKFAST 
9:00 - 10:00 AMBlock 5Client Readiness - Hesitations
Introduction to Small Group Practice
Demonstration of Inductions
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Magnetic Fingers
10:00 - 10:15 AM BREAK 
10:15 AM - 12:15 PMBlock 6
Small Group Practice 1
Rapport, Elicitation, and Reorienting
(Diaphragmatic Breathing, Magnetic Fingers) 
12:15 - 1:15 PM LUNCH 
1:15 - 2:15 PMBlock 7Intensification (Deepening) with Demonstration
Demonstration of Eye Fixation
2:15 - 2:30 PM BREAK 
2:30 - 4:30 PMBlock 8
Small Group Practice 2
Rapport, Elicitation, Intensification, Reorientation
4:30 - 4:45 PM BREAK 
4:45 - 5:45 PMBlock 9Ego-Strengthening                                                                               WL

Day Three - April 30, 2023 

8:00 - 8:30 AM BREAKFAST  
9:00 - 9:45 AMBlock 10Self-Hypnosis
Demonstration of Spiegel Eye Roll.                     

9:45 - 10:00 AM BREAK 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBlock 11
Small Group Practice 3
Ego Strengthening Suggestions-Reorientation 
12:00 - 1:00 PM LUNCH 
1:00 - 2:00 PMBlock 12Ethics. Integration into Practice
Demonstration of Arm Levitation and Lowering
2:00 - 2:15 PM BREAK 
2:15 - 4:15 PMBlock 13
Small Group Practice 4
Ego Strengthening Suggestions-Reorientation                                  
4:15 - 4:30 PMBlock 14Membership, Certification, Future Training                                         RDM

ASCH LEVEL II Training Schedule

DAY 1     October 20, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 AM BREAKFAST 
9.00 am – 9.30 am Welcome and Orientation to Level II  
9.30 am – 10.30 amBlock 1
Review and Practice of Formal Evocation
10.30 am – 10.45 am BREAK 
10.45 am – 12.15 pmBlock 2
Hypnotic Language: Creating Metaphors
and Indirect Suggestions for Change 
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm LUNCH (On Own) 
1.30 pm – 2.30 pmBlock 3
Ideomotor Signaling as an Exploratory
2.30 pm – 2.45 pm BREAK 
2.45 pm – 4.45 pm Block 4
Small Group Practice 1         
Ideomotor Signaling
Suggestions for Change
4.45 pm – 5.00 pm BREAK 
5.00 pm – 6.30 pmBlock 5
Hypnotic Strategies Based on Ego
State Therapy-Principles for the Treatment  
of Trauma                                                                                             

DAY 2    October 21, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 AM BREAKFAST 
9:00 am – 10:00 AM 
Insight-Oriented and Exploratory Hypnotic
Techniques Creativity, Playfulness and  
Safety for Self-Discovery
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK RDM, WL
10.15 am – 12.15 pmBlock 7
Small Group Practice 2                                                                      
Arm Levitation/Catalepsy/Drop Evocation
Utilization of an ExploratoryTechnique
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH (On Own) 
1:15 PM – 2:45 PMBlock 8Hypnotic Strategies for Pain ManagementRDM
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM BREAK 
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Block 9
Small Group Practice 3                                                              
Glove Anesthesia-Intensification- Suggestions for Pain Management
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Processing the Day’s LearningsALL

DAY 3      October 22, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 AM BREAKFAST 
9:00 am – 10:30 AMBlock 10Hypnotic Interventions for Trauma and Dissociate Symptoms.          
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM BREAKRDM, WL
10:45 AM – 12:15 PMBlock 11Working With Children and the Child WithinRDM
12:15 AM – 1:15 PM LUNCH (On Own)     
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Block 12Hypnotic Interventions for Anxiety and Habit DisordersWL
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM BREAKRDM
2:30 PM – 4:00 PMBlock 13Ethical Integration of Hypnosis into Practice 
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Next Steps, Wrap-Up, Certificates   RDM 
Hilton Arlington
950 N Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203
United States
+1 (703) 528-6000

ISSTD has secured a reduced room rate of $145.

Closest Metro Stops
Ballston-MU (Orange and Silver Lines)
This metro stop is connected to the hotel.

Reinhild Draeger-Muenke, PsyD, LMFT, is a licensed psychologist and licensed family therapist in Private Practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She provides trauma informed psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families across the life span, consultation and training nationally and internationally. She is a certified ASCH approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, past ASCH Moderator, past co-chair and member of the ASCH Education Committee, and has served as chair and faculty of regional and annual ASCH conferences. She has been an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis and has served as their President. She is an active member of ISSTD and has chaired the training in clinical hypnosis at ISSTD since 2014.

Wendy Lemke, MS, LP is a licensed psychologist at Lemke Counseling & Consulting.  She also serves as adjunct faculty for St. Cloud Technical Community College in MN. She has expertise in the fields of clinical hypnosis, ego state therapy, and trauma related disorders. She is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) certified approved consultant, an active member and former Vice President of the ASCH. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). She is a fellow and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and is a certified therapist and trainer through Ego-State Therapy International (ESTI). She has published articles in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She also produced the documentary, You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and has produced Self-hypnosis CD’s.

Information about continuing education credits for each level is available on the individual level pages. To be eligible for credits, you must attend all three days of each level in full.

Please note that no ISSTD Certificate Program credits are available for this training.

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Early bird registration for Level I only or the combined package will end January 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. Prices will increase $100 after the early bird registration deadline. 
Early bird registration for Level II only will end July 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. Prices will increase $100 after the early bird registration deadline. 

CE Credits can be purchased for an additional fee of $100 for the combined package or $50 per level.

ISSTD Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to the training are subject to a $45 cancelation fee for individual levels or $75 for the combined package. No refund are provided for no shows. The deadline for cancelations with a refund for Level I or the combined package is March 31 at 5:00pm ET.The deadline for cancelations with a refund for Level II is September 30 at 5:00pm ET.