Level 1 Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Training

A 2-day Intensive Live Online Course taught by Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, 2023

This fundamental course is for all healthcare professionals – physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, wholistic healers, acupuncture practitioners, and professional hypnotherapists. Whether you specifically work with “pain” patients or not, you will learn practical techniques that will improve patient outcomes within your scope of practice.

In two intensive days, you will acquire knowledge and skills that will translate into more effective clinical communication skills, better rapport with your patients, improved patient compliance, and greater patient satisfaction.

This exciting didactic and experiential course covers the gamut of applications of clinical hypnosis for pain control – from controlling and relieving acute pain, to taming persistent pain, to the amelioration of fear and pain in medical, dental, and mental health settings. Clinical and ethical indications and contra-indications for using hypnosis for pain control will be covered.

This learning experience is both didactic and experiential. Thoughtfully combined lectures, one-on-one demonstrations, and videos of clinical sessions will be reinforced by supervised practice of pain control hypnosis techniques. This course will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge, allowing you to use hypnosis as a clinical tool to address and manage pain. You will be fully supported by me, Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP and my colleagues in your learning. There will be break-out groups to practice the skills being taught and ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

See the course outline below.

Hypnosis for pain control is not a new therapy or clinical application, but in fact has been employed with great success for more than two centuries. The use of hypnosis for relieving pain is not experimental—it is in fact tried, true, and proven. It is evidence based and empirically validated. Unfortunately, few health professionals who treat patients with chronic pain have received sufficient training in Pain Control Hypnosis.

I am a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I have been in practice since 1986. After over 30 years of using clinical hypnosis to help patients get pain relief, and several years of preparation, I have decided to share my experience, creating this 2-day Level 1 Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Training.

How this course will improve your practice

Whether you have experience with clinical hypnosis, or you are looking to add it to your practice, this basic two-day course will provide you with a thorough introduction to using the hypnosis tool for pain control. In this live online training, you will learn evidence-based strategies and hypnosis treatment methods that you can use to help patients with both acute and persistent physical pain. You will complete this fundamental course with the education you need to expand your practice with an important new specialty niche in Pain Control Hypnosis.

Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Level 1 Training in Pain Control Hypnosis.


DAY 1 (9:00am to 6:00pm Eastern U.S. Time)

9:00 – 9:20Introduction. When and why is hypnosis recommended for pain?
9:20 – 9:30Defining and classifying types of pain. Important pain terms and definitions.
9:30 -9:45Neurophysiology and anatomy of pain perception.
9:45 – 10:00Review of current medical treatments for chronic pain.
10:00 – 10:10Why hypnosis for pain? When in the course of treatment is it used?
10:10 – 10:30Case histories: Reasons for referral for hypnosis for pain control.
10:30 – 11:00Definition of hypnosis. How hypnosis relieves pain. Current research on brain changes (e.g., fMRI, QEEG)
11:00 – 11:15Mid-morning Break – 15 minutes
11:15 – 11:45Pain assessment. Taking a good history. Ruling out medical causes. Assessing patient’s problems with the B.A.S.I.C. I.D. Case example using the B.A.S.I.C. I.D. framework.
11:45 – 12:30Using the A.W.A.R.E. and “8 D’s” models to formulate pain control strategies and suggestions based on your assessment of the patient.
12:30 – 1:15Lunch – 45 minutes
1:15 – 1:30Induction of hypnosis for pain control. Four convincing pain control inductions.
1:30 – 2:00Preparing the patient for hypnosis. Use of informed consent. Informed consent forms. Ethics and risk management when using hypnosis for pain control. Lawsuits? Most likely reasons to be sued when using hypnosis.
2:00 – 3:20Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #1. One-on-one demonstration – 20 minutes

Breakout Room for practice of Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #1 – 45 minutes

Return to class. Discussion – Q & A – 15 minutes
3:20 – 3:35Mid-afternoon Break – 15 minutes
3:35 – 4:55Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #2. One-on-one demonstration. – 20 minutes

Breakout Room for practice of Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #2 – 45 minutes

Return to class. Discussion – Q & A – 15 minutes
4:55 – 5:40Hypnosis and Mindfulness for pain control. Hypnosis and CBT for pain control.
5:40 – 6:00Q & A – 20 minutes

DAY 2 (9:00am to 6:00pm Eastern U.S. Time)

9:00 – 9:10Introduction to Day 2.
9:10 – 10:30Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #3. Group inductionn – 20 minutes

Breakout Room for practice of Pain Control Hypnosis Induction #1 – 45 minutes

Return to class. Discussion – Q & A – 15 minutes
10:30 – 10:45Mid-morning Break – 15 minutes
10:45 – 11:45Ideomotor signaling for ratifying trance, confirming acceptance of suggestions, and deepening. One-on-one demonstration.
11:45 – 12:30Breakout Room for practice of ideomotor signaling – 45 minutes
12:30 – 12:45Return to class. Discussion – Q & A – 15 minutes
12:45 – 1:30Lunch – 45 minutes
1:30 – 1:55Five points of pain control hypnosis inductions.
1:55 – 2:25Choosing the “right” induction for the patient.
2:25 – 2:55Managing the “resistant” patient.
2:55 – 3:15Direct versus indirect suggestion – pros and cons.
3:15 – 3:35The clinician’s “conscious use of self” and the “creative unconscious”
3:35 – 3:50Mid-afternoon Break – 15 minutes
3:50 – 4:35Video of a clinical case. Discussion of video and the relationship between trauma, depression, and chronic pain. (45 minutes)
4:35 – 5:20Using hypnosis for chronic headaches. Video of a clinical case and discussion. (45 minutes)
5:20 – 6:00Review of the two days. Next steps in becoming a Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner. Q & A. Evaluations.

Now you can learn how to do Pain Control Hypnosis effectively and open a valuable new niche for your practice as you begin to work with patients whom other practitioners have failed to effectively help. As you develop your skills with experience and practice, you will become better at doing Pain Control Hypnosis within your scope of practice. After you complete your Level 1 training in Pain Control Hypnosis, you will have the opportunity to join our Pain Control Hypnosis Practice Groups.

These groups will provide the opportunity to practice the Pain Control Hypnosis techniques taught in the Level 1 course. We have a private Facebook group for graduates of the course, and we also schedule Full-Day Practice Groups.

Be part of the solution to under-treated pain! Attract more patients into your practice, help patients whom other practitioners have failed, establish a niche for yourself, and offer a safe alternative to dangerous drugs.

When you learn Pain Control Hypnosis, you will acquire evidence-based strategies to improve your patients’ ability to understand and control their pain and emotions, and do the things they want and need to do. 

What you will get when you sign up

You’ll receive three valuable e-books as part of this course…

  • My recent book, Taming Chronic Pain: A mindful approach for bringing pain relief (B.N. Eimer & C.R. Hunter, 2020)
  • My popular book, Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now! A Powerful User-friendly Program for Anyone Searching for Immediate Pain Relief (B.N. Eimer, First Ed, 2002)
  • You will receive a detailed course manual.

And there is more…

You will also receive…

  • Numerous PDF files explaining valuable techniques and strategies for effectively using Pain Control Hypnosis.
  • Step-by-step instruction for using these techniques and strategies with your patients.
  • Access to my private Facebook Group, The Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner.
  • Documentation of Attendance and a Certificate of Course Completion.
  • Everyone who signs up for this course will also receive exclusive temporary access to the Zoom video recording of the course on a private YouTube page.

Course tuition is only $595 for two full days.

Course graduates can re-take the course at the discounted tuition of $399.

Class times Saturday and Sunday are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time US.


Dr. Bruce Eimer is a board-certified licensed psychologist in Florida who has treated thousands of patients with chronic pain and anxiety and mood disorders. He was the Director of Pain Psychology at a hospital pain clinic and served on staff at multiple hospitals. Dr. Bruce has been in practice since 1986. He has given hundreds of talks and workshops and has authored or co-authored nine books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Bruce is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.


Eimer, B.N. (2008).  Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! (Second Ed.). Bethel, CT: Crown House.  You receive this as part of the course.

Eimer, B.N. & Freeman, A. (1998).  Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide. New York: John Wiley.

Eimer, B.N. & Hunter, C. R. (2020).  Taming Chronic Pain: A mindful approach for bringing pain relief. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. You receive this as part of the course.

Ewin, D.M., & Eimer, B.N. (2006).  Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis: A How-To Manual.  Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

Hunter, C.R. & Eimer, B.N. (2012). The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy: A Clinical Guide. Bethel, CT: Crown House Publishing Company.

Zarren, J. & Eimer, B.N. (2002). Brief Cognitive Hypnosis: Facilitating the change of dysfunctional behavior. NY: Springer Publishing Co.

If you cannot attend this online course live, everyone who signs up for this course will also receive temporary access to a video recording of the entire course on a private YouTube page.

Be More Successful in 2023…

Hypnosis for pain control is emerging as one of the fastest growing applications of clinical hypnosis. Are you taking full advantage of this emerging specialty?

Gain the knowledge to become a world-class Certified Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner.

See you there!
Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP, CHt


Psychologists who complete this 2-day course will be awarded 16 continuing education credit hours which are recognized by the APA and most state psychology licensing boards.

Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., LLC maintains responsibility for this Continuing Education program and its content.

Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., LLC is approved by the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) to sponsor continuing education for IMDHA certified hypnotherapist members.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for Physicians

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of MAHEC and Bruce Eimer, LLC.  MAHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: MAHEC and Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., LLC adhere to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support to continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the time of the activity.

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis CEUs

Successful completion of this Level 1 Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Course earns 15.5 CEUs which are approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) towards ASCH membership and/or certification.