Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Training

Two-day Intensive Live Online Course taught by Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP

Hypnosis for pain management is not a newly invented therapy or clinical application, but in fact has been employed with great success for more than two centuries. The use of hypnosis as a non-drug tool for relieving pain is not experimental—it is in fact tried, true, and proven.

Unfortunately, chronic pain is complicated and often difficult to treat. Many chronic pain patients are disillusioned with the medical system. Many are dependent on opioids or other prescription pain medications.

This live online course is intended for the experienced mental health clinician (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, nurse practitioner, pastoral counselor) and health professional (physician, dentist, physical therapist, chiropractor, acupuncture practitioner, nurse) who may or may not be familiar with clinical hypnosis and the applications of this treatment method to chronic pain. 

Whether you have experience with clinical hypnosis, or you are looking to add it to your practice, this course will provide you with a thorough introduction to using it for chronic pain management. In this live online training, you will learn evidence-based strategies and treatment methods that you can use to help patients with persistent physical pain. 

You will complete this course with the education you need to expand your practice with an important new specialty niche in Pain Control Hypnosis.

Workshop Outline

  • Course overview and background information
  • Theories of pain and pain mechanisms
  • Pain Psychology
  • Differences between pain and suffering
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for chronic pain
  • Evaluation of the pain patient and determining if hypnosis is appropriate
  • Assessing patient vulnerabilities and risk factors
  • Roles of attention and beliefs in a pain patient’s degree of pain and suffering
  • Assessing the pain patient’s chemical dependencies and use of opioids
  • Educating the patient about pain
  • Orienting the pain patient to hypnosis
  • The concept of waking state reframing
  • Learning and using appropriate hypnotic trance inductions
  • Understanding and using direct suggestions and post-hypnotic suggestions for pain relief
  • Teaching the pain patient self-hypnosis
  • Combining hypnosis with CBT
  • Multimodal behavior therapy techniques
  • Pain distraction and sensory transformation
  • Using ideomotor signaling for confirming acceptance of suggestions
  • Hypnoanalysis techniques for exploring emotional factors exacerbating persistent pain
  • Hypnotic techniques menu for pain reduction
  • Chronic pain, trauma, and PTSD
  • Ethical and risk management concerns when using hypnosis for pain management
  • Group role play exercises and practice

An in-depth participant workbook is provided for all who attend, as well as a Documentation of Attendance, and an evaluation form for CE credit.

Register early, space is limited!

Only $395 for 2 full days!

Email us for more information or call 561-377-1039

Class times each day are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Recommended Texts

Eimer, B.N. (2008).  Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! (Second Ed.). Bethel, CT: Crown House. 

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.

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

Zarren, J.I. & Eimer, B.N. (2002).  Brief Cognitive Hypnosis: Facilitating the Change of dysfunctional behavior. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Presenter Bio.  Dr. Bruce Eimer is a 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 also holds licenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has given hundreds of talks and workshops and has authored or co-authored nine books. Dr. Bruce is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Continuing Education Hours. Psychologists who complete this course will earn 14 hours of continuing education credit.

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