Assessment of Hypnotizability in Clinical Practice

Assessment of Hypnotizability in Clinical Practice

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Presented by The Office of Continuing Education and The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Assessment of Hypnotizability in Clinical Practice: Elkins Hypnotizability Scale

Recorded on Friday, November 12, 2021

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

Workshop Description:

Hypnotizability refers to a person’s ability to experience various aspects of hypnosis such as cognitive, experiential, behavioral, and physiological responses to hypnotic suggestion. Assessment of hypnotizabilty can provide important information regarding case conceptualization, treatment planning, and mechanisms of hypnosis interventions. In addition, assessment of hypnotizability may be a useful means of introducing hypnosis through experiential means and may have therapeutic benefits. The Elkins Hynotizability Scale (EHS) can be integrated into clinical practice and research. The clinical form (EHS-CF) takes about 20 minutes or less. It involves a hypnotic induction involving focus of attention, eye closure, and relaxation. Following deepening suggestions, items include inhibitory motor responses, facilitative motor and cognitive responses, and facilitative perceptual responses. The EHS has very good internal consistency (.85), test-retest reliability (.93), and scores highly correspond with the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale-Form C (SHSS-C).

In this workshop participants will gain knowledge about hypnotizability theory and research, methods of clinical and formal assessment, and use of the EHS Clinical Form. Foundational research and implications for clinical practice will be presented. Participants will learn how to administer and score the EHS-CF and integrate into their clinical practice or research.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate level workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define hypnosis and hypnotizability.

2. Discuss background and research on the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale (EHS).

3. Demonstrate administration and scoring of the EHS.

4. Describe how to integrate the EHS into clinical practice.

Professional Bio of Presenter Gary Elkins, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Baylor University. Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Dr. Elkins is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Program. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Elkins’ publications include Mindful Hypnotherapy: The Basics for Clinical Practice and the Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Applications and Professional Issues.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Registration and Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

References:

Elkins, G. (2017) Handbook of medical and psychological hypnosis: Foundations, applications, and professional issues. New York, NY: Springer Publishing

Elkins, G. (2021) Hypnotizability: Emerging Perspectives and Research, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 69:1, 1-6, DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2021.1836934

Kekecs, Z., Roberts, L., Na, H., Yek, M., Slonena, E., Racelis, E., Voor,T., Johansson, R., Rizzo, P., Csikos, E., Vizkievicz, V., & Gary Elkins (2021) Test–Retest Reliability of the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Form C and the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 69:1, 142-161, DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2021.1834858

Elkins, G. & Olendzki, N. (2019) Mindful Hypnotherapy: The basics for clinical practice, Springer Publishing.

Yek, M., & Elkins, G. (2021) Therapeutic use of the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale: A feasibility study, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 69:1, 124-141, DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2021.1831390

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members of SCEH and the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.