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

Hypnosis, Anxiety, and Children: Opportunities Beyond Relaxation

Event recorded via Zoom on February 21, 2021

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

Workshop Description:

Using hypnosis with children teaches skills and helps children experientially discover their own resources and “super-powers.” With anxious children, hypnotic interventions can immediately demonstrate the mind-body connection, help with somatic regulation, and offer relief. But many clinicians focus on relaxation and calmness as the primary (and only) goal with anxious children and teens. Paradoxically, an overemphasis on the goal of relaxation often impede progress. This webinar will focus on additional therapeutic targets that move away from an “elimination” approach and provide skills needed to step into uncertainty, recognize the patterns of anxiety, and interrupt the family cycles that help worry thrive.

The goal of this program is to answer: How do we incorporate hypnosis into our treatment of anxious kids and parents without inadvertently supporting anxiety’s demands?

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint document will be shared. A facilitator will moderate specific questions to reach outcome goals.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. Identify three targets of hypnotic intervention with anxious children

2. Describe the limitations of focusing exclusively on relaxation with anxious children.

3. Create an intervention plan that maximize the benefits of parental involvement to interrupt anxious family patterns.

Professional Bio of Presenter: Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, hypnosis, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.

Lynn is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She and has several webinar programs for parents and children.

She is a popular keynote speaker and presenter at national conferences, and a sought-after expert on the subject of anxiety, appearing in the New York Times, NPR, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and Time, among others. She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.

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/TCSPP Faculty and staff: $55.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff can access the discount for this program by registering here

SCEH members please contact SCEH for your discount code

Students: $15.00

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can access this program by registering here

Non-TCSPP Students please contact using your school issued ID to receive a discount code


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*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.