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Presented by Mark P. Jensen, PhD

Recorded on: Friday, March 06th, 2020

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:

This 1.5-hour webinar will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies and suggestions for helping individuals better self-manage chronic pain conditions.  It will begin with a discussion of the neurophysiology of nociception and pain, focusing on nine specific processes and physiological structures involved in pain perception, and that can be influenced by hypnotic suggestions.  Evidence regarding pain’s impact on other functioning domains (e.g., activity level, sleep, mood) will be discussed, and ideas for hypnotic suggestions and approaches for addressing *all* of these domains and processes will be generated.   

Next, the facilitator will describe what is currently known about the etiology and factors that contribute to pain associated with a number of common chronic pain conditions (specifically, headache, chronic widespread pain, low back pain, neuropathic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome), and how hypnosis can be tailored to treat each one.  The webinar will end with a demonstration showing how clinicians can target hypnotic suggestions tailored to the needs of a specific patient.  

Learning Objectives:

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the neurophysiological basis of pain, and the implications of this for designing tailored and targeted hypnotic suggestions. 
  1. Understand that factors that contribute to pain severity and disability that are unique to five common chronic pain conditions, and the hypnotic suggestions that are appropriate for each one. 

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; Goal 2: Program will enable psychologists to keep pace with the most current scientific evidence regarding assessment, prevention, intervention, and/or education, as well as important relevant legal, statutory, leadership, or regulatory issues; and Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Registration & Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00


Jensen, M.P., Adachi, T., Tomé-Pires, C., Lee, J., Osman, Z.J., & Miró, J. (2015).  Mechanisms of hypnosis:  Towards the development of a biopsychosocial model.  International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 63, 34-75.  doi: 10.1080/00207144.2014.961875. 

Jensen, M.P., Graham A. Jamieson,G.A., Lutz, A., Mazzoni, G., William J. McGeown, Enrica L. Santarcangelo, Demertzi, A., De Pascalis, V.,  Bányai, É.I., Rominger, C., Vuilleumier, P., Faymonville, M.E., Terhune, D.B. (2017).  New directions in hypnosis research:  Strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis.  Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3, nix004.  doi: 10.1093/nc/nix004. 

Jensen, M.P., & Patterson, D.R. (2014).  Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management:  Clinical implications of recent research findings.  American Psychologist, 69, 167-177. 

Rizzo, R., Medeiros, F.C., Pires, L.G., Pimenta, R.M., McAuley, J.H., Jensen, M.P., & Costa, L.O. (2018).  Hypnosis enhances the effects of pain education in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain: A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Pain, 19, 1103.e1-1003.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.03.013. 


Target Audience: Hypnosis practitioners, psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LCPCs, all mental health disciplines, health care professionals, graduate students welcome.

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 [email protected]. 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.

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.