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Recorded on May 8, 2020

Presented by Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, Nurse Practioner

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 workshop will introduce hypnotic approaches for many common physical, emotional and behavioral problems of childhood. Hypnosis not only gives the child a tool to better cope with or solve the problem himself, but also increases self-esteem, bolsters a sense of accomplishment and gives the child a valuable skill that he can adapt to many new situations throughout life.

This workshop will also review the developmental characteristics that make children particularly hypnotizable. Dr. Thomson will define developmental tasks unique to each stage of development. When people experience adverse childhood events, developmental tasks may not be fully mastered. This can have a detrimental impact not only in childhood but in adulthood as well. The presenter will introduce hypnotic skills and techniques useful in developing effective treatment plans for engaging children to be part of the solution for medical or psychological challenges.

Registration and Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

1. List at least three ways in which working with children is different from work with adults.

2. Describe two ways adverse childhood events impact development

Professional Bio of Presenter, Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, ABHN, Nurse Practitioner

Linda Thomson has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 45 years incorporating hypnosis into her clinical work with children. She is the author of two widely acclaimed books for children and clinicians: Harry the Hypnopotamus: Metaphorical Tales for Children, Volumes 1 & 2 and the creator of Harry Hypnopotamus Imagination Cards.

Dr. Thomson has presented workshops across the country and around the world. She is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is the current Moderator of the ASCH Board of Governors.

Program Standards and Goals

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.

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.


Lyons, L. (2015). Using hypnosis with children. New York, NY: Norton.

Sugarman, L. & Wester, W. C. (2014). Therapeutic hypnosis with children and adolescents. Carmarthen, Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing.

Thomson, L. (2019). Combining hypnosis and biofeedback in primary care pediatrics. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 61(4), 335-344. https://doi:10.1080/00029157.2018.1511409


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.