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Presented by the Office of Continuing Education and the Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)

Recorded on Friday, February 11, 2022

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:

Glove anesthesia has a long tradition as a hypnoanalgesic technique to reduce pain and anxiety in anticipation of and during medical procedures. Adapted to Pediatrics over 30 years ago, it became “The Magic Glove.” This child-friendly procedure invites imaginative absorption with repeated stroking the back of the hand combined with specific hypnotic suggestions for sensory changes and increased comfort.

This presentation will show videos and explore the wide range of applications for the Magic Glove: as an Induction, for Flu/Covid Vaccinations, for analgesia at the dentist, drawing blood, accessing IVs, in-dwelling ports, or lines, and for empowering patients and their parents.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

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

1. Describe four forms that the Magic Glove technique can be applied to create sensory changes for children and teens during medical or dental procedures

2. Plan how to use hypnotic suggestions to focus the attention of anxious children and teens in order to build comfort and calm prior to and during painful medical and dental procedures.

3. Apply this hypno-analgesic technique to their own field of work.

Professional Bio of Presenter Leora Kuttner, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia and B.C. Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada 

Dr. Leora Kuttner is a newly-retired Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of British Columbia at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. During the 1980s she pioneered work in pediatric pain treatment using hypnosis for children and teens, and has taught these treatments over the last 40 years in Children’s Hospitals throughout Europe, the Middle-East, Australia, Canada and the USA. She’s authored “A Child in Pain: What health Professionals can do to Help” over 50 professional articles, and is a documentary film-maker, creating five films including award-winning “No Fears No Tears—13 Years Later” on the long-term benefits of hypnosis for children with cancer. She holds many awards including ‘Woman of Distinction’ for Health in Vancouver; The American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award and ASCH’s William Wester Award for Excellence in Child Hypnosis.

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 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 and Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00


Kaiser, P. (2017). Anxiety in children and teens. In Elkins, G.R. (Ed.) Handbook of medical and psychological hypnosis: Foundations, applications, and professional issues (pp 477-484). Springer Publishing Company.

Kuttner, L. (2018). The pain switch for teens with complex pain. In M. Jensen (Ed.), Hypnosis for chronic pain management: Favorite methods of master clinicians (pp 256-276). Denny Creek Press.

Kuttner L. (2020). Pediatric hypnosis: Treatment that adds and rarely subtracts. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis68(1), 16–28.

Linden, J.H. & Sugarman, L. (2021). The hypnosis skill set: Four principles of evoking the plasticity of the embodied mind. In M. Jensen (Ed.), Handbook of hypnotic techniques, Vol 2: Favorite methods of master clinicians (pp.9-34). Denny Creek Press.


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.