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The Use of Hypnosis for Complex Health Conditions and in Integrative Medicine Settings

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

Recorded on Friday, November 13th, 2020

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:

This presentation will discuss the applications of clinical hypnosis in integrative medicine settings, which serve individuals experiencing chronic, and often overlapping complex health conditions. Examples include migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. We will review integrative care models and the use of hypnosis with this population by applying individual and group approaches guided by the biopsychosocial model of care. Specific strategies to use hypnosis in integrative care settings will be discussed, including hypnosis for relaxation, to gain mastery over feared material with imaginal exposure, and self-hypnosis training for chronic conditions. Lastly, we will discuss methods of integrating inductions into specific care pathways to facilitate treatment, such as in physical therapy or for acupuncture treatments.

Empirical data on group and individual case studies will be shared when possible. We will also reserve time for a Q&A to discuss specific induction and suggestion techniques.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. To describe the unique ways in which hypnosis can be applied in integrative medicine settings

2. To describe chronic overlapping pain conditions, including their clinical characteristics and associated symptoms

3. To identify the biopsychosocial components of complex cases and methods of structuring hypnosis in this framework.

Professional Bio of Presenter Lindsey C. McKernan, PhD MPH, Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt

Lindsey C. McKernan, PhD MPH is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Director of Psychotherapy Training at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. Dr. McKernan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating and researching the intersection of co-occurring chronic health conditions and mental health. She established a hypnosis service line at VUMC and an associated multidisciplinary hypnosis training program, which currently supports providers at the medical center and in the community in the transition from learning to sustained clinical practice over time. She has a highly collaborative and active research lab funded by the National Institute of Health, with regular updates available at or on twitter through @LCMPhD.

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 [email protected] using your school issued ID to receive a discount code


McKernan LC, Finn MTM, Patterson DR, Williams RM, Jensen MP (2020). Clinical Hypnosis for Chronic Pain in Outpatient Integrative Medicine: An Implementation and Training Model. J Altern Complement Med. 26(2):107-112. doi: 10.1089/acm.2019.0259. Epub 2020 Jan 3. PMID: 31904997; PMCID: PMC7044758.

Jensen, M. P., & Patterson, D. R. (2014). Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings. The American psychologist, 69(2), 167–177.

Maixner, W., Fillingim, R. B., Williams, D. A., Smith, S. B., & Slade, G. D. (2016). Overlapping Chronic Pain Conditions: Implications for Diagnosis and Classification. The journal of pain:official journal of the American Pain Society, 17(9 Suppl), T93–T107.


Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members of SCHE 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.

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.