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Hypnosis for Fibromyalgia: Clinical Challenges & Therapeutic Perspectives

February 10, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST

Presented by Giuseppe DeBenedittis, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Milan


Friday, February 10th, 2023

9:00AM-10:30AM PST / 11:00AM-12:30PM CST / 12:00PM-1:30PM EST

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access provided upon registration.


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


Workshop Description:

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a functional pain syndrome characterized by chronic musculoskeletal widespread pain associated with fatigue, non-restorative sleep and cognitive dysfunction (fibrofog).?Recent evidence supports the notion that hypnosis, combined with a standard medical treatment and a daily practice of self-hypnosis, may be a useful and safe adjunct tool to manage chronic pain and associated symptoms as well as disability.

This program will discuss the current research on FMS, the psychologial factors that can predispose to trigger or worsen FMS-symptoms, and the risk factors for the development of FMS. Participants will also learn the ways in which hypnosis may help those with FMS when used in conjunction with standard medical treatment. Specifically, participants will learn how?Indirect (Ericksonian) suggestions and?hypnotherapeutic techniques can help with the pain management associated with FMS.?


Learning Objectives:

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

1. Recognize the signs of fibromyalgia syndrome.

2. Apply hypnotherapeutic techniques for pain control.


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.


Workshop Schedule (shown in CST):

11:00 am – Event Begins

12:30 pm – Event Ends


Registration & Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00 (please email [email protected] from your student email for code)

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.



Aravena, V., García, F. E., Téllez, A., & Arias, P. R. (2020). Hypnotic intervention in people with fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 63(1), 49–61. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2020.1742088

Häuser, W., Kosseva, M., Üceyler, N., Klose, P., & Sommer, C. (2011). Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Arthritis Care & Research, 63(6), 808–820.

Zech, N., Hansen, E., Bernardy, K., & Häuser, W. (2017). Efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia—A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Pain (London, England), 21(2), 217–227. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.933

De Benedittis, G. (2016). Hypnosis and Fibromyalgia, in “Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis” (Elkins G. Ed.), pp. 235-244, Springer Publishing Company, New York.



Target Audience: Health care providers, mental health care providers, hypnosis practitioners, academic instructors.

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.