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Rapid hypnosis for medical and dental encounters

October 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies and The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies and The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Rapid Hypnosis for Medical and Dental Encounters

Friday, October 29, 2021

9:00AM-10:30AM PDT/ 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, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

At present, live participation is required for our webinars, with the exception of our special public service webinar, Coping with Covid-19. SCEH and the TCSPP are building a recorded library of our webinars, which when completed, will allow on demand viewing of webinars, 24/7. We hope to roll this out later in 2020. This webinar is part of a series of SCEH Webinars on clinical hypnosis. Learn more at: www.sceh.us/webinars

Workshop Description:

Based on extensive clinical trials and clinic practice, this presentation builds on 25 years of experience with nonpharmacologic means of managing patient anxiety and pain in busy healthcare environments. It documents the effects of unaddressed anxiety on pain, the interconnected experience of the patient and dental practitioner’s stress, and the economic ramifications. It addresses how the natural upward trend of pain and anxiety during these encounters can be avoided, and the patient experience improved by slight, but reflective, changes in provider behavior and use of language. The audience will learn how to build rapport with their patients instantly, elicit positive behaviors and cooperation from them and, if needed, from accompanying individuals.

Listeners will be introduced to the powers of word choice, how they can avoid the adverse effects of negative suggestions, reframe distressing thoughts, fears, and worries, and moderate the effect of painful stimuli. Rapid hypnotic techniques will be described and demonstrated with a sample script. The specifics of language providing anxiety release and relaxation in the office, as well as those needed for additional pain relief, will be discussed and supplemented with findings from a recent clinical trial at Tufts Dental School.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

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

1. Apply three ways of reframing distressing thoughts to enable management of presentations of various levels of distress

2. Describe how to reduce the impact of painful stimuli so that you can function optimally within a procedural team

3. Identify the principles and advantages of procedure hypnosis to facilitate learning and understanding by the healthcare providing community

Professional Bio of Presenter Elvira V. Lang, MD, PhD, FSIR, FSCEH, Founder & President of Comfort Talk®

Elvira Lang, MD, PhD, is an award-winning interventional radiologist known for researching the effectiveness and cost savings of rapid hypnotic techniques in medicine and dentistry. She held faculty positions at the University of Heidelberg, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and Harvard Medical School. In her prospective randomized studies with >700 patients, guidance in self-hypnotic relaxation on the procedure table reduced pain, anxiety, drug use, and complications. She crystallized these techniques and founded Comfort Talk®. In further NIH-supported multicenter trials with >125,000 patient visits, training of MRI teams in Comfort Talk® significantly improved patients’ satisfaction and ability to complete examinations. Dr. Lang (co-)authored “Patient Sedation Without Medication,” “Managing Your Medical Experience” and >150 research papers. She received the Erika Fromm Award by the SCEH and Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for a Lifetime of Published Experimental Work. She has been featured extensively in the press and on television.

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 and Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

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

Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.


Ajam, A. A., Nguyen, X. V., Kelly, R. A., Ladapo, J. A., & Lang, E. V. (2017). Effects of interpersonal skills training on MRI operations in a saturated market: A randomized trial. Journal of the American College of Radiology; 14, 963-970. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2017.03.015

Ajam, A. A., Tahir, S., Makary, M. S., Longworth, S., Lang, E. V., Krishna, N.G , Mayr, N. A., & Nguyen, X. V. (2020). Communication and team interactions to improve patient experiences, quality of care, and throughput in MRI. Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 29(3),131-134. doi:10.1097/RMR.0000000000000242.

Ladapo, J. A,, Spritzer, C. E., Nguyen, X V., Pool, J., & Lang, E. (2018). Economics of MRI operations after implementation of interpersonal skills training. Journal of the American College of Radiology,15(12):1775-1783. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2018.01.017

Lang, E. V., Jackson, W., Senn, P., Aroni, D. K., Finkelman, M. D., Corino, T., Conway, G., & Kulich, R. (2020). Efficacy of a self-hypnotic relaxation app on pain and anxiety in a randomized clinical trial: Results and considerations on the design of active and control apps. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 69(2):277-295. doi:10.1080/00207144.2021.1883988

Norbash , A., Yucel, K., Yuh, W., Doros, G., Ajam, A., Lang, E. V., Pauker, S., & Mayr, N. (2016). Effect of team training on improving MRI study completion rates and no show rates. Journal of Magnetic Resononnance Imaging, 44(4),1040-1047. doi:10.1002/jmri.25219


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

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

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.


October 29, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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