Pain Alleviation: Effective Hypnosis Techniques - CEU Workshop

Effective hypnosis techniques for pain alleviation 

•"The workshop is dynamic, interactive, and loaded with energy and enrichment"

•Superlative use of examples"

•"There was evidence from research to back up everything that was taught."
•The strongest aspect of the workshop? "The actual presentations of hypnosis and seeing someone else in the class do the same."

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4 hours, 4 CEUs
Dr. Fredric Mau, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor, will present a four-hour workshop on hypnotic alleviation of physical pain. The goal of the workshop is to equip participants to use hypnotic pain alleviation techniques. Hypnotic techniques are similar to the guided imagery and functional relaxation processes used in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Date and time: Friday, February 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Watermark Counseling, 1705 Richland Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

Live outside the Columbia, SC metro area? Consider taking the course by webcam. 

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1. Review the theoretical basis of hypnotic pain alleviation.
2. Learn a basic hypnotic induction process appropriate for pain alleviation.
3. Learn hypnotic pain alleviation techniques.
4. Practice use of these techniques.
Theoretical basis:

 Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have noted that the empirical data supporting hypnosis for pain alleviation is "strong" ("Integration," 1995).  Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans, Schulz-Stübner, et al. (2004) found that hypnotic processes appear to interrupt pain signals from reaching the higher cortical structures of the brain which are responsible for pain perception. In another fMRI study, Ploghaus, et al. (1999) found that the anticipation of pain activated brain regions adjacent to those responsible for pain perception, which suggested dissociation may be an effective means of pain alleviation. Crawford, Gur, Skolnick, Gur, and Benson (1993) found changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) resulting from hypnotic pain alleviation processes. Similarly, Faymonville, et al. (2003) found changes in CBF associated with the reduction of pain as a result of hypnotic processes. More specifically, Hammond (2007) found hypnosis to be effective in alleviating migraine and other headaches. Additionally, Montgomery, David, Winkel, Silverstein, and Bovbjerg (2002) found that surgical patients using hypnotic pain alleviation processes in addition to traditional anesthesia "had better outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups" (p. 1639). Baliki, et al. (2012), showed for the first time how chronic pain emerges as a result of an emotional response to an injury, and explained why different individuals do not respond the same way to similar injuries. These results made it possible to predict with 85% accuracy which individuals would go on to develop chronic pain.

Licensed Professional Counselors,  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, School Counselors, and Social Workers will receive 4 CEUs for this workshop.
Tuition is $80 per participant in advance, $100 per participant at the door.  For three or more participants from the same organization the fee is $60 per participant in advance. A $10 discount is available if you have attended a workshop taught by Dr. Mau in the last six months.  Credit cards and checks are accepted.
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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, School Counselors, and Social Workers.

If you are an individual dealing with chronic physical pain, please click here. If this is an emergency dial 911.

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