New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0035.

The Training Objectives

The 60-hour training program in hypnotherapy at NYSEPH is a comprehensive, competency-based program. Skills are taught, practiced, and mastered throughout the course of training in three separate sections, progressing from basic skills to clinical application of advanced hypnotherapeutic techniques. By the end of each section, students will build on their knowledge and skills in a way that allows them to integrate hypnosis into their own practice. By the end of the 60-hour training, students will be able to competently and confidently employ hypnotherapeutic skills with individuals with a variety of presenting problems.  An additional 40 hours of training and supervision is available at NYSEPH after completion of the 60-hour training.  These additional 40 hours (100 hours in total) will lead to NYSEPH certification.  Additionally, this 40-hour program, which focuses on applying hypnotherapy in a clinical setting and receiving supervision on hypnotherapy practice, is open to all previous graduates of the NYSEPH training program who want to further their training and solidify their clinical skills.

The Training Course

The course is structured in two different ways: ongoing weekly classes or one weekend per month. Each of the five modules contains a set of skills and competencies that are learned and practiced consistently. Each section is split between learning, practicing, and demonstrating the skills, in order to make sure that students have mastered the basic skills taught before moving on to the next section.


Module 1: Introduction to the Use of Hypnosis in Clinical Practice

The first section focuses on understanding the phenomena associated with hypnosis, as well as basic skills in induction, pre-hypnotic interviews, and pacing and leading.

Module 2: Hypnotic Skill Development

The second section focuses on solidifying and strengthening the skills learned in Module 1, as well as building new skills for Ericksonian work, such as the use of metaphor, embedded and indirect suggestion, and posthypnotic suggestion.  Additionally, this section will introduce treatment planning using and integrating hypnosis, as well as self-hypnosis and conversational trance.

Module 3: Specific Hypnotic Techniques

In addition to strengthening the skills learned in Modules 1 and 2, the third section will introduce the more complex hypnotic techniques, including somatic anchoring, age regression and progression, and early learning sets.  The third section will also begin to address how to work through resistance in hypnosis, including the use of confusion technique and wordplay.


The final 40-hour add-on for certification includes two larger sections:

Module 4: Advanced Training and Application

The fourth section focuses on applying the skills learned to specific problems, including pain, anxiety, depression, trauma, habit cessation, and deeper psychotherapeutic work.

Module 5: Case Supervision and Consultation

While continuing to practice skills, the fifth section focuses on case supervision.  This section challenges students to begin to truly integrate the Ericksonian work into their own clinical practice, with the support and consultation of NYSEPH faculty.

The Cost

The total cost of the 60-hour training program is $3000. Any missed classes can be made up with one of the instructors individually at extra cost for the instructor’s time.

The total cost of the 40-hour advanced training and supervision is $2000.  Again, any missed classes can be made up with one of the instructors individually at extra cost for the instructor’s time.

Cancellation Policy: A nonrefundable $350 deposit is required with your registration, and no refunds are offered once the course begins.  Should you need to cancel attendance in the class prior to its start, you will be refunded your full fee minus the $350 deposit.

Please note: Course offerings are dependent on a minimum number of participants.  If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund (including the $350 deposit).

Please also note: Missed classes (three hour group classes) must be made up with one hour of individual work with a NYSEPH instructor, at additional cost ($125 per hour).

The Certification

For licensed health and mental health professionals who successfully complete the entire 100-hour training and exhibit competency will receive a Certificate in Hypnotherapy from NYSEPH.  Certification requires students to be licensed in their field – those who are not yet licensed (e.g., graduate students) will receive a letter of completion and will be eligible for certification once they are licensed.

*Advanced Training and Supervision in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy*

The 40-hour advanced training and supervision group in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy offers professionals (licensed and those students working toward a licensable degree) the opportunity to study application of hypnosis to clinical situations.  It is open to individuals who have completed introductory-level or advanced-level training in hypnosis, including those who have completed either the 60-hour introductory training at NYSEPH or the full 100-hour training at NYSEPH and want a ‘refresher.’  It is open to those who have completed introductory training in other programs as well, including ASCH.  See above (Modules 6 and 7) for more information.  If you are interested in participating in the 40-hour advanced training, please feel free to contact us for information.


Please contact Judith Grosz, the Director of Training at NYSEPH, if you are interested.


For clinicians who want to hone their hypnotherapy skills, this class will be taught in rotation by different instructors at their offices. The class will meet for 6 sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30 -8:30 PM and will be extended if there is enough interest. Schedule to be determined; class will run pending adequate enrollment. Class begins 9/13/17; 12 CE Credits for NYS social workers; $600.

Fall Training Program

Our next 60 hour course will begin October 18, 2017.

Class are on Wednesdays from 6-9pm with a Sunday for each section from 10-3pm. 

Section 1 dates: 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Sunday: 11/19

Section 2 dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17
Sunday: 11/28

Section 3 dates: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14
Sunday: 3/25

Students will receive 60 CE credits for this training as well as ASCH accreditation

Cost: $3,000

*dates are subject to change, though we work hard to keep them consistent
**the class will run pending enough registrants

Further Information

Judith A. Grosz, LCSW is the Director of Training at NYSEPH. Please feel free to email her with any questions about the training at


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