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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 20 hours of training and supervision is available at NYSEPH after completion of the 60-hour training.  These additional 20 hours (80 hours in total) will lead to NYSEPH certification.  Additionally, this 20-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 as well as the introduction to treatment planning. Post hypnotic suggestions will also be taught.

Module 2-4: 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, age regression and progression, ego strengthening and the early learning set. Additionally, this section will teach self hypnosis and conversational trance and working with confusion.

Module 5 and 6: Specific Hypnotic Techniques

In addition to strengthening the skills learned in Modules 1 and 2, the 3rd section will introduce the more complex hypnotic techniques, including somatic anchoring, working through resistance in hypnosis, time distortion, pain management, treating depression and anxiety and habit cessation.

Virtual classes will be 2 hours and held on weekends. Exact hours to be determined with the class.

The final 20 hours:

Advanced classes, Supervision and Consultation

While continuing to practice skills, this section focuses on case supervision. The students are challenged to truly integrate the Ericksonian work into their own clinical practice with the support and consultation of the NYSEPH faculty. They will learn how to deepen their therapeutic work. This module will be taught by ASCH certified consultants.

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 20-hour advanced training and supervision is $1000.  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 80-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.

Next training date to be announced. 

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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