You are feeling sleepy.

I decided after some time thinking about it to look into getting training in Clinical Hypnosis.  In May I will be going to a week-long seminar on Clinical Hypnosis with Steve Gurgevich at the Kripalu Center.  It will be half training and half vacation.  Why?  Because hey, I deserve it!

When I am done with the training, I will have completed the basic training in hypnosis.  I am using the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis as a certification path, so here is what that means.  They have 3 levels of training:  basic, intermediate, and advanced.  To be certified by ASCH as a clinical hypnotist, I will need to complete the basic and intermediate training (40 hours of training) and have 20 hours of supervised work as a clinical hypnotist.  Advanced training is for people who want to teach clinical hypnosis to other professionals.  When I finish my basic training, I will be able to do clinical hypnosis, and I plan to get supervision in it until the 2 years have passed and I have completed my other training to become a “certified” hypnotherapist.

What is nice about doing the ASCH certification process is that it is a well-recognized professional organization that has rather strict certification requirements.  In other words, I will be trained in clinical hypnosis, not snake oil peddling.

There are some interesting links out there about clinical hypnosis–what it is, what it isn’t.  See:

http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/DefinitionofHypnosis/tabid/134/Default.aspx

http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/MythsAboutHypnosis/tabid/135/Default.aspx

http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/WhenWillHypnosisbeBeneficial/tabid/136/Default.aspx

http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/HypnosisInPsychotherapyAndBehavioralMedicine/tabid/140/Default.aspx

I’ll be sure to let you know how the training goes.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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