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5-Day Certificate Program: Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD Retreat
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019

Immerse yourself in a truly magnificent natural setting in California! The beautiful EarthRise at IONS retreat center is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco (nestled in the mountains between Novato and Petaluma).

Add additional power to your current clinical approach and make trauma treatment more effective in a shorter period of time when you incorporate clinical hypnosis in your practice.

Hypnosis is gentle, collaborative and powerful in eliciting lasting change in clients. Now you can join long-time Ericksonian-based practitioners, Dr. Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade, in this comprehensive certificate retreat where they draw on the resource-based approach of Ericksonian Tradition as well as modern brain science and neurology to provide you a step-by-step guide for applying hypnosis to your clinical practice.

Throughout the 5-day retreat, special emphasis will be given to understanding how trauma affects the brain and how hypnosis can be used to alleviate PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive behavior and difficulty handling anger.

Whether you’re new to hypnosis or an experienced hypnotherapist, this unique training opportunity can improve both your competence and confidence in resolving entrenched trauma using clinical hypnosis techniques.

If you are new to hypnosis, you will be able to incorporate hypnosis skills into your practice.

And if you are an experienced hypnotherapist, you can add clarity, depth, and innovation to your work.

Through case examples, video clips, demonstrations, experiential exercises and hands-on experience, Kershaw and Wade will demystify and simplify hypnosis so you can start using techniques with your clients immediately.
Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 pm – Check-In
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 pm – Introduction/Educational Program*

Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Saturday, September 14, 2019
6:45 – 7:45 am – Yoga Experiential (optional)
8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - 12:30 pm – Educational Program*
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Free Time
3:00 – 6:00 pm – Educational Program*
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner

Sunday, September 15, 2019
6:45 – 7:45 am – Yoga Experiential (optional)
8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - 12:30 pm – Educational Program*
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Closing Lunch and Departure

*CE is awarded during these specified times
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.


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Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

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  1. Breakdown the basics of clinical hypnosis to incorporate into your practice.
  2. Analyze the research on hypnosis as it relates to the clinical treatment of trauma.
  3. Describe advances in mind/body research as it relates to trauma.
  4. Determine the efficacy of focused attention on alleviating symptoms of trauma and PTSD.
  5. Analyze the neurophysiology of trauma in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Integrate three hypnotic strategies to facilitate trauma-symptoms resolution with clients.
  7. Demonstrate how deep hypnotic states can help calm a client’s anxiety, panic and reactivity.
  8. Describe how trauma symptoms may act as negative hypnotic trances and how that may affect therapeutic outcomes.
  9. Intervene on emotional instability with three hypnotic protocols to improve client level of functioning.
  10. Describe how you can alter client’s emotional states with hypnosis to help reduce trauma symptoms.
  11. Determine how the differences among secure, ambivalent, anxious and disorganized attachment categories can better inform clinical assessment of trauma.
  12. Modify attachment patterns with hypnosis to help move clients forward in clinical treatment.
  13. Analyze the research on placebo healing to stimulate the natural healing system in the body with suggestion.
  14. Breakdown how to manage the autonomic nervous system response to stress to improve client level of functioning in regard to trauma.
  15. Describe hypnosis as a resource activator in order to dissolve trauma and become a resilience enhancer.
  16. Demonstrate how the client’s unconscious mind can be used for therapeutic change through deep hypnosis states.
  17. Demonstrate how the liminal state reorganizes and dissipates symptom complexes in trance by calming the stress response and activating the healing response.
  18. Incorporate bilateral stimulation into hypnotic interventions for symptom resolution through activating hemispheric coherence and blood flow.
  19. Demonstrate how to create client safety and security in hypnotic interventions through anchoring previous safety experiences.
  20. Describe how to stack motivators for change to improve client engagement and dissolve resistance to treatment.
  21. Demonstrate how to shift the client’s narrative with therapeutic metaphor to teach a shift in attitude, emotion, and behavior.
  22. Intervene with neural synchrony activation to guide therapeutic movement to create a symptom pattern interruption and state change to access optimal mental states for healing.
Neurophysiology of Trauma/PTSD
  • Impact of trauma on the nervous system and brain
  • Impact of stress on the brain
  • Vagal Nerve Activation-Stephen Porges
  • Essentials of hypnosis
  • Focused attention and suggestion
  • The client’s story as hypnotic suggestion
  • Simple inductions
  • Practice
Trauma and Attachment
  • Attachment styles
  • Trauma and dissociation style attachment
  • Attachment and relationships
Latest Neuroscience Research on Body/Mind Healing
  • Body/mind as frequency, light and innate healing abilities
  • Discover of filament structures in the body carrying information
  • Cellular biophoton release
  • Trance phenomena in therapy
  • 6 master techniques of hypnosis
  • Use a story in trance
  • Protocol for confidence building
  • Protocol for trauma resolution
  • Self-care mind maps
  • Practice
Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Definition of hypnosis as resource activator
  • Focused attention and suggestion
  • Hypnotic language
  • Conversational hypnosis
  • Psychotherapy as hypnosis
  • EEG hypnosis
  • Research limitations and treatment risks
Put Clinical Hypnosis to Practice
  • Simple inductions
  • Changing mental states
  • Strategies to interrupt rumination
  • Strategies for anxiety, depression, and calming the nervous system
  • Experiential exercises to practice the skills learned
  • Demonstration: EEG Hypnosis
Trauma/PTSD – Specific Clinical Issues
  • Resistance to therapy
  • Shame
  • Weight Loss
  • Habit control
  • Pain control
  • Chronic illness emotional stress
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Relationship Issues
  • EEG hypnosis
  • Deep state hypnosis
  • Practice
Strategies for Developing Traumatic Memory Reconsolidation
  • Retrieval and disruption
  • How to move a memory from short-term to long-term
  • State-dependent memory and learning
Focused Attention as a State of Negative or Positive Hypnotic Trance
  • How optical system may play a role in symptom formation and removal
  • Focus on “nothing” helps eliminates negative thought
Advanced Hypnosis for Trauma
  • Small group practice with supervision
  • Work with therapist’s client issues
  • Simple biofeedback tools paired with hypnosis
  • Reprocessing traumatic memories
  • Wrap up
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Dr. Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. worked as a licensed clinical psychologist for over 35 years helping clients suffering from trauma, anxiety, stress, and depression. She is an author, international trainer and frequent presenter on trauma and neuroscience. In addition to lecturing internationally, Dr. Kershaw has presented workshops and lectures at numerous Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences, Erickson Congresses, and annual scientific meetings of ASCH and AAMFT.

Dr. Kershaw has been sought out for her expertise in trauma treatment by organizations throughout the world, including leading a team of medical professionals in trauma intervention efforts in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Kershaw has been featured on numerous media outlets including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC regarding her work. She is an invited author for Family Therapy Magazine and the co-author of the books Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You.

Dr. Kershaw is the co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston and Board Certified in Biofeedback. She is an approved supervisor for the AAMFT and a member of the American Psychological Association.


Bill Wade, m.Div., LPC, LMFT is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, author and international trainer. He is the co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You. He has taught extensively on clinical approaches for overcoming trauma, anxiety and depression as well as clinical hypnosis, meditation, panic disorder, relationship enhancement, and peak performance. Mr. Wade is a clinical member and approved supervisor with American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: J. William Wade is co-director of the Milton Erickson Inst of Houston. He receives royalties from W.W. Norton, Amazon Books and CDS. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: J. William Wade is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; American Counseling Association; and Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 22.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP): PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 22.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).

This intermediate activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1320 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 22.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 22.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 22.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 22.0 General Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 26.25 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 1320 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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