Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy


Inviting Trance, Inventing Change: A Relational Approach to Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

50 Hours (7 Days) of Intensive Training

Douglas Flemons, Ph.D., LMFT

April 20-26, 2020

Basic Workshop: Introduction to Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

  • Day 1 (9:00-5:00)
  • Day 2 (8:30-12:00)

Intermediate Workshop: Inviting Trance

  • Day 2 (1:00-5:00)
  • Days 3-4 (8:30-5:00)

Advanced Workshop: Inventing Therapeutic Change

  • Days 5-6 (8:30-5:00)
  • Day 7 (8:30-2:00) (Bring your lunch--we won't be breaking)

Hypnosis Workshop Topics

10-hour Basic Training

  • How to think like a hypnotist
  • History of hypnosis
  • Common misconceptions
  • Contraindications
  • Avoiding recipe-focused therapy
  • Hypnosis and brief therapy
  • Hypnosis and relaxation
  • Breathing and other rhythms
  • Ethical implications
  • Self-hypnosis, meditation, and guided imagery
  • Trust and hypnotic rapport
  • Methods for inviting trance

20-hour Intermediate Training

  • Intermediate methods for inviting trance
  • Hypnotic logic and therapeutic change
  • Association and dissociation
  • Shifting the boundaries of the “self” and of awareness
  • Metaphorical communication
  • Synchronizing with clients
  • The art of inventing and offering suggestions
  •  Developing and intensifying concordance with clients
  • Therapeutic storytelling—inventing and offering stories
  • Intravening rather than Intervening
  • Formal and informal trance
  • Utilizing “resistance”
  • Evoking and utilizing trance phenomena
  • Conscious/Unconscious processes

20-hour Advanced Training

  • Advanced methods for inviting trance
  • Inventing therapeutic change
  • Explaining hypnosis to clients
  • Intraventive multi-tasking
  • Hypnotherapeutic improvisation
  • Extemporaneous counterpoint
  • Utilization of distractions and problems
  • Creating implicit categories
  • Construction of memory
  • Working contextually and collaboratively
  • Completing distinctions
  • Thinking with a patterned sensibility
  • Inviting relational freedom
  • Shifting the boundaries and the experience of the problem
  • Unraveling and reconfiguring the pattern of the problem
  • Practicing therapeutic non-violence
  • Limitations and possibilities
  • Hypnosis for non-volitional sensations, thoughts, emotions 

Workshop Size & Format

These small, highly interactive workshops interweave hands-on hypnosis training, in-depth didactic instruction, and ongoing question-and-answer opportunities. Participants are immersed in observing, talking about, conducting, asking about, and experiencing hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Continuing Education

Context Consultants is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling as a provider of continuing education hypnosis training. Provider number: BAP-639-Exp.03/31/2021.

These workshops have been approved for CEU credit by the Florida 491 Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. They are also approved for CEU credit in Georgia by The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University. The Florida Board of Psychology (for both psychologists and limited license psychologists) no longer pre-approves providers from complimentary boards. Psychologists may still take the training for CE credit; however, if audited, they would need to submit documentation establishing that the training “enhanced [their] psychological skills and/or psychological knowledge.”

Practicing Hypnosis in Florida

Florida doesn’t certify or license hypnotherapists, but if “practitioners of the healing arts” wish to employ hypnosis in their work, then they must complete hypnosis training that has been approved by their professional licensing Board. Chapter 485, the “Hypnosis Law,” defines a practitioner of the healing arts as “a person licensed under the laws of the state to practice medicine, surgery, psychiatry, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathy, podiatric medicine, chiropody, psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, or optometry.” Appropriately trained professionals within any of these areas of expertise may employ hypnosis, but only “within the limits and framework of their own particular field of competence.”

The statutes that govern hypnosis training for professionals licensed under the 490 Board (psychologists) and the 491 Board (mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers) are not altogether clear. They specify that psychologists are required to take 10 hours of instruction to practice what is defined as “basic hypnosis”—stress management, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, or relaxation—and they say that 491 professionals must complete 50 hours to do anything “other than stress management, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, or relaxation.” However, the rule governing 491 practitioners doesn’t mention the 10 hour training in basic hypnosis described in the rule for psychologists, and the rule for psychologists doesn’t mention additional training to allow them to do more than basic hypnosis. The intent of the rules appears to be that a practitioner licensed under either the 490 or 491 Board should obtain 10 hours of training for practicing basic hypnosis and 50 hours for practicing therapeutic hypnosis. Chapters 490 and 491 both specify that the use of specific modalities (e.g., hypnosis) is restricted to professionals who have been appropriately trained in such modalities. 


The April, 2020, workshops are currently at capacity, so registration has closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case someone cancels, please click here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop Fees

The workshop fees are listed below. The amount depends on whether you are an already-licensed (A-L) therapist or a not-yet licensed (N-Y-L) therapist and/or full-time graduate student.  The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You may also use a debit card, prepaid gift card, your PayPal account, or PayPal Credit. Arrangements can be made if you prefer to pay by cash or check.

  • 10-hour workshop—N-Y-L: $150 / A-L: $175
  • 20-hour intermediate workshop—N-Y-L: $300 / A-L: $350
  • 20-hour advanced workshop—N-Y-L: $300 / A-L: $350
  • 30-hour basic-and-intermediate workshop—N-Y-L: $450 / A-L: $525
  • 40-hour intermediate-and-advanced workshop—N-Y-L: $600 / A-L: $700
  • 50-hour basic, intermediate, and advanced workshop—N-Y-L: $750 / A-L: $875


The 2020 workshops will once again be held at ArtServe, in East Fort Lauderdale. The address is 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Phone: 954-462-8190.


From I-95, take the East Sunrise Blvd. exit and drive toward the ocean for 2.5 miles. Along the way, you’ll cross over some railroad tracks. When you start seeing Holiday Park on your right, you’ll know you’re getting close. The ArtServe building is at the east end of Holiday Park, at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and 14th Ave. Turn right on 14th and make an immediate right into the parking lot. Parking is free.

The workshop will be in the auditorium for six of the seven days. After you enter the main door of the ArtServe building, make an immediate left and you’ll see the doors to auditorium in front of you.

Further Information and Questions

If you’re interested in reading some of Dr. Flemons’s articles on hypnosis and therapy, click here.

If you have questions about the workshops, you can reach Dr. Flemons in the following ways:

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Phone: 954-296-8944


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