Our colleagues in Heidelberg, Germany once again hosted the 7th European Congress of Child Hypnosis: Hypnotherapeutic and Systemic Concepts for Work with Children and Adolescents (Kindertagung: Hypnotherapeutische und Systemische Konzepte fur die Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen) from October 31- November 3, 2013. Usually held every 2-3 years, this Congress was last held in 2009, and was delayed 1 year because the International Society of Hypnosis triennial Congress was held in Bremen during the approximately same time in 2012. As in past years, Bernhard Trenkle, Ph.D organized the Congress, with co-sponsorship by the Trenkle Organization and the Milton Erickson Institute of Rottweil.
While in years past this Congress was considered outstanding with attendance of 900, then 1100, this year’s attendance maxed out at 1800 participants! Amazing!
The vast majority of workshop presentations and keynote addresses were presented in German, as most attendees are German-speaking professionals. Faculty are from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. Of the 8 Faculty from the US, 4 are NPHTI trained and/or faculty, and we are proud to have been wonderfully well represented at this premier international venue.
Over 100 faculty offered a wonderful potpourri of 3-hour workshops. Workshop presentations by NPHTI faculty included:
- “Hypnosis for Asthma in Children and Adolescents” – Daniel Kohen,M.D. (Minneapolis, MN)
- “Treatment of Tics and Habit Disorders with Training in Self-Hypnosis” – Jeffrey Lazarus, M.D. (Palo Alto, CA)
- “Alert Hypnosis: Overview of research and general clinical applications – David Wark, Ph.D. (St. Paul, MN)
- “Autism, Autonomy and Autonomic Regulation: Roles for Hypnosis and Biofeedback in Therapy of young people with Autism” Laurence Sugarman, M.D., (Rochester, NY)
- “Hypnotherapeutic Approaches to Helping Children with Disorders of Elimination (Enuresis, Encopresis)” – Daniel Kohen, M.D.
- “Alert Hypnosis: Educational applications” – David Wark, Ph.D.
- “Hypnosis for Headaches in Children and Adolescents” – Daniel Kohen, M.D.
- Ralph Berberich
- “Techniques to Maximize Treatment Adherence and Outcome” – Jeffrey Lazarus, M.D.
Pamela Kaiser, PhD, CPNP, CNS was also an invited member of the faculty and was to present “Children’s Anxiety: Multigenerational Considerations and Implications for Hypnosis Interventions” and “Family-focused Treatment of Children’s Reduced Self-Regulation of Anxiety” but was unable to participate due to illness.
As a perfect ending to this amazing workshop program, the Congress concluded with a huge banquet – dinner and dancing on Saturday night. Held in the Congress venue the Stadthalle (Town Hall, a wonderful, huge old building with 2 balconies) – this has always been a wonderful event.
While a group of Americans and their German colleagues and friends (some old, some new!) were eating, Dr. Trenkle approached Dr. Kohen, and told him he would be sending a young woman over to translate for Dr. Kohen while Dr. Trenkle made “some surprise announcements” during dessert and before the band began to play, and that he would ask him to come to the stage. He proceeded to address the assemblage of over 1500 folks with a history of this Congress, culminating in projecting on the huge screen a photograph and announcement of the “Daniel P. Kohen Preis (Award)” to be awarded to Dan as “the pioneer of child hypnosis therapy,” and presented also to two additional longstanding and highly respected clinicians and educators, Siegfried Mrochen, Ph.D. and Karl-Ludwig Holtz, Ph.D.
Although hard to believe, Dan was indeed speechless as he came to the stage to receive the award.
NPHTI is bestowed with many wonderful faculty who teach professionals all around the world. Going forward, we will continue to post on our website and our Facebook page the teaching accomplishments, awards, and venues where NPHTI graduates and faculty have been privileged to participate.