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NPHTI Workshops

Our annual workshops are the premier pediatric clinical hypnosis training for healthcare professionals.

Registration for our 2024 annual workshops is open! 

Upcoming Workshops

Fundamentals of Pediatric Clinical Hypnosis

Utilization & Expanded Clinical Applications

Individualized Consultation

September 26-28, 2024

Minneapolis, MN

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Overview of Workshops



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Eligibility and Target Audience

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Workshop Descriptions

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Attendee Safety Plan


2023 Workshop Faculty and Group Facilitators

Overview of Workshops
Eligibility and Target Audience
Workshop details
Attendee Safety Plan
2023 Faculty and Facilitators

Overview of Workshops

These intensive workshops feature a combined lecture-demonstration-experiential training format with a developmental perspective in the use of clinical hypnosis & its empirically supported applications to children and teens with various medical & mental health conditions and challenges. Both research-based and pragmatic hypnotic interventions are taught.

  • Cutting edge presentations (including VIDEOS of faculty cases) highlight therapeutic communication, goal setting and goal-driven suggestions and other hypnosis strategies.

  • Faculty: Our multi-disciplinary, seasoned pediatric clinician-educators have expertise in pediatric hypnosis and are considered the most renowned leaders-teachers-researchers-authors in this field.

  • Three levels of workshops: Fundamentals; Utilization & Expanded Clinical Applications; & Individualized Consultation.

  • Extensive experiential learning: Activities during presentations, and abundant supervised practice of hypnotic techniques within supportive small groups with a high faculty-to-trainee ratio (1:6).

  • Registration fees include: Workshop Presentations, Online Syllabus, Small Group Exercises, CME/CEU Credit(at no extra charge), Comprehensive Bibliography, Complimentary Reception, Generous Breakfast and Morning & Afternoon Refreshments. Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc. should be indicated in advance. Requests cannot always be honored on site.


NPHTI has a block of hotel rooms available to book at a reduced rate, but the block is only available until September 15. If you have not booked your hotel reservation, please do so as soon as possible. In order to get the reduced rate, reservations must be made directly with the hotel by September 15. You may reserve your room with these steps:

1. Copy/paste the link here to make online reservations: 
2. Instructions:
- Copy/paste the link above into your browser.
- Enter arrival and departure dates
- The discounted rate of $139 will populate
- Select a room type and complete the reservation.

Or you can call the hotel and book directly at 763-559-6600 and request the NPHTI Room Block to receive the group rate.

Eligibility and Target Audience

An active clinical license AND one of the following is required for NPHTI workshop participation:

  • Doctoral Degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing or Dentistry

  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical or Counseling Psychology

  • Masters Degree in Nursing or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (i.e. APRN, CPNP, CNS)

  • Other Advanced degree clinicians (e.g. Occupational & Physical Therapists, Speech & Language Pathologists)

  • Child Life Specialists holding a Doctoral, Masters, or Bachelors degree

  • Full-time Interns/Residents/Fellows or Graduate Students enrolled in an accredited program leading to these clinical degrees will be accepted when they provide a letter from their department on letterhead, attesting to their current full-time status, specifying timing of training (month and year).

Fundamentals Workshop

This workshop is for clinicians who have NOT YET completed a pediatric-specific hypnosis training (20+ hours) and for clinicians wanting to refresh or solidify their confidence in fundamental pediatric hypnosis skills.

  • Foundational skill-building in hypnosis as therapeutic communication and adjunctive intervention for children/teens with various health and behavioral problems.

  • Clinical focus: hypnosis adjunctive management of pain, anxiety, fear, and sleep issues for children and teens at differentdevelopmental stages.

  • State-of-the-art presentations include instructional videos (faculty cases) and case vignettes.

  • Experiential learning is a critical focus: Over half of total workshop time is spent in very small group practice (6:1 trainee:faculty ratio) and large group exercises focused on the structure and elements of clinical hypnosis with children/teens, using therapeutic language, explaining hypnosis to parents and children, delivering goal-directed hypnotic suggestions, and the use of self-hypnosis.


Utilization and Clinical Applications Workshop

NOTE: Participants must have completed a Fundamentals all pediatric-specific hypnosis training workshop (20+ hours), and are using clinical hypnosis with pediatric patients on a regular basis. We welcome any and all who are licensed health professionals, and have completed a Fundamentals all-pediatric-specific Hypnosis Training Workshop (20+ hours) with NPHTI, SDBP, or equivalent approved Pediatric Hypnosis Workshop. (Please submit other than NPHTI or SDBP Workshop curriculum for review and approval). Please indicate the year of your Fundamentals or Introductory/Basic Pediatric Hypnosis Workshop on your Registration.

  • Workshop emphasizes experiential learning and how to set personalized hypnosis GOALS and create goal-driven SUGGESTIONS!

  • Learn how to incorporate Ericksonian Utilization principles in your hypnosis approach.

  • Refine and expand existing hypnosis skills and develop individualized hypnotic treatment approaches for your patients.

  • Faculty videos and case vignettes are integral throughout the workshop.

  • Supervised exercises: augment your confidence and utilization skills (conversational invitations, pacing & leading, constructing goal-driven suggestions, talking in trance, self-regulation strategies, and other person-centered strategies) within thoughtfully clustered small groups (with high faculty to trainee ratios).

  • Select two NEW “mini-intensive” (90 minutes each) clinical applications for Hypnosis Skill Development.


Individualized Consultation Workshop: Personalized and Peer Mentoring

  • Provides extensive, individualized mentor consultation to clinicians ready to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the use of pediatric hypnosis.

  • Fulfills partial requirements for attaining ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis and/or an ASCH-Approved Consultant.

  • Unique format: Clinicians consult in a small group (max = 6) with rotating faculty facilitators (ASCH Approved Consultants).

In addition to thoughtfully-matched faculty consultation, this model expects participants to learn from one another and to have their own expertise affirmed and expanded. During the consultation sessions, the focus is on issues unique to each practitioner’s practice as reflected in their video submissions. Participants must present a video-recording of hypnotic work with a pediatric patient and a corresponding typed case vignette of the video. A firm deadline for video submission is July 15, 2023. A “how to” guide to help learners develop effective video recordings will be provided. An EARLY-AS-POSSIBLE completed application and learning/needs assessment is requested and advised to facilitate planning before registering for the workshop. See instructions here.


Attendee Safety Plan

The NPHTI Board of Directors recognizes that public health recommendations for COVID-19 safety have changed, especially in light of the May 11, 2023 end of the US COVID-19 public health emergency, and the WHO declaring the end of the COVID-19 global health emergency in May 2023. We recognize that many individuals are prepared to accept the risks of COVID, influenza or other infectious diseases during travel and meeting attendance. Accordingly, we have revised our health and safety guidelines for NPHTI workshop attendance.

NPHTI is committed to the health and safety of all workshop attendees, faculty, and staff. To that end, we strongly encourage all
attendees to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters per current CDC guidance, and follow current recommendations for influenza vaccines. International attendees, please refer to guidelines from the World Health Organization.

If you are feeling ill

We also ask registrants who are not feeling well not to travel to the workshops and to notify NPHTI as soon as possible should you
believe that you will not attend due to illness. Should an attendee become ill during the workshops, we will have COVID-19 rapid tests available and will ask persons feeling unwell to test and then to quarantine for the remainder of the workshops if they test positive.

Continued Health and Safety Measures

We also encourage masking as a means of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses, but NPHTI will not
require masks. Remember that you mask to protect others around you more than yourself.


NPHTI will continue to monitor the CDC’s travel guidelines as well as state and local guidelines in Minneapolis. These health and
safety guidelines may be revised at any time as the NPHTI Board of Directors deems appropriate. International attendees should always check current travel restrictions to the U.S. to make sure you will be able to enter the U.S.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please email We appreciate your cooperation and diligence to the disclosed safety plan in advance and during the NPHTI Workshops.


2023 Host Workshop Faculty and Group Facilitators

Special Guest Faculty

Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, ABHN will be providing a special presentation and keynote address as part of NPHTI's 2023 Workshops.

Linda has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for nearly 5 decades. She is an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis, a Diplomate of both the American Board of Hypnosis and the American Board of Hypnosis in Nursing and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Linda is a past president of ASCH and was the Moderator of ASCH’s Board of Governors. She is a past president of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the current president of the Northeastern Mountain Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Linda has published on a wide variety of subjects in professional journals in the United States, Europe, and Australia, has contributed book chapters and is the author of 2 books on pediatric hypnosis: Harry the Hypnopotamus: Metaphorical Tales for Children, Volumes I and II., Harry the Hypnopotamus Imagination Cards and Learning the Lingo of Language Cards. She created “Stress Free Surgery: A Self Relaxation Program to Help Prepare for and Recover from Surgery.” She received the Josephine Hilgard Award for Best Paper on Pediatric Uses of Hypnosis. She received the Community Impact Award for her multimedia production of “COVID 19, a Hypnopotamus and You” and the Outstanding Achievement Award for “Harry Goes to Help the Children of Ukraine.” 

Linda was awarded the prestigious William Wester Award for her significant contributions to the field of hypnosis as applied to the treatment of children and research in the application of hypnosis with children. In 2022 ASCH awarded Linda the Lifetime Achievement Award. Linda has lectured and taught workshops across the country and around the world. She is passionate about teaching health care professionals how to incorporate clinical hypnosis into help people help themselves.


Faculty Listing

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Fellowship Director for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, and Clinical Director for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Former physician member-at-large, MSCH; Approved Consultant, ASCH

Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Pediatrics; Co-Director IP3 Pain Management Clinic; Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Health Clinics at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. MA in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; ASCH member

Private group practice (Retired). Staff Physician, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (Retired). Pediatric Suggestions, Approved Consultant, ASCH.

Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Health Psychologist in private practice, St. Paul MN; Pre-surgical Psychological Diagnostician: Allina Health; MN Behavioral Health Unit Medical Reserve Corps (MN BHMRC); Minneapolis Police Department's Child Development Policing Project Crisis Responder to 911 calls; Former Crisis Psychologist, United Hospital Emergency Room, St. Paul, MN; Former Child Psychologist, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics Inpatient Units; Past President & Faculty, MSCH; Board Member and Faculty ASCH; MN Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (C-TTS), Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Practitioner (NCTTP); Approved Consultant, ASCH; Certified School Psychologist, MN Dept of Education; Licensed Early Childhood Teacher, MN Dept. of Education.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (retired), University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Private Practice, Pediatric Hypnotherapy; Certified, ASCH

General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Physician, Private Practice, Dübendorf, Switzerland; Member of Swiss Society of Pediatrics; Certified Physician, Swiss Academy of Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Medicine (SAPPM); Certificate of Competence of SMSH (Swiss Medical Society in Hypnosis), Member Swiss Medical Society of Hypnosis; ASCH, International Member

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY: Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY; Course Director SDBP Pediatric Clinical Hypnosis Workshops (1987-2009)

Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences, UH Cleveland Medical Center, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Division of Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology Cleveland, OH; Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB); Approved Consultant, ASCH

Teaches mind/ body skills to patients hospitalized in psychiatric units in 2 Twin City hospitals, Minneapolis, MN. Former PNP with Noran Neurological Clinic, Minneapolis, MN; Former Department Chair and Clinical Practice Director, Alexander Center for Child Development and Behavior, Park Nicollet Clinic,St. Louis Park, MN; Former Adjunct Faculty Developmental Behavior Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School; Instructor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

General Pediatrician, Section Head, Community Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Wooster, OH; Medical Director, Longbrake Student WellnessCen-ter, College of Wooster; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Founder & Coordinator of Education and Training, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute; Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics, Medical Hypnosis & Self-Regulation, Kohen Therapy Associates, Golden Valley, MN (retired); Former Director: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota (retired); Former Director of Education and Training, Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH); Past President, MSCH; Past President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis; Past Vice-President, Fellow, and Approved Consultant, ASCH; Fellow, SCEH

Therapist, Kohen Therapy Associates; Past-President and Fellow, MN Society for Clinical Social Work; Credential Chair, International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy; Faculty, NPHTI, MSCH

Co-Director of Education, NPHTI; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada; Clinical Pediatric Pain Practice (retired). Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC Division); International Society of Hypnosis (ISH); Scientific Planning Committee for ISH World Congress of Hypnosis, Montreal, 2018; Approved Consultant, ASCH

President, Board of Directors NPHTI; Clinical Psychologist - Private Practice Chicago IL; Former Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; Former Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (Child and Adolescent Track) at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Past-President of the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Former Clinical Section Head, Illinois Psychological Association; Approved Consultant, ASCH; Founder, Comfort Kits for Children (nonprofit)

Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Georgia, at Augusta University; Director, Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Augusta, GA; Aiken- Augusta Holistic Health, North Augusta, SC; Approved Consultant, ASCH

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota; Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency, CAQ Geriatrics

Research Professor and Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Institute and College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology; Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, University of Rochester; Behavioral Pediatrician, Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Rochester, NY; Past President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis; Past Vice-President, Fellow, Approved Consultant, ASCH

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice in Denver, Colorado; Former Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine; Former founding Clinical Director, Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Stanford Children’s Health; Member, ASCH

*denotes planning committee

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