Treating Pain and Anxiety with Hypnosis and Guided Imagery

Presented by Maggie Phillips, PhD on 02-24-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

The use of hypnosis and guided imagery to treat pain and anxiety is both an art and a science. Hypnosis and imagery similarly use the power of the imagination to promote healing. This is an important focus for mental health professionals because, in clinical practice, many people presenting with pain conditions also have anxiety. Self-hypnosis has also been found to be an effective tool in helping clients discover the power they have in their own healing while contributing a means of integrating their learning from hypnosis sessions. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Maggie Phillips will present research supporting the use of hypnosis and guided imagery in mental health treatment. She will discuss the positive outcomes, including perspectives from neuroscience, that address the impact of hypnosis and imagery on brain function. Dr. Phillips will also describe the link between trauma and pain/anxiety by exploring it from a “root cause” perspective. 

Dr. Phillips will present a variety of interventions drawn from guided imagery and hypnosis, identify different types of hypnotic suggestions, and explore their suitability for different types of individuals in therapy. Dr. Phillips will include experiential opportunities for attendees as well as present case studies to illustrate who benefits most from hypnosis versus guided imagery and in what situations they are most effective when used together.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Discuss research validating the use of hypnosis and imagery to treat pain and anxiety.
  2. Summarize the connection between pain, trauma, and anxiety. 
  3. Explain three types of hypnotic suggestions and when to apply their use.
  4. Utilize two types of structured imagery effectively.
  5. Demonstrate the basic steps in self-hypnosis. 
  6. Apply a basic protocol that utilizes hypnosis and imagery to treat anxiety and pain. 

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

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GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Maggie Phillips, PhD

Maggie Phillips, PhD

Maggie Phillips, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in California specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress, dissociative, and pain disorders. Dr. Phillips is particularly interested in the interface of trauma, dissociation, and emotional and physical pain conditions. She is an innovator in mind-body healing and in the treatment of persistent pain and trauma. She is also a leading expert on the treatment of fragmentation and the applications of Ego State Therapy to heal dissociation and self-division often created by trauma. 

Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and co-recipient of its Crasilneck Award for the best writing in the field of hypnosis. She is also a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and a co-recipient of its Cornelia Wilbur Award for contributions to the treatment and study of dissociation. Dr. Phillips has taught at major conferences and has presented countless workshops on pain, Ego State Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, trauma, hypnosis, EMDR, behavioral medicine, and Energy Psychology in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Phillips has developed an online pain self-help program and a pain CD coaching program available at www.reversingchronicpain.com. She has also recorded two pain CD programs, “Hypnosis: The Pain Solution” and “Hypnosis: The Headache Solution,” distributed by www.hypnosisnetwork.com. Her publications include:

To learn more about Dr. Phillips and view her popular monthly webinar and newsletter series, please visit her website at www.maggiephillipsphd.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
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