Hypnotic Approaches

for the non-hypnotherapist

Presented by Bruce Hersey LCSW

This workshop is for professional counselors and therapists interested in boosting the effectiveness of their existing repertoire of modalities and skills by incorporating essential elements from the realm of clinical hypnosis.


You do not have to be trained in hypnosis to understand and utilize the learning from this training, nor will you need to 'hypnotize' your clients for them to benefit from your new understandings. Clinicians with previous clinical hypnosis training will also benefit from this perspective on the application of hypnotic processes to the usual course of therapy.


As a participant, you will learn about naturally occurring trance states and how best to recognize, facilitate and utilize these in your practice of modalities which you already know and use with your clients. You will understand multilevel communication and how to speak to unconscious elements of the personality simultaneous with the conscious parts. You will learn more effective ways of wording, timing, and sequencing of your interventions with knowledge of how hypnosis works.


Approved for 6 CE hours by NBCC & ASWB.

Course Objectives

By the end of the training participants will:


  1. Understand the concepts of pacing and leading in verbal and nonverbal behavior.
  2. Be able to utilize metaphorical speech, especially based on client verbiage to generate motivation, hope and possibilities for change.
  3. Recognize naturally occurring trance in the context of normal therapeutic dialogue.
  4. Know 3 simple ways to increase a client's attention to inner experience.

Location and Date

Altoona, PA -- Heartspace Wellness Alliance

Friday, May 22nd, 9am-5pm

Heartspace Wellness Alliance -- Handicap Accessible


Please contact brucehersey@gmail.com regarding any special needs.

$150 registration

Register & pay online or mail check and contact info to:


Bruce Hersey

217 Union Ave. 2nd Floor

Altoona PA 16602


Contact Bruce (814) 944-3852 (mailto:brucehersey@gmail.com)


Cancellation Policy: Full refund of amount paid less 10% processing fee until 14 days prior to workshop date. As of that date, no refunds issued.

About Bruce

Bruce is an AASECT Certified Supervisor in Sex Therapy, and an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis & EMDR (ASCH & EMDRIA). He is also Certified in IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), completed IFS Levels One, Two & Three Training, is a three time IFS Level One Program Assistant, presented at the IFS International Conference three times, and at the AASECT International Conference on IFS & Sex Therapy. He is owner and moderator of the Internal Family Systems Network, a rapidly growing Linkedin international discussion group for professional helpers. Bruce is Founder and Executive Director of the Heartspace Wellness Alliance, a space for wellness practices and training in Altoona, PA.

In his private practice in Altoona, he sees many adults individually or in couples and groups as well as conducting IFS Self-Development Workshops and Retreats for the public. He collaborates with Lois Ehrmann, PhD to provide Professional Trainings in IFS and related approaches.

Many of Bruce's clients throughout his 25 years of private practice have suffered from complex disorders of attachment and trauma. As a result, Bruce has always sought out the most advanced therapeutic training available, leading him to clinical hypnosis, EMDR & IFS. Professionals who have consulted him for licensing or certification in these specialties have received guidance through the lens of IFS, which provides a systemic non-pathologizing perspective that increases self-awareness in both the client and therapist.

NBCC & ASWB Approved CE Provider

Wise Heart Leadership is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #6587) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wise Heart Leadership Initiative (ACE provider #1261) 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. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (9/6/2013-9/6/2015). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours. Certificates of attendance will be given on site upon completion of program for all attending the full two days after completing course evaluation. You may contact either Bruce Hersey or Lois Ehrmann on site during the training or afterward via contact information provided in course materials regarding any questions, concerns, issues, or grievances regarding this program and its administration.