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2018 North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis 49th Annual Conference
With Michael Yapko, PhD
Friday, November 9 & Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday Center at UNC Chapel Hill

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Healing the Wounds of Development: Attachment Theory & Hypnosis, An Integrated Approach to Psychotherapeutic Treatment

With Eric Spiegel, PhD

North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis 48th Annual Conference

Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rigmor House at Chapel Hill


13 CEs Approved by ASCH, NCPA & NBCC

In this two-day workshop, we will consider the role that hypnosis can play in a relationally attuned therapeutic relationship, helping to facilitate attachment repair in patients with developmental arrests in self-regulation and identity formation. The relational and psychological functions of attunement, representation and mentalization are essential components of a secure attachment experience. The presenter will review the literature and describe how hypnosis can be applied in working with each of these areas of attachment.  In its utilization of shared attention, tone of voice, pacing, language and imagery, clinical hypnosis as a state, relationship and technique offers psychotherapists a way of introducing a healthy attachment experience and renewing appropriate developmental functioning in these patients.  Through a mixture of didactic and experiential approaches, participants will develop increased competency in (1) understanding how the therapeutic relationship in general, and clinical hypnosis from an attachment frame in particular, can be utilized to re-build developmental structure and re-engage reflective functioning and (2) utilizing specific applications of clinical hypnosis towards this aim.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Integrate the concepts and principles of attachment theory into psychotherapy practice.
  • Conceptualize and describe how a hypnotherapeutic attachment approach could be utilized for the purposes of developmental repair.
  • Articulate how the hypnotic elements of attunement, representation and mentalization can be used to facilitate developmental repair.
  • Formulate and deliver three hypnotic suggestions which advance the attachment goals of enhancing attunement in the hypnotherapeutic relationship, developing mental representation of a secure attachment figure or ego state, and increasing the capacity for reflective awareness about mental states in developmentally arrested patients.
  • Integrate attachment and hypnosis into the psychotherapeutic treatment of borderline and narcissistic spectrum developmental arrests.

Presenter: Eric Spiegel, PhD

Dr. Eric Spiegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia. He is certified as an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). A 2012 recipient of ASCH’s Early Career Achievement Award, he was named a Fellow of the Society in 2015 and is the incoming President-Elect. Dr. Spiegel is co-author of the book Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, published by the American Psychological Association in 2013. He has also published on attachment and hypnosis in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH) and American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (AJCH). Dr. Spiegel specializes in working with anxiety, trauma and relationship issues. He has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Drexel University, James Madison University, Lafayette College and the University of Maryland, and enjoys teaching internationally on a wide range of subjects, including attachment and hypnotherapy.


Markin, R., Marmarosh, C., Spiegel, E.B. (2013) Attachment in Group Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: APA.

Spiegel, E.B. (2016a). Attachment-focused hypnosis in psychotherapy for complex trauma: Attunement, representation, and mentalization. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 64(1), 45-74.

Spiegel, E.B. (2016b). Attachment-focused psychotherapy and The Wounded Self. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 59, 47-68.


Friday, November 10

8:30 AM            Introductions and workshop overview

8:45 AM            Attachment Theory: Concepts, literature, and research

9:15 AM            Attachment-focused hypnosis for developmental repair: Introduction of

the ARM model

9:30 AM            Attunement in hypnosis: Processes, goals, and skills

10:00 AM          Starting hypnosis with a client: Experiential training

10:30 AM          Refreshment break

10:45 AM           Demonstration 1: Attunement in the hypnotic process

11:15 AM           Small dyad practice

11:45 AM           Representation in hypnosis: Review of existing hypnotic

representational approaches

12:00 PM           Lunch

1:00 PM             Representation: Integrating existing hypnotic approaches with

attachment theory

1:30 PM            Representation in hypnosis: Processes, goals and skills

2:00 PM            Demonstration 2: Representation in the hypnotic process

2:30 PM            Refreshment break

2:45 PM            Small dyad practice

3:15 PM            Case video and discussion

4:30 PM            Adjourn

Saturday, November 11

8:30 AM            Mentalization: Conceptual review and integrating into a hypnotic


9:00 AM            Mentalization: Processes, goals and skills

10:00 AM            Demonstration 3: Mentalization in the hypnotic process

10:30 AM            Refreshment break

10:45 AM            Small dyad practice

11:15 AM            Borderline spectrum developmental repair: Conceptualization

11:45 AM            Application of ARM to Borderline spectrum repair

12:00 PM           Lunch

1:00 PM            Case Discussion 1

2:00 PM            Narcissistic spectrum developmental repair: Conceptualization

2:30 PM            Break

2:45 PM            Application of ARM to Narcissistic spectrum repair

3:15 PM            Case Discussion 2

4:00 PM            Clinical utilizations, summary and questions

4:30 PM            Adjourn

Note: Please be prepared to remain after the conference ends in order to turn in evaluations and receive CE certificates.

Setting: We are fortunate once again to be meeting at Rigmor House, a retreat center just outside Chapel Hill. The casual, intimate atmosphere is highly conducive to collegiality. We encourage you to visit rigmorhouse.com to see this delightful setting. (Also see Lodging below.)

Schedule: Registration begins at 8:00. Workshop schedule is 8:30-4:30. There will be 15-minute breaks mid morning and mid afternoon and one hour for lunch.

Eligibility: Since this workshop is exclusively dedicated to psychotherapeutic treatment, only those professionals should attend who may practice the skills imparted within the ethical competencies of their discipline. With this consideration in mind, persons holding doctoral degrees in Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Nursing or a Masters Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Nursing and who are licensed to practice in the state in which they practice are eligible. Also, current students of these disciplines are eligible.

CEs: Certificates of Attendance provided. Thirteen (13) CEs will be awarded for attending the entire two-day workshop. No credit will be given for those who attend one day only. Credit toward ASCH re-certification has been approved for this workshop at the advanced level. This program has also been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for NBCC Credit. NCSCH is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-2857. The program has additionally been approved by The North Carolina Psychological Association allowing Psychologists to receive continuing education credit. For those requesting CE certification from NCPA, a $6 fee will be added to the registration fee. (Note:  Psychologists licensed in other states should check with their licensing board to make certain that CEs are accepted.)

Target Audience: The workshop is for beginning, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Further training and supervision is recommended.

NCPA Statement: This program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attendance Policy: To receive continuing education credit, you must be present for the entire workshop, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of the workshop. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of the workshop. Please note that Internet sources sometimes give incorrect directions to Rigmor House and be sure to plot your route carefully by map without relying on navigation software.

Refund Policy: Refunds available if cancellation before October 30, minus a $75 fee. If cancellation occurs between October 30 and November 9, refunds will be given minus a $125 fee. No refunds if cancellation occurs after November 9.

Grievance Policy: Please see our policy at nchypnosis.org under our Fall Conference description.

Lunch: On site, included with registration.

Lodging: For nearby hotels, visit rigmorhouse.com/lodging.


2-Day Conference               Early Bird            After October 9

Member                                 ___ $265         ___ $315

Non-member                        ___ $340         ___ $390


1-Day Fee (No CEs awarded)

Member                                   ___ $215         ___ $235

Non-member                         ___ $265         ___ $285

 ___ $6 CE Fee for certification from NCPA