Annual Symposium

Details for the 2018 IBH Symposium, to be held May 4-6, will be posted soon. 


2017 International Board of Hypnotherapy Symposium Presenters

Joe Mancini photo small copyPast-Life Therapy: Going Back to go Forward

with Joseph Mancini, Jr., PhD, CCHt, LBLt, CRT, PLt, MSOD, MSW

In this theoretical and experiential workshop, Dr. Mancini will discuss first the importance of having a metaphysical orientation, like that of Jane Roberts’ Seth Material, that can help clients interested in past lives to understand what Karma is and is not in order to emphasize the individual’s free will in understanding influences from past lives. He will then suggest strategies for helping clients get past obstacles to entering a past life, as well as several ways to conclude regressions to maximize healing, including working in the Afterlife with spiritual sources, using waking and dream dialogue with the past-life persona, and offering the past-life self a different outcome to its life, a strategy that can help the present self as well.

The experiential portion of the workshop involves Dr. Mancini’s facilitating a group regression to a past life in which the journeyer will find one or more resources to further his or her expertise in doing past-life regressions in the current incarnation. After participants write up their experiences and share what they wish in dyads, Dr. Mancini will answer as many questions as time permits.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATeaching Mindfulness Meditation

Enhanced by Integral Hypnotherapy


Workshop Leader Training

with Tim Simmerman-Sierra, CMS-CHt, FIBH

Receive an additional certificate for attending this presentation where Tim will instruct how to lead a Mindfulness Meditation workshop where the methods are enhanced by Integral Hypnotherapy techniques. Built on the foundation of his three decades of meditation and self-hypnosis practice, Tim has developed a Mindfulness Meditation and Self- Hypnosis Workshop that helps people new to meditation and self-hypnosis, as well as experienced meditators alike, have a gratifying experience. Research verifies that the methods demonstrated during the presentation effectively reduce stress, lower blood pressure, regulate the heartbeat and improve immune function. Also attendees report improved wellbeing and greater spiritual connection. Field tests have shown that the combination of specific Integral Hypnotherapy concepts and techniques with traditional mindfulness training, create greater results and joy.

Attendees will recieve:

  • workshop syllabus
  • workshop attendee booklet
  • Mindfulness and Self-Hypnosis scripts.
  • IBH certified attendees with also receive an additional certificate.


An Inflammation Nation

with Sunil Pai, MD

Inflammation is the trigger mechanism that makes every health condition worse. Sunil Pai, MD is internationally recognized as an expert in Integrative Medicine, a health activist/influencer and thought leader in the wellness industry. A presentation of his critically acclaimed book, An Inflammation Nation: The Definitive Guide to Preventing, Treating and Reversing All Diseases Through Diet, Lifestyle and the Use of Natural Anti-Inflammatories will be given using an holistic approach guided by scientific data, personal stories and humor. With extensive information on the production of food, pharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements, this lecture pulls back the veil on what’s “really” in the foods and products you consume daily — and how they’re affecting your health. Simple, yet clinically effective and evidence based, Integrative Medicine recommendations will be taught to help the audience improve their clients’/patients’ overall health as well as their own.  Special note from the IBH Directors: It is by gaining a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of inflammation, that hypnotherapists will better assist their clients.


Photo Dailey smallUnderstanding Chronic Pain and the Use and Benefits of Hypnotherapy

with Barbara Dailey, DNP, ARNP, CMS-CHt, FIBH

According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. While acute pain is usually self-limiting, chronic pain is recognized as a significant and often lifelong diagnosis and disability. Opioids used to treat chronic pain and the deaths and addictive behavior associated with their use have become epidemic. In this lecture we will examine how chronic pain is experienced; why chronic pain can get worse over time and what and how comorbidities associated with chronic pain contribute to life limitations, social isolation and decreased activity. We will discuss how hypnotherapy is used as a powerful tool to reduce this suffering by understanding how to use hypnotherapy to address the thought processes and the physiologic and psychosocial factors that drive the experience of pain.


photo clark smallDiscovering and Transforming the Mental Patterns of Chronic Disease

with Eva Clark, CMS-CHt

Learn how to discover the core beliefs, behaviors and thought patterns underlying your client’s chronic disease, and then how to transform those patterns to create health.

Modern Science is establishing a direct relationship between our thoughts and beliefs and our health. The emerging field of epigenetics has demonstrated how our thoughts have a greater impact on which genes are being expressed than our ancestors; and psychoneuroimmunology has established a close connection of the psyche with the immune system and the nervous system. This presentation is dedicated to the practical “how to” for using this new scientific knowledge to heal from disease.


 photo StaffordClimbing Your Mountain

with Barbara Stafford, CMS-CHt, FIBH

This presentation covers an inter-active technique which includes regression that is an adaption of a technique used with Jim Schwartz (Body Mind Fertility Connection) to assist clients in releasing more of their past struggles, doubts, and fears in a gentle, easy and fun manner. At the end, clients get to celebrate how far they have come in their session work. They can use this work as a tool and exercise to keep moving themselves forward. This is a great technique to use with clients who have been working through anxiousness, excessive worrying, PTSD, DV, smoking cessation, weight reduction and trauma issues. Ms. Stafford uses this technique regularly as a demonstration to her clients of how far they have come in their session work and to encourage them to continue on their journeys forward.


Photo CortezA Systemic Approach to Healthy Brain Development in Children with Autism

with Alicia Cortez, MHR, CMS-CHt, FIBH

Based on a recently published brain-tissue study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center, which appears in the journal, Neuron , it is suggested that children affected by autism have a surplus of synapses, or connections between brain cells. The excess is due to a slowdown in the normal pruning process that occurs during brain development. It is also suggested that children who are often diagnosed as “autistic” have brain cells which are deficient in a pathway known as “autophagy,” a process by which cells perform their own housekeeping work; it is like the recycling center of the cell. While there have been several genes linked to autism, this (autophagy) might in fact be the one thing that all those genes affect. Improving the natural pruning of brain cell connection and the process of autophagy by way of hypnotherapy may have profound impact on improving cognition and behavior across the spectrum.

Ms. Cortez will deliver a detailed presentation of the study above in addition to supportive material and findings from information gathered. Each symposium attendee will receive a copy of the script used to support the “pruning” of brain cell connection, which she used with her four-year-old daughter.


photo Keefe small copyBecoming a “Genius of Observation”

with MJ Keefe, JD, CMS-CHt, FIBH

The hypnotherapist must become a “genius of observation” to help his/her clients in the best ways possible. The hypnotherapist learns about the environmental influences affecting the subject and his problems. As therapy takes place, from opening the door to saying goodbye, the subject exhibits signals beyond the spoken words.

This non-verbal communication is important, especially as the therapist communicates with the subconscious in hypnosis. We will start with body language and basic messaging, learn about incongruity between the oral words and body language, and discuss facial expressions seen in hypnosis and the real world. This presentation provides the basics of body language and facial expressions. Once learned, you can make sure your body language reflects what you intend to communicate.


photo McGoeyUnderstanding the Six Stages of Change

with Anne Doerfert McGoey, LISW, LCSW, CMS-CHt, FIBH

Six stages of change combined with nine processes of change have been identified that people either consciously or unconsciously implement in order to make successful and deliberate changes in their lives. Self-changers as well as people who work with a professional for assistance, move through these stages and use these processes. Hypnotherapy provides a unique method for guiding people through the stages.

This presentation will provide hypnotherapy practitioners with an understanding of the importance of the cycle of change and of timing the processes of change to correspond with the appropriate stage, then each session can be more precisely fine-tuned. Valuing the importance of each stage of change strengthens rapport between practitioner and client. Also, this knowledge will help the hypnotherapist understand the importance of allowing the client to spend sufficient time at each particular stage.


Photo CoulonThe Role of the Mind in Sports: How to Make the Victory a Belief

with Sylvain Coulon, CMS-CHt, FIBH

We know that the mind plays an important role during a sports performance, but how can we help athletes gain strength that lasts when they most need it?  Sylvain Coulon is working with Marie Blanchard (Ironman Triathlon 70.3 World Championship finisher, and a 2017 Ironman All World Athlete in the top 5% ranking by age group worldwide) to help her enter into what they call “her bubble” when she is training and racing. They have been working on how to trigger and control on demand the flow of energy needed when she is racing and raging against the difficulty. Mr. Coulon will explain what occurs in her mind when the difficulty rises and the work they have done so far to keep a constant mind set in her upcoming races using such tools as tailor-made visualizations, recordings and anchoring, and exploring ways of communicating with her body. 



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