Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

305 Commandants Way – Commoncove Suite 100,
Chelsea, MA 02150-4057
Phone: 617-744-9857
Email: [email protected]

Founded in 1949, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) is an international organization of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, dentists and physicians who are dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in the clinical setting.

The membership represents a rare union of some of the finest academicians, researchers and clinicians whose collaboration is designed to support and inform the clinical work and research of its members and other professionals.

A distinguishing feature of the group is its premise that sound clinical practice is built upon serious scientific inquiry and that important empirical questions are often raised by those who care for patients.

Through workshops, lectures, publication of the International Journal for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH), and other teaching activities of SCEH, members educate health care professionals, academicians, researchers, students and the general public about the nature and ethical uses of hypnosis and related phenomena.

Mission Statement

To promote excellence and progress in hypnosis research, education, and clinical practice.


The SCEH annual meeting is the premier venue for presenting new experimental studies and is the focus of vigorous scientific and clinical discussion.  SCEH has assumed a leadership role among professional hypnosis societies, while collaborating freely and enthusiastically with ASCH, ISH and Division 30 of the American Psychological Association. SCEH’s curriculum and training is recognized by professional schools (medical, dental, psychology, social work).  More than 50 trainees (residents, fellows, postgraduate learners, and students in the medical and mental health professions) attend the SCEH conference each year. SCEH provides educational material for patients and the general public about the benefits and risks of hypnosis. Membership is steadily increasing. SCEH is the voice of professional hypnosis, interfacing with other professional organizations and educating the public.


  • Professionalism
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Competence in Clinical Practice
  • Developing Techniques with Enhanced Utility and Applicability to Clinical Care
  • Using Hypnosis to Enhance the Our Own Growth and that of Our Patients
  • Strengthening the Evidence Base of  Practice by Incorporating Research Findings into Clinical Practice
  • Teaching and Life-Long Learning


Growth of scientific understanding and clinical applications of hypnosis now and in the future.

SCEH Membership Benefits

This is a selective society that contains some of the best and most productive hypnosis researchers and clinicians in the field. In the past four decades, the majority of the important English language publications in the filed of scientific hypnosis have been written by members of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Members of SCEH have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and collaborate with those who are the brightest minds in the field, and who are experienced with applying hypnosis techniques to a variety of clinical problems.

Continuing Education / Professional Development

SCEH boasts a rich history in hypnosis training and research, and each year presents its Annual Workshops and Scientific Session, now entering its 66th year. Each Annual Conference comprises a Workshop track (including Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Workshops) as well as a Scientific Session that features the latest research on clinical and experimental hypnosis. The conference attracts some of the most advanced clinicians and researchers on hypnosis in the world. Attendees have tremendous opportunities to learn about the latest information and techniques in hypnosis. Members qualify for discounted conference registration. From time to time, SCEH also offers additional continuing education courses, directed to professionals at all levels.

SCEH Workshops and Annual Conference Topics

  • Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Clinical Hypnosis Techniques
  • Applications in Behavioral Medicine, Pain Control and Habit Disorders
  • Applications in Dentistry
  • Hypnosis Research Design and Strategies
  • Applications in Psychiatry
  • Applications in Clinical Medicine

SCEH Annual Scientific Meeting Topics

  • Memory and recall
  • Pain management
  • Addiction ans substance abuse
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Trauma and dissociation
  • New research in the field

Hypnosis Certification

The Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis has initiated a certification program to recognize committed practitioners and scientists who are members of the Society and who are willing to commit themselves to an individualized program designed to improve their own knowledge and skill in hypnosis and to help expand the field and teach their colleagues. The program is called SCEH-ACE, SCEH’s Active Commitment to Excellence in Hypnosis.

SCEH Newsletter

To keep its members informed, SCEH publishes a quarterly newsletter, Focus, which contains articles and news about the Society and its members.