The 20th Annual WVU Hypnosis Training Workshop will be held at the John E. Jones Conference Center Friday through Sunday Sept. 5-7.

The workshop,TheArtin the Science of Healing,is open to professionals and advanced students in health-related fields including psychology, counseling, medicine, dentistry, nursing and social work. Discounted fees are available for WVU faculty, staff and full-time medical and graduate students.

While three tracks are available to accommodate varying levels of experience, workshop objectives pertain to each participant. The objectives are to understand hypnosis and its misconceptions, to utilize hypnosis in various professional settings, to personally use autohypnosis and to use hypnosis in the management of pain.

The workshop emphasizes demonstrations and hands-on experience,said Dr. MarionMunKostka, psychologist at the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling&Psychological Services and study group coordinator.Attendees can use what theyve learned right away.

Hypnosis has gained in acceptance and popularity through the years, Kostka said, and is now used in a number of areas as a viable therapy tool and treatment approach.

Whether used by a psychologist or psychiatrist to help lessen patient anxiety and stress, to help them deal with life-altering trauma, or to control habits such as smoking or overeating, hypnosis is being used to a greater extent today than even just a few years ago, Kostka said.

Doctors and dentists use hypnosis as a means of pain control including helping patients deal with chronic pain and to ease labor pains during childbirth.

Hypnosis can have a dramatic effect on some people,Kostka said,allowing them to undergo surgery without the use of any anesthesia.

And, he points out, no one is allergic to hypnosis.

We all know how to enter a hypnotic state to some point,he said.But it is a cooperative effort. Those who do not want to be hypnotized can resist it.

Being able to enter hypnotic trance is simple, he added.Many people are able to self-hypnotize themselves to achieve deeper focus while studying, to enhance their sleep, and to decrease anxiety.

In fact, he said, many sports teams use hypnosis techniques to enhance their performance by increasing focus and decreasing nervous anxiety.

The workshop is designed to teach participants ways to use hypnosis more effectively with their patients and clients,Kostka said.New areas of application always exist.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the WVU Hypnosis Study Group, a component society of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling&Psychological Services; the WVU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Nursing; the WVU Health Sciences Office of Continuing Education; and the West Virginia Psychological Association, Inc.

Additional information can be obtained from Kostka at 304-293-4431 or e-mail Mun.Kostka@mail.wvu.edu .