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ISH monthly masterclass, Body Trance: Advancing flow, embodiment, and self-regulation in your traumatized clients By Woltemade Hartman, PhD

24 Jan 2024
5:00pm - 8:00pm CET

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Body Trance: Advancing flow, embodiment, and self-regulation in your traumatized clients

By Woltemade Hartman, PhD,

Wednesday January 24, 2024

17:00 - 20:00 CET



A Combined Clinical Hypnosis and Somatic Experiencing Approach with Live Demonstrations

My personal experience with hypnotic psychotherapy for traumatized patients spans over a period of more than 30 years. However, as my career progressed I grew more critical of my own hypnotic intervention strategies. I became aware of the fact that in executing my hypnotic interventions, I was only addressing the traditional conceptualization of the mind in a "skull-based" cognitive manner rather than viewing the mind as embedded within the self and embedded within the world around me. This made me realize that hypnotic treatment should not only be viewed as an intrapsychic cognitive intervention strategy but rather as a strategy embedded within the therapeutic relationship with the main purpose of creating and communicating a sense of safety to my patients. I realized that for decades the therapeutic and hypnotic fraternity have turned a blind eye to the body and the role of the nervous system in their quest for therapeutic excellence. This was a huge mistake.  I changed that and increasingly started to incorporate bodywork and somatic approaches in my clinical hypnosis work. To my surprise, I discovered that combining clinical hypnosis and bodywork allows me to re-set the incoherent autonomic nervous system response in traumatized patients in order to assist them to self-regulate adequately again. This combined approach re-establishes a sense of wholeness and advanced flow, internal coherence, a sense of safety, and self-regulation. In this workshop, Dr Hartman will address ways to use body interventions such as hypnotic stabilization techniques and the "pendulation technique" with traumatized individuals in a safe manner by combining the techniques of the Somatic Experiencing Approach developed by Peter Levine and modern clinical hypnosis strategies in a live demonstration.

Educational Objectives
At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1. Understand the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation, self-regulation, and its interconnectedness.
2. Understand the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges and its relevance in the treatment of trauma
3. Understand the dynamics of a Hypno-somatic approach to stabilize traumatized clients and how to elicit body-orientated resources.
4. Understand how the combination of Hypno-somatic techniques could facilitate flow, embodiment, coherence, and self-regulation allowing clients to experience wholeness again.

5. Understand the use and application of the pendulation technique to self-regulate and to re-create internal balance within the nervous system of traumatized individuals.


Short CV

Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist from Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and trained with dr Jeffrey Zeig and others.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of "Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children" and "Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie", as well as various scientific articles on the topic of trauma, hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He is the founder and President of Ego State Therapy International and currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Türkiye, Switzerland, The United States of America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses on the topics of psychotherapy, hypnosis psychotherapy, and trauma. Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and the 2022 John and Helen Watkins Award for Clinical Excellence in Ego State Therapy from Ego State International (ESTI), as well as other Awards. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Sex therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Trauma Therapeutic Yoga, Soma Body Therapy and is a certified Somatic Experiencing (SE) practitioner. 






Local Time

Austin (USA – Texas)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 10:00:00

Beijing (China – Beijing Municipality)

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 00:00:00

Berlin (Germany – Berlin)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 17:00:00

Cancún (Mexico – Quintana Roo)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 11:00:00

London (United Kingdom – England)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 16:00:00

New York (USA – New York)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 11:00:00

Perth (Australia – Western Australia)

Thursday, 24 January 2024, 00:00:00

Pretoria (South Africa)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 18:00:00

Seattle (USA – Washington)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 08:00:00

Sydney (Australia – New South Wales)

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 03:00:00

Tokyo (Japan)

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 01:00:00

Tehran (Iran)

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 19:30:00




Will the Webinar be recorded?

Yes, the link to re-watch the session will be shared to all people who registered for the meeting. 

How long will the recording be available?

After sharing the link, the recording will be available for at least 30days to re-watch the session. 

When will the room be opened?

The room will be opened 15min prior to the workshop. (4.45pm)


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