In recent weeks I have organised some new dates for training courses in 2018, I wrote about our advanced hypnotherapy diploma being run next year here on this website yesterday, and we’ve also got new dates for two of the one day seminars that I run here at the college. One of those is my science of self-hypnosis seminar and I wanted to write about how this particular seminar has changed and developed over the years to become what I will be teaching next year – because it will be completely new and revamped.

I have mentioned to a great many people, with great pride I hasten to add, that my ongoing research is about to be published in peer reviewed journals, that I have been meeting with world renowned researchers and academics (you can read this from last week: My Take On The Adage “You Should Never Meet Your Heroes”) and as a result, I have been asked to present a lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine’s annual David Waxman memorial event later this year.

One of the things about the Royal Society of Medicine is that they do not believe hypnosis or therapeutic hypnosis skills should be taught to non-medical professionals. That is, they will not teach hypnotherapy to anyone other than doctors, nurses, dentists etc.

I have just added some new dates for courses in 2018 and I will be offering my self-hypnosis seminar one day seminar in March, you can visit this page of this college website for details, price, exact date and even to book on: Science of Self-Hypnosis Seminar.

This one day course teaches people the skill of self-hypnosis and explains how to best practice self-hypnosis and incorporate it into your life. It counts as CPD for professional hypnotherapists but is primarily for members of the public and I continue to get the most wonderful feedback from it year upon year. I have made it simpler and more practical and removed much of the heavy theoretical underpinnings for next year’s offerings to make it easier and ideally more effective.

For those that are interested in the theory, my research findings, and what the major depth of self-hypnosis research says about the ‘best practice’ of self-hypnosis, I am offering a full academic presentation and lecture, virtually free (a nominal fee to cover room hire cost) to hypnotherapists, psychologists and those with an active interest, sharing my consultations with prominent researchers and academics as well as unearthing many seemingly controversial notions regarding self-hypnosis. This will be held on December the 20th, 2017 at 5pm-6.30pm, and here is an excerpt of the abstract to whet your appetite for now:

The notion of ‘self-hypnosis’ is ubiquitous in the hypnosis literature, but whilst the definition is itself clear enough (inducing oneself into the hypnosis process), there is little consistency in methods used to produce it. For example, many permit the use of audio tapes of other voices inducing hypnosis. Whilst no one else is physically present in the room, the process is effectively indistinguishable from hetero-hypnosis (hypnosis by another person). Indeed, many researchers hold that self-hypnosis and hetero-hypnosis are in fact the same thing. This might however be in large part to the mixed approach to establishing self-hypnosis methodologically. The notion that self-hypnosis exists is theoretically important, since the notion of self-hypnosis is a direct challenge to dissociation theories of hypnosis (Kirsch & Lynn, 1998). Here we will discuss the history of self-hypnosis, systematically review key studies in the self-hypnosis literature, whilst highlighting methodological differences between studies, compare self- and hetero-hypnosis, discuss the benefits of self-hypnosis, compare self-hypnosis to other related forms of treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Meditation, and finally present a research-informed “best-practice” model that can be used to enhance the benefits of self-hypnosis.

Full details of the lecture and how to book are here: Science of Self-Hypnosis Literature Review Lecture.

So whereas my one day seminar will teach the skills and now be virtually free of surplus academic theory, the above mentioned lecture will do the opposite. If you are interested in the latest, ground breaking research regarding self-hypnosis, you won’t want to miss this lecture as it is a presentation of the world’s first systematic literature review of the subject and includes the most up-to-date evidence. All present will get copies of the slides and a couple of PDFs to aid them during the lecture, and again, there will be a nominal fee of £3.50 to cover costs of the room, and that will be it.

The only other people who will have access to this information will be those who buy the journal articles or those medically trained professionals who attend the Royal Society of Medicine presentation the week before.

If you want to come to the full one day, more practical seminar, then visit this page on the college website and have a read of the details, grab a prospectus for the dates and fees – what’s more, if you’ve been on this seminar before and would like to attend the new version, you can come for cost price of the hotel’s delegate rate only, which is very low, just get in touch with me directly and I’ll book you in. Likewise, if you have any questions of any kind about learning self-hypnosis, send me a message and I’ll respond as quickly and as thoroughly as I am able.