XIV ESH congress

hosted by British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

23th - 26th August 2017

British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
Hypnosis: unlocking hidden potential. The value of hypnosis in communication, health and healing in the 21st century.


The programme will be updated as details become available.

Wednesday 23rd August

There will be a Pre-congress Foundation Training workshop from 9.30 – 13.00 for those new to hypnosis run by experienced UK Trainers.  Lunch and refreshments will be included for participants.

There will also be two advanced workshops from 9.30 – 13.00.  Lunch and refreshments will be included for participants.

Workshop 1:  Hypnosis in the treatment of past traumatic memory with Dr Geoff Ibbotson & Dr Peter Naish
This workshop is suitable for those with some knowledge of hypnosis and who work with patients who are struggling with the negative effects of past traumatic memories.  Stabilisation and the art of taking a therapeutic history will be discussed as well as deciding what approaches would be suitable for different types of client.  This workshop will look at practical ways that imagery can be used to rapidly disrupt recurrent flashbacks, thoughts or memories and how one can utilise the client’s strengths and resources to help themselves. Participants will also be shown some ways of utilising dissociated imagery to resolve the distress caused by negative memories from the past.  All of the above will be presented within the context of the science of both PTSD and hypnosis, a science that explains why hypnosis is especially effective as a treatment for this distressing disorder.

Workshop 2: Using Hypnosis with Families with Prof Camillo Loriedo
The use of hypnosis with families appears to be an easy and natural process because family provides the most common context for early hypnotic experiences. The study of the family natural tendency to induce trance is one of best ways to learn how to utilize hypnosis with families. Specific direct and indirect techniques are required to activate family resources and to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns. In this framework hypnosis will be understood no more as an individual/linear event but rather, within a system perspective, as a circular and evolving process.
Indications on how to reco­gnize the peculiar family hypnotic patterns and how to use them in order to bring in the therapeutic change will be given to the participants.
The demonstration of a family hypnotic session gives a clear idea of the powerful and subtle resistances a family may develop in the course of the hypnotic treatment as well as of the many different solutions a therapist may adopt to overcome these resistances. Indirect as well as direct forms of hypnosis to be used in the family interview will be presented and special attention will be dedicated to the criteria to follow in order to combine properly direct and indirect in the different phases of the therapeutic process.

There will be a public and media event in the afternoon at 13.30 which will finish at 15.00 to which all are welcome (Details TBA).

The Congress will open at 15.30 on Wednesday 23rd August with an opening welcome by the President of BSCAH and a keynote address from the ESH President Dr Consuelo Casula.

Following directly from the plenary session will be a Drinks Reception from 18.30 kindly sponsored by the Hilton Deansgate.

There will be a Gala dinner with entertainment and dancing on Friday 25th August.

Keynote and Invited Speakers (click on the name for more information)


Castlefield, Manchester
Media City, Manchester
Media City
Exchange Square, Manchester
Exchange Square