Lancs and Cheshire

3 Module Foundation Training Warrington

When: 25/09/2021

The Villagio Hotel, 5-9 Folly Lane, Warrington WA5 0LZ

About the training:

Module 1: 25/26th Sept 2021 • Module 2: 23/24th Oct 2021 • Module 3: 27/28th Nov 2021  Please note that these dates are provisional and will be confirmed in 2021.
The Foundation course is aimed at teaching the basics that health professionals can integrate into their existing clinical work.

 As a safe-guard for clients / patients, we will only train health care professionals who are eligible for membership of BSCAH. If in any doubt please send your CV to Linda Dunlop at

If you have completed Module l training with the former BSMDH Mets & South group or another Branch of BSCAH we will accept your application to complete modules 2 & 3.

Course Content

Each module will have a taught component, with demonstrations where appropriate, supervised practice, and the opportunity to ask questions pertinent to your professional interest. We aim to ensure that by the end of the course you will feel competent to use your new skills effectively. The course teachers are all health care professionals, who regularly use hypnosis in their clinical practice. We work closely with our academic colleagues so that we present evidence-based techniques, in a forum which encourages you to build your own individuality into the therapy you deliver. There will be plenary question and answer sessions at the end of each day, and we will ask you to evaluate each module. Hand outs of notes for each module, including reading lists and references will be available electronically prior to the course and any presentations used will be made available electronically to participants. Following the Foundation Training you should feel confident to add hypnosis, including teaching self-hypnosis, to your existing skills in anxiety management. We also introduce the concept and rationale for hypnotic techniques in other conditions on Module 2 and 3, so if you are already working with patients with these conditions you should then be able to integrate simple hypnotic and imagery techniques into your work. The course does not lead to qualifications as such but can be allowed towards CPD as we keep a register, evaluation forms and issue an attendance certificate. If you wish to have a university qualification then the Midlands Branch run an Advanced Diploma/BSc Conversion course with the City of Birmingham University. The three module course costs £500. Courses will be held either at the postgraduate centre in Warrington Hospital or a little further up the road at the Villagio Hotel.

The first module will: Explore the theories and nature of hypnosis and hypnotic phenomena; teach how to induce and deepen hypnosis; teach how to give suggestion more effectively and how to use language to enhance outcome; teach self-hypnosis and anchoring; teach practical applications of hypnosis in treating anxiety and depression.


About the Trainers

Dr Ann Williamson MB ChB BSCAH Accred..Ann was a General Practitioner for thirty two years and has used hypnosis for more than twenty years to help her patients deal with stress and anxiety and to help them facilitate change in how they live their lives. She is an accredited member of the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis, a certified NLP Master Practitioner and has had training in brief solution oriented therapy and other approaches. She has been involved for many years with teaching Health Professionals how to use hypnotic techniques both for themselves and within their own field of clinical expertise. She runs stress management, personal development and brief psychological interventions workshops on request, as well as seeing private clients for therapy. She has also lectured at Manchester, Chester and Salford Universities as well as in Canada and Europe. She has written three books: on stress management, smoking cessation and on brief psychological interventions in clinical practice. She is also co-editor of A Handbook of Contemporary Hypnosis published by Wiley in 2011 and has contributed to several other books and journals. She is also a Reiki Master Trainer and has an interest in creativity and exploring one’s emotions through the arts. For more details please visit

Dr Catherine Potter BDS; M.Med Sci (Clinical Hypnosis); Dip Psy (OU); Dip Con Sed….Cath Potter qualified at Manchester Dental School in 1980 and has worked in the Community Dental Service, General Dental Practice and part time at Birmingham Dental Hospital. She recently worked for Salford PCT as Senior Dental Officer and outreach teacher and the University of Manchester as Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow for the Control of Pain and Anxiety postgraduate Diploma and MSc. Cath was one of the first people to be appointed as an outreach teacher in restorative dentistry and has supervised 4 F year students at Ordsall Clinic in Salford since the beginning of the innovative Manchester outreach programme. She has recently retired from her position as Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Behavioural Sciences at Leeds Dental Institute where she was year 1 lead and module organiser for a number of modules throughout the BChD curriculum. She also has a special interest in the treatment of anxious patients using hypnosis and Inhalation Sedation. Cath has recently obtained a PhD investigating the relationship between hypnosis and Inhalation Sedation.

Mrs Phyllis Alden….Phyllis is a clinical psychologist who has had wide ranging experience in helping patients suffering with many physical and mental health problems. In particular, for many years she specialised in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties arising from the diagnosis of cancer and the course of the disease from diagnosis to end stage. Phyllis has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of conditions such as PTSD, acute and chronic pain, difficulties arising from illness and injury, and the long term effects of trauma such as RTAs, assaults, and torture. With respect to clinical approaches, she considers herself to be eclectic. However within this she has tended towards the use of cognitive behavioural therapy as an approach. She has extensive experience in the use of hypnosis in the treatment of a wide range of clinical problems and has been involved in hypnosis training both nationally and internationally. She has also trained in EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Phyllis has participated in the drawing up of professional codes of conduct for two professionally recognised hypnosis organisations, the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and the European Society of Hypnosis.


Cost (Registration for 3 modules)  £600

For a sample programme for:  
Module 1 click here
Module 2 click here
Module 3 click here

Course fee not refundable if cancellation received less than 2 weeks prior to course.

For postal applications please download the application form 
Please make cheques payable to ‘BSCAH Lancs & Cheshire Branch’.
Please send completed form and remittance to: Mrs Linda Dunlop, 76 Moss Rd, Billinge, Wigan, Lancashire. WN5 7BS. Email:

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