Northern Counties

3 Module Foundation Training with Northern Counties 2022

When: 12/03/2022

Edinburgh / virtual

About the training:

Northern Counties Foundation Training 2022

Would you like to learn how to integrate clinical hypnosis within your specialism?

Do you or your colleagues suffer from burnout or stress? If so, then this is the course for you!

Learn how clinical hypnosis and the use of imagery can transform your anxious patients

Learn how to avoid giving negative suggestion and capture your patient’s imagination to help themselves.

Price:   TBC

Please note that discounts are available. Please email outlining why you think you would be entitled to receive a discount

Module 1 of our Foundation training gives you the basic skills you need to integrate hypnotic techniques into your clinical work to help both you and your patients with anxiety and stress. Learn about the neuroscience behind the hypnotic response and how words can influence the outcome of any interaction you have with your patients.

Modules 2 & 3 expand on this knowledge and demonstrates ways of working with patients with a variety of problems such as pain, psychosomatic problems, phobias, and past traumatic memories.

There are also various possible topics that will enable you to expand your knowledge of using clinical hypnotic techniques with, for example, children, in obstetrics, PTSD, depression, grief, oncology and end of life care (according to the professional mix of delegates).

This course is the full 3 module training. If you have previously completed a module, you are welcome to book the modules separately.

The Foundation Training follows the BSCAH Core Curriculum and can lead to BSCAH Accreditation.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all regulated health care professionals. The cross-disciplinary interaction adds to the depth of experience in the learning process. The class has a minimum cohort of 12 and a maximum of 20, so there is ample opportunity for 1:1 support in the practical sessions.

What will be covered in the 3 modules?

The Core Curriculum for Module 1: 

  1. Nature of hypnosis                    
  2. History of hypnosis                   
  3. Theories of hypnosis                  
  4. Hypnotisability, scales, categorisation, and flexibility of approach 
  5. Safety aspects (contra-indications, management of abreaction & working online etc)
  6. Selection and preparation of the patient
  7. Rapport, communication, observation, and feedback (include introduction to nocebo)
  8. Two or three inductions and deepening (and the use of different levels of consciousness)
  9. Ego-strengthening and positive suggestion (direct and post-hypnotic)
  10. Anchoring
  11. Self-hypnosis
  12. Use of hypnosis in anxiety management
  13. Uses in clinical practice (to include research, evidence base & audit)
  14. Discussion with participants regarding implementing hypnosis into their clinical field.
  15. Professional and ethical issues and best practice (the hypnotist/client relationship, safeguarding, confidentiality, recording and documenting) 
  16. Role of BSCAH – Membership & ongoing support

The Core Curriculum for Modules 2 + 3: 

  1. Feedback from Module 1- successes and failures
  2. Treatment of anxiety
  3. Introduction to functional disorder
  4. Ideomotor signalling
  5. Pain – analgesia / anaesthesia
  6. Phobias – desensitisation
  7. Reframing –treatment of habit disorder
  8. Handling past trauma within your clinical field
  9. Memory / false memory  
  10. The Therapeutic Relationship – drawbacks and uses
  11. Use and construction of metaphor
  12. Evaluation, outcome measures and clinical audit
  13. Use of hypnosis within the participants’ field of clinical work
  14. Professional and ethical issues – good practice
  15. Role of BSCAH – ongoing support and the accreditation process

How will this course be delivered?

This course will be delivered in 3 modules which can be booked separately.

The course is blended, with 3 days in which the teaching is delivered virtually via zoom.

Virtual tuition: Each virtual tuition day will consist of two 2 hour sessions (zoom) of discussion, demonstrations of hypnotic techniques and opportunities to practice. There will be suitable breaks plus a long relaxing break for lunch. These sessions are planned to begin at 9.30am until 16.30pm with a long lunch break 12.15pm – 14.00pm. The zoom will remain open with optional opportunity to chat with the tutors who will be available for up to 30 mins of that time.

All relevant resources will be made available before the tuition days. These may include; videos, recorded PowerPoint presentations, papers, and materials designed to encourage reflection and discussion. Delegates are to familiarise themselves with these before the teaching days. 
The content is an important part of the training, in readiness for the virtual tuition days.

Face to face tuition

In modules 1 and 3 there are face to face tuition sessions in Edinburgh. On these days, the tuition will start on a Saturday after lunch, until approximately 16.30pm, and the following Sunday morning from 10am until lunchtime. This means that for most people only one night away from home should be necessary.

*For those students who would find physically attending Edinburgh difficult (Either for geographic or personal reasons) they will be facilitated to join those sessions virtually. If at the time the situation in the country with respect to Covid-19 makes it unwise to deliver tuition face to face then we will provide the content solely virtually.

Module 1

Information released for Module 1

2nd March 2022

Module 1 Zoom

12th March 2022

Module 1 Face to face

26th (pm) & 27th (am) March 2022

Module 2

Information released for Module 2

1st April 2022

Module 2 Zoom

9th April 2022

Module 3

Information released for Module 3

19th April 2022

Module 3 Zoom

7th May 2022

Module 3 Face to face

21st (pm) & 22nd (am) May 2022


Questions about any aspect of the course/content are welcomed. Prior and throughout the course, no question is considered too simple in a supportive atmosphere.
Please email Gill Smith (Tutor):

This course is being kept under constant review and development.  We will update this entry and keep those who have expressed interest informed of significant changes

How do I apply?

Places are limited to ensure a good experience.

We are currently taking expressions of interest, please contact Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary) and we will contact you regarding updates to details over the coming weeks. Once we are taking bookings you can apply via Louise if payment pending ( eg employer paying ) to secure your place or use the online debit/credit card booking function below. 

Please note that discounts may be available on a case by case basis e.g. more than one applicant from a unit, low income, students of relevant professions etc please contact

Price:   TBC

Please note that discounts are available. Please email outlining why you think you would be entitled to receive a discount


Gillian Smith is a retired consultant psychiatrist who has worked in the NHS and the independent sector. She has been using hypnosis within her clinical practice since 1982, She has co-presented this course in recent years. She has a personal interest in the application of mindfulness and in compassion focused therapy. She is currently based in Edinburgh where she is in independent hypnosis practice.

Guest tutors

Grahame Smith uses hypnosis and related techniques to help patients with a range of problems as seen by GPs. He has taught colleagues on many courses over the years, e.g. for BSCAH on this course at The Retreat York, and Queens Oncology Centre, Hull, also for RSM and Bournemoth University. He was a GP trainer and educational supervisor for new trainers, and a prolific GP appraiser. His training includes the University of Sheffield Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis. He is Past President of BSCAH and an Assessor for BSCAH Accreditation. He was a Council member of the Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of RSM. When in practice, Grahame had an interest in quality issues and organisational audit. His earlier career includes anaesthesia, part time occupational health, and work in Southern Africa.


Leslie Walker  is Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull.  He founded a unique Oncology Health Service which has won a number of awards, and the approach is known internationally as the "Hull model". Current research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of cancer; psychosocial aspects of cancer screening, prevention of clinically significant distress, and Li Fraumeni syndrome. Professor Walker has given numerous Invited Lectures and Keynote Addresses throughout the world, and he has over 300 publications to his name.



Please contact a tutor (contact info below) with any questions you may have regarding the course: Gill Smith:   For administrative matters please contact Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary) or National Office: