BSCAH National

‘Integrating Hypnosis into mainstream practice – the successes and the challenges'

When: 04/10/2022 6.00pm-7.30pm
About the training:


Tuesday 4th October 6.00pm-7.30pm
We can always learn from others’ experiences and tonight we have three contributors: John Duthie, Paul Slater and Mike Stylianou, who will talk about how they are working to integrate hypnosis into their mainstream practice. They will discuss the challenges and successes that they have encountered on their journeys and give some idea of how they view the future of hypnosis within the medical and dental fields. 

Whilst modern hypnotherapy is a constantly evolving multi-faceted skill, is attracting more and more positive interest, has been extensively researched in some of the worlds most prestigious academic  institutions it is not always greeted with the reception expected. It is this that Mike will explore  sharing some stories  and tales of his “lived experience.

FREE to BSCAH members - no need to register as a zoom link will be emailed to the BSCAH members mailing list
Cost for non-members  £20 - please register on the button below.

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John Duthie
John qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 1974 and started his Foundation Training in hypnosis in 1975. He further honed his hypnosis skill at the Liverpool Dental Hospital in the late 1980s and early 90’s treating medically compromised and nervous patients requiring General Anaesthetic and Sedation. He used hypnosis as a tool to maximise the placebo effect and amplify the drug response to reduce complications and speed up treatment thus reducing waiting lists. On the academic side, John was an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of GDP. Now retired, he believes that a failure to use hypnosis to enhance drug effects and the healing process is an act of omission and would like to pass on this enthusiasm on to younger working colleagues. To this end, he is starting a study group in Liverpool where participants can come to practice their skills and discuss cases as experience grows.



Paul Slater
Paul is a consultant anaesthetist at Northampton general hospital and a member of BSCAH. He uses hypnosis in his daily practice and trains other medical professionals at local and national level in hypnotic techniques applicable to medical practice.


Mike Stylianou
Mike is founding director of the charity . ” Poems for Children “ POEMS being an acronym being for Positive Outcome experience Management Strategies the Primary objective of POEMS is to train healthcare professionals of all grades in the optimisation of the “patient experience “ and manage or mitigate procedure induced anxiety . The POEMS course explores The Role of Hypnosis in healthcare along with some of the techniques and language patterns know to most hypnotherapist , and how they can be used without formal trance commonly associated with Hypnosis. To date POEMS have trained thousands of healthcare professional in the UK and around the world. Mike lectures both graduate and undergraduate nurses and allied healthcare professional in recognising and responding to Procedure induced anxiety and the non-pharmacological management of Pain. Mike currently works at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. Where he has been involved in developing the debrief program PEERS [post event evaluation reflection and support ] to help healthcare teams navigate some of the unwanted and often unexpected challenges associated with the delivery of care. Mike is a practising hypnotherapist with over 20 years’ experience, and uses the techniques of hypnosis on a daily basis. 


Learning outcomes:

To understand how hypnosis could be integrated into mainstream practice

To understand some of the challenges that are likely to be encountered and how they might be overcome

Hilary Walker: