BSCAH National

BSCAH National Conference 2022 - In association with the Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

When: 14/05/2022

Dartington Hall

13-15th May 2022
Dartington Hall near Totnes, Devon, is a country estate that is the headquarters of the Dartington Hall Trust, a charity specialising in the arts, social justice and sustainability. The estate dates from medieval times and provides a stunning and unique venue for our 2022 conference. 

Accomodation will be provided at Dartington Hall and at Northgate Hotel.

By Car: Sat Nav / Maps: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
By Train: Totnes Railway Station, 1.7 miles to the venue 7 mins drive. 

About the training:

Think it possible that you may be mistaken? Challenging assumptions & developing new ideas

We welcome you to a conference where your voice is important.

Our Keynote speakers have selected topics that concern them and are in some dimension at variance with accepted opinion. This is a unique chance to hear and work with these five international speakers in the beauty of the Devon countryside. The conference is designed to be inspirational, challenging and practical; you will take home new knowledge, new insights and many new practical tools which will profoundly benefit your daily practice and your own personal growth.

To book this Conference please scroll to the bottom of the page and book online.

Some of the topics we will be addressing:

Dissociation and suggestibility. Learn how misunderstanding, misattribution and mistakes have limited our clinical efficacy in engaging with these phenomena.
Learn how Grigor Dimitrov beat Roger Federer in the US Open.
Hypnosis as a valuable reactive clinical adjunct and /or hypnosis as a proactive medium for all?
Look into my eyes - you are going to have to try harder!

What do you think?
We look forward to your company in sunny* Dartington!
* Implicit suggestion and meteorological influence



08.30 - 09.00 Registration
09.00-10.30 Dr Lars-Eric Unestahl  
10.30-10.50 Coffee Break
10.50- 12.30  Dr Lars-Eric Unestahl  
12.30-13.30     Lunch break
13.30-15.15   Prof. Christina Liossi; The David Houghton Memorial Lecture
15.15-15.45   Coffee break
15.45-16.30     Prof. Paul Dieppe
16.30-17.30    Annual General Meeting  (ZOOM available)
19.30  Conference Dinner












08.30 - 09.00 Registration
09.00-10.30 Dr Devin Turhune
10.30-10.50 Coffee Break
10.50- 12.30  Dr Ben Parris
12.30-13.30   Lunch break
13.30-15.30   Plenary with all speakers
15.30-16.00   Coffee Break
16.00 Close


Price structure

If you have any questions about the price structure please contact:


Full Conference 2 days, 2 nights, full board, Tea & Coffee, Conference dinner £525 £400*
Day Rate Local Saturday or Sunday refreshments-NOT including meals, Conference dinner or accommodation £100 £75*
Day Rate Full Delegate Saturday or Sunday full board, tea & coffee, including one-night accommodation NOT Conference dinner £250 £200*
Conference Dinner Add on £40
Extra person rate Room full board per night NOT Conference dinner £50
  *BSCAH members / RSM Members / BSMDH (Scotland)/ ESH Constituent Society / Student  

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Cancellation policy & closing date

A full refiund will be given if cancelled 2 days or more in advance (11th May). If you cancel within 2 days of the Conference a 50% refund will be given.

Closing date: 22nd April 2022


Please note that Dartington Hall is now fully booked. But don't fret, you can still join us in this amazing part of the country as we will put you up in Northgate House Hotel which is just as beautiful. It is only 10 minutes away and we will arrange transport to and from the hotel. 

Details Northgate Hotel:


Abstracts        These will be posted as soon as they are received

HEALERS AND HEALING: Nonsense or a source of wisdom? by Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Exeter and Bristol
As doctors, scientists and rational thinkers, we are taught to believe in materialism, and positivism. So unscientific things like energy healing, shamanism, homeopathy, miraculous cures and the like have to be nonsense and are best dismissed. That was what I thought, as a practicing doctor, before life events shook me up a bit. For the last decade I have been studying healers and healing, using a variety of methods within a phenomenological framework. Now I think these things are all real and powerful, and that our narrow materialistic world view is misleading. And I believe that healers, shamans and homeopathy practitioners have much in common, and much to teach us about healthcare. I will try to explain why.
Revisiting (and rethinking) our assumptions regarding hypnosis, suggestion and dissociation by Dr Devin Terhune
Abstract Hypnosis has been historically subsumed within the broader domains of suggestion and dissociation but there remaining many lingering points of controversy and disagreement regarding these associations. Clinicians and researchers have tended to conceptualize hypnosis as either distinct from other suggestion-based phenomena or treat responsiveness to hypnotic suggestion as largely synonymous with responsiveness to suggestion in other contexts. Parallel disagreements have emerged in the discussion of a potential role of suggestion in the dissociative (and germane) disorders. In particular, clinicians and researchers have at once coupled an overly broad view regarding the domain of suggestion with an overly narrow interpretation of how suggestion relates to dissociation. I will argue that many disagreements regarding the relations among these phenomena arise from widespread misconceptions regarding suggestion. Bringing a variety of different types of data to bear on these issues, I will present a nuanced perspective on how to best situate hypnosis within the broader domains of suggestion and dissociation.
'Look into my eyes: Pupillometry and eye movement behaviour as measures of experience and strategy under suggestion' by Ben Parris
A key assumption in theories of hypnotic responding is that responses to hypnotic suggestions are experienced as involuntary and effortless. There are however reasons to reject the hypothesis that hypnotic responding is involuntary and effortless including evidence of regulation of hypnotic responses, and the demonstration of active attention-demanding attempts to fulfil the requirements of hypnotic suggestions. In this talk I will describe studies exploring the role of effort in hypnotic responding and studies employing pupillometry, the measure of pupil size, and eye tracking to investigate hypnotic responding more generally. Finally, I will discuss work from my own lab that has employed eye tracking and pupillometry to investigate how participants disable word reading following a suggestion for word blindness.


Keynote Speakers    


  Dr Lars-Eric Unestahl.

......... started the Sweish model of mental Training (IMT-Integrated mental Training) in 1969, after 10 years of research around "alternative states of consciousness" and "Mind- Body-issues" at Uppsala University.


Professor Christina Liossi

...... is a paediatric psychologist and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. She is also an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Psychologist, at the Paediatri Chronic Pain Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London. Research interests: Pain, Psycho-Oncology, Neuropsychology


Professor Paul Dieppe

..... is professor of health and well-being at Exeter Medical School. Having spent a distinguished career researching rheumatism and specifically knee pain, he shifted his focus onto the placebo effect and, most recently, humans'natural ability to heal themselves, which he calls "the healing response".


  Dr Devin Terhune

......... is a Cognitive Neuroscientist at the University of London, director of its TAS Laboratory, and co-ordirector of the Goldsmiths Consciousness Research Unit. Research interests: Suggestion, Time Perception, Dissociation, Functional Neurological Disorder, Hypnosis


Dr Ben Parris

..... is an Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, Faculty of science and Technology Bournemouth University - his current research interests include investigating attentional control in hypnosis and suggestion and in non-neurotypical populations such as people with ADHD

Book online below. Closing date: 22nd April 2022 For any further information or any issues with your booking please contact Hilary Walker E:    Please note that the payment facility below doesn't allow you to select add ons. if you wish to book any add ons (Conference dinner, extra person rate or day delegate rate for 2 days) please download  Click here and send to