Northern Counties

Phased Foundation Clinical Hypnosis Training (nominally Edinburgh)

When: 12/04/2021

The course is almost certain to be delivered virtually. If it is permitted and safe at the time, we may offer face-to-face tuition to supplement the virtual course

Venue to be advised. If Edinburgh,  to be easy reach from Waverley Station. Subject to conditions regarding face to face contact

About the training:

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.

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.

The phases then 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 optional specialist parts that will enable you to expand your knowledge of using clinical hypnotic techniques with, for example. children, in obstetrics, PTSD, depression, grief, oncology and terminal care. (according to the professional mix of delegates)

In the current climate much of the training will be online but each Branch will arrange how they deliver this and decide when face to face practical sessions can be re-instituted safely.


Who is this course for?

Our previous 3 weekend training has been well received by a good mix of healthcare professionals. These include , but certainly are not limited to dentists, doctors, paramedics, clinical psychologists , radiographers . occupational therapists and more at York, Hull, and Edinburgh. This course will show you how to integrate various hypnotic and communicative techniques into your everyday working world. 

How do I apply?

We have not opened bookings or started taking payments yet.  Expressions of interest being taken NOW. Places will be limited.

Please express interest to Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary) , and we will contact you regarding any changes we feel necessary over the next few months.

Full price for the course is yet to be determined but will not exceed 2020 cost which had an Early Bird price of £500.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is almost certainly to be delivered virtually. If it is permitted and safe at the time, we may offer face to face tuition to supplement the virtual course.

This course will be delivered in 6 phases.

6 days of 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 3 hour relaxing break for lunch.

All relevant resources will be made available in 6 phases before the tuition days.  These may include: videos, recorded PowerPoint presentations, papers, and materials designed to encourage reflection and discussion. Delegates are to famiarise themselves with this phased content as an important part of the training, in readiness for the virtual tuition days.


Phase Resources released for home study Saturday virtual tuition day
1 12th April 2021 24th April 2021
2 26th April 2021 15th May 2021
3 17th May 2021 5th June 2021
4 7th June 2021 26th June 2021
5 24th June 2021 17th July 2021
6 19th July 2021 7th August 2021


Questions about any aspect of the course/content are welcome. 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

Please click the icon for previous programme of 2020. Please note that 2021 will, of course, be delivered differently   
We gained experience of delivering it virtually, needing to do it for Module 3 in 2020 to enable delegates to complete the course.
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.
Fiona Gilbert   Awiting updated info
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 HullHe 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.
Dan Round   Awaiting updated info
Please contact a tutor (contact info below) with any questions you may have regarding the course: Gill Smith:  Fiona Gilbert:   Grahame Smith: For administative matters please contact Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary)