Northern Counties

Phased Foundation Clinical Hypnosis Training (nominally Edinburgh)

When: 12/04/2021

The course is  to be delivered virtually.

Venue to be advised. If Edinburgh, to be easy reach from Waverley Station. (The virtual course will comprise the complete training in any case)

If it is permitted and safe at the time, we may offer face-to-face tuition or support /coaching (optional) to supplement the virtual course

We have local peer support groups which are currently virtual, and will resume with a mix of  virtual and  face to face as and when .

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 possible 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)


Who is this course for?

Our previous 3 weekend training at York, Hull, and Edinburgh  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. This course will show you how to integrate various hypnotic and communicative techniques into your everyday working world. 

How do I apply?

 Places are limited to ensure a good experience . Now fully booked

Please express interest to Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary) , and we will contact you regarding  updates to details over the coming weeks. Apply via Louise if payment pending ( eg employer paying ) to secure your place.

  Online bookings subject to confirmation by the Branch organisers. WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.

If fully booked you can be on our reserve list for a few days more in case of any cancellations  

 Full Price is £450

If you would like to pay by instalments, this can be arranged, please contact Louise. Similarly, some discounts may be available  ( e.g more than one applicant from a unit, low income, students of relevant professions  etc )

How will this course be delivered?

The course is to be delivered virtually. If it is permitted and safe at the time, we may offer face to face tuition (optional)  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  long relaxing break for lunch. These sessions are planned to begin at 09.30 until 16.30 with a long lunch break 12.15 to 14:00. 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 in 6 information phases 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 this, The 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 to help you decide. 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 guide previous programme of 2020. Please note that 2021 will, of course, be different   
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 administrative  matters please contact Louise Smith (Northern Counties Branch Secretary) THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
Please email Louise
Smith to check for cancellations