Northern Counties

3 Module Foundation Clinical Hypnosis Training in Edinburgh

When: 30/01/2021

Venue to be advised. Expected 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.

Module 1 of our short 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 and 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 optional specialist modules that will enable you to expand your knowledge of using clinical hypnotic techniques with children, in obstetrics, PTSD, depression, grief, oncology and terminal care.

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.


This 3 weekend training has been well received by a mix of healthcare professionals from a variety of different specialisms. Dentists, doctors, paramedics and clinical psychologists have attended in previous years at York, Hull, and Edinburgh. This course will show you how to integrate various hypnotic and communicative techniques into your everyday working world. 

Please feel free to express interest NOW , and we will contact you regarding any changes we feel necessary over the next few months.

Full price for the course is £550 with an Early Bird price of £500 Available up to mid December ( Subject to change as we have not yet opened booking or payments pending firming up detail)  Places will be limited so expression of interest would be wise.

We hope to run the course as usual for 2021 but possibly augmented by our rapidly gained experience with video conference meetings which could reduce the face to face contact.

At the moment we are outlining our usual core structure which is three weekends in Edinburgh. However, it seems certain that a good deal of it will be done virtually via zoom or similar techniques. 
This course is being kept under constant review and we are sure you will understand that the 2021 course may look considerably diffierent acording to how events unfold . 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. The 2021 programme detail is subject to development and  revision   
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 Hull (guest tutor for Module 3). 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.
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)