BSCAH National

Trauma - Specialist module

When: 24/07/2021


About the training:

Specialist Module – Dealing with trauma - Training day
A one day training on zoom with presentations, demonstrations and tutorial small group practice 
Cases will be used throughout to demonstrate ways of working with trauma
There will opportunity to practise in breakout rooms some of the techniques demonstrated 

Learning objectives:
To understand how trauma memories are processed and may give rise to PTSD
To understand why hypnosis can help resolve PTSD
To explore ways to help stabilize a patient before working on negative memories
To learn ways of using imagery to resolve traumatic memory

Ann Williamson, Peter Naish, Phyllis Alden and Dan Round

£100 (BSCAH members)
Concessions may be available upon application to 

Last date of booking 21st July 2021

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-4 weeks before the event, no refund if cancelled after this time.

Programme: (to be confirmed)

9.30am- 12.30am

9.30 – 9.50    Introductions (tutors and trainees)
9.50 -10.30       How trauma is processed and how PTSD may arise
10.30 - 11.20      Working with trauma – the basics and some imagery techniques - demo
11.20 –11.25   Comfort Break
 11.25 - 12.25   Practise in breakout rooms
12.25 – 12.30  Feedback



2.00 - 2.40     Stabilisation
2.40 – 3.20    Some other imagery approaches - ?demo
3.20 – 3.25    Comfort break
3.25 – 4.25  Practise in breakout rooms
4.25 – 4.45 Feedback and discussion

About the trainers:

Phyllis Alden
Phyllis is a clinical psychologist who has had wide ranging experience in helping patients suffering with many physical and mental health problems. In particular, for many years she specialised in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties arising from the diagnosis of cancer and the course of the disease from diagnosis to end stage. Phyllis has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of conditions such as PTSD, acute and chronic pain, difficulties arising from illness and injury, and the long term effects of trauma such as RTAs, assaults, and torture. With respect to clinical approaches, she considers herself to be eclectic. However, within this she has tended towards the use of cognitive behavioural therapy as an approach. She has extensive experience in the use of hypnosis in the treatment of a wide range of clinical problems and has been involved in hypnosis training both nationally and internationally. She has also trained in EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Phyllis has participated in the drawing up of professional codes of conduct for two professionally recognised hypnosis organisations, the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and the European Society of Hypnosis.
Peter Naish
Dr Peter Naish (BSc, BSc, DPhil BSCAH Accred)Following a degree in the physical sciences, Peter took another in psychology, finally moving to the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford for his doctorate. Along the way he acquired an interest in hypnosis. This was in the era of scepticism about the subject; the hard-nosed scientific community was of the opinion that it was little more than an example of social compliance, where one person feels the need to ‘go along with’ the expectations of another. Some researchers went so far as to say that the whole process was so ordinary that it was misleading to grace it with a special name of its own: Hypnosis. However, Peter’s research results began to convince him that there really was something out of the ordinary going on. With the advent of brain scanning that position has been vindicated; the hypnotised brain really does behave differently. Peter had a spell carrying out research for the Ministry of Defence and, among the topics he addressed, he became involved with the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Intriguingly, PTSD victims tend to be highly hypnotisable, and Peter developed novel apparatus to reveal the nature of the parallels between PTSD and hypnosis. He continues to explore the links between trauma and brain behaviour. With his long and active interest in hypnosis Peter has been elected over the years to several relevant posts, including spells as President of the Section for Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, at the Royal Society of Medicine, President and Chair for the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis. He also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board to the British False Memory Society. He was invited onto the Board, because it was known that, carelessly used, therapeutic hypnosis can induce false memories; he is often asked to serve as an expert witness in cases where false memory or the misuse of hypnosis have been alleged. Peter is a strong advocate of the public dissemination of science, and he is a regular speaker at the major British science festivals. He has also lectured at the Science Museum, The Royal Society, the Dana Centre for the Brain and ‘Science on the Fringe’ during the Edinburgh Festival.


Dan Round
Dan is a highly specialist trauma psychotherapist and specialist in eating disorders. His background is a mental health nurse with training in CBT, DBT, EMDR and CFT. He works with people who have experienced a range of different traumas from PTSD, CPTSD & DID.
Closing date for applications: 21st July 2021 Hilary Walker: