Northern Counties

Foundation Training. 3 Module training in Clinical Hypnosis for Health Professionals in York

When: 20/01/2018

The Retreat York, Heslington Road, York YO10 5BN                     

(The Retreat is a not-for-profit specialist mental health care provider, working with the NHS to provide health care for people with complex and challenging needs. This delightful venue to the south of York city centre offers ample free parking and convenient public transport links.)

About the training:

Places still available as at 3rd January 2018. Early bird date passed  (some discounts may be avaialable)
If you booked online over festive period or are doing so as the time approaches please advise Grahame too as some info may take a few days via National Office.

 Click here for application form.  or book online by credit card below

Module 1: 20th & 21st January 2018
Module 2: 24th & 25th February 2018
Module 3: 24th & 25th March 2018

We include refreshments and light lunch and a wealth of information supporting the course content on a memory stick. 

Full price for the course is £495 Click here for an application form  or scroll down for online booking

Some discounts may be available . See below .

We follow the BSCAH Core curriculum (36 hours CPD) The course will be co-presented by Grahame Smith and Gillian Smith (no relation), supported by Dan Round.

Guest tutor Prof Leslie Walker will be joining us on Module 3. Other guest tutors are possible according to professional mix.

We intend the whole course to be an enjoyable opportunity to learn with and from other disciplines in a supportive non-threatening setting. Numbers are limited ensure this.

We are flexible according to needs. Closing time on Sundays is usually negotiated with the group to allow for train times etc. Please click here to view the 2018 timetable

The first module is designed to enable you to have:-

  • Basic practical understanding of the nature of hypnosis
  • A personal experience of hypnosis
  • Developed knowledge, skills, and experience with colleagues in the group in the art and craft of using hypnosis
  • Be aware of the possibilities offered with clinical hypnosis and scientific and clinical evidence for its application
  • Be aware of cautions, contraindications and ethical issues
  • Be ready and able to use straightforward imagery, relaxation, and general suggestions to help patients /clients/service users encountered in professional practice (with or without formal induction as appropriate).

We hope it will refresh your rapport with patients, enable you to offer enhanced non pharmacological interventions and increase you own sense of wellbeing. Gill, Grahame and Dan offer you support during, and indeed after, the course.

About the Tutors - Grahame Smith, Gillian Smith, Leslie Walker and Dan Round

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, most recently for BSCAH on this course at The Retreat and Queens Oncology Centre, Hull, and for RSM. He was a GP trainer and educational supervisor for new trainers, and was 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 is 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.

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 recently refreshed her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for clinical hypnosis and 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 and is developing independent hypnosis practice there.

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 is a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist specialising in eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders working at the Tuke Centre at the Retreat. Dan has a mental health nurse background and is interested in using hypnosis with CBT.


The course has been very well received over previous years and sometimes fully booked before the early bird date.

Just £495 for the 3 modules Click here for an application form or scroll down to book online with credit card

Discounts may be available to certain delegates for example: Colleagues associated with The Retreat or the Queens Centre for Oncology, Hull, undergraduate students, low earning training grades, and exceptional cases.    Enquire if you think a discount  may be applicable (e.g. more than one applicant from a unit, existing BSCAH member, atttended recent BSCAH event).

Click here for an application form or click on 'BOOK'  for online

You are welcome to express interest to Grahame at  01977 600 750 or Dan at
We are happy to supply any further information to help you decide that this course is for you. It is aimed at health professionals who need no prior knowledge of hypnosis, though some delegates may be coming as a 'refresher'.