BSMDH (Scotland)

British Society of Medical & Dental Hypnosis (Scotland) BSMDH (Scot) 


The Art of Therapeutic Storytelling     - with Stefan Hammel

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018

The Westerwood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

£135 – One day

£175 – Two days

Our weekend at Westerwood is open to doctors, dentists, psychologists, psychotherapists, nursing and midwifery. We would welcome interest from other professions dealing with the human condition. Stefan is a renowned Ericksonian storyteller and a regular on the European and International hypnosis circuit. The human condition is fascinating and complicated. Often in the caring professions saying the right thing at the right time can be literally lifesaving. This promises to be an excellent weekend - why not join us?"

About the seminar
It seems that storytelling has always been a part of hypnotherapy a well as of systemic therapy and other forms of solution-focussed short term therapies. Indeed, the use of metaphors and anecdotes is known since the times of the ancient orient and has stayed one oft he most effective forms of consultation till this day. Stories can be introduced by the therapist or they can be one of the client’s which the therapist has picked up and reframed. The conversation partners can also develop them together. But how do I discover a useful story and how do I narrate them? What makes a story useful for therapy after all? This seminar will give you techniques for developing useful therapeutic stories spontaneously during a session and for presenting them in a way so they can unfold their therapeutic potential. It is the target of the seminar to learn how to…  invent therapeutic stories in line with your clients‘ needs and his or her view of life  find anecdotes opening up new options for unique situations at any time  formulate narrations for achieving therapeutic results  embed narrations into a therapeutic conversation as well as into a hypnotic trance  use „hypnotic“ stories in „awake“ states with high therapeutic efficacy  transform problem-focussed metaphers told by clients into solutionfocussed metaphors that integrate into their construction of reality The seminar outline will include a lot of practical experience using demonstrations, exercises, individual feedback and discussions. Examples will be given on how to use storytelling in therapy with PTSD, depression,and other psychological disorders. The goal is to acquire skills that will be fully available for practical use in therapy sessions the day after

Stefan Hammel, born in 1967, is working as Ericksonian hypnotherapist, systemic therapist, protestant chaplain, head of the Institute for Hypno-Systemic Counseling in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as well as author of books and media for hypnotherapeutic and systemic practice. The focal point of his work lies in the field of family therapy, depression, anxiety and trauma, as well as working with patients and their families in hospital. In his therapeutic approach the use of metaphors, utilisation techniques, multilevel communication and nonverbal techniques of pacing and leading form a network of therapeutic interventions for changing the focus of attention towards resource perspectives.

About the venue

Set amid acres of glorious Scottish countryside overlooked by the Campsie Hills, this four-star Glasgow hotel offers a stunning location with luxurious spa and leisure facilities – not to mention an 18-hole golf course.  It is an ideal location to bring your spouse, partner or friend and enjoy a quiet relaxing weekend while you attend the symposium.

Make a family weekend of it. Additional Costs

0-4yrs – Complimentary

5-12yrs - £5.00

13-15yrs - £7.50

Accommodation is limited due to this being a popular Spa Break Weekend venue. Preferential rates have been agreed.  Book Now!

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“Anxiety, Phobias & Depression”   
A workshop with Dr Pat McCarthy
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Autumn Symposium Weekend at the Stirling Highland Hotel
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd October 2016
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Guest Speaker: Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC is a former cult member who has been educating the public about mind control and destructive cults since 1976.