Hypnosis in a Neurological Setting

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: Dr Emma
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Hypnosis in a Neurological Setting: From Functional Neurological Disorders to Stroke Rehabilitation

So looking forward to this super event organised and convened by the fantastic Dr Jane Boissiere in association with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH).

Jane is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to persistently and passionately raising awareness as to the powerful ways clinical hypnosis is and could be increasingly used within NHS settings to great benefit, no side effect and at little cost if only we can get those who hold the purse strings for such things can open their eyes!  It requests great oragnaisational ability and networking savvy to pull together such a fantastic line up of speakers and attendees.

11/10/2018 08.30am
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries as a treatment for functional disorders, common conditions with high levels of distress and disability (with the absense of visible pathology in the way western medicine would consider that i.e.as something that can be seen by clincial examination or medical tests).
This meeting explores the promise of the use of hypnosis in stroke units and neurology settings for the treatment of patients with functional neurological disorders and other conditions.
Our speakers include Consultant Neurologists, Clinical and Academic Psychologists and Health Care Professionals who integrate a knowledge of hypnosis into their work.

The audience will be multidisciplinary reflecting the complex and multifactorial nature of these symptoms.  This conference will be of interest to all NHS employees, doctors, nurses, psychologists, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuroscientists and researchers.

Discover the latest developments in this fascinating field of medicine.


8.30 Registration

9.00 Functional Motor Disorders (Diagnostic techniques, aetiology, treatment, research update)
Professor Jon Stone, Consultant Neurologist Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences Edinburgh.

9.45 Functional Strokes - Hypnotherapy
Dr Ranjan Sanyal, Consultant Stroke Physician, University Hospitals of North Midlands.

10.45 Questions

11.00 Break

11.30 Increasing Recovery with Mental Training.
Dr Alastair Dobbin and Sheila Ross PhD, Health Psychologist. Foundation for Positive Mental Health.

12.15 How hypnosis can be of help on a stroke unit. An Occupational Therapist’s perspective.
Pauline Halliday, Stroke Unit, Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian.

12.45 Questions

13.00 Lunch

13.45 New (for old!) treatment directions: Hypnosis.
Dr Jason Price, Consultant Neuropsychologist South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust.

14.30 How Hypnosis can be of help in the Out Patient Department (Non Epileptic Seizures and Migraine)
Dr Paul Molyneux, Consultant Neurologist West Suffolk Hospital Trust and Addenbrookes.

15.00 A meta-analysis of hypnotic suggestibility in functional and dissociative disorders.
Devin Terhune PhD, Goldsmiths University of London.

15.30 Break

16.00 Summary of Meeting - Case Histories. Why has Hypnosis been under utilised? Has it a future? 
Professor Charles Warlow, Emeritus Professor of Medical Neurology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

16.30 The Way Forward, Panel discussion.
Chair Professor Alan Carson, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist University of Edinburgh.

(There will be a box for Written Questions which will be collected throughout the day)

17.00 Finish

You can book this event through Eventbrite here and I believe there are still a few tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hypnosis-in-a-neurological-setting-from-functional-neurological-disorders-to-stroke-rehabilitation-tickets-48065913441?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

I look forward to seeing you there. Regardless of the excellent quality of the meeting, Its fantastic to see a meeting of this quality hosted OUTSIDE of London where the majority of us in the UK do live. Impossible to turn down a day or two exploring my favourite corners of the beautiful city that is Edinburgh.

Dr Emma Rae Rhead
Medical Hypnotherapist, Chester, Cheshire, UK