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12th Annual Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

12th Annual Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

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The 12th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference to be held on 12-13 June 2021 at the Grand Hotel (Mercure), Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES with a Masterclass the day before, at the same venue.

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Saturday 12 June    
9.45   Registration
10.20 Stuart Cale Welcome
10.30-11.30 Bill Hard   Mind Reactive and Creative
11.30-11.45 Coffee  
11.45-12.45 Pamela Gawler Wright Minds may weave when language looms
12.45-2 Lunch  
2-3 Nick Read Gut Reactions; investigating the irritable bowel as a model of illness
3-4 Elaine Nicholson Hypno-psychotherapy and
Autism/Asperger’s syndrome
4-4.15 Coffee  
4.15-5.15 Alan Mulhern   Healing Intelligence
13 June
9.30-10.30 Alan Greaves   Working with Blocks
10.30-10.45 Coffee  
10.45-11.45 Nicole Marais What is Loneliness and does it have
11.45-12.45 Luigi
Dreams Demystified: understanding
yourself and your client’s process using
Lucid Dreaming
12.45-2 Lunch  
2-3 Hilary Norris
Keeping the Hypno in
the place for Rapid Inductions
3-3.15 Coffee  
3.15-4.15 Stuart Cale   The Best of the Year and the Plans
for the Future

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Stuart Cale

Stuart Cale is the incoming sixth Principal of The National College. He is a graduate of the College and an integrative Hypno-Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Psychologist (UKCP and BACP). In addition to his private clinical practice Stuart has taught for the College in Manchester and London for many years and is currently in the process of Fellowship accreditation with the HEA as an educator. Stuart holds an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, post-grad qualification in Applied Mental Health Psychology and intends to begin a PhD in Mental Health in the autumn. A former Lawyer, Stuart brings a wealth of commercial and clinical experience to the post of Principal and those who have been taught by him will know of his passion for furthering the professional reach of the College and empowering students and alumni alike.

Stuart is a ravenous devourer of information related to all things therapeutic, theory and practice alike. The NCHP syllabus is a continuously updated body of work that seeks to reflect the ever-changing intellectual landscape of contemporary therapy. Stuart will distil those practically useful elements that have been added to the syllabus and present them in an update for attendees to take away and implement immediately in their practices, following on from the spirit of last year’s well-received masterclass, there will truly be something for everyone.       

In his presentation, Stuart will also address plans for the future direction of NCHP and NSTT and how he intends to bring a collaborative approach to harnessing the diverse strengths within our College, building on the foundation laid by the outgoing Principal, Shaun Brookhouse and Managing Director, Fiona Biddle. The changes will be both respectful to the legacy of what has gone before and yet dynamically change the course of NCHP in future years. This is a conversation that anyone with an interest in the future of Hypno-Psychotherapy as a modality (whether currently a student or practicing therapist) won’t want to miss.

Bill Hard is a hypnotherapist based in Devon. He has previously wowed
conference attendees on the use of suggestibility tests…. something that
many of us avoid due to unnecessary fear. This year he will discuss
Mindfulness and Unconditional Positive Regard and their affect on the
teaching and practice of self-hypnosis.
He has been working with helping people to change for over thirty years.
Hypnotherapy has been his primary tool for the past fifteen years. He
came to Hypnotherapy from a career that includes nursing (with a
specialism in challenging behaviours and learning disabilities), working
as a trainer, performance coach, and meditation teacher.
His interest in Hypnosis and hypnotherapy has been lifelong ( he read his
first book on Hypnosis when he was nine!).
Bill’s approach to hypnosis and mindfulness is very much informed by his
grounding in the meditation tradition. Bill has been a practitioner of
meditation for 48 years. He was an ordained Buddhist minister for
twenty years (including 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Buddhist
Centre). Mostly when people refer to meditation they are referring to
some form of Mindfulness based meditation, but that isn’t the only form
of meditation. Bhavana ( translation: making to become)is a kind of
meditation aimed at developing particular qualities.
In his talk Bill will be demonstrating some very simple exercises that
draw from the meditation tradition that he has found very helpful in the
teaching of self hypnosis as well looking at how important finding the
quality of Unconditional Positive Regard for ourselves is to make our
practice of both mindfulness and self hypnosis truly effective.

Pamela Gawler-Wright MSc (Psych) has been a UKCP Registered Hypno-Psychotherapist since 1993 and is a certified NLP Trainer. In the 1990s, Pam began interviewing several of the figures who had directly worked and trained with Milton Erickson and began to integrate these findings with her own background in utilising the power of the spoken word and the performing arts to co-create new realities with others. She has worked extensively with corporate, medical, charity and therapeutic communities and is a sought after international speaker. Be prepared to engage in a different relationship with language (hint: it’s not Auditory Digital) and to come away with more confidence to control less and improvise more in ways that can activate meaningful and long-term change. Pam is the current Chair of UKCP College of Outcome Oriented and Hypno-Psychotherapies.

Pamela’s talk is: Minds may weave when language looms
Milton Erickson’s therapeutic use of hypnosis was described by Gregory Bateson, the great systems thinker and friend of Erickson, as the creation of a “weave” between the two minds of therapist and client. In order to understand and emulate Erickson’s revolutionary work, he said, it is essential to escape the Western paradigm that other psychotherapists (and Bandler and Grinder) were locked into. Without this change in relationship and intention there can be limitations in how much authentic internal change is catalysed by language patterns alone. Pam will share some of the most up-to-date understandings of the hypnotic therapeutic encounter through Contemporary Psychotherapy and the model of Wider Mind, which was inspired partly by Bateson’s challenge. We will explore how neuroscience upholds Erickson’s methods and how we can conceptualise language patterns differently so that healing is organically generated through the meeting of unique minds of client and therapist.

Dr Nick Read qualified as a doctor in 1970 and worked as a clinical researcher investigating the physiology of gastrointestinal illness before directing a new department of Human Nutrition at Sheffield University.  Somewhat disillusioned by the limitations of Nutrition as a cause of gastrointestinal illness, he commenced training in psychoanalytical psychotherapy in 1994 and was appointed Professor of Integrated Medicine in 1998.  He has since developed his clinical practice as a psychotherapist largely working with people with unexplained medical illness and at the same time has served as CEO and Chair of The IBS Network charity for people with The Irritable Bowel Syndrome.    
Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Grune and Stratton 1985
Sick and Tired; healing the illnesses that doctors cannot cure 2005. Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2005
Cooking for the Sensitive Gut  (with Joan Ransley). Pavilion 2016
Gut Reactions (in preparation) 
Nick’s talk is: Gut Reactions; investigating the irritable bowel as a model of illness.  
The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of a collection of overlapping medically unexplained illnesses that affect about 40% or more of people in the UK. There is no definitive cause, no diagnostic test, no specific pathology and no single effective treatment.  With variable symptoms, triggers and context, IBS is an illness of the individual, less about pathology and more about narrative, memory and meaning – the effect of what happened. 
Using IBS as a model of illness, Dr Read will explore how life trauma gets encoded in bodily symptoms, which are rekindled by contextual triggers.  He will also explain what determines the bodily representation, why one person develops symptoms in the gut, another headaches, another backache, etc.  Finally, he will discuss the limitations of diet and drugs and explain how psychological therapies including hypnotherapy and mindfulness can enable a person to reflect on what happened, change the illness narrative and facilitate self regulation.  

Elaine Nicholson is the founder of Action for Asperger’s, an award winning registered charity that began in 2008 from the sitting room of her home.  As a parent and a counsellor, Elaine could see that the counselling community was not ‘getting it’ as far as autistic people and their families were concerned, and were using modalities of counselling that were designed for neurotypical thinkers, not atypical thinkers such as autists.
In August 2012, the organisation and its 20 or so clients moved from Elaine’s home into a one-roomed premises on a farm in Barnwell, Northamptonshire.  Since that time the charity has grown rapidly, with the current client list size approaching 4,500. In 2015 the charity moved into larger premises in Corby, Northamptonshire, creating the world’s first autism-specialist counselling centre.
In 2016, Elaine Nicholson was awarded a Point of Light award by the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron, and the following day, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Elaine was made an MBE for services to Education and Asperger’s syndrome. Elaine is the first person to be awarded a Queen’s honour specifically for Asperger’s syndrome.

Elaine’s talk is: Hypno-psychotherapy and Autism/Asperger’s syndrome – an efficacious intervention or not for this client group? 
Elaine Nicholson will share with us how, since qualifying in hypno-psychotherapy, this modality of therapy has aided her clients. What aspects of hypnotherapy work and which don’t with this client group? How to spot undiagnosed autism in the counselling space. How to make adaptations around your autistic client to enhance his/her experience. 
Based on her familial experience and her experience of working with over 4,000 individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum over a 25 year period, and with autism diagnosis on the increase worldwide, this is a not to be missed talk.

Alan Mulhern will bring 30 years experience as a Jungian analyst to bear on these questions. He is author of Healing Intelligence: Working with Darkness and Light and is currently the Director of The Quest Series in London which explores a series of great visionaries across the ages. He is also author of The Sower and the Seed which examines the history of human consciousness from a psycho-mythological perspective. His current podcast series is titled The Quest & Psychotherapy which has a season of episodes on the nature of healing.

Alan’s Presentation will discuss how healing is an essential and natural force of great power in the life system especially evident in the body. It is also present in the psyche. How does this healing intelligence work with emotional wounds? How does it get blocked and what prevents it operating? What techniques are at our disposal, whether in therapy or outside of it, that can unleash its potential? Working with the shadow areas of the psyche such as traumas and complexes, is often the focus of psychotherapy. But healing also means working with the light that is in the psyche. How might this work? What can we learn from ancient techniques, existing long before psychotherapy was dreamt of, concerning the art of healing? Many other disciplines also work with the natural healing intelligence of the psych-soma system. What can we learn from them? Can we ever truly know the nature of this intelligence or is it like the Grail, ultimately enigmatic and ineffable?

Alan is an Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University at the University of Liverpool. He began training with the NCHP in 2005 and is now an accredited therapist with the UKCP. He has combined his passions to publish a number of research articles on PTSD and Post-Natal Depression in the ancient world. Alan is a winner of the National Teaching Fellowship and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Alan’s main therapeutic interests are in the area of educational attainment and working with LGBT+ clients. He has is a Trustee of the Queer Notions and Michael Causer Foundation charities that work with LGBT communities on issues around mental health and well-being. 

In this talk Alan will examine how to support clients to work through a blockage in their life. It might manifest itself as writer’s block, enduring grief, anxiety, or other presenting issues. Sometimes the block is just as it seems, but often it is deeper than it may first appear. Clients may get themselves caught in anxiety loops and it is your job to get behind and inside to the underlying causes. Using practical tips and examples from his own practice, will explore ways of working with a common and seemingly intractable situation. 

Nicole Marais is a Body Centred, Transpersonal and Integrative Psychotherapist. As well as completing many other courses in psychotherapy she has also completed a course of training in Hypnosis for Qualified Psychotherapists and Counsellors at The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
She has been working with clients for over 18 years now in a multi-modality way. Her work is client lead so sometimes it will be talking, sometimes with art, singing, dancing, creative visualization and so on – whichever modality works for the client.  And of course, with hypnosis. She runs her own private practice in London.
In 2007 Nicole was undertaking research for her Master’s about Love.  However, her research and initial conversations raised another theme ‘Loneliness’. This took her on another journey:
What is Loneliness and does it have meaning? 
Since completing her Master’s she has continued with her research and is now in the process of writing a book.
In her presentation Nicole will be sharing some of her findings about this rich topic, looking at;
Lonely from Self
Lonely from Others
Lonely from the Universe
She will be talking about how to work with loneliness; moving from an experience of “negativity” (direct quote from a participant in her research) which could present itself as ‘fear’ into a creative experience which was described by several participants in the research as “Solitude”.
She will share how the use of Hypnosis can help clients work with loneliness and transform it into solitude.
Nicole is also an artist and poet, enjoys Capoeira as well as long distance running – which she experiences as solitude! She also enjoys method acting.  She is currently training in Zen Buddhism. She is a traveller and explorer both internally and externally!

Luigi Sciambarella is a hypnotherapist and graduate of the National College. Since 2010, Luigi has been teaching and giving talks on meditation, lucid dreaming and personal development around the world to thousands of people who are interested in exploring the many different facets of mind (conscious, unconscious and everything in-between). This has led Luigi to develop a deep understanding of the waking, dreaming and sleeping mind and the phenomena of lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, insomnia and the various parasomnias that disturb a good night’s sleep and have debilitating daytime aftereffects.

Luigi will discuss Dreamwork, which is a forgotten art that is often overlooked in contemporary psychotherapeutic training and practice, but which is nonetheless highly effective at generating positive therapeutic outcomes and still has much to offer. The intrinsic value of working with client’s dreams is often understood but overlooked as therapists lack the necessary confidence and skills in working with dream content. The analysis, understanding and insights available through dreamwork can be further enhanced by becoming conscious within dreams, through a practice known as ‘lucid dreaming’. We will begin with a short summary of the current scientific research and primary benefits of lucid dreaming with regards to how it can be used for improving most aspects of the therapeutic situation.

We will then discuss how lucid dreaming offers obvious benefits to both the client and therapist in terms of facilitating greater self-awareness and insight into one’s issues and solutions on how to resolve them. We will discuss how lucid dreaming can be likened to mindfulness practice performed during sleep, and can be used in the therapeutic situation to raise self-awareness, empathy, compassion and unconditional positive regard towards oneself and others. We will consider how altering dream perspectives offers a unique therapeutic ability which may facilitate greater awareness of life situations, further enhancing relational psychotherapeutic techniques such as empty chair work and imagery rehearsal.

Hilary Norris-Evans: Is a therapist, trainer, assessor and international presenter with a wealth of experience in HE. Her presentation will explore the inter-relational dynamics of hypnosis between client and therapist and its use as a tool in the therapeutic exchange. It will demonstrate helpful methods for you to prime your clients for hypnosis and present some of her favourite and tried and tested rapid inductions.

Hilary’s gentle and unshowy rapid inductions will save you time and allow you to connect with clients on their level quickly and without the need for lengthy ritualistic preparation for trance. These practical tools incorporate Hilary’s gifts for congruence, connection and confidence in the psychodynamic loop of hypnosis, as well as her naturalistic and inclusive approach.

Come along and be confused or entranced (and hopefully both) in the company of one of the great contemporary proponents of the craft of hypnosis.

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23 Reasons to Train with Us

Training professionals for 40 years

We have been training professionals for 40 consecutive years (Longer than any other organisation in the UK). Many of the top therapists and trainers in the UK began their career at the National College.....

Genuine, validated post graduate programme

Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 60 Credits APL).

100% committed to the highest standards of training

We are 100% committed to the highest standards of training so that you are fully prepared for the challenges of professional practice

We are the UK training organisation which is authorised the offer the European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis through the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy

The National College is the only UK training organisation which is authorised the offer the European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis through the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. We are also one of only two European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes with the European Association for Psychotherapy We should really be the International College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy as we have graduates all over the world. We are an outward thinking organisation which looks out to the world for opportunities. Our Principal is the International Officer of UKCP and its representative to the Board of the EAP. We will continue to engage to ensure that our graduates have a future in a post-Brexit Europe.

Our philosophy that ensures that all tutors are full-time practitioners

Within the National College we have a philosophy that ensures that all tutors are full-time practitioners in addition to their training. By this we mean that they derive their primary income from seeing clients: this ensures that they "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk". You will find that we often have examples of current clients to tell you about that illustrate theoretical points. There are some trainers who set up a school because they can't make it as practitioners. Would you want to be trained by them?

We believe it is vitally important that you see demonstrations of techniques and also get to practice

We believe it is vitally important that you see demonstrations of techniques and also get to practice. This gives you the confidence to practice with "real people" as soon as (if not before) you qualify. We say before, because you will be given permission to work with certain issues at certain points in your training. Not all trainers demonstrate, and not all give you a chance to practice and build your confidence.(ALL ours DO!)

On completion of our courses, graduates can join a range of professional bodies

On completion of the certificate course (stage two), graduates can join a range of professional bodies: the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (our regulator), the National Council for Hypnotherapy (a members’ co-operative with high standards, of which both our Principal and Managing Director are former chairs) and our own National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness. All you need to set up in professional practice with great support!

The National College course leads to registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy

The National College course leads to registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy; it is essential that important that your career is protected by being registered with a leading professional association like the UKCP (requirements for registration are laid out here). Our Managing Director is an Honorary Fellow of UKCP (approx. 1% of registrants) and is chair of the UKCP Education, Training and Practice Committee. Through this link you can be sure that we keep at the forefront of all developments in the field.

We believe in creating a friendly learning environment

We believe in creating a friendly learning environment in which students feel safe to express themselves and learn while building supportive peer relationships with fellow students.

All our tutors are experienced teachers

All our tutors are experienced teachers, as well as being, themselves, National College trained and experienced practitioners. We have made it policy that all tutors have to demonstrate training in diversity.

Support from a long established well-staffed organisation

Support from a long established well-staffed organisation throughout not only your training but also your whole career!

We actively enforce equal opportunities and other policies

We actively enforce equal opportunities and other policies

We believe the learning environment should be a safe, confidential and supportive space for all learners. For this reason we are committed to actively enforcing all our equal opportunities policies by making reasonable adjustments for any of the legally defined protected characteristics. An example of a reasonable adjustment would be agreeing to allow a student with dyslexia to provide portfolio evidence in recorded rather than written form if they needed to do so.

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We encourage students to ask questions or make comments about the training

We encourage students to ask questions or make comments about the training at any stage and will do our best to meet your needs. There is a student representative on the Academic Board.

Ethical considerations are all important

Ethical considerations are all important in a field where one is working with vulnerable people. We cover these in depth. Check with other schools as to which, if any, code of ethics they subscribe. They should be bound by a training code of ethics as well as teaching you one for practice.

The National College embraces modern technology

The National College embraces modern technology; we provide our materials on a Kindle so that you have all that you need at your fingertips. Additionally, we are one of the first institutes in our field to use "online directed learning" as part of our advanced training.

We know that you want to know exactly what you will be learning

We know that you want to know exactly what you will be learning, so we publish all the details of the structure of our courses including detailed learning outcomes. We also publish our external accreditation reports from UKCP, you can read our latest one here We want you to be sure you have made the right choice!

We train small groups of students

We train small groups of students, which we believe is important so that you get individual attention. Some schools have as many as 50 students in a class! We are also not limited to training in one location. We currently run courses in London, Manchester, Oxford and East Midlands (Leicester) in the UK and the Gold Coast (Australia) and Phoenix Arizona (USA)

Past students are welcome to re-attend any stage of their training FREE OF CHARGE

Past students are welcome to re-attend any stage of their training FREE OF CHARGE (subject to available space) in the ten years following their primary training. This is just one of the ways we support our students. We believe that we are the only school of our type to offer this opportunity free of charge.

Our training courses adhere to the National Occupational Standards

National College Hypnosis Training and Hypnotherapy Training courses adhere to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy (the Principal and Managing Director were members of the working group who wrote these), and incorporate and Professional Occupational Standards produced by UKCP.

We do not take just anyone onto our courses

We do not take just anyone onto our courses. You will be interviewed to ensure that you are suitable for this profession of working with vulnerable people, and, very importantly, to ensure that the National College is right for you. If we feel that another course would be better for you (and this does happen), we will tell you, and advise you of who to approach.

We will encourage you to find your own way to be the best therapist

Therapy is an "individual" process: we will encourage you to find your own way to be the best therapist you can be.

Our course also includes business/practice management

Our course also includes business/practice management. So often hypnotherapists and psychotherapists fall at the first hurdle because, while they may be wonderful at what they do, they don't know how to get the clients. The National College has a great depth of knowledge and experience in this area that you can draw on. All our tutors around the country are willing to share with you what works and what doesn't so that you can learn from our successes, and our mistakes!

Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine

Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 90 Credits APL.