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International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

11th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

 National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

in association with the

The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness

National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness


Conference 2019

The 11th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference will be held on the 8th and 9th June 2019 at the Grand Hotel Leicester (Mercure), 73 Granby St, Leicester LE1 6ES.  A one day master class will be held on the Friday before the conference (7th of June 2019).

To book to attend the conference, click HERE

To book to attend the master class click HERE

The conference comprises two days of top class presentations from experts in the field of hypno-psychotherapy. The cost (to include the conference and a formal dinner on Saturday) is £220 (“First Thirty” Rate: £198). Alumni and students of National College and members of the National Society are entitled to a discount of 10%. On Friday the 7th there will be a one day masterclass presented by Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle in which they will share the secrets they have learned over their joint 56 years in practice.

Master Class: Secrets from 56 years in Practice

In June 2019 Shaun will have been in practice for 30 years and Fiona for 26. In that time they have learned many things about what works, what doesn’t, about clients and about life in general. At this very special, and NEVER TO BE REPEATED Masterclass they will share their secrets with you. The Masterclass will not be recorded and there will be no handouts… the only way to get the information is to attend!

 Conference Schedule

Saturday 8 June    
9.45   Registration
10.20 Shaun Brookhouse Welcome
10.30-11.30 John Monk Steel Integrating TA, Energy Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy working with Trauma
11.30-11.45 Coffee  
11.45-12.45 Deni Gordon Jackson What we can learn from Systemic Psychotherapy when working with Individual Adults
12.45-2 Lunch  
2-3 Alan Patching Resource Therapy
3-4 Nick Turner Working with Sex Addiction
4-4.15 Coffee  
4.15-5.15 Denise Hutchinson Treating Chronic Conditions
Sunday 9 June    
9.30-10.30 John Lawrence Everyday Miracles
10.30-10.45 Coffee  
10.45-11.45 Gordon Buky Webster  Image Transformation Protocol
11.45-12.45 Graduate/Student Presentations  
12.45-2 Lunch  
2-3 Carlie Fairbrother
Utilising Social Media to Build Your Practice and the Profession
3-3.15 Coffee  
3.15-4.15 Shaun Brookhouse ALL NEW Magical Metaphors

Speaker Biographies:

Shaun Brookhouse, Principal National College of Hypnosis and PsychotherapyShaun Brookhouse began his hypno-psychotherapy practice in 1989 and has been in continual full-time practice since then. He earned Graduateship Diploma (First Degree Equivalent) in Counselling and Hypnotherapy from the City and Guilds Institute of London, a Masters Degree in Education Studies (Researching the development of training in Hypnotherapy 1971-1998), Liverpool John Moores University, a PgCert in Clinical Supervision from Derby University, a CertEd from Manchester University in which the assessment was based in part on the course he designed in clinical hypnosis, an Associateship Diploma from the College of Teachers and Licenciateship in Training and Development from the City and Guilds Institute of London. He also holds a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  Additionally, he is a NLP Master Trainer and the UK’s second recipient of the European Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (ECCH) from the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. Shaun also holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) from the European Association for Psychotherapy and the World Certificate of Psychotherapy (WCPC) from the World Council for Psychotherapy. Shaun has been UK Council for Psychotherapy registered since 1996 and was a former Hypno-Psychotherapy Section delegate, Section Chair, and Ordinary Member of the UKCP governing board. In March 2008, Shaun was again elected to be Chair of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP with a seat on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, in 2012, he was elected to the position of President of the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. In 2009, Shaun retired from the Chairmanship of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP, only to again be re-elected in 2016. Shaun is also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Finally, he is also the President of a national group of independent private practices The Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group

JMS TA Psychotherapist

John Monk Steel is a Qualified Mental Nurse, a Qualified General Nurse, a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a UKCP registered Psychotherapist. He worked in the Mental health Service of the NHS for 26 years and has worked in Independent practice providing psychotherapy and counselling for the last 18 years. He has integrated energy psychotherapy into his practice and in the past has held significant positions within the profession including being the first registrar of UKCP.

He works with both childhood and adult experiences of trauma and sexual, physical and emotional abuse. He also works with people who wish to develop their self-esteem and confidence. John works relationally within a humanistic/psychospiritual context.

In his presentation John will explain his theory of trauma and his way of working with it, with a live demonstration and the sharing of several innovative visualisations that you will be able to use straight away in your practice. He will show you how to utilise his methods of communication with the psyche, which is linked to what he calls the “Natural Child” which is the pure, unadulterated “real self”, or intuitive self.

DNG Systemic Psychotherapy

Deni Gordon Jackson is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist who’s main areas of work covers Family and Systemic, Systemic, Family and Couple Psychotherapy, and is a Family Therapist and Systemic Psychotherapist

Her presentation will share with us the idea of Context; one of the core concepts of systemic thinking and practice which we can all utilise in our own practice with individual adults. Context includes a recognition of the clients’ relational world and giving attention to how influential stories can affect responses in a particular context.

Phenomena can remain inexplicable if we don’t take account of the context in which they arise.

She will also discuss the use of genograms and lead a practical exercise where you can start to discover your own.

Finally, she will introduce the systemic concept of the GGRRAACCEESS, as a way of looking at clients’ particular stories about identity, which will add an extra dimension to our work.

Professor Alan Patching

Professor Alan Patching is a proud graduate of the National College, an active hypno-psychotherapist, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Society and Design at Australia’s prestigious Bond University on the Gold Coast. The faculty delivers 74 degree programs including in counselling and psychology disciplines. He changed career after completing his role as project director of the Sydney Olympic stadium and CEO of the public entity that owned the largest Olympic stadium ever built. When not in the clinic and University (where he spends 70% of his time) Alan is an in demand presenter on the professional speaking circuit, having represented Australia in international professional speaking in 1997.

We are always absolutely thrilled when Alan can make the time to join us at our conference as we know how well received he will be!

In his presentation for Conference 2019, Alan will walk us through the principles, diagnostics, and intervention strategies of Australian psychologist, Dr. Gordon Emerson’s Resource Therapy (an advancement on his well-known for Ego State Therapy.

Alan will share with you the flow chart he has developed to help diagnose the four ‘vaded’ states, two ‘retro’ states and the dissonant and conflicted states that can be treated with Resource Therapy. He will also review the 12 intervention protocols that can be combined in various ways to treat these often problematic states. All attendees will be provided with free links to a series of videos explaining the principles and steps of Resource therapy that Alan has produced especially for National College conference delegates.

NLP practitioners will recognise several parallels between NLP and some of the techniques involved in RT, albeit under different names (e.g NLP’s ‘future pacing’ is replaced with RT’s ‘vivify specific’).

Our professor from Down Under specialises in counselling and hypno-psychotherapy to deal with stress experienced by women who have had multiple IVF failures and has had published a double peer reviewed paper (psychiatry and psychology journal) on a pilot study he conducted in this area to test the effects of a five phase intervention protocol he formulated to address the problem. He has recently completed a combined qualitative and quantitative research study (751 participants) of attitudes to stress and its effects in the Australian construction industry.

Nick TurnerNick Turner is a UKCP Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist and has been a couple counsellor since 1991 and a sex therapist since 1999. He also has extensive experience of both supervising and training relationship therapists.

From 2011, with Paula Hall, author of “Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction” (Routledge, 2018) he has co-facilitated groups both for men (and women) who are experiencing difficulties with compulsive or addictive sexual behaviours and for their partners. He also works with men individually who wish to address these difficulties.

In his presentation, Nick will share his understanding of sex addiction, how it is developed and maintained, the signs to look out for, neuroscience and the impact of the addiction on partners. He will show a video using a metaphor to deepen our understanding and then discuss treatment options.

He will explain the necessity of being willing to talk about sex and to explore (and be with) the shame that often accompanies the addiction. He will give practical tips to help us all in this process.


Denise Hutchinson is a Psychologist, Specialist Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, Advanced Clinical, Medical and Psychoanalytical Hypnotherapist, Nutritionist, Integrative Nutritional Health Coach, Mindfulness Teacher, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Researcher and Expert Witness.

Her presentation will address treatment of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, diabetes and functional neurological disorders.

The conventional world of Medicine is struggling to cope with the ever expanding numbers of patients with Chronic Conditions. A new movement within the world of Medicine is taking its place upon the health stage in which hypnotherapy has a role to support such changes.

We are looking at a simple, common-sense approach to treating many illnesses and health issues without the use of medications, which interrupt the natural balance of the gut microbiome, as evidence is showing that a huge number of issues are gut-related.

Denise will explain how the functional medicine, nutrition, nutritional coaching, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy approaches can be integrated to address recovery in Chronic Conditions.

John D Lawrence is the founder of The Scottish Hypnotherapy Foundation, a Scottish charity aimed at raising the standard of hypnotherapy in Scotland and providing subsidised sessions to those in hardship.

John has been heavily involved in the regulation of our profession for many years and is a former specialist board member of the CNHC and a former Director of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations.

He specialises in Pain management, IBS, Peadiatric Hypnosis, Trauma Management and Performance Enhancement

In his presentation, John will define the term “miracle” in a way that will enable us all to aim to help our clients experience miraculous changes. He will share a case history to explain how we can develop the important attitude needed.

He will also explain a method for closing loops that are difficult (ordinarily) to close and will share a script for working with silence, and no, it’s not a blank piece of paper!

Finally he will discuss the future of our profession and how we can all help get ourselves the recognition we deserve.

Gordon WebsterGordon Buky Webster has been working in the psychology field for over 20 years particularly with victims of all types of trauma. Trauma often results in addictions, compulsions, phobias, whether stemming from accidents, violence and abuse (mental, physical and sexual at any stage of life) or even upsetting medical procedures. He has had many clients who are adult survivors of childhood abuse. Trauma can be as a result of neglect, physical, mental or sexual abuse. The affects can manifest in many ways; some obvious and some less so: a sense or feeling of not thriving or feeling ‘stuck’ in life; addictions and cravings for alcohol, smoking, gambling, sex, unhealthy eating, chocolate, pornography and of course drugs.
He employs contemporary techniques such as EMDR and Dr Robert Miller’s revolutionary Feeling State Addictions Protocol (FSAP) and Feeling State Image Protocol (FSIP) ( Addicts can in many cases return to ‘normal’ behaviour once compulsions and cravings have been desensitised. People are not born with addictions. Some event(s) in their lives triggered the addiction. When these events are found and their affects neutralised, the cravings will dissipate. For many, where FSAP/FSIP succeeds, addiction is no longer the life sentence it once was. Alcoholics can return to social drinking, gamblers can have the occasional flutter, and chocoholics the occasional truffle.

Carlie Fairbrother is a qualified NCHP hypnotherapist and is working towards UKCP accreditation as a hypno-psychotherapist. She is currently making the transition from her career in dentistry into her own private practice in Cheshire and has been identified as a potential star of the profession in the future as she is becoming highly successful, rapidly! She is a dynamic practitioner and speaker. Her warmth and down to earth approach is appreciated by students and clients alike. She has become expert in social media so you don’t have to. This presentation is not one to be missed. Carlie takes a particular interest in working with young men and women with anxiety and self-esteem issues.

Carlie will be talking about the growing and evolving role of social media within an ethical hypno-psychotherapy practice. She is looking to shift perspectives about social media to encourage psychotherapists to embrace it as a tool for both reaching new client groups and for connecting the profession. The use of social media will be discussed from three viewpoints:

1.   As a tool for reaching and building relationships with your ideal client base.

2.   To encourage psychotherapists to become part of the crucial conversation about mental health on social media.

3.   As a way of connecting, supporting and growing as a professional community

Also, Carlie has recently been appointed the Membership Secretary of the National Society and will be sharing with you some exciting developments that you can all become involved in!

Suggestions for accommodation (the conference hotel):

NB: some of the hotels below will be significantly cheaper! (.68 miles) (.25 miles) (0.5 miles) (.49 miles) (.2 miles)

Room finding sites which may be CHEAPER than booking direct


By Train From London

from London,, St Pancras International to Leicester is a journey of approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes (on a train that doesn't stop in between). Make sure you book two singles; you can get good deals that way, from £20 single.

By plane: East Midlands airport

Take the skylink bus to Leicester. This takes 53 minutes and they run approx every half hour. A single costs £6.80

By plane: Birmingham airport

Take the train from Birmingham International (connected to the airport by a monorail) to Leicester, changing at Birmingham New Street. This takes about 1 hour, 20 mins and a single is (at time of writing £12.90).

Leicester train station is 500m from the hotel

Turn right out of the train station and continue down London Road.

Go through the underpass.  Continue down Granby Street.

The Mercure Leicester hotel is 350 metres on the left hand side.

By road, from the M1 (junction 21) and the M69 junction 21 off the M1

The M69 leads into the Junction 21 roundabout.

Follow the A5460 towards Leicester.  After BP petrol station, pull into the right hand lane in readiness to turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Upperton Road.

Follow signs for the City and after about a mile you will come to a T-junction, with the Royal Infirmary on the left and the Tiger’s Rugby ground ahead.

Take the right-hand lane and follow the traffic to the left.

Follow the signs for the railway station and turn right at the next set of traffic lights.

Take the left-hand lane to turn left into Tiger’s Way, follow the sign for the railway station.

Go through three sets of traffic lights and the railway station is on your right-hand side.

At the fourth set bear left into Granby Street.

Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and left again into the Mercure Leicester hotel car park.

From A50 North (M1 Junction 22)

Follow signs for A50 Leicester (Northgate Street), which turns into Highcross Street as you approach the city centre, then turn left into Vaughan Way passing the St Margaret’s bus station on your right-hand side.

Continue in the right-hand lane and proceed over the flyover.

As you approach a roundabout, stay in the right-hand lane and take the third exit on to St George’s Way.

Continue past three sets of traffic lights (Leicester Mercury Building on the right-hand side).  At the fourth set of traffic lights turn right into Charles Street.

Take the first left into Northampton Square and at the T-Junction turn right into Granby Street.  Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and left again into the Mercure Leicester hotel.


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.