Teaching and learning ethos underpinning the course
The course will provide an introduction to health professionals about the relevance of
hypnosis in a clinical environment. It includes an overview of clinical trials for various acute and chronic pain conditions and practical modules to demonstrate how participants can assist patients who are suffering with pain.
Hammond (2012) found that hypnosis is an effective and specific treatment and is statistically superior or equal to other treatments including medication and bio feedback. Jensen and Patterson (2006) in a review of the literature found hypnosis to be superior to medication management, physical therapy and education for treatment of chronic pain.They noted that hypnotic analgesia consistently results in greater decreases in a variety of pain outcomes when compared with standard care/no treatment.
The current gap amongst health professionals in understanding the role of hypnosis for pain conditions can be addressed with this introductory course. Simple techniques which can be used to alleviate chronic and acute pain for specific patient populations will be taught during the course.
No particular prior training/education necessary.
1. To introduce information about Hypnotherapy Rationale and Techniques to Health Service Professionals
2. To teach basic hypnotic language which health professionals can use to help chronic and acute pain patients
Learning Outcomes – at the end of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Understand the relevance of hypnosis for pain patients, including hypnotic analgesia vs medication.
2. Be familiar with clinical studies on hypnosis in the area of chronic pain
3. Use basic hypnotic language techniques with pain patients
4. Understand how hypnosis can assist with pregnancy, surgical situations and clinical conditions.