BSCAH National

European Congress of Hypnosis Manchester 2017

When: 23/08/2017



About the training:

Hypnosis: Unlocking Hidden Potential.

The value of hypnosis in communication, health and healing in the 21st century

Hosted by BSCAH • 23-26 August 2017

All details can be found at

Arrangements are progressing well for ESH 2017. There is an early bird rate of £375 if you book before 28th February 2017. The conference fee includes all lunches and refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks. A reduced fee is also available for students and those from countries with a low GDP (see list on www.esh2017). Rooms have been reserved at various hotels with a spread of prices so if you don’t wish to stay at the conference hotel there will be other possibilities available. So book your place now!

As well as Prof. Walter Bongartz, Prof Elizabeth Faymonville and Assoc. Prof Stuart Derbyshire we have some new Keynote speakers booked: Professor Ulrike Halsband; Dr Claude Virot and Dr. Veit Meßmer. Members of the ESH Board and some notable speakers from the UK such as Prof Leslie Walker and Dr Michael Heap have also agreed to contribute and details will soon be up on the website.

Here to whet your appetite are a few topics that are going to be presented. Since 2000 Prof Halsband has been the president of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German speaking societies of hypnosis (WBdH). In 2004 she was awarded the Milton Erickson prize for her research in hypnosis. She researches the efficiacy of hypnosis and meditation in normal subjects and in patients with specific phobias and anxiety disorders. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron-emission-tomography (PET), and electroencephalography (EEG) provide proof for the detectability of physiological state changes as correlates to different states of awareness, consciousness or cognition during hypnosis. She will also report on her work with the use of hypnosis in dental phobia and performance anxiety which demonstrate that hypnosis is a most powerful and succesful method for inhibiting the reaction of the fear circuitry structures.

Dr Nicole Ruysschaert from the ESH Board will show how the neuroscience data of psychotherapy, matched with clinical experience, demonstrate which processes are required for promoting health and wellbeing. She will show how therapeutic interactions in hypnosis mobilize hidden potentials in both the therapist and the client. Hypnosis may be used very effectively to treat side-effects (nausea, vomiting, fatigue, negative body image and pain): to improve coping and to enhance quality of life during and after cancer treatments, and to prolong survival.

Leslie G Walker, Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK who continues to carry out research and give invited lectures, will discuss these applications. He will also focus on the research into the psychoneuroimmunology of breast, brain and colorectal cancers.

Should there be laws about who may use hypnosis? Should hypnosis be used for the interrogation of witnesses in criminal investigations? Can hypnosis be used to make people commit crimes? Can a hypnotised person be unable to resist assault by the hypnotist? Can false memories of sexual abuse be created by hypnosis? How does one assess a claim of psychological harm due to hypnosis (including stage hypnosis)? Is hypnosis as it is applied in the clinical context the same as hypnosis as it is investigated in the laboratory and on which theories of hypnosis are based? All these questions and more will be ably addressed by Dr Michael Heap, a clinical and forensic psychologist from Sheffield UK who has taught and practised hypnosis in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA for more than 38 years.


Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Walter Bongartz • Assoc Prof Stuart Derbyshire • Prof. Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville  • Prof ulrike Halsband • Dr Veit Mesmer • Dr Claude Virot

Invited Speakers:
Prof Leslie Walker • Dr Michael Heap • Members of the ESH Board and others

All details can be found at