The use of hypnosis as an adjunct to CBT and other therapies in assisting with behaviour change and stress or sleep related problems

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This workshop outlines therapeutic principles underlying hypnosis as an adjunct for self help and in therapies assisting in behaviour change and stress management. The debate concerning effectiveness of clinical hypnosis is long from over, with some protagonists not even yet agreed on a definition of the term, or if they did, they continue to argue that what can be achieved ‘under hypnosis’ can be achieved by a simple redirection of conscious attention without hypnosis. Our presenter would argue that the argument against in this case is in fact more an expression of misunderstanding what hypnosis is, and that the direction of attention elsewhere in fact, created an hypnotic effect. Some argue that hypnosis is nothing more than placebo effect, which could be regarded as something of a compliment, given the well-documented power of that effect in several areas of medicine. However, this workshop is not about debating definitions and outcomes, it is about explaining important aspects of hypnosis (especially contra-indications to its use) describing the stages of the process, providing several case studies of its effectiveness (some of them published) and providing delegates the opportunity to experience hypnosis and to use, under supervision, some basic hypnosis techniques.

Additional information

Period6 Dec 20188 Dec 2018
Event title16th Australian Conference on Personality & Individual Differences: Advances and Challenges in Personality and Individual Differences – Theories and Applications
Event typeConference
Conference number16th
LocationGold Coast, Australia, QueenslandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational