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Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis Day

2 November 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis Day – 2 Nov 2019 – Flyer


Who should consider attending?

1. Medical Practitioners, Psychologists, Dentists, Midwives, Nurses, Physios, Social Workers, Other health professionals interested in hypnosis
2. Health professionals registered with AHPRA interested in participating in the 100+ hour, part time South Australian Society Hypnosis Course for 20120


A smorgasbord of speakers from different backgrounds will present how hypnosis has helped in their professions.
Dr Allan M Cyna FANZCA, PhD Director of Studies South Australian Society of Hypnosis


Main Lecture Theatre
1st Floor, Queen Victoria building
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Rd, North Adelade

How much

$55 per person

Please note that registration is complimentary for those participants already registered for the Diploma Clinical Hypnosis course for 2020

How to Register

Please register by emailing:

with your name, specialty and AHPRA registration

Introductory day Registration: Course Payment details

Peoples Choice Credit Union
BSB: 805-050
A/c No: 100025728
Reference: (Your Name)

Please email treasurer@sash.asn.au when you have made a transfer.

What is the day about? FAQs answered

What is hypnosis?

That’s a difficult question to answer quickly and precisely. Some people think that it is an ‘altered state of consciousness’, but since there is currently no agreed definition of consciousness this argument can go around in circles. When we talk about hypnosis we often tend to be either talking about the relaxed, focussed, absorbed feelings associated with a ‘trance state’ (although some people don’t like the term trance), or we tend to be talking about the interesting things people can do when hypnotised – these are the products of ‘suggestion’.

Is hypnosis real?

Short answer: yes! Hypnotic suggestions can alter people’s sensations and perceptions. For example, hypnotic suggestion can be used to generate vivid hallucinations, or alter your perception of pain. Studies which measure brain activity have shown that hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions alter the way that the brain processes information. Randomised controlled clinical trials have shown that hypnosis can be an effective treatment for painand anxiety.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, everybody is hypnotizable to some extent – some more than others. Susceptibility to hypnosis can be measured with a hypnotic susceptibility scale (see ‘measurement of hypnosis’. Researchers tend to classify people as ‘highs’, ‘mediums’, or ‘lows’. About 80% of people are in the ‘medium’ band – meaning that they can experience many of the effects of hypnotic suggestion, and are likely to benefit from its clinical use if necessary. Approximately 10% of the population are considered highly hypnotizable – meaning that they can readily experience quite dramatic changes in sensation and perception with hypnosis. Roughly 10% are classified as ‘low’ – meaning that they have not responded strongly to hypnosis (although there are some skills programmes which aim to increase susceptibility to hypnosis).

Training programmes have been devised which aim to increase how well participants respond on tests of suggestibility. Some researchers have argued that increases brought about through this method are not genuine and are simply the result of participants being encouraged to respond without necessary experiencing their response as involuntary (a criteria Weitzenhoffer set as a ‘true’ response to suggestion). However, other researchers have argued that the subjective responses of such ‘trained high suggestible’ participants are indistinguishable from participants who were ‘naturally high suggestible’ without training. Some drugs have also been found to be effective in increasing suggestibility – eg oxytocin.

Is hypnosis dangerous? What can it be used for? Where’s the evidence? Find out more on the Introductory day.


2 November 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Charmaine Harvey


Women’s & Children’s Hospital – Lecture Theatre
72 King William Road
North Adelaide, SA 5006 Australia