CONFERENCE DEFERRED UNTIL 2022 Congress of the Australian Society of Hypnosis 2021 and for the first time: Virtual Congress of the Australian Society of Hypnosis



The Location For In-Person Delegates

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads, Queensland 4567

The Programme

Day Time Activity Presenter
Thursday 16th 1500
Welcome Reception
Friday 17th 0900-1000
Keynote Address
Workshop 1
Workshop 1 (cont)
Mark Grant
Saturday 18th 0900-1230
Workshop 2
Workshop 3
Gayre Christie
Monica Moore
Sunday 19th 0900-1230 Workshop 4 Di McGreal
Glenda Robertson

Keynote Address
Healing medically unexplained pain by uniting past and present.
Mark Grant
The Keynote Address will explore: Pain as a psychological problem; Traumatic origins and sequelae of pain; Pain as a symptom vs pain as a problem; dissociation and chronic pain, bottom-up and top-down strategies for overcoming pain.

Workshop 1
A trauma-informed approach to chronic pain
Mark Grant

In this workshop, Mark will illustrate a trauma-informed approach to chronic pain based on the integration of hypnosis with selected sensory, emotional and neurological interventions. Mark will start by describing the seven tasks of pain management including but not limited to pain control. He will then review some assessment tips including personality factors and the role of trauma and dissociation in maintaining chronic pain, even in clients who might not initially present as ‘traumatised.’ From a treatment perspective he will then describe and demonstrate a range of ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ strategies (based on ascending and descending pain/ analgesic pathways) for alleviating various types of pain including imagery, somatic strategies and EMDR, and how these strategies integrate with hypnosis. This workshop will consist of didactic and experiential content with the aim of imparting innovative practical strategies for alleviating pain and its effects.

Workshop 2
Unravelling the Mind-Body Connection. 
Gayre Christie

In this workshop, Gayre will examine accepted distinctions between concepts of mind and body and their historic separation. It will focus on how these distinctions arose philosophically, to mirror the domains of Science and Spirituality and how psychology itself has fallen victim to this seemingly arbitrary divide. It will examine the case for rapprochement in the way in which we conceive of mind body and focus on how we, as clinicians can utilise a more unified approach in the therapy we offer. It will encourage participants to develop hypnosis scripts that are reflective of the mind/body connection.

Workshop 3
Managing Pain and Trauma in Psychological Medicine.
Monica Moore

Why should GPs use hypnosis? And how can health and mental health professionals working in busy clinics incorporate hypnosis into their working day? Dr Monica Moore will be using her experience as a GP to discuss how a variety of hypnotic strategies can be used in physical and mental health consultations. We will be covering the painful and distressing health conditions where hypnosis has been demonstrated to be of benefit, the various techniques which can be used, and how clinicians can organise their time most efficiently. This workshop will offer both didactic and experiential components as participants explore the possibilities of using hypnosis for physical conditions. Although based on general practice experiences, the workshop will provide strategies for professionals working in all clinical settings.

Workshop 4
Rites of Passage: Using Hypnotic Interventions to Heal Grief and Loss.
Diane McGreal and Glenda Robertson

Di and Glenda will review the recent research looking at grief and loss and clients’ experiences of, and reaction to, these. They will then demonstrate and practise specific hypnotic techniques, based on regression and progression hypnosis, which you will be able to immediately utilise in your practice. You will leave the workshop with enhanced clinical skills to assist clients to process grief and loss and in doing so significantly enhance their quality of life.

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitators

Mark Grant MA is an Australian Psychologist/researcher, with 30 years experience and a particular interest in the impact of stress on health and the involvement of the brain in stress. He likes to take a creative but practical approach to creating tools for undoing the effects of severe stress; ie, strategies that harness innate brain capabilities. He is definitely someone who is prepared to look outside traditional approaches, to do what works best for his clients rather than what is in some text-book. In addition to various research papers, apps and other audio downloads he is the author of Change Your Brain Change Your Pain (self-help) and Pain Control with EMDR (clinical treatment manual).

Gayre Christie PhD is currently Senior Psychologist in the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Screening Service of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. He also runs his own private practice. Gayre is involved in an interdisciplinary team of clinicians providing physiotherapy, dietetic therapy and psychological therapies as part of an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of patients who present with chronic musculoskeletal and pain issues. His experience is that much chronicity in presentation has a background of early trauma and that this trauma is carried as emotional and body memory. He has been a practising psychologist for more than 30 years, mainly as academic and clinician. He has a particular interest in the mind/body dynamic.

Monica Moore MBBS graduated in 1983, and worked as a GP for more than 20 years. After completing the ASH training in 2001, her practice gradually shifted and she now works as a full-time psychotherapist in Sutherland NSW. She also teaches counselling skills to GPs, psychologists and allied health clinicians. Dr Moore is in the unique position of being able to combine over 20 years of experience in general practice with expertise in a range of counselling modalities.

Di McGreal PhD is a Psychologist who runs a long-standing clinical practice in Frankston Melbourne. She has wide experience in a number of therapies and treats a wide range of clinical issues, all designed to promote clients’ wellbeing and positive living. Di has significant experience as a hypnosis practitioner and utilises trance with the majority of her clients. She is also an experienced hypnosis trainer, providing student supervision in the Society’s Postgraduate Training Course, as well as regularly running workshops and online hypnosis training.

Glenda Robertson MBusPsych is a Psychotherapist with 15 years experience, specialising in working with clients who are suffering trauma, grief and loss. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and includes Multi Systemic Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis, an approach designed to enhance clients’ coping and positive wellbeing. Glenda has conducted grief and loss counselling nationally for twenty-five years.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

APS: Activities do not need endorsement by APS. Members can accrue Active CPD hours