Keynote Speakers

  • Dipl. Psych. Consuelo C.  Casula
    Dipl. Psych. Consuelo C. Casula Italy
    Dipl. Psych. Consuelo C. Casula

    Curriculum vitae

    Consuelo C. Casula is a graduate in Philosophy, specialized in Psychology and clinical hypnosis, and a NLP Trainer. She has a private practice in Milan, Italy, dealing mostly with anxiety, depression, phobia, stress, conflict management and mourning.

    Her involvement in hypnosis led her to serve the ISH from 2009 to 2018, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer from 2009 to 2011, the ESH from 2008, where she is now the the immediate Past-President, and the Italian Society of Hypnosis as a Board member.

    She enjoys sharing her knowledge whether in conferences, training or writing. She teaches hypnosis at the Scuola Italiana di Ipnosi e Psicoterapia Ericksoniana and at other Italian and International schools of psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. She travels nationally and internationally as an invited speaker to lecture and give workshops at ESH, ISH, ASCH, and Milton Erickson Foundation congresses. Recent destinations, for example, have been Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, and China. In her practice she integrates clinical hypnosis with pragmatic, systemic and strategic approaches, combined with salutogenic psychology and Mindfulness.

    She has published a number of articles as well as eight books on communication skills, leading groups, metaphors, women’s development, resilience, hypnotic strategies, and meditation. She translated Dan Short's book Hope and Resiliency: understanding the psychotherapeutic strategies of Milton H. Erickson into Italian. The book on metaphors - Giardinieri, Principesse, Porcospini, metafore per l’evoluzione personale e professionale, (Franco Angeli, Milano, 2012)  has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French and German (Gärtner, Prinzessinnen, Stachelschweine. Metaphern und Geschichten für die persönliche und berufliche Entwicklung); her book on resilience (La forza della vulnerabilità. Utilizzare la resilienza per superare le avversità, (Franco Angeli, Milano, 2011) is also available in French.

    In 2016 she received the IV International Award “Franco Granone” from the “Franco Granone - Centro Italiano Ipnosi Clinica e Sperimentale” (CIICS) in Turin, Italy.

     

    BUILDING BRIDGES AND TRAVELING CROSSROADS is what we do when we tell metaphors: let's go deeper and deeper

    Hypnosis builds bridges between the conscious and the unconscious mind, as well as between the mind of the therapist and that of the patient. Hypnosis is a journey in which therapist and patient meet at a crossroads and decide which direction to go on.

    Although bridges and crossroads are metaphors of everyday life, they are used by hypnotherapists to convey deeper messages about transition phases, seasons of life, moving away from something to go towards something else, and decision-making processes.

    A therapeutic metaphor is a story with a protagonist taking a journey to solve a problem and / or reach a goal. During his/her journey, the protagonist crosses the river of flowing life, gorges and canyons, and finds crossroads. In the metaphor, the hypnotist creates reflective experiences enriched with therapeutic suggestions concerning latent talents, hidden resources, and effective strategies.

    In the metaphor, the hypnotist inserts other characters to help the protagonist to discover previously neglected parts and to become more aware of the learning process that makes him/her recognize his/her value and strength.

    Creating and telling a metaphor is a gentle way to send strong and deep hidden messages based on universal wisdom, to permit developmental changes, combining scientific and magical thinking, spirituality with art, incorporating therapeutic messages concerning attachment, interconnection, and future orientation.

    This lecture aims to provide a basic recipe for creating metaphors with a deep base so that the bridges that we invite the patient to cross are strong and solid, and each signage at each crossroad helps the patient to select the best direction to follow. This lecture also aims to underline the creativity of metaphors in sending messages regarding the importance of therapist’s and patient’s flexibility in perception, cognition, emotions, behaviors and values, helpful in building bridges and traveling crossroads.

  • Dr. Régis Dumas
    Dr. Régis Dumas France
    Dr. Régis Dumas

    Curriculum vitae

    • 1980 : Medical Doctor , Clermont-Fd University
    • 1980 à 1983 : Medical and Social attache French Embassy New Delhi (India)
    • President of the CFHTB since 2017 35 institutes and school in Francophony countries
    • Président 10th Forum CFHTB Clermont Fd Mai 2017 with more than 1100 participants
    • Président Hypnose Auvergne and HAURA www.hypnoseauvergne.fr
    • Instructor : Osteopathic, Hypnosis, Mindfulness …
    • Usual Practice : Qi Gong , Yoga , Mindfulness

     

    An activated hypnotic relation: a bridge between patient, therapist and life

    There is always relation

    It’s impossible to not communicate

     “The man is a social animal”  Montesquieu

    “The man when he is alone is always in bad company”  Paul Valery

    More than 35 years of medical exercice with patients learned me patience, caring, tolerance…

    “ you have to learn to wait…” said François ROUSTANG

    We have to understand the state of the patient,

    What is really the demand?
    His real desire of change? and What is exacly? 
    His position: Tourist, Visitor, Potentiel buyer?

    What is the first step is he ready to reach? 

    How to obtain a good relation and to build a real bridge with the patient: Empathy, Competence, Authenticity, Human and warm welcome …

    How to find a good distance out of performance, seduction, in my sincerity, in the research of patient’s truth, in a co working and co expertise.

    How to build a meeting space where each one is learning from the other and paddle in the same direction.

    “Don’t think ….feeeeeel !!”

    Observe the patient
    Observe my  feeling
    Observe the  feeling  in our relation

    Take time to listen silence between our fruitful discussion …

    To build a bridge of live, where are the emotions and a good balance

    This is my vocation and practicing Hypnose was a gift for me

  • Dr. Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville
    Dr. Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville Belgium
    Dr. Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville

    Curriculum vitae

    Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville is a physician specializing in anesthesia and intensive care medicine. In 1992, she developed a new method of anesthesia, named hypnosedation. Since 1994, she has been teaching hypnosis and hypnotic techniques at the University of Liège. Her research originally focused on the investigation of the neuroanatomical mechanisms of various states of consciousness, including hypnosis.
    As professor, she heads the Algology and Palliative Care Department of the University Hospital of Liège.
    Her clinical approach, using hypnosis in surgery, chronic pain, oncology and palliative care, has enabled her to promote hypnosis as a tool in modern medicine.
    She is author and co-author of 150 peer-reviewed journal papers and she received 7 international awards.

    Recent insight: how neuroscientific approach helps clinicians 

    Hypnosis is a highly subjective experience and an exciting dynamic field. It is experiential and multi-dimensional. In our presentation, we will discuss behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies on hypnosis as a state, as well as hypnosis as a tool to modulate brain responses to painful stimulations. Studies have showed that hypnotic processes modify subjects’ self-reported internal and external awareness as well as underlied brain networks (default mode and external control, respectively). Brain mechanisms involved in the modulation of pain perception under hypnotic conditions involve cortical as well as subcortical areas including anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices, basal ganglia and thalami. We recently showed that lower and higher electrophysiological frequencies were modified during hypnosis, specifically in the right hemisphere.
    In addition to neuroimaging researches, we currently develop clinical studies and show benefits of hypnosis in chronic health problems (chronic pain and oncology). Hypnosis combined with selfcare learning is associated with patients' evolution of coping strategies from passive to active, allowing them to reduce pain perception, emotional distress and fatigue, and improve their global impression of treatment effectiveness. Indeed, hypnosis is the vehicle for connecting patients to the abilities and realizations that ultimately serve to help them. In this context, hypnosis can serve as a catalyst for a deeper and richer quality of life.
    Finally, we will also present a new way to disentangle highly hypnotizable from low hypnotizable subjects. This new way of measurement is useful, especially in clinical research, since it is challenging to define the level of hypnotizability of patients. Indeed, current standardized scales of hypnotizability are 45 to 90 minutes longer, and are not easily applicable in clinical practice.

  • Prof. Mark P. Jensen
    Prof. Mark P. Jensen USA
    Prof. Mark P. Jensen

    Curriculum vitae

    Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.  For more than 40 years, he has been working as a clinician and resaercher to help individuals better manage pain.  He has published extensively (seven books and over 500 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment.  His research that has shown hypnosis to be effective for a variety of pain conditions, including pain assocaited with cancer,  low back pain, and pain associated with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerisos.  He has also been evaluating the mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia – in particular the effects of hypnosis on brain states and brain activity, and how these brain activity changes may facilitate response to hypnotic suggestions.  His award-winning book on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management (Hypnosis for Chronic Pain:  Therapist Guide, published by Oxford University Press; translated into German as Hypnose bei chronischem Schmerz: Ein Behandlungsmanual, published by Carl-Auer) provides a popular intruduciton to hypnosis and hypnotic pain treatment. He is also the editor of the Voices of Experience series of books, published by Denny Creek Press. Each book in the series includes chapters by 10 or more master clinicians from all over the world, who describe and model their favorite and most effective hypnotic techniques, including those related to inductions (The Art and Practice of Hypnotic Induction), chronic pain (Hypnotic Techniques for Chronic Pain Management), acute pain (Hypnosis for Acute and Procedural Pain Management), and hypnotic techniques that can be used to address a variety of presenting problems (Handbook of Hypnotic Techniques, Vol. 1).  

     

    Brain oscillations and hypnosis: Implications for enhancing outcome efficacy

    Clinicians and researchers know that there is a great deal of individual variability from moment to moment in people’s readiness to accept ideas and hypnotic suggestions. Evidence suggests the possibility that brain mechanisms—specifically, slow wave brain oscillations, as measured by electroencephalogram—may play an important role in this variability. This talk will present and discuss the findings from two types of studies to evaluate this possibility: (1) research examining the ability of baseline brain oscillations to predict response to different treatments, including hypnotic treatments, and (2) two pilot studies evaluating the potential beneficial effects of theta oscillation neurofeedback for enhancing response to hypnosis treatment. The findings from this study support the conclusion that slow wave oscillations are important to response to hypnotic and medication treatments, in particular – different brain patterns appear to predict responses to other treatments, such as cognitive therapy. The findings from this program of research have important implications for precision medicine – that is, matching patients to the treatment approach that they are most likely to respond to – and for enhancing response to hypnotic treatments in particular.  

  • Dr. med. dent. Veit Messmer
    Dr. med. dent. Veit Messmer Germany
    Dr. med. dent. Veit Messmer

    Curriculum vitae

    Dentistry with medical degree Dr.med.dent. in Dental Medicine at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.
    Scientific assitstent at the Department of Prosthetics, Assistent in Dental surgery, University Freiburg.
    Licensed private practice since 1994 with specialisation in Prosthetics, Implantology and Dental Hypnosis. Established Dental Clinic in 2001.
    Certification in Implantology (FFZ) 2005,
    Expert of the Chamber of Dentistry, Department of Prosthetic treatment (KZV Freiburg, Germany) from 2001 – 20011.
    2019 : Co Founder of the Dental Treatment Center « Markgraeflerland » in two towns : Muellheim and Heitersheim

    Training 2004 in dental hypnosis by the DGZH (German Society of Dental Hypnosis) in Stuttgart, Germany, successive DGZH positions including Lecturer since 2007, Editor-in-Chief of the of the Hypnosis magazine DZzH, 2010 -2012. NLP Master, DVNLP, Trainer and supervisor (DGZH) since 2011, President from 2013- 2014. Since 2012 speaker and trainer at the University of Kiel, department of Prosthetics. Trainer in the Dental Hypnosis curriculum of the ÖGZH, Vienna. Counceler in the scientific board of the SMSH ( SMO) since 2018.
    2016 : Coorganizer of the first World Congress of hypnosis in dentistry, in Mashad, Iran

    Author of various articles about hypnosis in Dentistry

    Memberships. : DGZH,MEG,SMSH,ÖGZH,ESH,ISH

    Teaching different topics of hypnosis in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Malta, Iran, England, Turkey ,South Africa and Canada.
    Emphasis on Dental Hypnosis, Phobia Techniques, rapid inductions, Trance experiences in alternate states of consciousness Relation between hypnosis and quantum physics

    Building Bridges in Dentistry: From where to whom? A vision beyond drilling, techniques and chemistry

    Dentistry is one of the oldest professions of mankind, already the old Egyptian pharaoes tried to wear artificial teeth to replace the lost beauty……
    Often combined with painful procedures, a dental office is not the place where people want to spend much time.
    Chemical anaesthetics have changed the treatment and made surgical and technical treatments possible, people wouldn’t have dreamed of in medieval times, for example bone augmentation and implantology.
    And yet, there is still a gap between ratio and emotion. Necessary treatment is often prolonged or avoided, although people know, the treatment should be done. So often the emotions of fear and anxiousness are so strong, that patients avoid the visit in the Dental office until it is to late and big damage and distruction of the orofacial system is followed.
    Hypnosis is a powerful and useful tool to build a bridge from ratio to emotion, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy.
    It changes the behaviour of the dentists as well as the behaviour of the patients. Both sides of the bridge can profit a lot, making daily life of the doctors happier and the treatment for the patients acceptable and positively connotated.
    How this bridgebuilding can be achieved will be shown in this lecture.

  • Lic. Phil. Psych Susy Signer-Fischer
    Lic. Phil. Psych Susy Signer-Fischer Switzerland
    Lic. Phil. Psych Susy Signer-Fischer

    Curriculum vitae

    Susy Signer-Fischer is a board certified (federal approved) psychologist and psychotherapist specialized in working with children, adolescents and adults. She works at the Institute for Developmental and Personality Psychology at the University of Basel in Switzerland and also has private practices in Basel and Bern. For ten years, she was director of the Family and Educational Counselling Centre in Basel, Switzerland. She is supervisor and trainer in psychotherapy, mainly in hypnotherapy, systemic, gestalt and behavioural psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She is the past-president and founding member of the Swiss Society of Clinical Hypnosis (GHypS). www.susysigner.ch 

    Mental Empowering - how hypnosis helps you to gain impact on your own life and your context

    Efficacy and self-efficacy are relevant themes throughout the whole lifespan of an individual and relevant for their mental, social and bodily health. The feeling of selfefficacy gives a person the courage to adjust their life in the face of altered circumstances and to change unhealthy patterns of behaviour. Self-efficacy is the opposite of passive helplessness and experiencing oneself as a victim. The use of hypnosis can be an important support and source of inspiration in perceiving how self-efficient one is or isn’t, and strengthening and actually using the available options. Scientifically and theoretically based methods in hypnosis and self-hypnosis will be presented which can be used either with clients or in our daily self-care.

  • Dipl. Psych. Bernhard Trenkle
    Dipl. Psych. Bernhard Trenkle Germany
    Dipl. Psych. Bernhard Trenkle

    What I am saying before I do hypnosis, tell a story or give homework assignements. Preparing interventions  strategically

  • Audrey  Vanhaudenhuyse, PhD
    Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, PhD Belgium
    Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, PhD

    Curriculum vitae

    PubMed: 115 publications
    Scopus: 7186 citations, h-index = 44
    Google Scholar: 8879 citations, h-index = 49

    Research interests
    Hypnosis, pain, oncology, virtual reality, care management, patients with disorders of consciousness

    Professional experience

    • Since 2016 : Head of the Sensation and Perception Research Group, GIGA Consciousness, University of Liège
    • Since 2013 : Algology Department, CHU and University of Liège – Scientific staff, Psychologist, PhD in Medical Sciences
    • 2014-2015 : Professor of cognitive psychology, University of Mons
    • 2012-2013 : Post-doc at the Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre, University of Maastricht
    • 2010-2013 : FRS-FNRS Post-doc at the Coma Science Group and Cyclotron Research Center of the University of Liège
    • 2006-2010: PhD at the Coma Science Group and Cyclotron Research Center of the University of Liège

    Academic qualifications

    • 2006-2010: PhD in Medical Sciences, Coma Science Group & Cyclotron Research Center, University of Liège
    • 2006-2008: Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Psychological Sciences, University of Liège
    • 2001-2006: Bachelor and Master in Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Mons

    Honors and awards
    · Bourse Occhino-Kernkamp, Belgian Federation of Academic Women
    · Benoit Foundation: Hypnosis research
    · FIRS 2017: fMRI in chronic pain patients
    · Télévie 2016: End of cancer treatment and quality of life: a longitudinal multicenter study
    testing the impact of group interventions on fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, emotion regulation and return-to-work
    · 2013-2015 : Cancer Plan 21/22-SPF Santé Publique
    · 2010-2013: Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) Postdoctoral Researcher
    · 2008: Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences Best Poster Award,
    · 2006-2010 : French Speaking Community of Belgium Concerted Research Action 06/11-340

    Others
    Supervisor of 2 PhD students (current) and 19 masters students (4 current, 15 past)
    Thesis committee member > 5 PhD students
    Reviewers for >15 scientific journals
    More than 50 oral presentations

    Recent insight how neuroscientific approach helps clinician

    Hypnosis is a highly subjective experience and an exciting dynamic field. It is experiential and multi-dimensional. In our presentation, we will discuss behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies on hypnosis as a state, as well as hypnosis as a tool to modulate brain responses to painful stimulations. Studies have showed that hypnotic processes modify subjects’ self-reported internal and external awareness as well as underlied brain networks (default mode and external control, respectively). Brain mechanisms involved in the modulation of pain perception under hypnotic conditions involve cortical as well as subcortical areas including anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices, basal ganglia and thalami. We recently showed that lower and higher electrophysiological frequencies were modified during hypnosis, specifically in the right hemisphere.
    In addition to neuroimaging researches, we currently develop clinical studies and show benefits of hypnosis in chronic health problems (chronic pain and oncology). Hypnosis combined with selfcare learning is associated with patients' evolution of coping strategies from passive to active, allowing them to reduce pain perception, emotional distress and fatigue, and improve their global impression of treatment effectiveness. Indeed, hypnosis is the vehicle for connecting patients to the abilities and realizations that ultimately serve to help them. In this context, hypnosis can serve as a catalyst for a deeper and richer quality of life.
    Finally, we will also present a new way to disentangle highly hypnotizable from low hypnotizable subjects. This new way of measurement is useful, especially in clinical research, since it is challenging to define the level of hypnotizability of patients. Indeed, current standardized scales of hypnotizability are 45 to 90 minutes longer, and are not easily applicable in clinical practice.