About this event

  • Date and time Mon 16 Sep 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

Join us and a number of high profile key speakers to look at the role of hypnosis in various fields related to child and adolescent health. We'll showcase the use of clinical hypnosis in children and adolescents, with experts highlighting hypnotic interventions and suggestions amongst their client population.

You will:

• Learn the current evidence-based hypnotic approaches when working clinically with children and adolescents
• Understand and appreciate the role of hypnosis has within clinical settings pertinent to child and adolescent health
• Understand the evidence for hypnosis in child and adolescent health, in particular in the management of pain and medical procedures

Key speakers

Professor Christina Liossi

Professor Christina Liossi is a Chair in Paediatric Psychology at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Psychologist at the Paediatric Chronic Pain Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London.

Speaker's biography

Christina has worked as an academic and clinician in the UK and abroad and has cared for children with various chronic medical conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, chronic kidney disease, epidermolysis bullosa, and sickle cell disease. She is one of the world experts in paediatric pain. Her research and clinical practice dovetail and focus on three intertwined themes:

  • The cognitive and affective neuroscience of pain- in particular, the emotional modulation of attention in chronic pain
  • The development of theory driven psychological interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain in young people-currently cognitive bias modification training.
  • The evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of psychological interventions in young people’s pain management-specifically cognitive-behavioural interventions, delivery of psychological treatment via the Internet, parent/family factors.

Christina’s randomized controlled clinical trials have been critical to the establishment of hypnosis as an evidenced-based intervention in the care of children with cancer. Christina has contributed to national and international evidence-based guidelines on acute and chronic paediatric pain, pain in epidermolysis bullosa and sedation in children. She is currently Deputy Chair of the NIHR CRN Pain and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group. Christina has written a book on procedure-related cancer pain in children, and is a content author on the e-PAIN project http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/pain-management/.

Jules Carr

Senior Wellbeing Practitioner, Changing Faces

Dr Kate Blakeley

Consultant Clinical Paediatric Psychologist, Barts & The Royal London Hospitals NHS Trust


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Raj Lal Sharma, President, Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one

Use of hypnosis in children who have anxiety related to body image/visible difference

Jules Carr, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner, Changing Faces

The use of clinical hypnosis in a paediatric setting

Dr Kate Blakeley, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist, The Royal London Children’s Hospital

Tea and coffee break

Session two

What is the evidence for using clinical hypnosis in paediatrics?

Professor Christina Liossi, Professor of Paediatric Psychology, University of Southampton

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom