About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Dec 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Pain Medicine

This webinar will raise awareness of how hypnotic techniques can be integrated for chronic pain management in everyday clinical settings. Key speaker, Dr Mark Jensen has many years of practical experience in the application of hypnosis for pain and has conducted extensive research in this field, published over 550 papers and book chapters on pain assessment and management and is the author of 10 books including ‘Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management, Therapist Guide’. 

Dr Jensen will give an insightful talk on the subject and then a Q&A session where delegates can pose questions. 

Dr Jensen's talk will discuss and present evidence regarding the efficacy of hypnosis for chronic pain management and the implications of this evidence for chronic pain treatment. It will be begin by reviewing findings regarding the prevalence of chronic pain and the limited treatment options available for addressing this significant problem. Evidence supporting the specific effects of hypnotic suggestions for changes in sensory experiences on brain activity will be reviewed. The findings from two clinical trials evaluating the effects of training patients with chronic pain in the use of self-hypnosis for pain management will then be presented. This will be followed by a presentation of the results of a recently conducted clinical trial evaluating the effects of using hypnosis to enhance the beneficial effects of cognitive therapy for chronic pain (“hypnotic cognitive therapy”).  The talk will end with a discussion of the clinical implications of the findings from this body of research. 

This webinar is organised jointly by RSM's Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine section and RSM’s Pain Medicine section and is in association with British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH).

Further Reading

If you would like to read more on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management please take a look at the online article and book list:

  • A Review from The American Psychologist ‘Hypnotic Approaches for Chronic Pain Management’ by Mark Jensen and David Patterson
  • Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management, Therapist Guide by Mark Jensen 
  • Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control by David Patterson 
  • The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis Edited by Brann, Owens and Williamson 
  • Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis Edited by Heap and Aravind 

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Key speakers

Mark Jensen

Dr Mark P. Jensen, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Centre, Seattle, USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Jesen has published extensively (nine books and over 550 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).

Dr David R. Patterson, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, and Psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Patterson has been working as a clinical psychologist at Harborview Medical Center since 1983, particularly in the Burn Unit and the Psychology Consultation and Liaison program he created. He holds diplomate degrees in the areas of Psychological Hypnosis and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr Patterson ran psychology intern and postdoctoral training programs for more than 25 years and has mentored hundreds of students. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989, and he has more than 150 articles and chapters published in the areas of hypnosis, pain control, and adjustment to trauma. His articles can be found in such journals as Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, American Psychologist, Pain, and the New England Journal of Medicine.


He is the author of a book published by the American Psychological Association :Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control : containing a compelling argument for the use of hypnotic analgesia as a viable alternative to psychopharmacological interventions for controlling acute, chronic, and perioperative pain, as well as pain from nonsurgical procedures. Yet clinical hypnosis is not an "alternative" medicine, Dr Patterson argues; rather, it is an innovative way of using a patient's subconscious resources to distract, dislocate, or reduce pain in a variety of clinical settings—from the ER to the hospital's rehabilitation wing.


He is a longtime soccer player and enjoyed coaching his sons in the sport; he also plays drums for rock bands that will have him


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Welcome and introduction
Dr Deborah Mairs-Houghton, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine
Hypnosis for chronic pain management
Dr Mark Jensen, Professor and Vice Chair, Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington Medical Centre
Questions and answers

Professor David Patterson, Professor and Vice Chair, Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington Medical Centre


End of the webinar



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