About this event

  • Date and time Mon 4 Apr 2022 from 1:00pm to 5:35pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

This event will help you learn stress and self-care techniques to support patients and healthcare professionals in the workplace. Aspects of the neuroscience of the mind can be applied to practical advantage. This event will include presentations that will provoke ideas and thoughts on how to manage your own and others' psychological health. Areas covered will include relationships, success factors, imposter syndrome and peace of mind.

Professor Katalin Varga, Head, Department Affective Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, and Professor Steve Peters, Consultant Psychiatrist and Undergraduate Dean, Sheffield Medical School, UK, will cover empirical evidence to support the use of hypnosis in this area and will focus on self-care, oxytocin-based management systems, and burnout.

These techniques and hypnosis, in general, does not require medication to be effective or have any side effects, leaving patients and healthcare professionals with techniques they can utilise at home, in the workplace and while travelling.

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email three days after the live in-person event on Thursday 7 April 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.

This event will cover:

  • How to support oxytocin-based stress management systems with hypnosis and/or suggestion
  • Evidence to support the use of hypnosis for the treatment and management of stress for busy healthcare professionals and patients
  • Specific hypnotic and behavioural techniques using self-hypnosis to reduce burnout.

This meeting is being held in association with the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

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Key speakers

Prof Katalin Varga

Professor Katalin Varga

Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, the head of the Department of Affective Psychology, past president of the Hungarian Association of Hypnosis, and board member of International Society of Hypnosis, Hungary

Speaker's biography

Professor Varga was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1986-1990) to study the subjective experiences associated with hypnosis and the role of suggestions in critical states. She was awarded her degree of Doctor of University from Eötvös Loránd University in 1991, and a PhD in 1997 on comparing the subjective and behavioural effects of hypnosis. She was awarded Doctor of Science by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2016 for describing phenomenological synchrony. As a member of the Budapest hypnosis research laboratory, she is investigating hypnosis in an interactional framework, and in this multilevel approach she is focusing on the phenomenological data.


For the past 20 years, she has been working with patients in a hospital setting, mostly critically ill patients, applying suggestive and hypnosis techniques. She is the founder and professor of the postgraduate training of suggestive communication in somatic medicine, which is co-organised by the Hungarian Association of Hypnosis and Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Budapest. She has published numerous articles and books which present her research findings hypnosis, and clinical experiences on the application.

Steve Peters

Professor Steve Peters BA, PGCE, MBBS, MEd, MRCPsych, PhD, DSc, Dip Sports Med

Consultant Psychiatrist, Sheffield Medical School, UK

Speaker's biography

Professor Peters specialises in mental health and the functioning of the human mind and has dedicated his working life to helping people get the best out of themselves and to be in a good place. His current and past experiences include Clinical Director of Mental Health Services within the NHS at a district hospital, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield Medical School. He has spent 20 years as an examination panel member at the Royal College of Psychiatry and has been an expert advisor to World Anti-doping Agency.


He has been a consultant to over 20 Olympic and national sporting teams including Liverpool FC, British Cycling, GB Taekwondo, England Rugby and England Football. Outside of elite sport, Professor Peters works with CEOs, senior executives, teachers, students, hospital staff and patients. Steven Gerrard, Sir Chris Hoy, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Victoria Pendleton, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Lee Westwood, Jonathan Trott and Raheem Sterling are people that have all spoken publicly about how Professor Peters' has helped them during their careers.


As an author, he has written 4 books including the bestselling self-help book of all time in the UK, The Chimp Paradox, which has sold over a million copies - as per Nielsen TCM Chart 2020. His latest book is "A Path through the Jungle', released October 2021. Other achievements include attending Downing Street for winning the senate award twice for his excellence in teaching.

David Kraft

Dr David Kraft

President of the Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Section of The Royal Society of Medicine

Wendy Burns

Professor Wendy Burn

Consultant Psychiatrist and Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Speaker's biography

Professor Wendy Burn was appointed as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and now works part-time in a community mental health team for older people and as the National Mental Health Clinical Advisor to Health Education England. She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant and has held many roles in education. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School. She was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2011 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2020. She Co-chaired the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project from 2016 to 2022. This focused on modernising the neuroscience taught to psychiatric trainees. Professor Burn is currently Chair of the Clinical group of Equally Well, a project set up to improve physical health in people with a serious mental illness, Chair of the Public Engagement Editorial Board at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and leads the expert group on COVID-19 care for people with mental illness for the World Psychiatric Association


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr David Kraft, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Introduction to the speakers

Professor Wendy Burn, Consultant Psychiatrist and Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

A recuperative journey to discover and activate the inner potential (part one): How to support the oxytocin-based stress management systems with hypnosis and suggestions

Professor Katalin Varga, Head, Affective Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University

Questions and answers

Chair: Professor Wendy Burn

Tea and coffee break
Building individual robustness and resilience via neuroscience

Professor Steve Peters, Consultant Psychiatrist, Undergraduate Dean, Sheffield Medical School

Facilitated by: Dr Wendy Philips, Consultant Neurologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers

Chair: Professor Wendy Burn

Tea and coffee break
A recuperative journey to discover and activate the inner potential (part two): Importance of self-care of professionals in highly demanding periods - burn out prevention possibilities

Professor Katalin Varga

Questions and answers

Chair: Professor Wendy Burn

Plenary symposium

Chair: Professor Wendy Burn

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Close of meeting
Drinks reception and high tea


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

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am Sunday 12 December 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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