About this event

  • Date and time Mon 6 Jun 2022 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

This multidisciplinary webinar will unite healthcare professionals from a range of specialty areas to develop, discuss and critically appraise new multi-modal treatment strategies for children and adolescents.

The meeting will provide a forum in which health care professionals can develop tailor-made approaches to treatments.     

Aims of this webinar include: 

  • To gain an understanding of a range of treatment modalities in child psychiatry.
  • To develop insights into personalised, multifaceted therapeutic interventions for CAMHS.
  • To learn about successful, evidence-based treatment strategies from different healthcare professionals, including a child and adolescent psychiatrist, research psychologist and paediatrician.
  • To develop knowledge relating to the aetiology of contemporary psychological problems in children.

This webinar will be of particular interest to liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychologists plus all healthcare practitioners (AHP’s and nurses) working in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

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

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Dr Lawrence Sugarman

Dr Laurence Irwin Sugarman

Paediatrician, Research Professor, Director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA 

Speaker's biography

Dr Laurence Irwin Sugarman is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation in the College of Health Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); a developmental and behavioural paediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Rochester, New York; and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Over nearly forty years of clinical practice, Dr. Sugarman refined clinical biofeedback and hypnosis strategies that effectively increase resilience and coping skills for young people and families. Based on this experience, he produced an internationally acclaimed video-documentary, Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice: Imaginative Medicine in Action. At RIT, he has focused on (1) how best to evoke the abilities of young people with autism spectrum disorder and other chronic health problems, (2) innovative interactive media for health, and (3) pedagogy for professional development in psychobiological care.


Dr. Sugarman has authored over forty publications, teaches internationally, and has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. With Dr. William Wester, Dr. Sugarman has co-authored and co-edited the text, Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents, now in its second edition. His new book, coauthored with Julie Linden and Lee Brooks, is Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis: Narratives and discourse for a new health care paradigm.

Dr Rory Conn

Dr Rory Conn

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership Trust, University of Exeter

Speaker's biography

Dr Rory Conn is a Consultant Paediatric Liaison Psychiatrist in Devon Partnership Trust, providing psychiatric input to the Paediatric Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter where he is the Undergraduate Lead for Psychiatry.


He trained at University College London, achieving a 1st Class Intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities and Distinction in Final MBBS. His Child Psychiatry Training was at the world-renowned Tavistock NHS Trust. Here he achieved a Higher Degree in Systemic Therapy (distinction).He completed a “Darzi Fellowship” at Great Ormond Street Hospital and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership.


Dr Rory Conn has won a number of National Awards, including Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Trainee of the Year, 2012 and Higher Trainee of the Year, 2017. He was The Health Service Journal Rising Star Award Finalist in 2015. He is an elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists CAMHS faculty.


Dr Rory is passionate about working therapeutically, combining psychodynamic and systemic principles to his work with young people and their families. His particular interests include depression and anxiety, and the interplay between physical and mental health difficulties.

Dr Tessa Reardon

Dr Tessa Reardon

Research Psychologist, University of Oxford

Speaker's biography

Dr Tessa Reardon is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Dr Reardon’s PhD focused on understanding the barriers families experience seeking and accessing professional support for anxiety disorders in children. Her research since has aimed to develop and evaluate new approaches to identifying and supporting children with anxiety problems that address these key barriers.


Dr Reardon is currently leading two large school-based randomised controlled trials. 1) The NIHR-funded iCATS-i2i trial (https://osiresearch.org.uk/icats/) is evaluating procedures for screening for child anxiety problems through primary schools, sharing screening outcomes with families and offering and delivering a brief parent-led online intervention for children (aged 8-9) identified as likely to benefit. 2) The Kavli Trust funded MY-CATS trial (https://osiresearch.org.uk/icats/) focuses on younger children (aged 4-7) who are at elevated risk for developing anxiety disorders, and is evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of offering the same intervention to parents of children identified as at-risk on the basis of screening positive for elevated anxiety symptoms, inhibited temperament and/or elevated parent anxiety. 

Karen Olness

Professor Karen Olness

Professor Emerita of Paediatrics, Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

Speaker's biography

Professor Karen Olness is board certified in Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics and Professor Emerita of Paediatrics, Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She is the inaugural president of the NPHTI Board of Directors and past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Board of Hypnosis, the International Society of Hypnosis and the Society for Developmental Behavioural Paediatrics.


Professor Olness organized and taught the first three-day paediatric hypnosis workshop with Gail Gardner PhD at an SCEH meeting in Philadelphia in 1976 and organized the first SDBP sponsored workshop in 1986. Starting in 1972 she conducted controlled studies, examining the abilities of children to apply hypnosis in control of autonomic responses, reduction of migraines and control of immunologic responses. She has written more than 150 articles, chapters, and books and served on many National Institutes of Health study sections. In 1981 with Gail Gardner PhD, she wrote the first edition of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children. Now it is in its fifth edition, written with Daniel Kohen MD.


Professor Olness has been a volunteer to help children in disasters for many years and developed the first training program on “Management of disasters: focus on children” in 1996. These workshops continue annually at CWRU and have been presented in 18 countries. She is co-founder (with husband, Hakon) and Medical Director of Health Frontiers, an all volunteer NGO that developed and is supporting three post graduate training programs in Laos, training in hypnosis in resource poor countries and training in disaster management. In 2017-18 she served as the Strategic Advisor on Children in Humanitarian Emergencies for the International Pediatric Association.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

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

Hypnosis by any other name

Professor Karen Olness, Professor Emerita of Paediatrics, Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr Charlotte Davies, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Improving access to evidence-based interventions for children with or at-risk for anxiety problems

Dr Tessa Reardon, Research Psychologist, University of Oxford

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr Charlotte Davies

Comfort break
A marriage of body and mind: Ensuring physical and mental health needs are jointly met in children and young people

Dr Rory Conn, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership Trust, Exeter

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr Charlotte Davies

Putting hypnosis into practice: Investing in resilience

Dr Laurence Sugarman, Paediatrician, Research Professor, Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr Charlotte Davies

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Close of the meeting



Registration for this event will close on 6 June 2022 at 12:00pm. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time.  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

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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