About this event

  • Date and time Mon 12 Dec 2022 from 2:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

During this event, we will explore a range of mechanisms that can affect therapeutic outcomes for patients in clinical practice. 

Our speakers will introduce participants to the concept of habit formation and non-doxastic attitudes, and how they can influence therapeutic outcomes by reviewing placebo studies.

We will examine the similarities and differences between mechanisms that underpin hypnosis and placebo effects to evaluate how hypnosis can be utilised in patients with an impaired placebo response. 

Attend this event to:

  • Understand the process of habit formation and how it can help with behaviour change.
  • Review hypnosis in comparison to placebo effects. 
  • Understand how hypnosis can be used circumstantially to replace the placebo effect. 
  • Learn about the mechanisms and therapeutic outcomes associated with non-doxastic attitudes. 

 

Following the lectures, there will be a drinks reception and an optional dinner for in-person attendees.

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

Book to attend this event in person or virtually. To view the rates and agenda, please select your preference below. 

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Tickets (In Person)

Early Bird pricing available until 30 October 2022.

Member

RSM Fellow
Day 1
£46.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Associate
Day 1
£27.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1
£27.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Trainee
Day 1
£27.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Student
Day 1
£14.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors
Day 1
£84.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1
£50.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Trainee
Day 1
£50.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Student
Day 1
£26.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Tickets (Virtual)

Early Bird pricing available until 30 October 2022.

Member

RSM Fellow
Day 1
£44.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Associate
Day 1
£26.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1
£26.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Trainee
Day 1
£26.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Student
Day 1
£14.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors
Day 1
£80.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1
£47.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Trainee
Day 1
£47.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Student
Day 1
£25.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Key speakers

Koula Asimakopoulou

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou

Reader in Health Psychology, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou is a British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered, registered Psychologist and member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) specialising in Health Psychology. Dr Asimakopoulou completed her undergraduate training with a first class honours in Psychology in 1995, was awarded her PhD in Health Psychology in 2001 and has since undertaken further training to include qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), third wave CBT therapies and motivational interviewing techniques. 

 

Dr Asimakopoulou is a qualified psychometric test assessor trained to administer, interpret and give people feedback on personality and ability (intelligence) tests. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Surrey examined the relationship between neuropsychological functioning and self-management behaviours in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. She moved into dentistry in 2007 but retains her interest in chronic illness management. Dr Asimakopoulou has been delivering psychology and research methods support to medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and other clinical and non-clinical audiences since 1996. Her research interests are in behaviour change in oral health settings, supporting the dental team in the provision of patient-centred care, dentist-patient communication and in particular in the understanding and communication of risk information to increase patient adherence.  

 

Dr Asimakopoulou regularly presents at national and international conferences. She has been an examiner for several UK and international psychology programmes, as well as undergraduate, masters and PhD students. Part of her work involves looking after patient interests in her position of Chair of the Bromley NHS Research Ethics Committee. She has had a long record serving the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) Executive Committee as Specialist Knowledge Liaison, Chief Editor of the division’s journal, Chair of the research committee and now as Chair of the scientific committee of the DHP. Dr Asimakopoulou is qualified to supervise the work of Health Psychology trainees seeking to obtain full membership of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology.  Dr Asimakopoulou is a practitioner health psychologist offering psychological therapies through The Mind Umbrella (www.TheMindUmbrella.co.uk). 

Dr Ben Parris

Associate Professor, Bournemouth University

Speaker's biography

After completing his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2005, Dr Ben Parris went on to do postdoctoral research at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford before joining Bournemouth University in 2008. Dr Parris' research is on the mechanisms of attentional control in neurotypical and in non-neurotypical populations. He has published over 50 journal articles in international, peer reviewed journals and his work has been supported by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the French National Research Agency, the National Health Trust, and the Experimental Psychology Society. 

Dr Doug Hardman

Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University

Speaker's biography

Dr Doug Hardman is a lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton, exploring the placebo effect in general practice medicine. His current research is focussed on the psychology and philosophy of medical practice, in particular how clinicians and patients make sense of and enact the clinical encounter. Prior to joining academia, he served as an officer in the Royal Marines and worked as a consultant in government and the private sector.    

Agenda

View the programme (in house)

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

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

Making behaviour change into a habit

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou, Reader in Health Psychology, King’s College London

Panel discussion

Chair: Professor Sally Hanks, Associate Head of School, Peninsula Dental School

Comparing hypnosis and placebo effects and why it matters

Dr Ben Parris, Associate Professor, Bournemouth University

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr David Kraft

Tea and coffee break
The David Waxman memorial lecture: Pretending to care: The role of non-doxastic attitudes in clinical practice

Dr Doug Hardman, Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Koula Asimakopoulou

All speakers

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Close of meeting
Drinks reception

All welcome

Optional dinner

Pre-registration required

Registration for the dinner closes on Sunday 4 December 2022, and will be held at Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole street

View the programme (virtual)

Welcome and introduction

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

Making behaviour change into a habit

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou, Reader in Health Psychology, King’s College London

Panel discussion

Chair: Professor Sally Hanks, Associate Head of School, Peninsula Dental School 

Comparing hypnosis and placebo effects and why it matters

Dr Ben Parris, Associate Professor, Bournemouth University 

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr David Kraft

Comfort break
The David Waxman memorial lecture: Pretending to care: The role of non-doxastic attitudes in clinical practice

Dr Doug Hardman, Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University

Panel discussion

Chair by: Dr Koula Asimakopoulou 

All speakers  

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Close of meeting

Location

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

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 11 December 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM discretion. 

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

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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