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, which will include the David Waxman memorial lecture, we will explore a range of mechanisms that can affect therapeutic outcomes for patients in clinical practice. 

By reviewing placebo studies, our expert speakers will introduce participants to the concept of non-doxastic attitudes, and how they can influence therapeutic outcomes.

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. 

The lectures will finish at 7:00pm and will be followed by a drinks reception and an optional dinner. 

Attend this event to:

  • 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. 

 

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)

Standard pricing available until 11 December 2022.

Member

RSM Fellow
Day 1
£58.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Trainee
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Associate
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Student
Day 1
£18.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors
Day 1
£106.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1
£63.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Trainee
Day 1
£63.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Student
Day 1
£33.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Tickets (Virtual)

Standard pricing available until 11 December 2022.

Member

RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£44.00 £26.00 £26.00 £26.00 £14.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£80.00 £47.00 £47.00 £25.00

Key speakers

Dr Ben Parris (1)

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

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.    

Dr Jo Marchant

Dr Jo Marchant

Award-winning Freelance Journalist and Author

Speaker's biography

Dr Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller Cure: A journey into the science of mind over body (2016) [https://jomarchant.com/cure]. She has written extensively on the role of the mind in physical health, investigating techniques from placebos to mindfulness and virtual reality, as well as the surprising power of awe. Her most recent book, The Human Cosmos[http://jomarchant.com/human-cosmos], which explores our changing relationship with the stars, was named the best book of 2020 by outlets including The Economist, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Wired.

 

Dr Jo Marchant trained as a scientist: she has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She previously worked as a senior editor at New Scientist and at Nature, and her articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and Smithsonian magazine. 

 

Her radio and TV appearances include BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Today programmes, NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN and National Geographic. She has captivated live audiences around the world, including at the Royal Institution in London, World Science Festival in New York and Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai.

David Kraft

Dr David Kraft

President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Speaker's biography

A UKCP-registered psychotherapist, Dr David Kraft runs a successful practice in Harley Street and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the literature. His research interests include phobic anxiety, hyperhidrosis, irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorders and the history of hypnosis. David has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine for over twenty years and is currently President of the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, he is an accredited member of BSCAH and has taken on a number of positions over the years including Honorary Treasurer, at national level, and Honorary Secretary of the London Branch. David has been teaching healthcare professionals clinical hypnosis for over 10 years and has given a number of academic presentations on range of topics including the treatment of IBS, dream interpretation and sleep disorders. 

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

The power of suggestion: An introduction to the science of placebo

Dr Jo Marchant, Award Winning Freelance Journalist and Author

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: Professor Sally Hanks

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

The power of suggestion: An introduction to the science of placebo

Dr Jo Marchant, Award Winning Freelance Journalist and Author

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: Professor Sally Hanks

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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