About this section

The Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section’s purpose is to promote the knowledge and understanding of hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine.

All meetings and events run by this Section are open to anyone with an interest in hypnosis or psychosomatic medicine, however Section membership comprises professionals who fulfil the eligibility criteria. Training meetings are open only to professionals or students who fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

Those eligible to join this section must hold a first or higher degree in a relevant discipline such as medicine, dentistry or fields related to psychology and be employed in, or retired from, a health-related field such as medicine, psychology, dentistry or nursing.

Applications are invited from those registered with, for example, the BABCP, GMC, GDC, NMC, HCPC and university-based academics.

The Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section is a constituent society of the European Society of Hypnosis. We support and endorse its Ethical Guidelines, and which all applications for membership of the Section will need to abide by.

If you are a member of the RSM and wish to join the Section, please email hypnosis@rsm.ac.uk.

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.

Interested in joining the Section Council?

Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

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Dr Deborah Mairs-Houghton
Dr David Kraft
President Elect
Dr Sarah Partridge
Honorary Secretary
Dr Gerrard Alexander Burnett
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine events

View all events and webinars being run by the Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section.

Eligibility criteria

All meetings and events run by this Section are open to anyone with an interest in hypnosis or psychosomatic medicine.

Training meetings are open only to professionals or students who fulfil the eligibility criteria.

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Tranceformation: Hypnosis in mind and body

Professor David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford, is a world expert on the use of hypnosis in clinical settings and a senior figure in the field of mental he...
  • Price £6 - £20
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Do all functional disorders arise from the brain?

This event will explore and discuss the theory that all functional disorders ultimately derive from the brain and nervous system. Functional symptoms affect every aspect of medicine and yet each spec...
  • Price £30 - £160
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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The application of hypnosis in gastroenterology

Dr Olafur S. Palsson, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders in North Carolina, USA, will explore and examine the various t...
  • Price £6 - £22
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Prizes & awards

Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section: Elliotson Prize 


  • First prize: £200 and an RSM certificate 
  • Second prize: £100 and an RSM certificate 
  • Third prize: £50 and an RSM certificate 

Submission deadline 

Sunday 14 March 2021

Open to

Trainees in hypnosis (those who are undertaking a training course, and those who are within one year of completing their course)

  • Clinical trainees in medicine, dentistry nursing or psychological fields
  • Students enrolled in related graduate academic courses
  • Those qualified in medicine, dentistry nursing or those in psychological fields

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend the prize meeting and to present their submission on Monday 10 May 2021.     

Application guidelines

Entrants are invited to submit a case study or an essay of no more than 1000 - 1500 words in response to the following question: “Discuss the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy.”

Apply here

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