Notes from the President
Claude Virot PhD
Mark Jensen, our secretary-treasurer is smiling. A few weeks ago, the ISH received $ 85,000, the profit from the 20th World Congress of Paris. Including the first payment of $ 20,000 in 2015, it is $ 105,000 that the Congress has provided to ISH. As a family, our association needs money to live every day, support the office expenses, the website, some travel. When everyday life is assured, the additional resources can be used to fund projects for home improvement and evolution of family members. (ISH family is its societies and its members, for example each one of you.)
From the perspective of secure management and to face the vagaries of life, it is hoped that part of this money will be saved. It will be used only if we face particular challenges. Regarding the possible projects, energies are being mobilized in several directions: establishment of guidelines and training materials for education to help new societies, in countries new to ISH, to develop training processes in hypnosis. If necessary, officers will be able to provide technical expertise and teaching experience. The first contacts have been made to study the possibility of broadcasting some of our conference via skype or “streaming”. These technologies remain somewhat mysterious to many although sometimes we use them. But to use them as operator and content provider is a bit complex for us, even if it is a simple, illuminated area for experts.
The goal is to have a trial of this at the conference in Montreal 2018. The dream is that one day the conference rooms will be as filled as they were in Paris and at the same time thousands or tens of thousands of professionals in all countries of the world, will be able to attend some conferences, some workshops on their computer screens. A bit like the Olympics. The ideal is, of course, to be there for the atmosphere, the excitement, the in person interactions, the possibility to be close to the sportsmen and the sportswomen… By visiting the place of a congress we can also discover a new country, a new culture. This is what our Canadian friends offer in their beautiful province of Quebec and the mythical city of Montreal. The organizational work is progressing very well to prepare your welcome as a delegate or as a speaker.
Montreal is a city with many ethnic mixtures where language is in both French and English! Montreal is a particularly fertile ground in which the ISH can exceed the results of Paris: speakers from 34 nations and participants from 56 countries. Besides the big “stars” of the world of hypnosis you will be able to meet dozens of lesser-known colleagues, young people, students, each of whom will present an original aspect of the world of hypnosis. The World Congress is a unique opportunity every 3 years to discover new experiences and amazing personalities. In addition, the World Congress is something bigger, bigger than any other conference in the world: it is the gathering point of the whole “Hypnosis family” this diaspora that exists in dozens of countries in all parts of the world.
All those who participated in Bremen or Paris (to name the newest ones) have felt this very special emotion they could bring with them, this powerful and deep pulsing heart of hypnosis. It is this pulse that will host the 21st Congress of Montreal, where we will all converge in the month of Letter from the President 2016, Volume 40, No. 3. 2 August 2018. To make you dream and prepare for this event, we asked Marion to handle video and photos of the Paris Congress. There is a lot of work to be done to classify and organize these memories. Very soon you will find on our website a souvenir photo album of the major presentations.
See you soon, Claude Virot President of the International Society of Hypnosis