Building Bridges of Understanding


Listed below you will find news from ISH Members and Constituent Societies, as well as events sponsored by reputable groups that are not affiliated with ISH.

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Education and Research Foundation
The David Wark Family Prize in Hypnosis and Neuroscience

announce an award of $5000 for an original paper that both
Advances Neuroscience Knowledge and Enhances the Practice of Hypnosis

Goals of the Wark Family Prize:
• Stimulate new clinical and nonclinical research on hypnosis.
• Encourage neuroscience contributions to understanding the mechanisms of
hypnosis, hypnotic talent, and hypnotic phenomena.
• Publicize the contribution of hypnosis in understanding the neuroscience of consciousness.
• Increase the appreciation of hypnosis as a normal human capacity.

For information about submission, judging criteria, dates and deadlines,
send questions about the Wark Family Prize to

To download the flyers as pdfs here: WarkPrizeFlyer  WarkPrizeTrifold

Book Reviews:

Hypnotic approaches in cancer and palliative care
Reviewed by Dabney M. Ewin, M.D.

Néron, S., and Handel, D. (2014). Hypnotic approaches in cancer and palliative care. Presses de l’Université du Québec​, 388 pp., $89.99 (iOS e-book), ISBN: 978-2-7605-3561-9.

 “The term palliative is derived from the Latin word pallium: to cloak or cover. Palliative care’s core value is to maintain or restore the maximum quality of life to patients with life-threatening illness and their supportive care units.”

I have been exposed to the expertise of Drs. Neron and Handel by attending their workshops. This ebook is a remarkable combination not only of notes from the course, but with additional videos of actual therapeutic sessions illustrating the key issues in palliative care. These include “Clinical Hypnosis for Palliation of Symptoms and Its Role in the Spectrum of Patient Care” (Chapter 2), “Pain Relief and Palliation of Symptoms” (Chapter 3), “Symptom Relief, Emotional Containment, and Spiritual Enrichment” (Chapter 4), and “Self-Hypnosis: Dealing with Treatments, Medical Teams, and Procedures” (Chapter 5).

The series of videos of illustrative treatment sessions with patients who have consented to be shown cannot readily be duplicated in an on-site workshop, so this is a learning opportunity that is unique.

This ebook can truly serve as an entire advanced course on this particular use of hypnosis. It is very user-friendly, so the reader can easily choose between watching the entire eight hour in-depth hypnotic sessions, or a short video summary focused on key points, or verbatim written transcripts of the interaction.

The Table of Contents is comprehensive. There is an extensive Glossary that is linked to uses of the word in the text, and the Search function is helpful and easy to use. Many key words, themes, ideas, and constructs are hyperlinked.

With Hypnotic Approaches in Cancer and Palliative Care, Néron and Handel have opened a whole new world of learning using modern technology. After years of both attending and teaching in workshops, I feel that this type of teaching must be the wave of the future for those of us who teach hypnosis. My students frequently request the opportunity to be present during a treatment session, but most of my private patients choose privacy. We have always been able to show video clips of one or two specific techniques at a workshop, but with this ebook we take home a veritable encyclopedia on the titled theme that we can peruse in snippets or in depth, and easily review via the verbatim transcripts. I doubt this will replace workshops and the camaraderie they foster. But after the stimulation of a good workshop, what a blessing to take home and keep an encyclopedic record and expansion of what was taught.

Cancer patients are surviving longer with advanced medical care, and the need for mental and spiritual (palliative) care is increasing.

I recommend this ebook without reservation to anyone in the field of hypnosis who wants to learn how to give quality care to this population of suffering humanity.


Looking for an interesting book to ready you for the ISH Congress in Paris, 2015?
This one provides historical perspective on the roots of modern hypnosis:

Little Demon in the City of Light, By Steven Livingston (2014) NYC: Doubleday

Reviewed by Jonathan Sheldon, MD (USA)

Prominent schools of medicine at war with one another! Amateur hypnotists running rampant! No, I’m not talking (only) about our contemporary world but also about the events described by Steven Levingston in Little Demon in the City of Light.

The story of a sensational 1889 murder in Paris that made international news, the book also brings to life some of the great figures of modern medicine and their passionate involvement in hypnosis: Jean-Martin Charcot, Giles de la Tourette, Hippolyte Bernheim — even Louis Pasteur and Sigmund Freud make an appearance.

If you’ve ever sat through a dull recital of the names of our forbearers in hypnosis this book will add flesh to those dry bones. All that, and a Belle Epoque murder mystery that touches on the birth of modern criminology, neurology and psychotherapy.

All in all a most fascinating read for those of us who’ll be walking those very same streets come August.


23rd World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine

“The psychosomatic factor in clinical practice”
Glasgow, Scotland
19th-22nd August 2015
Keynote speakers include: Dr. David Spiegel & Dr. Thomas Wise
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2013 Green

2012 Salmon

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