Montréal welcomes the XXI World Conference of Medical & Clinical Hypnosis

published on August 14, 2018
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Montréal’s relationship to the brain has always been strong – as one of the leading cities in the study of the brain and neuroscience, the city is home to many scientific leaps and bounds made in the study of the human mind. It’s fitting then that this August 22-25, 2018, Montréal plays host to the 21st World Congress of Medical & Clinical Hypnosis at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Bringing hypnosis practitioners together under one roof

Hypnosis is much more than a fairground trick to get your friends to embarrass themselves on-stage – it’s also a useful tool in clinical and medical application, useful in psychology, medicine and dentistry. Co-hosted by the International Society of Hypnosis (who’s been presenting these International Congress events since 1899 in Paris) and the Société québécoise d’hypnose, the conference will feature cutting-edge presentations on the newest developments in the use of hypnosis and an opportunity for world practitioners to network and exchange ideas in a vibrant and exciting setting.

Keynote speakers sure to mesmerize

Some of the leading figures in hypnosis will make their way to Montréal, each given stage time for a keynote presentation on what’s happening now – and where we’re headed next.

  • Bernhard Trenkle (Germany): PresidentElect of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), and diredtor of the Milton Erickson Institute Rottweil Germany. He teaches hypnotherapy through Europe, China and South Africa. The congresses he’s organized in the past 35 years have brought more than 40,000 attendees. (And he’s not so bad with the jokes either – his Hahandbook of Psychotherapy is a bestselling volume in his native Germany, since translated in several other European languages.
  • Leora Kuttner (Canada): A clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and a Clinical Psychologist and filmmaker. For 35 years she’s taught her pioneering work in pediatric painrelief using hypnosis for children throughout Europe, Australia, North America and the Middle-East.
  • David Spiegel (USA): The Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, David Spiegel’s innovations include work in psychooncology, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep and hypnosis. His work is widely available, and his bibliography includes 12 published books, 167 book chapters and 383 scientific journal articles.
  • Amir Raz (Canada): A Professor in the Psychiatry (Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychology) department at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Raz’s work also includes his role as a Senior Researcher with the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and the Institute for Community and Family Therapy of the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal. His five books and over 130 published articles focus on unlocking the neureal correlates of altered consciousness.
  • Marie Elisabeth Faymonville (Belgium): Since 2004, Faymonville has directed the Pain Centre and works directly with the Equipe Mobile de Soins Pallatifs of the University Hospital Liège. She developed an anesthesia technique known as the hypnosedation in 1992, which she’s taught at the University of Liège since 1994.

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