Friday 28th August & Saturday 29th August 2020

Hypnosis, Trauma, and Dissociation

About the Workshop

What can we learn from hypnosis to enhance our clinical effectiveness in working with trauma and dissociation? Can a dissociative therapeutic approach, such as hypnosis, be helpful for someone where dissociation is symptomatic? Can this approach be integrated into one’s current therapeutic practices, such as with mindfulness and meditation? And, perhaps most importantly, how can it help a client grow from trauma?

While this two-day course will cover topics such as the principles, ethics, and practise of hypnotherapy in up-to-date, evidence-based, outcome-oriented approaches, it is best seen as an introduction to clinical hypnosis. It will introduce you to the language and processes of clinical hypnosis for post-trauma growth, in a user-friendly, experiential learning format with particular emphasis on your own clinical applications and clinician skills.

Moving beyond the traditional scripted approach to hypnosis, you will learn about the application of hypnosis into therapy in ways that are creative, individual, and adaptive to client goals.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is hypnosis
  • A brief history of therapeutic trances
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Hypnosis, trauma and dissociation
  • The nature of suggestions
  • Types and power of suggestions
  • Basic theories of hypnosis
  • How to induce and deepen the hypnotic experience
  • Hypnosis for facilitating post-trauma growth
  • How to apply your new skills in your own therapeutic work

The style of teaching will be focussed on practical skills-development with many exercises designed to facilitate the application of hypnotherapy in your daily therapeutic work with clients.


  Friday 28th August 2020
Time Activity
9:30am - 11:00am Introduction to hypnosis; Introductory hypnosis demonstration; What is hypnosis? Definitions; Brief history of hypnosis; Induction/elicitation demo and exercises
11:00am - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am - 12:30pm Myths and Misconceptions; Contra-indications; Ethical issues; More induction & deepening strategies
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Indications of trance; Traditional versus non-traditional approaches; Learning how to hypnotise effectively; Steps to induction; Exercise
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm Ego strengthening; Strength-spotting; Early learning sets; Exercise: Practise of further inductions
  Saturday 29th August 2020
Time Activity
9:30am - 11:00am Hypnotic Phenomena; Utilisation of Hypnotic Phenomena; Demonstrations/Exercises
11:00am - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am - 12:30pm Dissociation and hypnosis; What is it?; How does it work?; How can it be utilised therapeutically?
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Post-traumatic growth; Expert companionship; How to hypnotically facilitate growth from suffering
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 4:30pm Hypnotically enhancing greater happiness; Participant case applications; Ongoing application of hypnosis in your own work

Who is this workshop for?

Working with hypnosis, trauma, and dissociative disorders require a high level of psychotherapy skills, and a mental health background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of hypnosis with this client population. 

This workshop is open to experienced mental-health professionals who are fully registered with a professional association and meet the following criteria:

  • COTWA Clinical Members
  • COTWA General Members
  • Non-Member Medical Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists need to be registered with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 
    • General Practitioners are required to have additional training in Psychological Medicine, and be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Non-Members Allied Health Professionals
    • Psychologists are required to be registered with Psychology Board of Australia or the New Zealand Psychology Board.
    • Occupational Therapists are required to have additional specialist training in mental health and need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia or the New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board.
    • Social Workers need to be registered with Australian Association of Social Workers or in New Zealand with the Social Workers Registration Board.
    • Counsellors and Psychotherapists are required to be registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 3 or 4 member.
  • Non-Member Mental Health Nurses
    • Mental Health Nurses are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia /AHPRA or in New Zealand with the Nursing Council of New Zealand
    • Interns/Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) that are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the COTWA Board by emailing Consideration will be given to the applicant's:

  • Nature and length of employment
  • Educational background and qualifications
  • Training in trauma
  • Support from the applicant's supervisor and/or employer

About the Presenter/s

Presenter Name
  Adj. Prof George Burns
Presenter Blurb

Adjunct Professor George Burns is an Australian clinical psychologist whose innovative work as practitioner, teacher, and writer is recognized nationally and internationally.

George is Adjunct Professor of the Cairnmillar Institute, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling; Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University and Director of The Milton H Erickson Institute of Western Australia. He has been active in several international hypnosis societies and is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

George has also published eight books that have been translated to 18 languages and include an international best-seller. He has authored some 50 articles and book chapters, been described as a ‘master clinician’ by eminent colleagues; and “among some of the world's best therapists” by the Milton H Erickson Foundation.

Given his contribution to the psychology of well-being, he was an invited participant in a United Nations High Level Meeting on creating a new world development paradigm based more on happiness than on economic values. He has recently been honoured with Life Membership to the Australian Psychological Society, and the first ever Life Membership awarded by the Institute of Clinical Psychologists.

In recent years he has been working as a volunteer clinical psychologist in developing countries such as the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where his most recent project has been helping to establish a new youth drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre based on a therapeutic model of happiness and wellbeing.

George’s teaching blends a wealth of clinical and personal life experiences in a relaxed and pleasant style aimed at providing hands-on skills for the enhancement of therapeutic effectiveness.

More information about George, his books, and the training he offers can be found on his website:

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Date/s: Friday 28th August & Saturday 29th August 2020

Registration opens on the 22nd July 2020 and closes on 20th August 2020


Venue: The Newman Siena Centre,
33 Williamstown Road,
Doubleview WA 6018
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Cancelation Policy:

Cancellation prior to 20th August 2020 will attract a $50 processing fee.

Cancellation after 20th August 2020 will attract full fee (transfer of registration is possible).


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Amount For Who?
$750 Non-members
$500 COTWA Members (General and Clinical)
$300 COTWA Members who are listed on the COTWA Directory
Notes about Fees


The information in this workshop is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.

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