Clinical Hypnosis in Psychology

The APS Interest Group on Clinical Hypnosis in Psychology provides members with an opportunity to engage with other psychologists who share an interest in the use of clinical hypnosis as an adjunct to evidence based therapies (such as CBT, etc) to treat a wide range of presenting issues.  When utilized in this manner Clinical hypnosis has been demonstrated to augment outcomes.  It involves a state of focused attention accompanied by a deep state of relaxation within which people can often more easily absorb therapeutic ideas and suggestions to help the person develop new thoughts and behaviors to achieve their goals.

In this way, many people experience hypnosis to be naturally calming, motivating and affirming. The group aims to be of relevance to psychologists in a wide range of settings including clinical work, research, and policy development.


Terms of Reference:

  1. To facilitate communication and information sharing among psychologists interested in the benefits of clinical hypnosis in the therapeutic setting.
  2. To promote professional development activities and practice relevant to clinical hypnosis.
  3. To provide a network of psychologists who can respond to emerging issues related to the use of clinical hypnosis.
  4. To promote the role of psychologists as clinicians, researchers, and commentators in relation to clinical hypnosis.
  5. To generate and maintain links with organizations which have a focus on the evidence-based applications of clinical hypnosis, both within Australia and internationally.
  6. To increase the profile of clinical hypnosis as a validated therapeutic technique to be used by appropriately trained professionals.
  7. To highlight the scientific research both past and current validating clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool.