Christmas research snippet about a recent review of evidence-based practice in relation to hypnosis for childbirth and related issues, focusing on pain management in childbirth, etc.
October’s snippet briefly summarises an important treatment outcome study by Schoenberger, Kirsch, et al., examining the additive value of hypnosis combined with CBT for public speaking anxiety. Prof. Kirsch will be a speaker at this year’s NCH Extravaganza event.
The August Research Snippet reviews arguably the most important recent journal articles reviewing the cognitive psychology of mindfulness meditation and its relevance for hypnotherapy.
Reflections on the recent special issue of IJCEH dealing with hypnotherapy for clinical depression, and attempts to create hybrid hypnotherapy approaches combined with modern evidence-based psychotherapies for depression.
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This article summarises the research studies on hypnotherapy identified in a recent review as meeting the criteria for empirically-supported treatments (ESTs).
This is a short article published in the Autumn 2009 edition of the NCH’s publication The Hypnotherapy Journal. It outlines proposed improvements to the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) award. Comments are invited from any interested parties, especially NCH members and accredited training schools.
This snippet discusses a recent experimental study which attempted to quantify (as a percentage) the extent to which expectation contributed to the pain-reducing effects of hypnosis, imagination, and a placebo medication. Strong evidence was derived from statistical analysis suggesting that the effect of hypnotism is “partially-mediated” by expectation, albeit to a lesser degree than the placebo effect.
A recent series of articles compared the influential “sociocognitive” and “response expectancy” theories of hypnosis with Alfred Barrios’ “conditioning and inhibition” theory, which reprises elements of Pavlov’s theory of hypnotic suggestion. This snippet outlines the opposing theories and research findings cited in favour of the sociocognitive position.