A publication of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC Div.)

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Spring 2002



2002 ANNUAL TRAINING WORKSHOP (Feb. 2 & 3 , 2002)


Each year the faculty enjoys participating in our training seminar more than the preceding years.  This year, 64 enthusiastic participants met for our seminar which incorporated topics suitable for members at all levels of hypnotic skills from introductory to advanced.  For a refreshing change, the venue was changed to the Plaza 500 Hotel at 12th Ave. & Cambie St. in Vancouver and several new topics were offered, including:  Energy Psychology, Dissociative Disorders, Age Regression, Progression & Time Distortion, Peak Performance for Sports, Business & Health and Vibrational Medicine – Music & Sound in Therapy. 


We received 35 completed evaluation forms, which generally gave very positive feedback.  Comments such as “uplifting”, “positive atmosphere – active, enthusiastic, open”, “enjoyed the presenters’ passion” and “good opportunities for theory and practice” were included.  Although we did not increase the registration fee, the expenditures were higher due to the hotel setting and therefore snacks were not provided with beverages at break times.  Due to a lower attendance, the Society lost money on the seminar this year, however it generated a total of 19 new membership applications, which is always positive!


Thank you to Gwyneth Gilliland for collating all the information, which the Faculty and Executive can now use to meet our members’ needs more fully.


We also received some encouraging letters and one of these is printed below:


“Open letter to the wonderful faculty of the Clinical Hypnosis Training Workshops-


You are all getting better and better, clearer and clearer, more and more at ease with sharing and instilling increased confidence and awareness energy and well being which then is multiplied as we in turn overflow with the relaxation created in the simple breath of life we all share.  Thank you All,   Danielle Savasta, participant 2002 training.”


The executive hopes to see this year’s participants and more of the members again in February, 2003.  We would also appreciate seeing more of our members at the monthly meetings, which are usually held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June.  If there is any feedback amongst the members as to how we can encourage more of you to attend these meetings, which are free and of excellent quality, please don’t hesitate to phone or email us.  The general format we presently use is for the participants to introduce themselves, for the speakers to give the topic, then to receive related questions from the group.  We also usually have time for experiential practice in the second half of the meeting.  Why not plan to come more regularly and even bring a friend with you who may become a member?   Please see the schedule for the remainder of the year on the back page of this Newsletter.




Training Workshop Review


News & Notes


Monthly Meeting Reviews


Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule



2002 Executive Council




F.W. Hanley, M.D.

R. Yorsh, D.D.S.




Lee Pulos, Ph.D.



Saul Pilar, M.D.



Leora Kuttner, Ph.D.



Heather Fay, M.D.





Mavis Lloyd, Ph.D.

Bianca Rucker, R.N., Ph.D.

Lance Rucker, D.D.S.





Gordon Cochrane, Ed.D.

Marlene Hunter, M.D.

Don Louie, M.D., FRCP(C)

Frank Spellacy, Ph.D.



News & Notes


This section covers events in the lives of our Members.  The Executive welcomes additions to this column.  Please call or fax your news and notes.  We are also happy to hear about books you have read which you would recommend to members, plus workshops and/or presenters which have been beneficial.  If there is someone you would like us to approach for presentation at a regular monthly meeting, or for a longer workshop, that information is also appreciated.  We need presenters for our meetings, so when you have a topic you can share with members, we welcome volunteers.


By popular vote at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held on February 3, 2002, the Society has once again donated $500 to the good works that Marlene Hunter provides in Cuba, where through the Ministry of Interior and Security she teaches health professionals in hypnosis and many other subjects.  In March, the Society received gracious letters of thanks for its contribution from Dr. Jose Rivas Recano, Profesor Auxiliar y Consultante de Psiquiatria, Dr. Ricardo Garcia Vega of Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas and Dr. Jose A. Sardinas Orozco, Presidente Sociedad Cubana Hipnosis .


Bill Angus will be presenting "Appealing to Spirituality in Anger Management Training" at the upcoming Canadian Psychological Association conference at UBC on May 31, 2002 (in the afternoon session).





Rossi’s Interpretation of Powerful Ericksonian Techniques

Presented by Lee Pulos, Ph.D., Reported by Mavis Lloyd, Ph.D.


At our November meeting, before demonstrating a powerful technique of Ernest Rossi’s, Dr. Lee Pulos began with two warm-up exercises. These warm-up exercises are very effective aids to producing a deeper level of relaxed, focused consciousness and are also used for helping the client to discover the origin or source of the presenting problem when it is unknown to the conscious mind.


Having asked his volunteer, Dr. Lance Rucker, to close his eyes and do what he would normally do to become relaxed and focused, Lee then began the process of helping him to become absorbed in the imagery of a magical garden. He introduced several ways of awakening all Lance’s senses, then asked him to look in a full-length mirror, and see his present reflection. Lee then suggested that Lance use the most trusted part of his subconscious to keep on gazing at the reflection. He could then transmute it to another reflection. This new reflection would represent the blockage that was hindering his ability to solve the problem. Once Lance signaled that he had achieved this shift, Lee suggested that he give it a name.


The second warm-up technique involved a move to another place in the magical garden where there was a tall tree. Lee directed Lance to place his problem on the top-most branch, then to allow his subconscious to travel down to the roots of the tree and to find the root that was primarily responsible for nourishing the symptom. When this had been achieved, Lee continued to check to determine how many other roots were feeding the symptom, until all had been identified. He then began working with Rossi’s process of using basic accessing questions and both of Lance’s hands to explore the presenting issue.


Using non-directive language and encouraging both hands to move in various directions, Lee suggested that Lance examine the different aspects of both the problem and also the solution. Throughout the process, Lee meticulously questioned Lance to ensure that he was still progressing. He also gave him feedback about how well his hands were moving. Lance was able to solve his issue and Lee congratulated him on receiving a gift from his higher, wiser self. During our post-hypnotic discussion, Lance commented on how helpful Lee’s feedback was in furthering his ability to work effectively.


Lee also explained to the audience that the Tree Image, in the Magical Garden has been particularly useful in his practice when he is working with the roots of illnesses, such as cancer. He also gave us the citation for The Basic Accessing Questions of Dr. Rossi, which produce a naturalistic approach to problem solving. It is: “The Symptom Path to Enlightenment:  The New Dynamics of Self-Organization in Hypnotherapy: An Advanced Manual for Beginners” 1996, ISBN # 0-9651-985-0-2.


A thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial evening was experienced by the members present. Thank you, both Lee and Lance.






Digital or Quantum: Which Model of the Brain is More Appropriate?

Presented by Dr. Paul Swingle, Ph.D.,  Reported by Louise Evans, M.Ed.


At our January meeting, Dr. Paul Swingle, a Clinical Psychoneurophysiologist, spoke about his work on the brain. The title refers to apparent inconsistencies in the treatment of cognitive problems.  Sometimes brain activity needs speeding up, as in some forms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and age related cognitive deficits. At other times there seems to be the opposite need, namely to increase slow frequency amplitude in order to facilitate a more global cognitive view. Because he is working with the fundamental brain waves, Paul is able to treat people suffering from a wide variety of conditions. These include ADD, ADHD (ADD with Hyperactivity), addictions, strokes, head injuries, fibromyalgia, anger, anxiety, depression, alcoholism and Aspergers’ and the autistic spectrum of disorders. Paul discussed various methods he used for modifying brain malfunction and described what he actually does in terms of brain wave architecture to correct these malfunctions.


Paul often sees clients who have exhausted many other therapies. Before studying the patient’s medical history, Paul initially carries out a simple brain assessment by having the patient read, close his/her eyes, and listen to a treatment harmonic while he does a one electrode assessment, examining five hotspots in the brain. The assessment is completed in twelve minutes. Paul does the necessary calculations and then tells the clients what he believes the problems are and obtains agreement from them as to their veracity. Clients are often surprised at the accuracy of his diagnosis. Paul also has an electrode cap with the standard nineteen points, but he prefers the one-electrode method because he is able to more quickly and accurately assess 95% of his clients with this shorter method. Brain-injured clients require the full nineteen-point whole map procedure because extended interactive time is valuable for them.


Among the various brainwave bands are: the slow Delta waves emitted when we are sleeping (1 – 3 Hz), Theta waves when we are inactive or daydreaming (4 – 7 Hz), Alpha waves emitted during creativity and alert relaxation (8 - 12 Hz) and Beta waves produced during high attentiveness (16 – 25 Hz). With a topographical brain map Dr Swingle is able to determine the distribution and intensity of different brain waves, the high and low spots of Theta, Beta, Delta and Alpha, i.e. the brain deficiencies and hyperactive areas, and compare these to a normal EEG. Paul works with ratios since mapping varies according to the time of day and the type of food we eat, but the ratios remain constant. If there is nothing anomalous on the EEG then Paul looks at family dynamics and external events, such as bullying, as possible causal factors. After assessing the patient’s brain activity, anomalies in brain functioning are corrected with techniques that include biofeedback and various stimulation procedures.


Paul reviewed a number of cases demonstrating the relationship between anomalies found on the brain maps and symptoms reported by the patients. He noted that many troubling conditions have definitive brainwave patterns.  Depression for instance is often associated with too much activity over the right frontal part of the brain. PTSD sufferers have deficiencies in slow waves in the back of the brain and Theta drivers are used to drive up Theta and Alpha in this area. Fibromyalgia patients have a severe deficiency in slow wave activity at the back of the brain, as do Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.


Children with ADD have brains that are producing waveforms associated with daydreaming when they are trying to concentrate. This slower, Theta brain-wave activity, often with an excess of Alpha in the front of the brain, is a common indicator of this particular brain malfunction. With ADD the goal is to speed up the brain waves, but there is a limit as to how fast the brain should go. A brain driver measures the activity and stimulates it with light or sound. Goggles with light-emitting diodes help to stimulate brain frequency.


With ADHD the hyperactive child’s brain is hypoactive and therefore the brain needs stimulation, so medication is often prescribed, to the extent that as many as 30% of the male population in some school districts are medicated, often erroneously. This is a statistic Paul would like to see changed. One recommendation was the use of a headset with tonal harmonics that produce calming. This headset can be worn in school to help the student maintain attention to the learning tasks.


Paul finds that having a therapist in the room during treatment makes it more effective, since he/she encourages and reinforces the child during the process. Paul has the children play a video-type game with the brain.  Brain waves can be monitored as the children play and visual rewards are given when the desired brain-wave activity is produced. With older children and adults, a tone signal is used when the brain produces the required waves. Their goal is to maintain the tone signal.


The topic of treatment for alcoholism was also explored. With genetically programmed alcoholics, there is a deficiency of Theta or an excess of Beta.  Their process of remediation involves increasing Theta in the back of the brain so that it can quiet itself. Such an alcoholic is self-medicating and feels good because the alcohol is producing the effect the brain seeks.  Through biofeedback Paul can teach patients to increase slow wave activity.  The same pattern is not seen with a social alcoholic and that client is harder to treat because other factors, such as social anxiety, may be involved.


With couple therapy, if both people in the marriage have hot spots, Paul believes that these have to be calmed down before marital therapy commences, since they are physiological issues.


In Peak Performance training Paul again seeks anomalies such as excessively slow waves in some brain areas and too rapid ones in others.  His program trains the participant to normalize those patterns.


Almost all conditions represent the brain being stuck in its pattern of malfunction. Paul finds the average dominant frequency, and then aims for a 5% change above or below this frequency range, using whichever techniques at his disposal are most beneficial. Depending upon the severity of the problem, the number of sessions required can vary greatly.  It can range from a very few sessions to an extended period of work.  However, once the target issue is changed, particularly with children, other sets of apparently unrelated issues will improve spontaneously. He postulated that perhaps the future would see brain maps used both before and after different forms of psychotherapy to measure their overall effectiveness.


Thank you Paul, for a fascinating and stimulating evening.





Welcome New Members!


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Joanne MacKinnon                                                                             Special Affiliate Members

Lorna MacDougall                                                              

Tara Chotem                                                                                         Martin Pinaud

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Jill Arnold                                                                                              River Malcolm

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                                                                                                                Brad Sperling

                                                                                                                Jon Kennedy MacDonald

                                                                                                                Hengyu Helen Huang

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Banff, Alberta – April 25 – 28, 2002	The Banff Park Lodge


The Advanced Workshop Features:

CLAIRE FREDERICK, M.D. – of Harvard Medical School -

For more information call (780) 488-1680 or 1-800-386-7230










List last revised February, 2002




1.       Hypnoanalytic Psychotherapy - October 21-22/89 - Fromm, Erika, Ph.D. (Also available on audio tape)

2.           Hypnosis & Jungian Perspective - April 21-22/90 - James Hall, M.D. (Also available on audio tape)

3.       Ideomotor Techniques - November 19 & 20/88 - David Cheek, M.D. (2 Video set)

4.       Mind Body Healing - 1987 - E. Rossi, Ph.D. (2 Copies)

5.       The Reverse Set in Hypnotic Induction - 1976 - Milton H. Erickson

6.       Stop Smoking Now - Dr. Roger Callahan

7.       Therapeutic Trances - March 17-19/89 - Steve Gilligan, Ph.D. ( 2 Video set X   2 Sets)

8.       EMDR (Eye Movement Desensititation & Reprocessing) - Wakefield, Jane – Van., B.C. – Feb. 21, 1994

9.       Invisible Biology & The Medical Future - Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Vancouver, B.C., October 15, 1994

             (4 tape set including 1 suplemental audio cassette tape)

10.     Beyond Hypnosis - Subtle Energies and the Transmutation of Consciousness - Lee Pulos, Ph.D., Oct. 7, 1995. 11.          Hypnosis, Mind Control and the C.I.A. - PLENARY ADDRESS #I - Alan Scheflin, J.D., Ll.M.  Frontiers of

Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

12.        Psychoneuroimmunology and Hypnosis:  Are There Connections? - PLENARY ADDRESS #II - Dr. Karen

Olness, Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

13.     The Language of Hypnosis - PLENARY ADDRESS #III - Dr. Kay Thompson, Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

13.        The Application of Inner Mental Training to Sport and Life - PLENARY ADDRESS #IV - Dr. Lars-Eric

Unestahl, Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

15.     Visions of the Future Mind - PLENARY ADDRESS #V - Dr. Lee Pulos, Frontiers Conf., Banff, Alb. - May/95

16.     The New Mind-Body Therapy.  Effective Fail-Safe Approaches - PLENARY ADDRESS #VI - Dr. Ernest

Rossi, Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

17.     The Biology of Consciousness - PLENARY ADDRESS #VII - Dr. Bruce Lipton, Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95

18.     The Use of Hypnosis in the Legal Context - WORKSHOP I - Alan Scheflin, J.D., Ll.M., Frontiers of Hypnosis Conference, Banff, Alberta - May 4-9/95.

19. No Fears No Tears - Dr. Leora Kuttner, Children with Cancer Coping with Pain

20.  Imaginative Medicine hypnosis in pediatric practice - Laurence Sugerman, MD

21. No Fears No Tears, 13 Years Later – Dr. Leora Kuttner

22. Entranced – Hypnosis, Health & Healing – Dr. Graham Wicks, Australia

23. The Biology of Belief  - Dr. Bruce Lipton




1.           The Callahan Techniques - Energy Effects of Substances (Individual Reactions to Substances and Their

Psychological Effects) - 1993

2.       The Callahan Techniques - Psychological Reversal Instroduction - 1987

3.       The Callahan Techniques - Psychological Reversal Physical Treatment - 1987

4.       The Callahan Techniques - Telephone Therapy (complex problems: panic, driving, flying, etc.) - 1989

5.           Hypnoanalytic Psychotherapy - October 21-22/89 - Erika Fromm, Ph.D. (6 Cassettes

6.           Hypnosis & Jungian Perspective - April 21-22, 1990 - James Hall, M.D. (5 Cassettes

7.       Inner Child - Dr. Roger Callahan

8.       Invisible Biology & The Medical Future - Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Vancouver, B.C., October 15, 1994.

9.           The Cosmic Game – Stan Grof, Ph.D., Vancouver, B.C., October 22, 1999 (2 Cassettes)


THESE MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LOAN TO MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY.  Please call the office at (604) 688-1714 or email us to let us know what you would like to borrow and these will be mailed to you.  The materials are to be returned to the Society at the Members’ cost within a reasonable amount of time.


Monthly Meeting Schedule


The following is a listing of the dates and topics of upcoming meetings.  Topics may change at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control.  If you wish to confirm the topic being presented, please feel free to contact the office.


The purpose of these monthly meetings is to provide useful information to our members and a place for members to meet and discuss hypnosis in a positive learning environment.  If there is a topic you would like to see presented or you have a topic you would like to present at one of the meetings, please contact the Society President, Dr. Lee Pulos at 604-669-6979.


Meeting Date:        Third Wednesday of each month

Meeting Time:        6:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:       Bianca Rucker’s Office

                                        #400 - 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC


DATE                PRESENTER             TOPIC


Apr. 17            Bill Angus, M.A.                       Relaxation Techniques


May 15            Lee Pulos, Ph.D.                      Applied Kinesiology & the Whole Brain Posture:

                                                                        A New/Old Method of Reprogramming Beliefs


June 19            Faculty                         Practice Session & Case Studies

6th National Assembly
Halifax, Nova Scotia     -     October 9 – 12, 2003

Keynote Speaker: David Spiegel, M.D., Stanford University

Early Bird Rates:		   Before 	   Before 	      By		   After
		May 1, 2002	Jan. 1, 2003	June 15, 2003	June 15, 2003
Members of Accredited		
Societies of Clinical		$250.00		$300.00		$325.00		$350.00
Others			$300.00		$350.00		$425.00		$445.00

For further information and to register, contact:

Donald C. Brown, M.D. – Chairman 6th National Assembly
Fax (902) 429-4093		Tel (902) 429-7890