We are proud to share the feedback that we recently received from one of our workshop participants, Dr. Ana Verissimo, who is the director of Pediatric Integrative Medicine within the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She writes:
I have had the great pleasure of participating in the beginning and intermediate NPHTI hypnosis workshops. The faculty is superb. There is an amazing sense of camaraderie, commitment and compassion during these workshops such that the attendee feels ready to begin implementing hypnosis in their medical setting. In fact, it is encouraged!
Furthermore, these wonderful mentors continue to teach, encourage and provide direction well beyond the confines of a lecture room setting. There is a great deal of discussion and experiential learning.
Exposure and implementation of hypnosis has been a life changing experience for me. I am now able to introduce pediatric hypnosis to my colleagues, patients, and their families. The rewards for teaching this self empowering skill have been humbling.
The most dramatic and unexpected collaboration has been with our surgical colleagues. There is a new appreciation of the Mind Body connection with hypnosis. All pre-operative surgical patients who will have Nuss procedure for repair of pectus excavatum are encouraged to learn pre- and post-operative self hypnosis skills. This is now expanding to include other major surgical procedures. We are in the process of submitting our data for publication.
We routinely discuss the benefits of Integrative Medicine approaches, including hypnosis, for patients seen in our chronic pain clinic. In addition, there is a growing acceptance of its use in a variety of other clinical scenarios such as habit disorders and anxiety.
I look forward to participating in more courses through NPHTI.
If that resonates with you, then please register for our next workshop now! The sooner you do, the sooner that you, too, can offer these valuable skills to your patients to allow them to better aid their own healing processes. (And, as Dr. Verissimo said, you might get to meet her at one of our workshops yourself!)