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Hypnosis has long been wrongly portrayed as an act of mind control and manipulation by someone. That it is a scientific form of therapy is less known and even less understood. To dispel such myths and to help the students of Psychology to acquire a basic understanding of hypnosis as a therapy, its key concepts and applications, a two day workshop on Clinical Hypnosis Level 1 was organised by the School of Humanities and Social Science (SoHSS) on 12th and 13th April 2016.

Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique and can be a highly effective form of treatment for many psychological and psychosomatic disorders. It is used as a therapeutic medium on patients to put them into deep relaxation. Through a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention, the therapist leads the patient to positive change. During the two day workshop, the students took part in several activities including role plays to get a hands-on experience of an actual therapy session. A session on using “Pendulum Technique” to get answers to several unanswered questions generated a lot of interest and students were mesmerised by the “magic” of the pendulum. Students got to know and practice the 8 steps to self-hypnosis. Students also learnt the Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) technique which they also practiced on each other. Through the activities, the students learnt about the “state of consciousness” which makes a significant part of the hypnosis process, and the concept of deeper consciousness and how it guides us to change and enables us to healthy living. Students also learnt the basic concepts of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is a window to the reality that is created by oneself as an individual. The technique of Reframing and the importance of Reframing in healing oneself and becoming aware of one’s own thoughts, body parts and deeper conscious were also in impactful and interactive ways during the sessions.

The SoHSS consistently makes efforts in preparing its students as professionals for future and helps them learn through innovative pedagogical tools. This workshop was one such step towards achieving the objective. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Vani Jain and Dr. Seema Nigam from Manthan, a counselling organisation.

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