Alan Szmelskyj DO, MSc, Adv Dip Clin Hyp, FRSPH
"My interest and training in hypnotherapy (hypnosis) go back about thirty years to the early 1980’s when I was an undergraduate student and used self-hypnosis. My first academic conference presentation on hypnosis was in 1994. This was followed between 1997 and 2008 by two further international conference presentations, and three further academic papers, or research based publications on the use of hypnosis and or stress management being published. On a personal level, I used hypnosis with my wife Irina in the home water births of my sons. My second son Matthew came out at healthy 10lb 2oz and Irina needed no anaesthesia whilst giving birth to him, other than hypnosis.
My hypnosis training
My formal training and qualifications in hypnosis has come from several sources including from the University of Surrey where I did my Masters of Science Degree in the Psychobiology of Stress, and which included study of the use of clinical hypnosis and other several other stress management modalities.
My Advanced Diploma In Clinical Hypnosis and Stress Management was awarded by Staffordshire University following completion of the academic components of course assignments and examinations. The practical teaching for my Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis was undertaken at the Postgraduate Department of City Hospital in Birmingham.
In addition I have attended many additional training courses run by the BSCAH. This has included training on the medical and clinical use of hypnosis for pain management. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the use of hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for children. I am also trained in the Fertile Body Method- hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for fertility, IVF and conception.
A brief summary of my professional qualifications, university degrees and diplomas
In 1985 I graduated as an osteopath from the British School of Osteopathy after completing its four-year full time course in osteopathy. In 2005 the University of Surrey awarded me my Master of Science higher degree in the Psychobiology of Stress. I also have an Advanced University Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Stress Management awarded by Staffordshire University. I have many other professional certificates that I have obtained over the 27 years that I have been in clinical practice.
My professional memberships
- Registered with the General Osteopathic Council
- Member of the British Osteopathic Association
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
- Member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
Membership of BSCAH and your safety
I am a full member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). To become a member of BSCAH I needed to meet the societies training and educational requirements. To be a member of BSCAH I also need to be professionally registered with a statutory health care regulator. Full details of the requirements of BSCAH membership and training can be found on www.BSCAH.org. As a member of BSCAH I am bound to use hypnosis with patients in clinical consultations according BSCAH’s professional code of practice and its rules and regulations. This includes having full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
BSCAH only provides training and education in clinical hypnosis to health care professionals who are already professionally regulated by a statutory health care body. This includes doctors, dentists, osteopaths, psychologists and other HPC members. BSCAH doesn’t provide training to members of the general public.
This ensures that anyone who is a member of BSCAH, even before they start their hypnosis training, is a health care professional who is fully accredited by a government regulatory professional body, and ultimately professionally accountable to that governing body.
Regulation of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in the UK
In the UK there are about a hundred organisations teaching hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and claiming to regulate people who use hypnosis in a therapeutic way. There is no legal restriction in the UK on who regulates it or on who can claim to provide hypnotherapy (hypnosis) or hypnotherapy. So anyone can describe himself or herself as a hypnotherapist, or can claim to treat people using hypnosis, even if they haven’t had any training.
I am confident that my training and experience meets your requirements for a professional clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy service."