Clinical Hypnosis: A New Approach For OSH by Sheila Menon


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Clinical Hypnosis: A New Approach For OSH by Sheila Menon

  1. 1. London College of Clinical Hypnosis Clinical Hypnosis : A New Approach for Occupational Safety and Health Sheila Menon FBSCH FBAMH Principal LCCH Asia
  2. 2. Clinical Hypnosis - BenefitsLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis No Scientific Evidence of Contra-indication for the use of clinical hypnosis (Lynn 2000, Gruzelier et al 2001) Hypnotherapy is an efficient stress management - confirmed by the British Medical Association and others. (Bryant RA 2005, Johansen and Unestahl 2006, Vickers and Zollman 1999, Whitehouse et al 1996) Evidence suggests that the use of hypnosis also helps improve the immune system functioning (Gruzelier et al 2001a, Gruzelier et al 2001b, Gruzelier 2002, Kiecolt- Glaserr et al 2001) Empowers the employee / patient / client to effectively manage their own stress (Bryant et al 2005, Gruzelier et al 2001a)
  3. 3. What is HypnosisLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis Hypnotherapy - individual counseling / group work, LCCH protocol focuses on continuous access Short term interventions with minimum therapist contact have problems of compliance and potentially reducing effectiveness of such programmes (Charlesworth et al 1984, Minoa et al 2006) What Is Hypnosis Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Clinical Hypnosis
  4. 4. Clinical Hypnosis a New ApproachLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis Organisational, ergonomic amd psychological factors can produce stress reactions on the individual with the following aspects * Physiological – loading of muscles or joints * Psychological – increased levels of catecholamine * Behavioural aspects – adverse psychological mood states (Smith and Carayon-Stainfort 1989, Hagberg et al 1995)
  5. 5. Impacts of Work-place StressLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis Stress is the prime reason for employment dissatisfaction and results in absenteeism and high staff turnover. (Antoniou et al 2008, Chang et al 2007, McVicar 2003) 2009/10 - 9.8 million working days lost through work related stress (average 22.6 days off) Stress management programmes can address these issues and actively contribute to decreased levels of absenteeism as job satisfaction improves. (Lamontagne et al 2007, Schaufeli et al 2009)
  6. 6. Impacts of Work-place StressLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis Work stress has three components: 1) Harmful physical and emotional response 2) Which occurs when there is a poor match between job elements and employee capabilities 3) Particularly when employees perceive / experience lack of control over meeting this demands. The impact is cost to :- a) Employee b) Company c) Society
  7. 7. Impacts of Work-place StressLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis HSE 2006/7 report 13.8 million lost working days, in self report of stress, depression and anxiety . Cost of GBP 530 million to economy. Stress has a negative impact on immune system functioning Leading to both somatic and psychosomatic illness based absenteeism (Maddock and Pariente 2001, Mc Ewan 2008) Stress Management improves the immune system functioning leading to decreased illness related absenteeism (Connor 2008, Taniguchi et al 2007)
  8. 8. Benefits of Work-place Hypnosis Psychological: unable to focus, irritability, Muscles: becomeLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis tense leading to insomnia, panic attacks, depression aches, pains and headache Mouth: becomes dry Heart: rate increases Breathing: rate is rapid increasing Blood: elevated blood pressure, risk of, dizziness or increased clotting having a panic attack Digestion: Slows down as blood is diverted to the muscles Immune system: becomes compromised as it is Bladder and rectum: relax involved in managing the and release excess fluid stress response and and matter fighting the effects of stress Sweat glands: become active to cool the body Sexual response: diminished
  9. 9. Benefits of Work-place HypnosisLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis Psychological: chronic depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and a severe risk of complete mental breakdown Muscles: chronic tension Brain: risk of headaches and stroke prolonged muscular problems Heart: risk of rhythm problems, Immune system: risk of and heart attack acquiring a wide variety of opportunistic infections, and of Blood: risk of developing cancer hypertension, and thrombosis Sexual response: risk of psychosexual disorders, and of Digestion: risk of infertility stomach ulcers, and of developing digestive conditions such as IBS
  10. 10. Cost to EmployerLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis 1. Absence-related costs, staff turn-over (recruitment & training costs) 2. Stress leads to more mistakes presenteeism ie present but not engaged. 3. Increased stress on colleagues covering the workload. 4. Stressful environment employee responses, affect morale Stress has increased from 13% in the 60’s to 60% 21st century. 2006/7 40% of organizations saw increased in stress levels with highest increase in public sector and non profit organizations .
  11. 11. What Makes Hypnotherapy a New ApproachLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis 1. Solution Focus not problem focused – maybe included before the problem. 2. Psychological, Emotional, Behavioral and Physical Optimum sympathetic / parasympathetic function. 3. Content Free Approach where necessary – applies to specific / general / work / home/personal / family / colleagues / superiors 4. Natural process – easily established / easily maintain/ time efficient approach (3 min) / efficient learning time 5. Cost effective - self-maintenance, through self hypnosis.
  12. 12. 6. Immediate impact and time efficient results (immediate).London College of Clinical Hypnosis 7. Intervention – group or individual mental and physical well- being. 8. Applies across the board - blue collar / white collar 9. Teaching Coping strategies – stress response / irritability / helplessness / blaming and communication/ negative dialogue 10. Unhelpful compensating behaviors smoking / binging / diet / addictive or repetitive behaviors /anger 11. Time Management - check list, prioritizing, goal setting, work – leisure balance
  13. 13. London College of Clinical Hypnosis 12. Motivation and Empowerment - natural consequences mental rehearsing 13. Relaxation response – physical and mental well being / insomnia / LOC 14. Traditional Approach or pure hypnotherapy (Kirsh 1996) How long does it take - 3 minutes WHY AREN’T WE USING IT ALREADY ?
  14. 14. Simple Approach to Occupational SafetyLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis and Health
  15. 15. Instant destressor The quieting reflexLondon College of Clinical Hypnosis i) Close your eyes and identify what is irritating you. ii) Silently say to yourself: “clear mind, relaxed body, I can deal with this”. iii) Smile inwardly to yourself without using any facial muscles. Then allow the smile to spread to your facial muscles. iv) Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of four. Imagine you are breathing in a warm relaxing colour. v) Breathe out slowly through your nose to the count of four. Imagine a dark sluggish colour as you release all unnecessary nervous tension. Notice your shoulders drop and your posture becoming increasingly relaxed. vi) Open your eyes and carry on with what you were doing.
  16. 16. London College of Clinical Hypnosis Website: Email: Contact No: 03 – 7960 6439