The Buffalo Alternative Medicine Examiner sat down with Jo-Anne Eadie, who is chairing The Canadian Hypnosis Conference on October 25, 26, and 27 at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for October 23 and 24. All events are open to the public at the same cost for credentialed hypnotists.
Linda: Jo-Anne, thank you so much for talking with me today. You know, one of the things that readers always like to know is how the people who do the doing got to where they are now, how they got their ideas, and how they got to the point where they could actually implement them.
Jo-Anne: Thank you so much for this opportunity! I ran a dance festival here in my hometown of Brantford, and planning it was the same kind of thing. My children were in dance and they started competing in local competitions, so we started one. It became extremely successful. We implemented a lot of new and different ideas. In the meantime, I had become a hypnotist myself. When I attended a convention, I came home and said, “You know, I could do that.” I have that kind of mind. Some people have a technical kind of mind, but I don’t have that.
Linda: But it sounds as if you also have the skills.
Jo-Anne: Like when my girls got married, I said, Wedding Planner? Why? You book a hall, you book a minister! And it was the same as putting a hypnosis conference together. I call it a conference rather than a convention.
Linda: In the Brantford area, is there a call for hypnotists?
Jo-Anne: Oh, yes. I have a thriving business. And people are really seeking out ways to help themselves right now, and my theory about this kind of work is to empower people to help themselves.
Linda: Super. And I suspect that those who will be at the conference—either speaking, or leading workshops, or as attendees, will also feel that way. I’m wondering if you could let the readers know some of the things that will make this conference special—what people here in Buffalo and nearby cities—might want to see.
Jo-Anne: For people who might have just stumbled across this article, hypnotists take a basic course in hypnosis. But it’s a lifelong journey and new techniques are coming out all the time. Now techniques do empower people—lile new, groundbreaking techniques for Alzheimer’s and dementia. There has been very little help for the caregivers, but this course helps both them and the client or patient. There have been studies that show they can live a productive life.
Linda: Will there be a workshop on this?
Jo-Anne: Yes. Dr. Dan Nightingale, who is the founder of the technique and the director of Dementia Therapy Specialists, will lead it. It’s a preconference offering, and some people might find it difficult to get there for Wednesday and Thursday, but it’s a must to have it. You can Google Alzheimer’s in Canada and find that there are thousands and thousands of people dealing with this. What people like members of my own family are finding is that they can get wheelchairs without a problem, but they can’t find these other kinds of supports.
Linda: What other special projects will there be at the conference?
Jo-Anne: One is a workshop on “hypnosis and bulimia,” taught by Kathy Welter from Vancouver. It’s such a specialized mission that I myself am not qualified to do it yet. It’s a three-hour workshop here—to learn to do it would take more like three days-- to give you a good overview. You can see if this is something you want to work with.
Linda: Is this conference just for those with credentials or can the general public come?
Jo-Anne: There are many who are fascinated by hypnosis and would like to take a course but are hesitant. The schedule is on the website, and it isn’t just hypnosis classes. Grant Connolly will be at the conference to give a ZPoint class and a keynote speech on Friday night.
At the conference, Linda will give a talk on the uses of dreamwork in everyday life. She received the Exceptional Performance Award from the National Guild of Hypnotists in 2000. She teaches media writing in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State College.