Psychoneuroimmunology CPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) available for CPHT Graduates

Date: Saturday 30th October 2021
Timings: 10am to 5pm
Location: Online Zoom Conferencing
Lecturer: Dr Rachel Gillibrand
Hosted by: CPHT Belfast
Contact: 07738 665172 or

About the Course

How are the body and mind connected? Can we improve our health with positive thoughts?

How does our psychological wellbeing affect our physical health?

This CPD is part of the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, but can also be taken by anyone with an interest in how our psychological, neural (brain) and immune processes interact to shape our health and behaviour.

Where the medical system looks to find the link between pathogen and disease, many of us are looking to understand better how our mood, our psychological health and well-being impact on our physical health. The study of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) evaluates the link between our psychological health and our physical health through the impact of each on our immune system and as such, allows us to approach physical health from a different perspective. Thereby, finding solutions in psychological therapies where the biomedical model of health finds itself challenged.

This module will help you to understand:

  • What we mean by psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)
  • The pathways of PNI in immune system regulation
  • The importance of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in health and ill-health
  • How SFH is perfectly situated to improve both our psychological health and our physical well-being

We will see how sleep is important for us via the PNI pathway, and look at how PNI can help us understand how stress influences skin conditions and the development of mental disorders. We will finish with a review of how our work as SFHs provides us with an exceptional grounding for developing psychoneuroimmunology-based health interventions.

This CPD is a module on the AHD.

About the Lecturer

Dr Rachel Gillibrand
CPsychol, AFBPsS

Rachel is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in the application of psychology to your health and well-being. Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, Rachel is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

​Now in full time private practice, Rachel was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England and has 20 years’ experience of training psychologists through Master’s and Doctoral level qualifications. She completed her training in hypnotherapy at CPHT Bristol in 2016 and writes a regular newsletter for senior tutors and supervisors on the evidence base behind hypnotherapy and its application to a wide range of mental and physical health needs.


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