Société Québecoise d'Hypnose

Amongst the pioneers in hypnosis in Québec (Canada) from 1938 to 1983, it is important to mention Dr. Bernard Raginsky M.D., Montréal psychiatrist, who in 1938 published a major article entitled Hypnotism and its relation to anesthesia. The article constituted the beginning of a long history of international contributions and collaborations. In 1959, he established the International Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, which in 1973 became the International Society of Hypnosis.

Important dates leading to the founding of la Société québécoise d’hypnose coincided with the development of hypnosis in Québec.


Germain Lavoie, Ph.D., professor at Université de Montréal, undertook a longitudinal research project on hypnosis and psychopathology.


Campbell Perry, Ph.D., established a hypnosis research laboratory at Concordia University.


Montréal welcomed the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Congress. The event gave impetus to the creation of SQH. In 1979, under the aegis of the Université de Montréal, André M. Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D., contributed to the development of hypnosis in Québec.


La Société québécoise d’hypnose (SQH) was officially incorporated under the presidency of Germain Lavoie, Ph.D.

    The SQH members include the following health professionals: medical doctors, dentists, and pychotherapists holding permits from the Order of Psychologist of Québec.

The SQH offers continuing education in hypnosis, in addition to an annual scientific meeting. At mid-November 2015, the SQH has 235 members. Occasionnally, the SQH has collaborated with members of other Canadian societies. Germain Lavoie, Ph.D., founding President of the SQH, was also one of the fourth president of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) from 1982- 1985. He is currently an honourary member and counsel to the SQH. It is hoped he will attend the 2018 Congress. The SQH is a French-speaking society, which operates within a North American context of several hundred million English speaking people.

In order to encourage exchanges relating to scientific studies and clinical applications of hypnosis, the SQH welcomes Canadian and international researchers as associate members. With the view to maintaining a high standard in the practice of hypnosis, the Société québécoise d’hypnose has included in its regulations two permanent committees whose members are called upon to evaluate complaints against its members, wherein sanctions may apply. The SQH will hold this fall its 28th annual scientific meeting and maintains an Internet site : The Society issues a members’ journal semi-annually. In addition, the SQH offers assistance to the public to help meet their needs in the choice of professionals practicing hypnosis. Finally, over the past many years, the SQH has regularly invited Canadian, American and European guest speakers.

Montreal is home to three university research centres on hypnosis, Mc Gill UniversityConcordia University and Université de Montréal, headed respectively by the following: Amir Raz, Ph.D; JeanRoch Laurence, Ph.D. and Pierre Rainville, Ph.D. Holding the Triennial ISH Congress in Montreal will contribute to fruitful exchanges between researchers and clinicians from here and abroad.


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