Moving forward with BASF

BASF had an interesting day at the UKCP conference “The Future of Psychotherapy: Science Politics and Best Practice” on Saturday, 11 March 2017, at Regent’s University, London.

Our consultant Peter Bowes was oversubscribed for his workshop on “The future of psychotherapy: How neuroscience will change the way therapy is done and the connection to well-being and resilience. A view from a trauma therapist.” There was quite a buzz at our exhibition stand about the Resilience tool that is part of Human Social Functioning with people asking about training and how they can use this unique scale. Susan Simpson was busy offering links to the pop-up scale – that gives a simplified but nonetheless interesting diagram of a person’s current functioning.

We are on the cusp of offering practitioners a web-based App that will enable the full administration of our Resilience tool the HSSF scale that will be incorporated into our new training program. In the interim, anyone can try the simplified resilience tool available on the website at


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The ‘Sanity Check’

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A tool for the ‘Shirt Pocket’

<p>6 Tool for the shirt pocket from <a href=”″>Elizabeth Jones</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Listen to Bruce Llewellyn, a newly retired Social Worker who has worked in rural Alberta as well as within a University setting.  In this audio interview with John Wilson he talks about his experience and the value he places on the Tool the Heimler Scale of Social Functioning and in particular her the ease of using the scale in different settings

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The ups and downs of life

Marie Kruger talks about the fact that the scales show how in the variation of day to day experience, there reassurance to the client from Elizabeth Jones on Vimeo.

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Reflections – adoption and HSF

Marie Kruger is a practicing social worker and Human Social Functioning practitioner in South Africa.  This is part of a series of interviews by John Wilson of Online Events on the use of Human Social Functioning in different situations.

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Making Connections

imageDavid Collingwood Bell writes:

On 21st October I am being interviewed as part of the online events programme intended to promote a wider recognition and understanding of HSF and I have agreed that the theme for me will be the connection between HSF and hypnotherapy. After all, hypnotherapy has been for many years my profession and, as an HSF trainer, all of my graduates so far are hypnotherapists or hypno-psychotherapists.

If it was not for Professor Heimler, I may not have followed the hypnotherapy route at all. It all started as a result of my attending a course on Human Social Functioning led by John Heimler back in the late 70s/early 80s on the recommendation of Geoff Myers, a leading HSF practitioner at that time. I had decided to switch from the world of education to that of therapy and it was John Heimler who encouraged me to think about the use of hypnosis in therapy. As I look back through my notes, scribbled at that time, there is much emphasis placed by Heimler on our having both a conscious and an unconscious mind together in the same individual. Through his teaching I learned the importance of using the unconscious in order to evoke and use the unique storehouse of inner resources beyond reach of the conscious mind in order to achieve therapeutic goals. He may not have formally been a hypnotherapist but he certainly introduced me to the notion that through hypnosis one could more easily enter the world of the unconscious and help a client to engage, for instance, with happenings in the past or speculate more easily upon the future. I recall some difficulty I was having in allowing my more rationally trained mind to use my imaginative side in connection with an exercise related to the Dialogue. John took me aside, told me that I was trying too hard, which was preventing the imagination to work, and proceeded to lead me into a relaxed state through the use of guided imagery into a special place. So my very first experience of the hypnotic trance, which allowed me in this instance to find the wise person, who knew all about me and with whom I was able to have a dialogue, was with Heimler. Of course, as we all know, one of the key features of the Heimler method is the use of imaginative techniques, which allow us to evolve different ways of feeling, thinking and creating a new phenomenal world around us.

So what particular techniques developed by Heimler can you identify that have their parallel in the practice of hypnotherapy?

In what ways does the ethos of HSF connect with how we relate to our clients? Those of you whom I have had the pleasure of training to become hypnotherapists will no doubt understand why it is that I incorporated the study and practice of HSF into your training as hypnotherapists. There is so much synergy between hypnotherapy and HSF, especially in relation to the Ericksonian approach.

What other key features of HSF fit well into the practice of hypnotherapy/

With what type of client and condition do you find the Scale particularly useful?

My answers to the questions posed above will form part of my ‘chat’ online on 21 October. I wonder how well your answers will match or perhaps extend mine.

One last thought, however, before ending this blog, in relation to working with the conscious and the unconscious mind and the synergy between the Heimler method and hypnotherapy. HSF places much attention on ACTION. Achieving good results with a client in a trance does not mean that the client will benefit from it in the ordinary waking state. There has to be an integration of unconscious learnings with conscious learning. Unless the client is able to go forth and DO something about it, he or she is likely to still have the problem. There always needs to be a dialogue, an integration, between the unconscious and conscious in order for therapy to be successful. Now that is both Heimlerian and Eriksonian!

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Perspectives? by Hazel Bowes

manhattanAs we drove from JFK airport through Queens, rising above the rooftops was this astonishing skyline, subtly coloured, flat, like a theatre backdrop. Manhattan painted against the azure of the late afternoon haze.

You’ll find that most photographs show the Manhattan skyline edged up against water….the Hudson or East Rivers. But to see it against the surrounding normality of ordinary buildings makes this world centre of commerce and western affluence even more surreal. Beautiful in its own way.

Once on the pavements of Manhattan, among the buildings, block after block of reflectively covered glass repeat the patterns of banks, stores, hotels, newspaper publishers, broadcasting media houses. The Rockefeller Centre – not just a building but a whole block of mainly Art Deco-styled edifices endowed by J.D. Rockefeller or his wife Adeline form a hub dedicated to 20th Century culture. Adeline used her husband’s millions to subvert his capitalist expansion from profits generated by the oil industry by supporting left-wing, even Communist artists and craftsmen and especially the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, hosting works by Henry Moore and Jean Miro.

As I wonder to myself about Adeline and her motivation and because now I write this as part of our BASF blog, balance and perspective enter the drama. I wonder what her HSSF scale might have looked like? Were her contrapuntal statements an effort to shift the balance from the extreme capitalist, albeit philanthropic endowments of her husband? Was her expenditure on the arts (and particularly left-wing, modern and controversial, even shocking works at that,) her personal attempt to find greater satisfaction among the frustrations of unimaginable wealth her husband had accumulated through his commercial ventures?

How do we help people achieve this balance motivation and perspective on a more mundane level, I wonder?

p.s. We were in New York…Manhattan actually and Washington to celebrate my 70th birthday last week!

Hazel Scott Bowes

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