Archive report of meeting
Thursday 17th June 2021
Past notice
Working with groups:
Online and in person

A talk by Dr Kate Beaven-Marks


Dr Kate Beaven-Marks has established a well-deserved reputation as a communication expert, a hypnotherapist who understands the power of words and is able to teach others how to employ language more effectively.

This reputation is not confined to the world of hypnotherapy but one which has enabled Kate to become recognised as a brilliant teacher for anyone who needs to improve their communication skills

Confronted with a global pandemic which has dramatically altered ways in which much of the world communicates, those skills have come into their own.

It was therefore with considerable pleasure that the James Braid Society ecured “Dr Kate” as it June 2021 speaker.

Of course this society is itself an example of the communication challenges and changes which have been brought about as a result of Covid-19. But beyond that each of us, as therapists whose basic tools are words, should find real benefits from this presentation.

From the outset Kate explored some of the key factors involved in working with groups, both online and in-person; explaining in a clear and straightforward way how as therapists we should learn how to prepare, delivering our own talk to many types of groups, and importantly how to optimise the post-group experience.

The talk also underlined the importance of preparation, highlighting the different types of group and group dynamics before moving on to consider how the therapists should prepare both themselves and the group participants, including how to brief online clients and how to set up for successful in-person groups.

In addition Kare examined at the different considerations for online and in-person work together with common factors such as consent, choosing suitable topics and what to do when things don’t go to plan.

After which she discussed the use and timing of handouts and presentation material and concluded by exploring how to follow up after talks, optimising the benefits for both the therapist and the participants.


Dr Kate Beaven Marks
Dr Kate Beaven-Marks

In the past this website has described her as a ‘portfolio career’ a claim underlined by the extraordinary long line of qualifications she has acquired/ EdD, MSc, AdvDipH, PDCHyp, PDCBHyp, BCH, MPNLP, SQHP, ADPR, CI, ATCL, FHEA, MBPsS, DBSCH, FFHT, FACCPH, MNGH, FRSM, FSET, C.P.H., CMIOSH, CFIRM, MInstLM

As well as being a hypnotherapists and NLP Master Practitioner, SHE HAS advanced degrees in management, psychology and education. Her Doctorate of Education was based upon the educational aspects of hypnosis from a professionalism perspective.

 She has advanced qualifications in pain management and anxiety, working with a range of client’s goals including performance enhancement (such as sport, public speaking), change-work and personal development.