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Young learners taught how to “resolve conflicts”

Students at Bedford College were this week treated to professional hypnotherapy designed to resolve conflicts ““ without being hypnotised.

Senior partner at The Bedford Hypnotherapy Clinic, Gary Foster, gave the 16 to 18 year-olds a complimentary session highlighting specific patterns of behaviour that “trigger conflicts”, and how to avoid them.

Students were encouraged to think outside of their “comfort zones” to bolster self-confidence, whilst also being taught the delicacies of rapport building with complete strangers.

Mr Foster said: “The only thing that will hold a person back from being the best is their attitude and belief system that allows them to be the best. To succeed at anything is quite simple ““ just imagine it with full emotion first and then take positive action to make it happen”.

He has been involved in hypnosis for the past 17 years and specialises in helping people to overcome their fears, anxieties and phobias.

Margaret Bond, Assistant Director of Care and Childcare at Bedford College, said: “It was a great day and the students really enjoyed it and learned a great deal – they went away quite inspired”.

The unusual union came about as part of a “Business Breakfast” held in Bedford, where both college and company first began dialogue.

Sales and Marketing Director at the College, Sarah Wagstaff, commented: “Bedford College sponsors the “Business Breakfasts” as one of the ways we are reaching out to employers and companies in the area – it is great to see our own staff forging relationships with some of the talented people to be found at these meetings”.

Vijay Pattni.

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