Core Syllabus

*Core Curriculum, National Occupational Standards Learning Outcome 

Module 1- Weekend One The History of Hypnosis Contemporary    Developments

Use and misuse of Hypnosis Definitions of Hypnosis

Exploring and Establishing the Client’s Needs*

  • Breakdown of Learning Outcome One of CNHC National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy. 

Ethical Issues: Principles of Good Practice * Common  Characteristics  of  Trance Contra-indications

Understanding  Abreaction Direct and Indirect techniques

The Six Stages of Hypnosis-Demonstration and Practice 

Module 2

Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients*

  • Breakdown of Learning Outcome Two of CNHC National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy.

Evaluation of Client Needs (brief recap) 

The Importance of working with the client, session planning (Collaboration) Common Fears and Resistance

Safe Practice/ Medical Histories Client assessment

Suggestibility Tests Appropriate Record Keeping The Therapeutic Relationship

The structure of Hypnotic language Eye Closure Methods

Progressive Relaxation Ideo Motor Response Hand Levitation

Signs of Trance 

Module 3

State and non-state perspectives Post Hypnotic Inductions

Ego Boosting

Alternative Inductions

Authoritarian and Permissive Approaches Conscious and Unconscious Processes Association and Dissociation

Regression Techniques

Guided Imagery and Visualisation Safe/ Favourite Place

Time Line Therapy Hypno-pictography

Transference/ Counter Transference 

Module 4

Elman Techniques

Pain Management (Analgesic Techniques) Anxiety/ Panic Attacks


Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Habits, Addictions and Compulsion Parts Therapy

Neuro Linguistic Programming Language patterns, The Milton Model Anchoring

Rewind Technique Framing and Re-framing Pacing and Leading Submodalities

Values and Beliefs States 

Module 5

Provide Hypnotherapy to Clients*

  • Breakdown of Learning Outcome Three of CNHC National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy. 

Cognitive Therapy; Ellis, Beck et al

The principles of Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Self Help/ Self Hypnosis

The structure of CBT,(agenda setting, goal setting, pacing, homework etc.) The style of CBT (collaboration, explicitness, feedback)

Socratic Methods

Identifying and Re-Evaluating Automatic Thoughts

Identifying and Re-Evaluating Dysfunctional Assumptions and Core Beliefs Changing Behaviour

The Magic Circle; the Thought, Feeling Behaviour connection 

Module 6 

The Role of Behavioural Experiments Working with Imagery, Non-Verbal Methods Identifying and Rating Moods

Experiments and action plans The Use of Homework

Process and Termination Issues The Role of CBT in Research Anger, Guilt and Shame Trauma- Post Traumatic Stress Phobic Disorders

Obsessional Disorders Depression

Somatic Problems Eating Disorders Anxiety States 

Module 7 

ABC Method Emotional Sequencing The Five Aspects Model Flooding

Weight  Management Smoking Cessation

Working with Self Esteem Issues Revisiting Techniques

Putting it all together Combining CBT with Hypnosis Case Formulation

Treatment Planning Self-Therapy


Observed Skills Practice 

Module 8 

Accomplishing Therapeutic Goals Hypno-Analysis

Diagnostic Scanning Trans-derivational Search Symbolism

Metaphors Affirmations Metacognition Mindfulness


Neuro-Biology and Hypnosis 

Module 9 

Memory and Learning

Working With Children and Young People

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Emotional Freedom Technique

Other Psychological Theories

  • Freud
  • Jung
  • Adler
  • Alladin Further Techniques
    • Desensitisation
    • Dream Analysis
    • Transactional Analysis 

The National Occupational Standards 

Module 10

Course Review

Setting Up Your Practice Liability Insurance

Premises (getting the environment right) Supervision

Membership Organisation (GHR) Record Keeping and Data Protection Legal Aspects

Continual Professional Development Recap of Course Material  Feedback