Practitioner Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Course Syllabus

Below you will find an overview of the issues covered in the course's ten units.

The units consist of Saturday and Sunday training workshops held over one weekend each month (except for August and December). The complete course includes 10 training weekends over a 1-year period. For training locations, please see the Venues and Dates page.

The course has been designed under the strict core curriculum for Hypnotherapy Training Schools by the Hypnotherapy Regulatory Forum, and will cover both practical and theoretical elements. Each unit is supported by a comprehensive training manual to accompany your classroom-based learning:


Unit 1 (1 Weekend)
  • Introduction, the history and theory of hypnosis
  • Use of hypnotherapy in the healthcare sector and complimentary healthcare
  • Exploring the conscious v the subconscious
  • Psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis including the role of relaxation in hypnosis
  • The importance of rapport
  • Listening skills and effective communication: understanding the obstacles
  • Introducing the basic techniques & recognising the signs of hypnosis
  • Client and therapist responsibilities: understanding when to refer and the identification of barriers to treatment - contraindications

Unit 2 (1 Weekend)
  • The mind and body connection – understanding emotional balance
  • Neurology and the science of Hypnosis to include anatomy and physiology
  • Using modalities to adapt to a client’s needs
  • Effective language, tones and styles
  • Hidden agendas and secondary gain
  • Inductions and deepening the state appropriate to the client’s needs and the importance of testing
  • Appropriate termination of trance
  • Rules of suggestion
  • Abreactions;  The basic script – personalising
  • The use of metaphors and visualisation
  • The consultation (Part 1)
  • Understanding the importance of a holistic approach

Unit 3 (1 Weekend)
  • Understanding self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief
  • Mental health, stress and anxiety
  • The various conditions of mental health
  • Managing the clients expectations
  • Goal setting
  • Professional boundaries, the professional relationship and informed consent
  • Transference and counter transference
  • When a client should be accompanied
  • Weight loss and gastric band hypnotherapy

Unit 4 (1 Weekend)
  • Habits and addictions and how to treat them
  • Quit smoking programme
  • Alcohol, gambling and drugs
  • Aversion therapy
  • Understanding your limitations as a therapist
  • Anger management
  • The Drama Triangle
  • Fears and phobias.
  • The consultation (Part 2)

Unit 5 (1 Weekend)
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Ideo Motor signals
  • Self-development
  • Discussing risks to clients of various course of action
  • Introduction to case studies
  • Parts therapy

Unit 6 (1 Weekend)
  • NLP – timeline, anchoring, law of attraction & reframing

Unit 7 (1 Weekend)
  • Loss and bereavement
  • False memory syndrome
  • Working with groups
  • Working with children
  • Gestalt and inner child
  • Hypnoanalysis
  • Age and Past Life Regression
  • Affect bridge

Unit 8 (1 Weekend)
  • Sports performance
  • Public speaking
  • Relationships
  • Cultures;  LGBT – understanding our diverse communities
  • Pain associated with medical conditions to include cancer, Parkinson’s, IBS, Diabetes and Menopause

Unit 9 (1 Weekend)
  • Sex and reproduction
  • Belief systems, relationships, dysfunctions and disorders; infertility, childbirth and pain management

Unit 10 (1 Weekend)
  • Setting up your practice
  • Stationary
  • Marketing
  • Data protection
  • National occupational standards
  • Current legislation including Health & Safety and The Children’s Act
  • Record keeping and client confidentiality
  • Ethics and boundaries, and code of conduct
  • Principles of good practice
  • Supervision – CPD and your wellbeing
  • Accounts
  • Opportunities of working with other healthcare professionals
  • Employment