Practitioner Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Course Syllabus

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Below you will find an overview of the issues covered in the 10 course units.

The units consist of Saturday and Sunday training workshops held on 1 weekend each month. The complete course comprises 10 training weekends over 1 year. We also offer an intensive 8-week fast-track course which covers each of the 10 units over 2 months. 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 covers both practical and theoretical elements. A comprehensive training manual supports each unit to accompany your classroom-based learning:


  • Introduction to hypnosis and hypnotherapy
  • History of hypnosis
  • Esdaile, Erickson, Freud and Mesmer
  • Theory of hypnosis
  • Dispelling the myths
  • Use of hypnotherapy in the healthcare sector and in complimentary healthcare
  • Exploring the conscious versus the subconscious mind
  • Brain waves and depth of trance
  • Belief systems
  • Psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis
  • 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
  • Contraindications
  • Client and therapist responsibilities: recognising when to refer
  • Identifying barriers to treatment
  • An individual approach based on the client's needs
  • Practice partners
  • Neurology and the science behind hypnosis
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive psychological approaches
  • The mind and body connection - understanding emotional balance
  • Understanding the importance of a holistic approach to wellbeing
  • The fight-or-flight stress response
  • Using modalities to adapt to a client's needs
  • Effective language, tones and styles
  • Hidden agendas and secondary gain
  • Inductions and deepening the state appropriately to the client's needs
  • The importance of testing
  • Appropriate termination of trance
  • Rules of suggestion
  • Metaphors
  • Post-hypnotic suggestions
  • The consultation (Part 1)
  • Aftercare and suitable contacts
  • The basic script
  • Abreactions
  • Personalization
  • The use of visualisation and the favourite place
  • Understanding self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief
  • Mental health
  • Stress and anxiety
  • The various conditions of mental health
  • Depression
  • Managing the client's expectations
  • Goal setting
  • Professional boundaries, the professional relationship and informed consent
  • Transference and counter-transference
  • When a client should be accompanied
  • Self-care awareness
  • Weight loss
  • Obesity: defining it, the causes and treatment
  • Working within the NHS remit: healthy eating/balance
  • Weight loss tips
  • Therapist's role and responsibilities
  • Costs
  • Initial consultations
  • Psychological issues
  • Gastric band hypnotherapy
  • Self-hypnosis and affirmations for a client 'toolkit'
  • Client pack
  • Client emails/sample brochure
  • Client handouts
  • Scripts
  • Habits versus addictions
  • How to treat addictions
  • How habits develop into addictions
  • Appropriate methods for treating clients
  • Bruxism
  • Nail biting
  • Trichotillomania
  • Other issues
  • Quitting smoking programme
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Drugs
  • Aversion therapy
  • Understanding your limitations as a therapist
  • Deciding when to refer
  • Anger management
  • The Drama Triangle
  • Fears and phobias
  • The consultation (Part 2)
  • Constructing a client session
  • Self-hypnosis and its broad reach for both the therapist and client
  • Ideo Motor signals: when to implement them
  • Self-development
  • Discussing risks to clients of various courses of action
  • Introduction to case studies
  • Parts therapy
  • Fractionation
  • Dissociation
  • Inner Child therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Introducing NLP
  • The founders
  • NLP principles
  • Presuppositions of NLP
  • Cause and effect
  • Smart outcomes
  • Timeline
  • Anchoring
  • Classical conditioning
  • Framing and reframing
  • Law of attraction
  • NLP technique for confidence
  • Eye accessing
  • Loss and bereavement
  • False memory syndrome
  • Working with groups
  • Working with children
  • Gestalt and inner child
  • Hypnoanalysis
  • Types of regression
  • The regressionist's role
  • Age regression
  • Past life regression
  • Future life progression
  • Purpose of hypnotic regression
  • Revivication
  • Jungian psyche model
  • The Akashic records
  • Christos technique
  • Pinpointing
  • Free association
  • Affect bridge technique
  • Sports performance
  • Reaching goals: the obstacles
  • Public speaking
  • Relationships
  • Cultures
  • LGBT – understanding our diverse communities
  • Pain associated with medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson's, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diabetes and menopause
  • Additional issues
  • The placebo effect
  • Sex and reproduction
  • Belief systems
  • Relationships
  • Sexual dysfunctions and disorders
  • Infertility
  • Childbirth
  • Pain management
  • Auto Hypnosis technique
  • Types of pain and illness
  • Understanding chronic illness
  • End of life care
  • Terminal illness

Unit 10 (1 Weekend)

  • Setting up your practice
  • Obtaining insurance
  • Membership to professional bodies
  • Creating stationery for your practice
  • Marketing strategies
  • Website and online presence
  • Online advertising
  • Data protection
  • National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Current legislation
  • Health and safety
  • The Children’s Act
  • Record keeping
  • Client confidentiality
  • Ethics and boundaries
  • Code of conduct
  • Principles of good practice
  • Supervision - CPD and your wellbeing
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Opportunities of working with other healthcare professionals
  • Employment
  • Taking the next steps

The course includes 50 hours to include one-to-one sessions, with the total training time in excess of 450 hours. Students are assessed during training using:

  • Continual Practical Assessment - Tutors observe students' learning progress during class practice sessions.
  • Structured Case Studies - Students outline their approach to helping clients in 3 different situations.
  • Mid-Term Quiz - A test midway through the course year to evaluate students' learning progress.
  • Tutor Appointment - Following the mid-term quiz, students are invited to schedule a one-to-one meeting with their course tutor to discuss their learning progress and to explore any potential areas for development.

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