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Hypnotherapy Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

The Professional Hypnotherapy Course can lead you to a new and exciting career as a hypnotherapist. The course consists of 8 written modules and optional practical training, along with training audio sessions and additional materials detailed below.

Course Delivery Options
With our flexible study material options, you can choose a course format that suits your needs:
1. By PostDefault

Course module books and audio sessions delivered to your door by post. Study in your own time and at your own pace from home.

2. Online

Modules and audio content delivered in downloadable PDF and MP3 formats. Simply contact us on enrolment to opt-in for online delivery.

The home study section is designed to be completed at your own pace - with a recommended minimum of three months.

Included within the Course is a Glossary of Hypnotic Terms and a specially chosen selection of audio training sessions to give you an additional chance to experience hypnosis for yourself. The benefits of these recordings are three-fold: they will help you to experience being in hypnosis and so recognize similar signs in your own clients, they will show you how to formulate your own inductions and create your own audio sessions, and a special Confidence for Therapists session will help to programme your own mind for your successful future career.

Course Syllabus
Module 1: Printed Module, Glossary and Audio Training

Module 1

Module One covers:

  • Course introduction and a history of hypnosis
  • Introduction to the subconscious mind
  • Understanding Freud's theory of character formation
  • Recognizing some of the subtle signs of hypnosis
  • Step-by-step through a first session of hypnosis
  • How the subconscious mind accepts suggestions
  • Bypassing conscious awareness when communicating in hypnosis

Module One Syllabus:

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History of hypnosis
  • Mesmer
  • Charcot
  • Braid/Breuer
  • Freud/Esdaile/Hull
  • Jung
  • Erickson/Bandler and Grinder
  • Preparing for your new business
  • The Hypnotherapist
  • First Impressions
  • The First Session
  • Some Physiological Signs of Hypnosis
  • After Trance
  • Everyday Hypnosis
  • Split Brain Phenomenon
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Building Rapport
  • Pacing
  • Representational System
  • Suggestion Therapy
  • The Subconscious Mind
  • Memory
  • Emile Coue's Law of Reversed Effect
  • False Memory Syndrome
  • Court Evidence
  • A Truth Test
  • Character Formation and Symptoms
  • Repression
  • Disavowal/Symptom Substitution/Types of Symptoms
  • Freudian's Character Formation
  • Reactions/Anxiety Types/Effects of Anxiety
  • Neurotic –v- Psychotic/Phobias/Gain to Intellect
  • Description of an Anxiety Attack
  • Ideomotor Techniques
  • Hypnoidal States
  • State Dependent Memory
  • Verifying the Causative Event
  • Finger Movement for Ideomotor Signals
  • Lightening the Trance
  • Case History 5
  • Case History 6
  • Introduction to Chevreul's Pendulum
  • Experiencing Ideo-Dynamic Signals
  • Giving Suggestions to the Subconscious Mind
  • Inadvertent Suggestions/Hypno-Analysis
  • The Future of Hypnosis

Included with Module One are the Welcome Pack, our Glossary of Hypnotic Terms and an Introduction to Hypnotherapy audio training session.

Module 2: Printed Module

Module 2

Module Two covers:

  • Rules of analysis
  • Dealing with common effects such as abreaction, resistance, transference and neurosis
  • Methods of dream interpretation
  • How to formulate hypnotic suggestions
  • Methods of induction
  • Explanation of the causes of phobias
  • Functions of the subconscious mind

Module Two Syllabus:

  • Introduction
  • Conscious and Subconscious
  • Critical Censor, Organ Language
  • Childhood View
  • Causes of Phobia
  • Conscious Awareness during Anaesthesia
  • Fight or Flight
  • Repeated Thoughts
  • Trust the Subconscious
  • Brain Wave Patterns
  • Dreams and Interpretations
  • Interpreting the Dream
  • Keeping a Dream Journal
  • Recall during Analysis
  • Abreaction
  • Resistance
  • Rules of Analysis
  • Case History
  • The Initial Contact
  • Underlying Cause
  • Anxiety
  • Suggestion Therapy
  • Explaining the Different Approaches
  • Suggestibility
  • The First Session of Analysis
  • The Second Session of Analysis
  • The Third Session of Analysis
  • Transference
  • Neurosis
  • Transference and Resistance
  • Dissolution
  • Hypnotherapy and the Media
  • Precautionary Measures
  • No Shows
  • Groundwork
  • Formulating Suggestions
  • Fixation
  • Authoritarian Approach
  • Indirect Induction & Use of Metaphors
  • Construction of Metaphors
  • The Induction Language
  • Synonyms
  • Time Designations
  • The Hypnotic Voice
  • Monotone/Rhythmic Voice
  • Word Distortion
  • Uninterrupted Rhythm/Silent Pauses
  • Safe Phrases/Verification
  • Use of Repetition
  • Mixing Suggestions/Removing Unwanted Ones

Module 3: Printed Module and 2 CDs

Module 3

Module Three covers:

  • Professional Hypnotherapy Course Module 3The process of trance development in depth
  • How to deepen the hypnotic state
  • How to define the client's problem
  • How secondary gain can influence the outcome of therapy
  • Symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and obesity
  • Helping survivors of child abuse
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Using anchors in hypnosis to increase the self confidence of your clients
  • Step-by-step through the second session of analysis

Module Three Syllabus:

  • Introduction
  • Trance Development
  • Focus of Attention
  • Immediate Awareness
  • Deepening the Trance
  • Introducing a Visual Experience
  • Giving Post Hypnotic Suggestions
  • Trance Deepeners
  • Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales
  • Reinforcement
  • Truisms
  • Contingent Suggestions
  • "Yes Yes" Statements
  • The Polarity Response/The Double Bind
  • Confusion Technique/Overload
  • Deepening Suggestions
  • Visualization
  • Defining the Problem
  • Weight Problems
  • Barriers to Achieving Weight Loss
  • Causes of Obesity
  • Secondary Gain
  • Psychological Reasons for Overweight Issues
  • Weight Gain as a Defence Mechanism
  • Inner Belief System
  • The Second Session
  • Anorexia and Bulimia
  • Anorexic Recovery
  • Confidence
  • Persona/The Eight Psychological Types
  • Improving Confidence
  • Approaches for Helping with Confidence
  • Anchoring
  • Merging Selves
  • Assertiveness
  • Distraction Techniques/Self Esteem
  • Regression to Birth Experience
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Boundaries/Counter Transference
  • Inner Child Techniques
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Parts
  • Timelines
  • Guilt Release

Module Three also includes 2 audio compilations containing 8 inspirational hypnotic recordings to enable you to experience hypnosis for yourself.

Module 4: Printed Module

Module 4

Module Four covers:

  • The use of hypnosis with pain relaxation using glove anaesthesia visualization and other techniques
  • Providing relaxation for living with various disorders that your clients are likely to seek help for. These include anxiety, arthritis, children's allergies, depression, drug addiction, fears and phobias, irritable bowel syndrome, ME, obsessive compulsive disorders, skin conditions and sleep disorders, amongst others
  • Changing a client's personal history
  • The use of hypnosis for child-birthing

Module Four Syllabus:

  • Pain Relaxation Techniques/ Types of Pain
  • Persistent Pain Relaxation
  • Pain Descriptions
  • The Gate Control Theory
  • Burns Relaxation
  • Phantom Pain Relaxation/Mind Body Pathways
  • Muscular Relaxation
  • Imagery for Pain Relaxation
  • The Magic Finger
  • Relaxation for Children in Pain/Control Room Visualization
  • Relaxation Induction for Clients in Pain
  • Glove Anaesthesia Visualization/Time Distortion
  • Headaches/Nervous Twitch Relaxation
  • Fractures Relaxation
  • Dental Hypnosis/Fear of Injections
  • Case Histories
  • Cancer Relaxation
  • Guided Imagery
  • M.E. Relaxation
  • Plan
  • Entering Trance and Utilizing Imagery
  • Relaxation for Immune System
  • Audios / Teaching Self Hypnosis
  • Arthritis/Stroke Relaxation
  • Hypertension/Drug Addiction Relaxation
  • Communicating with a Sleeping Person
  • Anxiety
  • Reciprocal Inhibition/Visualizing Thought Stopping
  • Useful Strategies/Blow Aways
  • Visualizing Fading Away Pain
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Treatment Plan for Phobias
  • Depression Relaxation
  • Symptoms Associated with Depression
  • Assumptions
  • Relaxation for Depression
  • Changing Personal History/IBS
  • Plan for IBS
  • Sleep Disorder Relaxation
  • Narcolepsy Relaxation
  • Accessing Neurotic Beginnings
  • The Source of the Problem
  • Confirming the Significance
  • Tinnitus/Skin Conditions Relaxation
  • Relaxation for Warts
  • Hypnosis with Childbirth
  • Pre Menstrual Tension
  • Psychosexual Disorder
  • Children's Allergies/Enuresis Relaxation
  • Enuresis Relaxation

Module 5: Printed Module

Module 5

Module Five covers:

  • Memory, learning and photo reading techniques
  • Sports and performance improvement
  • Hypnotherapy for public speaking
  • Age-progression and regression
  • Past life regression with hypnosis and other methods such as the Christos Technique
  • Hypnotherapy for stress management
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Instructions for utilizing self hypnosis

Module Five Syllabus:

  • Regression
  • Regression to Childhood
  • Sense Memory
  • Pseudo-Revivification
  • Precautions
  • Inner Child
  • State Bound Memory
  • Recovered Memory
  • Ericksonian Regression
  • The Affect Bridge Technique
  • Age Progression
  • Confusion/Talking Cure
  • Past Life Regression
  • The History of Regression
  • Bridey Murphy
  • Clients Reasons/The Regression Session
  • When to Use Regression
  • The Christos Technique
  • Tapping into Creative Abilities
  • Deep Trance Identification
  • Hypnosis and Learning
  • Improving Study Skills
  • Performance Problems
  • Public Speaking
  • Sport and Hypnosis
  • Memory
  • Memory Recall
  • Mnemonics
  • Photo-Reading
  • Tangerine Method/The Photo-Reading Technique
  • Foreign Language Study
  • Stress Management
  • Causes of Stress
  • Information Overload/Fight or Flight
  • Reactions
  • The Complete Diaphragm Method
  • Making Changes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Using EMDR with PTSD Victims
  • Self-Hypnosis Instructions

Module 6: Printed Module

Module 6

Module Six covers:

  • Several methods of inducing hypnosis in both adults and children
  • How to create amnesia with your subjects
  • Methods of transferring pain, fractionalization and catalepsy
  • Problems likely to arise with children such as hair pulling, nail biting and thumb sucking
  • The silent (pantomime) technique
  • The Esdaile State

Module Six Syllabus:

  • Methods of Induction
  • Relaxation in Hypnosis
  • Rapid Induction versus Progressive
  • Chakra Colours Induction
  • Fixation
  • Ganzfield Unit
  • Blue Light/Odd Numbers
  • Telephone Hypnosis
  • Group Hypnosis
  • Fractionalization
  • Catalepsy
  • The Esdaile State
  • Amnesia
  • Erasing the Memory
  • Metaphors
  • Dissociation
  • Silent (Pantomime) Technique
  • Hypnosis and Children
  • Techniques with Children
  • Point of Hand/Favourite Song
  • Flying Blanket
  • Dropped Coin
  • Eye Closure
  • Ego Strengthening Techniques with Children
  • Thumbnail/Lighted Globe
  • Visualizing Transferring Pain/Comfort Recall
  • Biofeedback/Story Telling
  • Finger Magnets/Clasped Hand
  • Rigid Arm
  • The Hypnotic Stare/Fear of Dark
  • Children's Allergies Relaxation
  • Thumb Sucking/Nail Biting/Hair Pulling
  • Stuttering
  • Further Procedures
  • Summary

Module 7: Printed Module and Audio Training

Module 7

Module Seven covers:

  • Professional Hypnotherapy Course Module 7The use of hypnosis with dentistry
  • Forensic hypnosis
  • Body image visualizations and infertility relaxation
  • Learn precisely how to write and record your hypnosis scripts
  • Promoting your own hypnotherapy business
  • Legal aspects of hypnotherapy explained
  • Dealing with relationship issues
  • Using NLP with clients
  • Lüscher Color Testing
  • How to deal with clients with suicidal tendencies

You will also receive our special Confidence for Hypnotherapists audio session with this module to help you as you get closer to achieving your goal of becoming a professional hypnotherapist.

Module Seven Syllabus:

  • Introduction/Hypnosis in Dentistry
  • Patient Co-operation
  • Controlling Anxiety and Fear
  • Visualizing the Control of Bleeding
  • Breast Enhancement Visualization
  • Fertility Issues
  • Child-birthing
  • Creative Visualization
  • Forensic Hypnosis
  • Safeguards
  • Hypnosis as a Truth Drug
  • Hypnosis in Relationships
  • Personalities where Caution should be Used
  • Severely Disturbed Clients
  • Lack of Trust/Bi-polar
  • Suggestions to Deter Suicide
  • NLP and Hypnosis
  • Pre-suppositions
  • Six Step Reframe
  • The Swish Pattern
  • Time Lines/Reframe Outline
  • The Path of Life
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • Self-Hypnosis Instructions
  • Eye Fixation
  • Writing and Recording Scripts
  • Environmental Factors
  • Stage Hypnosis
  • Hypnotherapy and the Law
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance/Statute
  • Breach of Confidence/Data Protection Act
  • Sex Discrimination Act
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Associations & Societies
  • Promoting Yourself
  • Promoting on the Internet
  • Advertising on Radio & TV
  • The Press Kit
  • Forming a Support Group
  • Questions and Answers
  • Luscher Colour Testing

Module 8: Printed Module, Book and Examination

Module 8

Module Eight contains all the resources that you will need in your practice, including:

  • Client assessment forms
  • How to write press releases and effective advertisements
  • Responsible advertising and compliance with ASA regulations
  • Introductory letters to GPs
  • Instructions for using Autogenic Programming with clients
  • Handouts for clients wanting to stop smoking
  • Details of the quick phobia release
  • Common questions and answers that you may need for clients who come to you for help

You will also receive the bound Book of 70 Hypnotherapy Scripts.

Module Eight Syllabus:

  • Resources
  • Newspaper Adverts
  • Press Release
  • Example Press Release
  • Referral Letter to GPs
  • Acknowledgement Letter
  • Forms
  • Consent Form
  • Contract Form
  • Weight Information Form
  • Child Profile
  • Fear/Phobia Form
  • Smoking Information Form
  • Outcome/Reality Thinking Questions
  • Parts Therapy
  • Exercise in Ideomotor Exploring
  • Pain Questionnaire
  • Enuresis Sheet
  • Anxiety Inventory
  • Alcohol/Drug Diagnostic Form
  • Autogenic Programming
  • Stopping Smoking Hand-out
  • Quick Phobia Release
  • The Swish Pattern
  • Question and Answers
  • Names of Phobias
  • Ideomotor & Regression
  • How to Build a Successful Hypnotherapy Practice
  • Marketing Guide
  • Research/Competition/Brochures
  • Needs of the Client
  • Promotional Ideas
  • Design
  • Printing
  • Responsible Advertising
  • The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
  • How This Affects The Hypnotherapist
  • How Can You Attract Clients?
  • The Needs Of The Client
  • Code of Ethics
  • Final Words

Practical Tuition

Practical tuition is offered to all students, though attendance is optional. Learn more about practical tuition here.

Further Reading Materials

On enrolment you will be provided with an optional reading list of course-related books. Whilst not essential to the course, it is anticipated that you will find each one of these books a valuable source of additional information and inspiration.


On completion of the course, there is a written examination which can be completed in your own time. The examination is free for students who complete the question papers that accompany the first seven modules (question papers are returned to provide valuable feedback for you). The examination includes a selection of case histories for you to choose from which you would be expected to describe in depth a suitable hypno-therapeutic approach for.

You will also be required to submit an audio recording of yourself (audio file, CD or cassette), containing an induction, deepener and treatment session in order that we can provide feedback on your vocal presentation if necessary and an original hypnotherapy script.

The examination is optional. However, students who have not successfully completed the examination will receive only the Certificate of Completion.

Remember, individual help and advice are available throughout.

Diploma in Hypnotherapy Qualification

Hypnotherapy DiplomaThe Diploma in Hypnotherapy is issued to successful students on completion of the examination. There is no additional charge for the examination. Your clients will expect to see evidence that you have trained and qualified in this field and the Diploma will give you confidence in your own ability, knowing that you have learned all that you need to know to practise your skills effectively.

On completion of the examination you will be fully entitled to use the designatory letters DHP after your name - Diploma in Hypnotherapy - and if for any reason a student does not meet the requirements of the examination they will receive constructive feedback and advice to enable them to succeed in the future. Successful students will be recommended for membership of the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association.

If you decide to become a hypnotherapist you will undoubtedly find it an interesting and rewarding occupation. You will meet all sorts of people from all walks of life - no two cases will be the same. You may be asked to appear on radio, TV or to write articles for magazines or newspapers.

A section of the Course covers setting up your own successful private practice - you can decide on your own fees, currently anything between £25.00 and £100.00 per session, depending on the area in which you choose to work.

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