This syllabus covers not only the basic requirements for the qualification, but also you will learn advanced techniques to give you more scope to work with a wider audience of clients. It also allows the tutors to be adaptable and change the monthly content to suit the needs of the student. This can only be done by working in small groups where everyones personal needs can be addressed.

Module 1

Your first weekend is spent being introduced to hypnotherapy and understanding its interesting history from when it all began to the application of today’s advanced techniques. The weekend includes discussion around the image and perception of hypnosis, as mind control, and will dispel some of the common misconceptions and myths concerning hypnotherapy. We also briefly discuss the present legal framework and our governing bodies. And of course, the most exciting part of this weekend is your first exercises in hypnotising your fellow students.

Topics covered in module 1 include:

  • School expectations

  • Legalities of hypnosis

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)/General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)

  • Ethics and boundaries

  • What hypnosis is and trance

  • History and founders of hypnosis

  • National Occupational Standards (NOS)

  • Client expectations, needs & confidentiality

  • Health and well being

  • Conscious/unconscious mind (basic)

  • Nervous system and senses

  • Contra-indications to hypnosis

  • Induction for relaxation

  • Guided imagery and visualisation

  • Awakening for relaxation

  • Simple arm levitation

  • Suggestibility – direct and indirect


Module 2

The second weekend builds on the foundations established in the first weekend and intended to develop your skills and confidence. The second weekend introduces more principles of hypnosis, while introducing the theory and practice of basic techniques, showing how work by influencing the emotions and physiology.

The topics included in Module 2 include:

  • Development of communication skills, rapport, trust and body language

  • Speed and pacing of voice

  • Rapport, mirroring, breathing pattern and time distortion

  • Abreactions

  • History taking/information gathering

  • Explain hypnosis, treatment plan, risks, cost and process to client

  • Progressive relaxation and deepeners

  • Scripts- for and against

  • Post hypnotic suggestions


Module 3

The third weekend introduces more advanced techniques with examples to show how hypnosis can bring benefits. The third weekend also provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your own personal and professional goals ambitions, equipping you with tools that can help you as well as being able to apply the same methods in your therapy sessions.

The topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • The work of the conscious and unconscious mind

  • Reflexes, ideomotor signals and effects

  • Anchoring

  • Ego strengthening for confidence, self esteem, motivation and empowerment

  • Pain relief, submodality, glove anaesthesia

  • Gestalt theory

  • The law of attraction

  • Metaphors

  • Introduction to sports improvement



Module 4

At this point in the course you will have a good understanding of the principles and basic techniques of hypnosis and be confident in taking your subjects into a deeply relaxed trance and re-awaking them. The fourth weekend continues to introduce more advanced therapy methods, coupled with demonstrations, practical sessions and exercises to show you how to put these techniques into practice.

The topics covered in module 4 include:

  • Past life regression

  • Future life progression

  • Revivification

  • Fast induction techniques

  • Parts therapy

  • Transference and counter transference

  • Self hypnosis

  • Re-framing


Module 5

The fifth weekend provides an overview of complementary and supporting techniques including CBT and NLP. However, as indicated, the purpose of these sessions in to introduce these methods and equip you with the sufficient understanding to appreciate the application of these approaches, rather giving you in-depth training in these methods.

The fifth weekend also provides initial guidance on how to set up your own practice on completion of the course - explaining the basic disciplines of running your own business and demonstrating some of the latest equipment that is available to support your hypnotherapy practice.

Units included in Module 5 include:

  • CBT

  • NLP

  • Nominalisations

  • Predicates

  • Introduction to Hypno-birthing

  • Equipment

  • Setting up your practice

  • Record keeping and storage

  • Marketing



Module 6

Weekend six concentrates on putting all the techniques you have learned during the previous modules into practice. In a workshop setting, it provides examples of a number of case-studies representing a range of possible disorders, giving you the opportunity to consider the therapeutic approaches that could be applied to treat these conditions.

Topics covered in module 6 include:

  • Habits

  • Stop smoking

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Drugs

  • Depression

  • Emotional Freedom Technique

  • Fight & flight mind/body connection response

  • Anxiety/panic disorder

  • Fears and phobias

  • Stress


Module 7

Weekend seven concludes the main body of the training course, providing more examples of how to put your hypnotherapy skills into practice. This module includes additional case studies with a number of items on weight-loss, eating disorders and other gastrointestinal conditions. The module also includes sessions focused on more challenging topics including terminal illness, bereavement and trauma.

Topics covered in module 7 include:

  • Introduction to weight loss and hypnotic gastric band

  • Eating disorders and body image

  • Weight control and healthy eating

  • Mind-gym

  • Mindless eating

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Aversion therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Terminal illness and end of life support

  • Bereavement

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Alcohol abuse



Module 8

Weekend eight is the final weekend of the training and is intended as the opportunity to consolidate the learning from the previous modules. Although you are encouraged to interact and bring up your questions and concerns in all sessions, time is sometimes limited – this module therefore includes specific tutorial time to bring up concerns, issues or questions on aspects of the course or more general hypnotherapy queries.

The weekend also includes the final examination, so additional support and guidance is included on exam technique and preparation.

Subjects covered in module 8 include:

  • Review of the whole course

  • Q & A session

  • Student choice

  • Making your own CD’s

  • Exam preparation

  • Interview techniques