Clinical Hypnosis Course Content

Course Content

Module one – Basic Techniques and History

1. The Development of Hypnosis: its history.
2. The Nature and Theories of Hypnosis.
* Common misconceptions.
* Imagery.
* Susceptibility tests.
3. General Principles underlying the Induction of Hypnosis.
* The role of suggestion.
4. Some Preliminaries to Trance Induction.
* Trance states defined.
* Levels of hypnosis.
* Naturally occurring trance states.
* Is all hypnosis self hypnosis?
5. Methods of Trance Induction. Deepening and Trance Termination.
* Eye fixation.
* Catalepsy.
* Arm levitation.
* Progressive relaxation.
* Wake-up or trance termination.
6. Further Methods of Deepening the Trance State.
* Fractionation and other dissociative procedures.
7. Trance Resistance. Difficulties.
* How to test for trance progress and establishment.
8. A Comprehensive system of Trance Induction, Testing, Deepening and Post-Hypnotic Conditioning.

Module Two – Ericksonian Hypnosis and the Role of Suggestion

Erickson’s Utlilzation Process. Trance dynamics in therapy.
Understanding trance. Trance ratification.
Trance states. Formal and informal induction. Induction behaviour.
Trance behaviour. Direct and indirect suggestions.
Information transduction.
Classical hypnotic phenomena. Co-ordination between the conscious and unconscious mind.

Module Three – Mind-Body Therapy

Age regression. Universal experience in spontaneous age regression. Partial age regression.
Five other hypnotic phenomena. Amnesia. Anaesthesia. Catalepsy. Time distortion. Hallucination. Their application in the management of pain and symptom resolution as well as general usage.
Deep trance phenomena. The role of suggestion.
Ideodynamics: Psychobiology of mind and body. Ideomotor signalling.Truisms using ideodynamics. Ideosensory and ideocognitive effects.
Hypnosis and suggestion in the treatment of pain. Emotional and physiological pain.
State bound theory. Edelstein’s Ego Parts Therapy. Sensory systems in communication.

Module Four – Neurolinguistics and Ericksonianism

Neurolinguistics. Useful models for change.
Representational systems.
Reframing. Anchoring.
Hypnotic language patterns. Structuring suggestions.
Ericksonian approaches to advanced suggestion development.
The use of the voice. Semantics. Implications. Questions. Double binds. Metaphor. Interspersal speech. Linguistic ambiguity.
Confusion. Resistance as responsive behaviour. Encouraging resistance.
Uncovering techniques.
Trance induction contrasted with trance utilisation.

Module Five – Further Study in Clinical Neurolinguistics

History and systems.
Exercises using NLP.
Cirlces of Excellence.
Model for Change.
Reality and Self-Identity.
Retrospective self-nurturing.
Edelstiens Ego State Therapy.
Syntonic Learning.

Module Six – Clinical Practice and Therapies – Putting it all Together

Clinical practice. Hypnotherapy as a program for change.
Guidelines for the use of hypnosis.
Clinical Practice. The practice .
Devising the treatment plan.
Pre-induction talk.
Code of ethics.
Therapies and useful scripts: Nail biting. Memory training. Motivation. Smoking. Stress management. Hypnosis in pre-natal care.