Practical Hypnotherapy Course

Practical Course

The Practical Course is a series of five weekends where we are working with genuine Volunteer Patients and leads to professional qualification.

 Supervised Practice

  • Witness the tools and techniques in use with the volunteer patients.
  • Understand their various purposes.
  • Learn their applications, utilisations and options.
  • Practice them yourself to gain confidence and experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Volunteer Patients

A practical therapy needs to be taught in a practical way. To try to ensure that we have, as volunteer patients, people with real problems, we offer free treatment to members of the public who are genuinely seeking help for their condition, issue or symptom. We offer them this opportunity on the understanding that they attend each weekend until conclusion of their treatment. The tutors’ initial contact with the volunteers is at the same time as the students – on the first weekend of the training course.  Just as eventually in your own practice therefore, the first meeting and consultation is with a complete stranger. We aim for three volunteers on each course, who may be suffering any of a wide variety of problems. This gives you the maximum possible exposure to ‘real life’ therapy and the differing reactions of individuals.

Real Life Demonstrations

Rather than teaching by lecturing or printed matter, you will see just how to apply all tools and techniques; how each patient reacts and responds in their own individual way and how to work with these unique reactions.

Active Participation

All students have the opportunity to question both the therapist and the patient at the end of every session throughout the course of treatment – thus gaining the most complete and comprehensive understanding of the treatment and its application in practice.

Complete Treatment

Starting with the each patients’ first visit on day one of the course – and on each successive day of the course to completion of treatment –  you will witness and learn:-

    • How to run the initial consultation
    • How to decide what can be treated and how
    • How to agree a treatment plan with the patient
    • How to explain your treatment to the patient
    • How to proceed – from consultation through to location of causative information
    • How and when to apply the various techniques and tools required
    • How to overcome any difficulties that may arise
    • How to correct the causative information to ensure disposal of the symptom(s).
Thorough and Comprehensive

The course covers all angles and topics to enable you to begin in practice and know how to deal with the vast array of problems/symptoms for which your patients will request treatment. Basic and advanced techniques are not simply taught to you; they are fully explained and demonstrated in actual use.

    • You learn not just what they are, but
      • HOW to use them
      • WHEN to use them
      • WHY you are using them.
    • You witness the actual responses and have the opportunity to discuss them with the tutor/therapist as well as with the patients.

Such thoroughness cannot be gained through lectures, written papers, role-plays or demonstrations on ‘models’ or fellow course members.


Written Assignments:  Throughout the course, you will be asked to complete written assignments in between your weekends with us. These have three purposes:-

  1.  Setting your thoughts down in writing is a highly effective way of organising thoughts and allows reinforcement of the knowledge you have gained, both of which help to consolidate what you have learnt; turning ‘information’ into ‘understanding’.
  2.  Each assignment submission is scrutinised meticulously by the tutors to ensure you have fully understood every aspect; feedback is given to each student on every submission, confirming what has been understood and identifying areas where further guidance may be required so that it can be provided.
  3.  The completed assignments, along with the tailored feedback received on them will be of direct and practical benefit to you as a personal reference and framework when you begin providing treatment yourself.

Examinations:   Apart from the continuous assessment of the written assignments throughout the weekends, an examination will also be held.

  • This is a two part exam and will be set and conducted by independent examiners.
  • The first (written) part of the exam will be sent out via email following the 4th weekend and must be completed and returned within the stipulated time-frame.
  • The second (oral) part of the exam will be held on the 5th weekend of the course.
  • Examination results will be sent by post a maximum of two weeks thereafter.


  • Practical Course- Saturdays – 10.00 to 18.30 / Sundays – 10.00 to 17.00
  • Written Assignments will be given out after each weekend, apart from the 5th/final one and are likely to take in the region of five hours per week
  • Review of feedback received on each assignment and following recommendations take an average three to five hours per week.
  • Guided Research /Additional Reading.  Although this will be dependent on the student’s preferences and individual requirements, additional time devoted to other reading material and guided research during the course is likely to be in the region 30 hours.


To view or pay fees and options, please go to Practical Course Fee page.

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Practical Course Dates

2018 Course
No further bookings available

2019 Spring Course
(in Birmingham)

  • Beginning March 2019
  • Dates to be advised

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Introductory Course

You may begin the foundation level, Introductory (Homestudy) Course at any time.

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Diploma Course

This supervision course can be started at any time.

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National conferences are held each May and November.

The next dates are:

Saturday 12th May 2018

Saturday 17th Nov. 2018

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Day-by-Day Course Syllabus

Weekend 1

  • Introduction of Volunteer Patients
    •  How they applied for this treatment.
    • Description of their symptoms (if known).
  • Explanation/discussion of potential treatment process.
  • Requirements for pre-attendance of patients.
  • How to decide what symptoms can be helped with LCH.
  • Initial Consultation (demonstrated with each of the volunteer patients).
    • On Arrival.
    • Information required from patient in order for LCH treatment to proceed.
    • Information the patient requires in order to benefit from LCH treatment.
    • Induction techniques and sequences.
    • Termination the hypnotic state.
    • The role, effectiveness and application of post hypnotic suggestions.
    • Visualisation techniques.
    • Deepening and distraction techniques.
    • Obtaining required subconscious information.
  • Progressive Relaxation techniques.
  • Uses, limitations and benefits of audio recordings between treatment sessions.
  • Full discussion of volunteer patients, their symptoms, history, response to initial Consultation and reaction to experiencing hypnosis plus their prognosis and treatment plan.
  • Purposes and aim of first investigatory treatment session.
  • Demonstration of first investigatory session with each of the volunteer patients.
  • Phrasing of instructions and questions.
  • How/why abreaction / emotion might occur, how to deal with it effectively.
  • Hypnotisability, susceptibility, scales and categories of hypnosis.

Weekend 2

  • Demonstration of treatment sessions 3 and 4 with volunteer patients.
  • Deepening techniques – their uses, limitations, application and implementation.
  • Distraction techniques – their importance, application and design.
  • Ideo Motor Responses.
  • Introduction to Specific Questioning.
  • Treatment plan; desired progression per session.
  • Introduction to ‘SRBC’ as framework for treatment.
  • The difference between emotions & feelings and their roles in treatment.
  • Rapid and instant inductions.
  • Hypnotic terminology.
  • Psychological approaches.
  • Symptom suppression, behaviour modification or LCH treatment.
  • Note taking and record cards.
  • Language of the subconscious.
  • Directions for treatment.
  • Directions for Specific Questioning.
  • Contraindications to hypnosis, to common hypnotherapy methods and to LCH.
  • Treating ‘emotional problems’ (e.g. anger, melancholia, possessiveness, insecurities/confidence, fears/ phobias, nervousness, guilt).

Weekend 3

  • Demonstration of treatment sessions 5 and 6 with volunteer patients.
  • Progression of techniques.
  • Understanding the ‘R’ and ‘B’ elements of the ‘SRBC’ framework.
  • Common & secondary reasons for subconscious creation of symptoms.
  • The Endocrine System.
  • Suggestion varieties.
  • Therapeutic interventions.
  • Transference & countertransference.
  • Rapport.
  • Listening skills and barriers to effective listening.
  • Non-verbal behaviour and communication.
  • Treating negative and/or destructive thinking, intrusive thoughts and self-sabotage.
  • Habits, addictions, dependencies and compulsions.
  • Smoking Cessation treatment.
  • Recording treatment and limitations of suggestion-based therapy.
  • Dealing with pain.
  • Treatment consent (informed, implied and express consent).
  • Confidentiality and ethics.
  • Professional boundaries.
  • Therapist’s responsibilities.
  • The Role of Companions.
  • Working With children.
  • Data Protection Act.

Weekend 4

  • Demonstration of treatment sessions 7 and 8 with volunteer patients (where required).
  • Dealing with weight and eating issues /disorders.
  • Tension, stress and anxiety-based symptoms.
  • Treating other physically-based symptoms (e.g. blushing, hyperhidrosis, IBS, skin disorders).
  • Location, identification and understanding causative information.
  • Reinterpretation of causative incidents.
  • Recognition of ‘LBR’ and how to utilise this to dispose of symptoms.
  • Correction of erroneous Beliefs and effects.
  • Hypnotherapy Background
    • The History of ‘Trance’
    • The History of ‘Suggestion’
    • The History of Hypnotherapy
    • The History of Subconscious understanding.

Weekend 5

  • Demonstration of treatment sessions 9 and 10 with volunteer patients (where required).
  • Checking procedures.
  • Amending and adapting the tools and techniques taught.
  • Additional techniques.
  • Expectations and achievements of the volunteer patients.
  • Terminating treatment.
  • Business Matters
    • Choosing where to practice
    • Marketing your practice
    • Practice Management
    • Business Resources
    • Laws, Rules & Standards
    • Current legislation
    • Health and Safety
    • Advertising standards
    • Performing Rights Society
    • Professional Organisations.
  • Oral Examination.