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This course provides 3 modules consisting of 10 days of 'live' training + 3 days of online video content, which include lectures, demonstrations and many opportunities for practising skills.

The first module (the equivalent of 5 days: 3 days 'live' + 13 hours online video recordings) Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis: Foundational Skills & Knowledge is introductory in the sense that it consists of foundational knowledge areas crucial to a thorough understanding of hypnosis. However, this module also teaches foundational skills development such that trainees are competent to conduct simple yet effective hypnosis interventions. It also includes the principals of designing an hypnotic intervention and then applying hypnosis to specific problem areas which frequently present in clinical practice

The next module, (3 days + 6.5 hours online) Applications of Clinical Hypnosis, covers anxiety and trauma, depression, pain, and habit disorders and problematic patterns, and includes supervised practice sessions and case discussions.

The third module (four days) Specialist Applications of Clinical Hypnosis covers the range of specialist applications of clinical hypnosis and includes both intensive supervision as well as formal assessment of trainees.

As noted above, the course is structured so there is a mix of lecture input, demonstration of a particular technique, and videos relevant to the topic. In the first two modules, there is also a significant practice session scheduled for every day, so that trainees have time to experience what is being taught and to practise it themselves. In the third module, significant time is set aside for supervision and formal assessment. Trainees are also provided with a reading list which covers all areas relevant to contemporary practice in hypnosis.

This course especially focuses on teaching both traditional and utilisation approaches, and integrating techniques from both traditions while clarifying a coherent framework which allows trainees to think clearly about how they can best use hypnosis with a range of presenting problems. Up-to-date hypnosis research on each topic is presented and students are also provided with links to a range of resources, both in the literature and online webinars dealing with the most recent developments in relevant areas, including trauma and neuroscience.

Those trainees who wish to obtain the full diploma are required to complete the ongoing assessments for each module, attend the scheduled supervision sessions within the course (presenting 10 cases), participate in formal assessment of their skills, and write up two case studies (up to 3,000 words long). Participants can also attend additional bi-monthly supervision sessions offered by the presenters.

The outlines below are intended to provide a rough guide to the content covered during each module.

Specifically, regarding knowledge areas, introductory module covers:
definition of hypnosis
myths of hypnosis
dangers and contra-indications
ethical issues, legal issues, informed consent
hypnotic phenomena
suggestibility tests

Regarding skills development the first four days consist of:
Traditional and utilisation approaches
Arm levitation
Age regression to access resources
Age progression using resources
Identifying targets for the hypnotic session
Constructing metaphors to address session themes

Online video presentations:  - definitions, history, myths,
  phenomena, dangers,
  hypnotic styles
- traditional & utilisation
, memory,
  legal issues, abreactions
- ethical issues, informed consent,
  conversational inductions, age
  regression and age progression
- theories, utilisation, exploring the
  'how' of presenting problems,
  putting it all together
Day 3


Day 3 The structure of problems and hypnotic interventions
9.00    Analysing the structure of problems
           Using hypnosis to address commonly occurring patterns/processes
           Introduction to the concept of many common problems sharing
           predictable patterns/processes (e.g., depression, anxiety)
           Asking ‘how’ questions to identify where the client’s skill/resource
           deficit lies
9.45    Practice Session
11.00  Creating metaphors or stories to disrupt unhelpful patterns
          Developing appropriate response sets related to the themes
          being addressed
          Common skills that can be taught in/reinforced via hypnosis
          Brain plasticity & the science of willpower
          Building relapse management into the hypnosis session
1.30    Demonstration (specific theme/s)
          Analysis of demonstration
3.30   Practice session
4.30   Debrief
5.00   Close

The three days of this module cover current theory and research with
regard to the use of hypnosis in the specific areas, as well as showing videos
of relevant practitioners. As with Module 1, there are demonstrations and the
trainees have significant opportunities for practice. The specific areas are:
Anxiety and Trauma, Depression, Pain, Habit Disorders & Problematic Patterns.

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS TO BE UPDATED as some of the material will
be available online for the 2017 course.

1. Hypnosis for Anxiety and Trauma
9.00    Generalised Anxiety Disorder
           Techniques for intervention: progressive muscle relaxation, and dial
           Demonstration of dial technique
           Practice session: relaxation and dial
           Panic Disorder , techniques for intervention: breathing
           Demonstration to control panic attack
11.00  Cognitive patterns in anxiety
           Compartmentalisation, uncertainty
           Practice session: Targeting uncertainty, debrief
1.30    Hypnosis and Trauma, current literature
           Practice session: amplifying resources and focus on the future
3.30    Practice session continued
5.00    Close

2. Hypnosis for Depression
9.00   Cognitive patterns in depression
          Use of age progression
          Thinking strategically about the problem
          4 Key Questions
11.00 Practice session: targeting compartmentalising and leaving the
         past behind
         Group feedback and discussion
1.30  DVD: Mike, discussion and analysis
3.30  Practice session: targeting good sleep; include ego-strengthening
5.00  Close

3. Hypnosis for Pain Management
9.00    Physiology of Pain and current model of chronic pain
           Hypnosis and pain: current literature
11.00  Practice session: glove anesthesia and the ice water experiment
           Feedback and discussion with larger group
1.30    Video clips of use of hypnosis for childbirth
           DVD Kroger film of hypnosis for a thyroidectomy
           DVD of Vicki with terminal cancer
3.30    Practice session: Body dissociation, debrief
5.00    Close

4. Hypnosis for Habit Disorders & Problematic Patterns
9.00    Weight problems, current research and literature on hypnosis
           and weight loss
10.00  How does the person do their problem, frequently occurring themes,
          10 tips for treating weight issues with hypnosis
11.30  Demonstration with simple theme, eg learn to enjoy exercise
12.00  Practice session: targeting theme of ‘less is more’ and age progression
1.30    Smoking, current theory and research on use of hypnosis for smoking
2.00    Recurring themes and different approaches (Dr Steve Lynn, Dr Patrick
2.30    Practice session: using metaphors for simple theme (relax without
           a cigarette)
3.00    Practice session continued, debrief, discussion and summary of day
5.00    Close

This module presents material on a number of specialist areas, as well as
providing time for direct supervision and assessment of trainees.

The following outlines are subject to change.

1. Hypnosis across the lifecycle: Childbirth, Children & Couples
9.00    Childbirth
           Using specific hypnotic phenomena to assist with preparation for birth
           and during labour
           Designing hypnotic interventions to assist with all stages of childbirth
           Designing hypnotic interventions to target related psychological issues
10.00  Children
           Hypnotic responsiveness of children and how to use this
           Significance of developmental issues (how the child’s age will affect your
           Hypnosis for commonly presenting problems in children, such as
           enuresis, anxiety, sleep disturbance, poor self-esteem
           Hypnosis for building psychological resilience in children
11.20 Couples
          Hypnosis to enhance specific interventions or strategies with couples
          Designing an intervention that can be delivered to more than one
          person at a time
1.30   Supervision (case discussions and supervised practice)
5.00   Close

2. Hypnosis & Evidence Based Practice (CBT, Interpersonal
    Psychotherapy, ACT, Mindfulness)
9.00     Using hypnosis can as an adjunct to many evidence-based
            psychological therapies, such as CBT and Interpersonal
            Psychotherapy) in order to enhance  outcomes
11.30   Using hypnosis to target cognitive distortions, interpersonal problems,
            emotional dysregulation and distress
            Similarities and differences between mindfulness practices
            and hypnosis
1.30     Supervision (case discussions and supervised practice)
5.00     Close

3. Ego State Therapy and Hypnosis in Dentistry
9.00    Principles of ego State Therapy
           Applications and case studies
11.30  Hypnosis in Dentistry
1.30    Supervision (case discussions and supervised practice)
5.00    Close

4. Assessments, Self change projects and clinical supervision
9.00    Practical assessments with volunteer subjects
1.30    Self-Change Project presentations & discussion
3.00    Supervision
5.00    Close

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