The Study and Application of Clinical Hypnosis
Welcome to the prospectus for courses in clinical hypnosis. The aim of this guide is to provide prospective students with an idea of the courses offered regarding hypnosis. Whether you are choosing to pursue a new career, or wishing to broaden your existing skills and knowledge, this guide will provide you with information you need to take your studies further.
Introduction & Overview
Hypnosis has been used in various forms as a therapeutic tool for thousands of years. However, the formal term hypnosis was coined as recently as the 18th century. Traditionally, hypnotherapy has been used within the medical field and its use has been approved by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Hypnotherapy has become an established, evidence-based treatment for a number of common conditions and a recent report by the British Psychological Society (BPS) states “Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium” (BPS, 2001, p 2). Hypnosis is one of the most commonly used therapies, with an estimated 353,000 patients visiting a hypnotherapist, resulting in nearly one-and-a-half million private and NHS appointments every year in England. To meet this demand, more and more sole practitioners and health professionals are being trained in its use, and continue to need to be trained appropriately.
The terms Clinical Hypnosis & Clinical Hypnotherapy refers to both the diagnosis of problems and the application of hypnotherapeutic approaches to treat others within a clinical and structured framework.
A clinical hypnotherapist is typically a qualified professional in hypnotherapy who uses hypnosis, or employs it as part of a treatment regime for a variety of psychological and physiological problems. When professionally trained in the skills of hypnotherapy, the practitioner possesses an effective and profound therapeutic tool to help others. Hypnotherapy is utilized in many diverse areas including conventional medicine, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, sports psychology, self-development and in business.
Hypnosis is basically a highly receptive therapeutic learning state which the individual accesses in order to make positive changes. In a therapeutic setting this process is facilitated by the hypnotherapist. The naturally relaxed state of hypnosis allows individuals to make rapid changes and to enhance their lives through a process of learning appropriate new beliefs, breaking unwanted habits, changing negative behavior patterns and overcoming learned limitations. In addition many individuals naturally experience an enhanced feeling of well being and a more positive outlook after each hypnotic experience.
The highly vocational nature of this course prepares students to set up in private practice, work within the NHS or within other pre-existing professional environments. With an increase in referrals from health care professionals and a growing number of private health care providers willing to cover the cost of treatment there is an increasing demand for skilled and appropriately qualified hypnotherapists.
When professionally trained in the skills of hypnotherapy, one possesses an effective and profound therapeutic tool to help others. There is a growing demand from the general public and the medical profession for qualified individuals in the rapidly developing field of modern clinical hypnosis. This has lead to its recognition as a mainstream therapy offering a unique approach to the treatment of both psychological and physical problems.
Clinical Hypnosis – Everything begins with the Foundation Course
The Clinical Hypnosis Foundation Course evolved in response to the increasing demand for ethical and professionally trained therapists in the fields of clinical hypnosis and brief therapy. The Foundation promotes excellence in practice and has a reputation of high standards. The Foundation Course provides an exceptional opportunity to learn clinical hypnotherapy, particularly due to the thorough step by step teachings centered around the complete core and is a good starting point before progressing onto the Practitioner Course.
The Foundation Course prides itself on it’s student centered approach to teaching, placing a strong emphasis on understanding the ethos of hypnotherapy, it’s history and how it has developed for use today. In addition to the core elements we also focus on ‘hands on’ practical skills, current theory, assessment, backed by dedicated ongoing supervision. Therefore ensuring that each student maximises their potential and that they are taught to highest practical and ethical standards.
Pioneers of Hypnosis range from – Carl Jung, Franz Mesmer, James Braid, Hippolyte Bergheim, James Esdaile, Pierre Janet, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Martin Charcot, Clark L Hull, Milton Erickson, Dave Elman, Gil Boyne, A M Krasner, Ernest Rossi – here you will discover & understand their work & influence. We believe that this inclusion which is key to discovering hypnosis.