Postgraduate Training in Clinical Hypnosis

Conducted by The Australian Society of Hypnosis Ltd

The Postgraduate Training Course in Clinical Hypnosis consists of a series of structured online Training Modules; a number of Face-to-Face training days and a series of structured hurdle homework exercises completed between training days; all designed to reinforce learning and more importantly, actual skills acquisition.

NOTE that this is a Postgraduate Training Course available to health and mental health professionals registered with AHPRA or the ARCP (proof of registration required).


The Society’s Postgraduate Training in Clinical Hypnosis consists of fully integrated online and Face-to-Face [F2F] training components that together give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable you to effectively utilise clinical hypnosis in your professional setting. You will learn all you need to know about hypnosis and trance, to enable you to hypnotise; de-hypnotise; become familiar with the phenomena of trance; contraindications to the use of hypnosis; learn to assess hypnotic capacity; how to utilise hypnosis with CBT; and script-writing for anxiety disorders treatment in trance and hypnosis techniques useful in the treatment of the full range of disorders you encounter in your clinical setting.

This innovative course is an interesting and effective way to discover how to use clinical hypnosis with your clients. You complete each online component within a scheduled structure, coupled with homework exercises and face-to-face training days with other students and supervisors. There are set topics for presentation on each F2F Day, but they are also structured to enable you to focus on the specialist applications in your clinical setting. You are not lectured to about clinical hypnosis, but learn specific techniques for trance utilisation with your clients. As clinical hypnosis is a “hands-on” practical set of skills, you will start using it with subjects within the first weeks of the course and you will be writing and practising hypnosis scripts very early in the course.

The course is taught by registered Psychologists, Medical Practitioners, Dentists and other health / mental health professionals who are experienced hypnosis practitioners and, more importantly, professionals trained to teach hypnosis. You will work with members of your profession and members of other prtofessions, giving you the widest experience in using hypnosis in your clinical work.

Each stage of the process is described in detail below.

Each student receives a detailed document, setting out Homework Exercises and due dates for these, to ensure all know what is required at each point of the course.


Component I:

The Basics of Hypnosis

In their own time and prior to the first Face-to-Face [F2F 1] Day, students complete three online Training Modules:

Face-to-Face Training Day I – 10am to 4pm (see Training Day dates in the table below)

Morning Session:

Afternoon Session:

Following F2F Training Day 1

Students undertake the following homework assignment:

  1. Students complete the online Training Module: “Assessment of Hypnotic Capacity.” This Module should be viewed several times, focusing on: (a) overall procedure; (b) subject’s behavioural responses; (c) subject’s subjective report of trance experiences; & (d) scoring procedure.
  2. Students practise the assessment protocol, to develop competency and familiarity with the standard test.
  3. Students carry out three (3) assessments, using professional colleagues or friends as subjects. They advise subjects that they are learning clinical hypnosis and that no therapy accompanies the standard test.
  4. Students submit three written reports detailing their assessments of hypnotic capacity, using the pro forma issued by ASH Ltd.
  5. These are rated as being “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory.” Those marked “Unsatisfactory” must be re-submitted or new assessments done, at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
  6. These reports MUST be submitted and assessed as “Satisfactory” prior to the F2F 2 Training Day.

Face-to-Face Training Day 2 – 10am-4pm

Morning session:

Afternoon Session:

Following F2F Day 2, students complete the following online Training Module: “Induction, Deepening and Re-alerting Procedures”

Each student then completes the following homework assignment:

  1. The aim of this exercise is to design induction scripts for two subjects from the SHCS assessment. (It is not necessary to actually use the scripts with subjects.)
  2. Students select or create an induction script for each, using imagery or other induction strategy based upon subjects’ preferred style, as assessed in the SHCS score. You can use the text of sample scripts provided in the Course – but you must use scripts appropriate to your subjects’ preferred style.
  3. Scripts are submitted for assessment, including (a) brief subject presentation on the SHCS; (b) rationale for the script; and (c) actual script. More important than the actual script is the student’s rationale for the script with each subject.
  4. These must be completed prior to F2F Day 3.

Component II:

Scripts for Trance Induction and Guided Imagery

Face-to-Face Training Day 3 – 10am-4pm

Morning Session:

Afternoon Session:

Following F2F Day 3, students complete the following online Training Modules:

Homework Exercise – having completed these online Training Modules, each student:

  1.  Selects two (2) of their clients* (*as long as this does not compromise relationship with clients) and prepares a written script for each. Each script must contain: (a) induction script; (b) at least two CBT techniques; (c) at least two ego-strengthening techniques; & (d) de-induction.
  2. Students submit a brief client history and script (from 1. above) for assessment.
  3. If appropriate, scripts may be utilized with clients and a report given back to the Course Coordinator.
  4. These must be submitted prior to F2F Training Day 4
  5. Students complete the following online Training Module: “Hypnosis and the Anxiety Disorders” prior to F2F day 4.

Face-to-Face Training Day 4 – 10am-4pm

Morning Session:

Afternoon Session:


Component III:

Indirect Techniques. Applications of Hypnosis with Habit Disorders.

Students complete the online modules: “Indirect and Ericksonian Techniques” and “Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation”

Homework Exercise – each student:

  1. Selects two (2) of their clients* (1) experiencing any of the anxiety disorders or any problem with anxiety as a clinical feature and (2)a habit disorder (*as long as this does not compromise relationship with clients) and prepares a written script for each. Each script must contain: (a) induction script; (b) at least two CBT techniques; (c) at least two ego-strengthening techniques; & (d) de-induction. Where possible, students are encouraged to use indirect techniques in scripts.
  2. Students submit a brief client history and script for assessment.
  3. If appropriate, scripts may be utilized with clients and a report given back to the Course Coordinator.
  4. These must be submitted prior to F2F Training Day 5

Face-to-Face Training Day 5 – 10am-4pm

Morning Session:

Afternoon Session:


Component IV:

Applications of Hypnosis 

As needed, students have ongoing access to the following online modules:


Component V:

Follow-Up Day

On this voluntary training day, students learn how to prepare for their viva examination.


Important Note

Completion of homework exercises and attendance at the five F2F days are mandatory. Course completion and award of Full Membership is dependent upon full completion of these hurdle assignments.


Preparation for the Assessment

Each student must complete:

  1. Twenty (20) hours of supervised individual and/or small group supervision (you can commence this supervision prior to course completion – speak with F2F supervisors);
  2. Supervision and brief reports of ten clinical cases;
  3. Submit two (2) Case Studies detailing trancework with clients by 14 November 2020 (3000 words limit)(a sample report is provided to guide students); and
  4. Complete a viva with two Members of the ASH Ltd Board of Education.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The AASW Endorsed CPD logo is a trade mark of the Australian Association of Social Workers Ltd used under licence. The AASW is not responsible for the course content.

APS: Activities do not need endorsement by APS. Members can accrue Active CPD hours

The course is designed to meet the criteria for CPD (approx 120 hours, comprising online Training Modules; face-to-face supervision; homework exercises; and follow-up presentation).


Face-to-Face Days by State

F2F Day 1 2 3 4 5 Viva Prep Day (if needed)
VIC 21-Mar 2-May 13-Jun 8-Aug 10-Oct 14-Nov (Skype)
NSW 4-Apr 23-May 25-Jul 5-Sep 24-Oct 14-Nov (Skype)
QLD 28-Mar 16-May 20-Jun 15-Aug 17-Oct 14-Nov (Skype)

Further Information and How to Register

Call Dr Barry Evans at cpmserv@tpg.com.au or 0407 864 724.

To register complete the EFT/Cheque Registration Form

To register for the South Australian Branch SASH: Go to www.sash.asn.au


Webinars

For the Professional Development of its members, the Society will be conducting regular webinars throughout 2020. These will be free to members in all states and available for a fee to qualified non-members. The Victorian Branch is hosting them so details will appear on their website.


Course Cost

The Course cost is $3,740 (incl $340 GST).

You may pay in full or pay a non-refundable $740 to guarantee your place. You must then make three subsequent payments of $1,000 due the first business day of May June and July 2020.

This includes:

Note: the course cost may rise after 1 April 2020


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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