Training Courses

The Australian Society of Hypnosis is a not-for-profit professional organization whose members are AHPRA-registered health professionals as well as Counsellors, Speech Pathologist and Social Workers.

It has successfully conducted a training program leading to a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in most states of Australia since 1982. Success in the continuous assessment of the didactic parts of the program is now one of the requirements for the award of the Diploma and Full Membership of the Society. Two other requirements have to be met: supervision of ten clinical cases and a satisfactory grade in the two case reports presented for evaluation, and success in the Viva panel examination.

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The States conduct their 12 month programs under the supervision of the Board of Education which sets the syllabus, oversights the continuous assessment, marking of case histories and the Viva panels. The states have their own training timetable but must comply with the Federal syllabus, including at least 30 hours of didactic training. In practice, most States considerably exceed this requirement. Supervision is another important part of the program of training. Some of that occurs in the training sessions but is also provided in additional individual or group sessions where the students discuss the problems and treatments of their particular clients with an experienced Full Member.

Attendance at other relevant approved workshops which have a supervisory component is encouraged. In all, 50 hours of supervision has to be undertaken.

The Society has an Annual Congress (conference) each year hosted in rotation by the states around Australia, or occasionally off-shore such as New Zealand or Norfolk Island. Such congresses allow members to update their knowledge and skills in scientific forums, keynote addresses & practical workshops. The states usually have their own Professional Development activities for networking, competency, knowledge enhancement, and supervision throughout the year.

Students join the Society as Associate Members and are awarded the Diploma and Full Membership on meeting the above requirements. As members of an Australia wide professional body, they have access to other members for support & supervision as they master further skills as well as opportunities for Professional Development under the auspices of the Society anywhere in Australia. Students who start the Diploma in one state can also complete it in another. Only Full Members are eligible to become Honorary Office Bearers for the Society and to vote in ballots for those positions.

The Society produces an international journal – The Australian Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis which is published electronically twice each year and subscription to which is included in membership fees.

While initially the Society restricted membership to three health professions, now most Registered Health Practitioners (see below for a full list) can apply, as can Social Workers.

The overview of the assessment program as well as the Code of Ethics can be viewed in the document “Regulations for the award of the Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis & Full Membership by Continuous Assessment 2012” on this website.

Please contact the state of your choice for details of the program being offered. A Distance Education Program is not currently available, but will be available soon.

Members of these professions are eligible for membership:
Dental Therapy
Dental Hygeine
Occupational Therapy
Speech pathology
Social Work

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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2018 Training Courses

The South Australian Branch SASH will again  be conducting a face to face Diploma program in 2018. For details here go to their website

The Victorian Branch plan to organise face to face Diploma training for 2018. For details here go to their website Advanced Skills workshops will also be available.

The NSW Branch have no plans for Diploma level training but hope to offer Advanced Skills Workshops.

The Queensland Branch will run an introductory day and two advanced workshops on subjects to be determined. For geographic reasons these will almost certainly be held in Brisbane although with sufficient interest one could be in another major centre.

The Western Australian Branch hopes the resume its Diploma training in 2018. Email

WEBINARS. For the Professional Development of its members, the Society will be conducting regular webinars throughout 2018. 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.

Regulations for Award of the Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis & full Membership by Continuous Assessment 2018 (PDF)