Level 2: Solution Oriented Hypnosis

This course requires the successful completion of the Level 1: Applied Counselling Psychology, as a prerequisite. This one-year Level 2 course provides students with an introduction to Solution Oriented Hypnosis, allowing them to practice and gain personal confidence with the approach.

Learning is by way of live and video demonstrations, group experiences, didactic presentations, case studies and practice sessions. Students will develop practical clinical skills and the confidence to incorporate them into the clinical setting.


The course delivers a minimum contact time of 120 hours over three four-day terms (Thursday to Sunday), with additional supervision days. Students are also required to meet on a regular basis in a small cell group setting and complete six assignments to further their learning.



Course description


Once you have read the course descriptions and content of each term, and before deciding to enrol in this training, you may want to stop and consider how you will benefit from this learning.


Established practitioners say this remarkably accessible approach adds to their effectiveness, ease and vitality. Beginners in the field report that the theories they have learnt suddenly and delightfully come to life, and they feel more effective, confident and satisfied.


Solution Oriented Hypnosis insists on respecting the importance of clinical diagnosis and assessment, and extends the process of searching, with each individual, towards their own unique solution. This can often be a surprisingly brief process, even with chronic or severe cases.


Solution Oriented Hypnosis does not rely on scripted suggestions, and because it is responsive to each individual's needs and situation, the whole process is experienced as both lively and enlivening. This tends to lead to increased self-respect and self-reliance in both client and therapist.


Solution Oriented Hypnosis is based on the solid background of classical hypnosis and incorporates the recent advances in the Biology and Philosophy of Language. As such, emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for participants to recurrently practice and gain personal confidence in using this approach.


Demonstrations (live and by video), group experiences, didactic presentations, case examples and structured practice sessions are offered, with a focus on developing specific practical skills, as well as the confidence to use those skills immediately in clinical practice. Assessment is by written assignment throughout the year, practical examination and demonstration of skills.


Please note: Eligibility for this course includes psychologists, GP's, trainees and other qualified professionals. Course places are limited.


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Term structure


This program takes place over seven months and includes three four-day workshops (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm), clinical supervision with ongoing practice and assignments to develop and consolidate the learning, which includes theoretical explanation, practical demonstration and experiential exercises.


The course delivers a minimum contact time of 120 hours for the year. Students will also be required to meet on a regular basis in a small group setting to further their learning via practice, discussion and six written assignments.


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Course outline


Term One - The experience of hypnosis (Introduction)


Major topics and issues include:

  • Defining hypnosis
  • History and theories of hypnosis
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Psychological characteristics of the hypnotic state
  • Physical characteristics of the hypnotic state
  • Client assessment and preparation
  • Customer/visitor/complainant
  • Traditional hypnotic inductions
  • Naturalistic hypnotic inductions
  • Deepening and reorientation techniques
  • Principles of direct and indirect suggestions
  • Early learning sets
  • Putting it all together: session construction.

Students must complete two assignments and attend study group meetings.


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Term Two - Hypnotic phenomena and inductions (Intermediate)


Major topics and issues include:

  • Review first term learning
  • Reframing
  • Recall previous trance
  • Dissociation
  • Amnesia
  • Regression
  • Analgesia/anesthesia
  • Time distortion
  • Ideodynamic responses
  • Catalepsy, arm levitation
  • Incorporation
  • Group inductions
  • Mapping solution territory
  • Designing and delivering task assignments.

Students must complete two assignments and attend study group meetings.


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Term Three - Hypnosis and the treatment of common disorders (Advanced)


Major topics and issues include: 

  • Revision, issues and questions
  • Treatment of common problem patterns: anxieties, phobias/panic, depression, post traumatic stress, addictions, un-designing undesired behaviours (such as smoking)
  • Pain: strategies for analgesia and anaesthesia
  • Resisting resistance
  • Precautions and ethical issues
  • Student assessment.

Students must complete an assignment, a case study and attend study group meetings.


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Clinical supervision


The minimum equivalent of four extra supervision days will be negotiated with students. These training days are spread throughout the year to cater for arising student needs and to allow for topics such as: 

  • Indirect suggestion types
  • Processual diagnosis and treatment implications
  • Mood, emotions and 'the body as means of intervention
  • Confusional techniques
  • Double binds
  • Interspersal techniques.


Course dates


Please go to our 'Course dates' page.


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