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Stage 3 - Pathway to UKCP Hypno-Psychotherapist The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy


This is the third stage of our training which builds upon the previous stages and furthers your knowledge and ethical practice of hypno-psychotherapy with the aim of encouraging not only competence but also the confidence to be able to work within the complexities of practice.

Entry to Stage 3 of the National College pathways is open to you when you have completed the Stage 2 weekends.

Stage 3 is the diploma stage, at the completion of which you are required to submit a dissertation leading to the award of the Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy, with the designating letters DHP(NC).

The syllabus for this stage requires you to attend over five weekends at monthly intervals and undertake a programme of home study. On this stage, you will be  required to carry out 100 client-contact hours supervised at a ration of 6:1.

What You’ll Learn

This stage covers the thinking and models that have shaped modern psychotherapy including Freud, Jung, Adler and the major psychodynamic theorists. You will also study Gestalt methods, behavioural theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis, as always there is an element of practical assessment throughout the stage.

The Research Project

Stage 3 concludes with us preparing you for a dissertation submission of primary or secondary research.

Secondary research does not involve working directly with human participants and it is not necessary for that to be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee.

Primary research, where first hand data or information is being collected directly from human participants, must be considered in the planning stages by our ethics committee.

Primary research may be either experimentally or clinically based, in hypno-psychotherapy, research will usually be clinically based with case studies providing the data.

All dissertations must focus on an area within the theory and/or practice of hypno-psychotherapy and must include an exploration of your psychotherapeutic framework and philosophy, demonstrating a master’s level of psychotherapeutic understanding and exploration, and include cross-referencing to other approaches.

The Stage 3 Modules:

Module 14 - Psychodynamic

  • Freud
  • Adler
  • Jung

Module 15 - Further Psychodynamic

  • Sullivan
  • Bandura
  • Kelly
  • Bowlby
  • Fromm
  • Horney

Module 16 - Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Watson
  • Skinner
  • Ellis
  • Beck
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Module 17 - Transactional Analysis and Open Frame

  • Transactional Analysis
  • Open frame

Details of Our Ethics Process Can Be Found in The Oracle

Stage 3 at a Glance:

Hours of Attendance:

  • 70 over five weekends

Mode of Study:

  • Face to face tuition
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group practical exercises
  • Comprehensive home study with a wide range of resources
  • 100 client-contact hours supervised at a ratio of 6:1


  • 1 x 3000 word essay
  • Dissertation
  • Continuous assessment by tutor

What Next?

  • Upon successful completion students will be awarded the Diploma in Hypnosis and psychotherapy DHP(NC)
  • Progression onto Stage 4