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Hypnotherapy Training UK – Psychotherapy Training UK

Course Structure


Training with the National College may be undertaken on a part time basis by combining weekend attendance for practical tuition and lectures at one of the tuition venues, together with a programme of home study: the ideal method for students with domestic and/or work commitments.

Each weekend consists of some sixteen hours of practical instruction in the application of therapeutic techniques, combined with lectures on the various theories involved. This gives approximately 258 hours of live class contact for the first three stages of the training up to Diploma level.

In order to provide students with the sound theoretical basis on which all therapies are established, post-foundation stages of the course also include studies of various schools of psychological thought. These theoretical studies are presented in the form of lectures, online discussions in virtual classrooms and guided home reading supported by comprehensive notes.

The total number of study hours required to complete the course varies depending on what prior knowledge a student brings to the course. However, monitoring of past students’ study patterns suggests that for a student with little prior knowledge of hypnosis, psychotherapy or psychology, total study hours up to UKCP registration level may amount to 1,800 hours over a four-year period. This total includes class contact and supported self-study, self-development, supervision and self-therapy.

The supported self-study includes the following aspects:

  • online modules
  • home study of course notes
  • background reading
  • practical exercises outside class
  • essay research/writing
  • revision
  • dissertation research/writing

The course details which follow are, of necessity, generalised. The courses are subject to continuous evaluation and alteration. The National College reserves the right to make any alteration to the course deemed necessary by the Academic Board. It should be noted that successful completion of one stage does not, of itself, guarantee admission to the next.

Stage One – Foundation Course (click to expand)

Outline of syllabus: fundamentals of hypnosis, basic hypnotherapeutic techniques, contra-indications, simple relaxation/suggestion therapy

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, a development journal and essay work.

Successful students are eligible to apply for Stage Two training.

For more detailed information on stage one, click here

Stage Two – Certificate Course (click to expand)

Outline of syllabus: comprehensive training in hypnotherapy based on humanistic principles, mind-body, solution-focussed and Ericksonian hypno-psychotherapy

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, two x 3,500 word essays, an ethics assignment and a 7 session case history with appropriate recordings to assess practical competence.

Award: Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy – CHP(NC)

Successful students are eligible to apply for Membership of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

For more detailed information on stage two, click here

Stage Three – Diploma Course (click to expand)

Outline of syllabus: Further psychotherapeutic schools of thought including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, a theorertical essay, and a 10-12,000 word dissertation

Award: Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy – DHP(NC)

Successful examinees are eligible to apply for Membership of the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

For more detailed information on stage three, click here

Successful trainees are eligible to apply for Membership of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. For more detailed information on stage three, click here


Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy – ADHP (NC)

Awarded to those National College graduates who fulfil the requirements for recommendation to membership of the UKCP’s National Register of Psychotherapists.

For details of gaining UKCP Registration click here


The National College courses are structured in accordance with the needs of two groups of people. These are:-

People who wish to embark on a new career in hypno-psychotherapy, and require a
recognised training to assist them to achieve their goal.

People who, although not wishing to enter practice, may wish to pursue their serious interest in
the subject within the context of a recognised training programme.

Two further considerations have influenced the structure of the training.

The Academic Board is aware that many applicants, although having an interest in hypno-
psychotherapy, have little experience in its use.

Many applicants, although being able to meet the educational standards required to gain
enrolment, may not have had the opportunity for many years to engage in serious study, and
they will require a gradual reintroduction to a learning environment.

With these points in mind, the National College courses commence with practical instruction, the academic content of the course being introduced gradually. Therefore, once having gained enrolment, if a student is prepared to follow the training and instruction provided, then he or she will experience little or no difficulty.

In addition, students and/or prospective students may be referred to an appropriate course in Psychology to preface, supplement or complement their regular National College training.

Personal development is not central to National College training, though it forms an important corollary, with self therapy being a compulsory component for UKCP Registration.

The National College’s course tutors act as trainers, rather than as therapists (whilst all are, of course, qualified as such). The training schedule does not allow for course time to be taken up with individual therapy. In the event that personal issues arise during training (including reluctance to participate in course practical work) which require therapeutic intervention, the course tutor will refer the individual concerned to the National College so that a competent therapist can be recommended. Where necessary, and as advised by the course tutor, training may be interrupted until such time as the therapist selected recommends resumption.