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Stage 1

Stage One Details

Stage 1 Foundation in Hypo-Psychotherapy

This is the foundation for the National College training, and serves as a necessary prerequisite to Stage Two, the Certificate course.

The aim of Stage One is to give students a knowledge of hypno-psychotherapy and to train them to be efficient in inducing the hypnotic state, and in its management. The emphasis is on practical training, but because hypnosis involves human behaviour, and in order to establish an understanding of various theoretical concepts and principles, certain psychological factors need to be considered. A study of these factors, therefore, forms part of the Stage One course.

The course involves 56 hours of attendance at one of the tuition venues. These 56 hours are usually spread over four weekends at monthly intervals.

Tutors will demonstrate the various techniques and there will be plenty of practical exercises for students to practise the hypnotic techniques in the safety of the training environment. Students wishing to practise hypnotic techniques on family and friends between weekends are encouraged to take out insurance cover, at a reduced premium through the NSHP&M. This practice is on a strictly non-commercial basis.

Work covered on Stage One includes:

  • Ethical issues relating to the use of hypnosis and hypno-psychotherapy
  • Fundamental principles of hypnosis/ hypno-psychotherapy
  • Tests for hypnotic suggestibility
  • Preparing the subject for hypnosis
  • The importance of semantics in the use of hypnosis
  • Hypnotic induction techniques
  • Hypnotic deepening techniques
  • Termination of hypnosis
  • The use of post-hypnotic suggestions
  • Some psychological principles applicable to hypnosis
  • Aspects of practice management

Also during Stage One, students are taught how to use hypnosis to help people alter certain behaviour patterns, such as smoking and overeating, and to assist people with such problems as examination or driving test nerves, insomnia, performance issues and other anxiety-related states.

Students are introduced on Stage One to the National College’s integrative approach to therapy. Various methods of inducing hypnosis are taught, with the intention that students develop a flexible approach to therapy. The National College feels it is important for a wide range of techniques to be taught as no single approach will suit all clients or, indeed, all therapists.

All clients bring some expectations with them to therapy so, while the Ericksonian approach, for instance, may be very effective for some clients, others will respond much better to the more traditional methods of inducing hypnosis (like the elderly gentleman, with very set ideas, who insisted the therapist produced a pocket watch and chain to swing before his eyes).

The basic premise behind the National College’s approach is that the therapy should be adapted to fit the client rather than the client being forced to adapt to the therapy. This flexible, eclectic approach is followed through in later stages of training to give students a broad-based psychotherapeutic framework.

Students wishing to proceed onto Stage Two are required to successfully complete a journal and four short essays (approx 1000 words each). These essays are designed to help students get into the groove of reading, extracting information, and giving justified opinion ready for the essays of stage two.

Stage One Course Outline

The following is an overview of the topics covered on each weekend of the Stage One course. Demonstrations and practicals are arranged as appropriate throughout the course. Please note: Tape recorders are not allowed on the course.

Module One: How to Hypnotise

Ethics and Confidentiality

Hypnosis – An historical and theoretical background

National College definition of hypnosis

Six stages of a hypnotherapy session


Termination of a hypnotherapy session

Abreactions and contra-indications

The mind

Module Two: Hypnotherapy

Self hypnosis

Deepening of hypnosis

Eye closure experiment (suggestibility test)

Shorter induction techniques

Ideo-motor response (IMR)

CRC therapy (Calmness + Relaxation = Confidence)

The making and use of therapy tapes (audio tapes)

Module Three Brookhouse’s 3S’s

Smoking Cessation


Stress Management

Anxiety & Phobias

Module Four: Use of Hypnosis in Performance Issues





Public Speaking


In accordance with UKCP requirements, and consistent with National College practice over the years, stage one concerns itself with ethical issues, which are addressed again throughout the course, and as a discrete topic.