OUTLINE OF HYPNOSIS COURSE

Class Outline for hypnosis school: the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training; Mary Elizabeth Raines, Director

Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training
Mary Elizabeth Raines, Certified Instructor and Director
 


  • Discussion of Definition of Hypnosis

  • History and Overview of Hypnosis (from ancient civilizations to contemporary hypnosis, including Mesmer, Braid, Elliotson, Esdaile, French Schools, Coue, Freud, Erickson)

  • How Hypnosis Works

  • 1. Functions of the conscious mind and the subconscious
  • 2. Research
  • 3. Determining who can/cannot be hypnotized
  • 4. Somnambulism
  • 5. What people can achieve through hypnosis, and what hypnosis cannot do
  • 6. Common examples of everyday hypnosis (including hypnagogic state and road hypnosis)
  • How Suggestion Works

  • Suggestion vs. Hypnotizability

  • Suggestibility Testing & Student Practice

  • 1. Arm levitation
  • 2. Handclasp
  • 3. Chevreul's pendulum
  • 4. Postural sway
  • 5. Progressive relaxation
  • 6. Fruit imagery
  • 7. Magnetic fingers
  • Myths and Fallacies about Hypnosis

  • How to determine when a person is in trance

  • 1. Mental indicators and trance logic
  • 2. Physical/objective indicators
  • 3. Subjective indicators (client's observations)
  • Types of Depth Testing and Research

  • Aron's Six-step Depth Testing (students experience and practice)

  • 1. Small and large muscle catalepsy
  • 2. Analgesia and anesthesia
  • 3. Mnesic and Amnesic
  • 4. Somnambulism
  • 5. Positive and negative hallucinations
  • 6. Other depth scales used for hypnosis research
  • Dangers of Hypnosis

  • 1. Abreaction
  • 2. Hysterical subjects
  • 3. Therapy for which hypnotist is unqualified
  • 4. Appropriate professional behavior
  • 5. Misapplications of hypnosis
  • 6. Liability and professional responsibility
  • Self-Hypnosis

  • 1. Students experience self-hypnosis, deepening, auto-suggestion
  • 2. Students learn how to teach clients self-hypnosis
  • 3. Students learn how to teach a six-hour self-hypnosis course
  • Client communication and evaluation

  • 1. Verbal language clues
  • 2. Body language
  • 3. Eye accessing cues
  • 4. Sensory avenues (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, gustatory, olfactory, digital, intuitive)
  • Effective ways to deal with different types of clients (abstract, concrete, defensive, talkative, highly suggestible,etc.)

  • Professional Tips

  • 1. Office Setting (decor, seating choices, appropriate music, colors)
  • 2. Professional appearance and demeanor of hypnotist
  • 3. Mechanical Aids
  • Initial Steps of a Hypnosis Session

  • 1. Handling telephone inquiries
  • 2. Making the appointment
  • 3. Client intake
  • 4. Establish client comfort and build trust
  • 5. Observation
  • 6. Pre-talk & additional listening techniques
  • 7. Language of Hypnotist
  • 8. Establishing rapport
  • 9. Mirroring
  • 10. Explaining hypnosis to client and allaying fears or misconceptions
  • 11. Permission to touch
  • 12. Recording sessions
  • 13. Establishing contract & obtaining optimum client cooperation
  • 14. Susceptibility and favored sense testing
  • 15. Establishing special place
  • About Hypnosis Inductions

  • 1. How a person enters hypnosis
  • 2. Permissive and Authoritarian approaches
  • 3. Influential 20th-century hypnotists' techniques (including Erickson, Elman, Hunter, Kein)
  • Use of Scripts vs. Improvisation

  • Hypnotic Induction Techniques (Why and how they work, details of procedures, student experience and practice; below list is partial)

  • 1. Progressive relaxation
  • 2. Dr. Flowers
  • 3. Storytelling
  • 4. Eye fixation
  • 5. Eye-roll
  • 6. Numeric count-downs
  • 7. Fractionization
  • 8. Breathing
  • 9. Mental relaxation
  • 10. Confusion techniques
  • 11. Elman induction
  • 12. Imagery
  • 13. Acupressure points
  • 14. Heightened awareness
  • 15. Mechanical and musical
  • 16. Chakra inductions
  • 17. Hand press
  • 18. Rapid and instant inductions
  • 19. Standing inductions
  • 20. Apposition of Opposites
  • 21. Humor
  • 22. Special procedures for analytical thinkers
  • Deepening Techniques

  • Difference between use of Suggestions and use of Imagery

  • Types of Suggestion

  • 1. Positive
  • 2. Negative
  • 3. Posthypnotic
  • 4. Indirect
  • 5. Embedded
  • 6. Chained
  • 7. Compounded
  • 8. Content
  • 9. Process
  • 10. Interspersed
  • 11. Metaphor
  • 12. Paradoxical
  • 13. Bind of comparable alternatives
  • 14. Future/present tense
  • 15. Pyramiding
  • 16. Tag questions
  • 17. Pattern Interrupt
  • 18. Nominal
  • 19. Confusion
  • Suggestion Repetition, Pyramiding, Chaining, Reinforcement, Creating Success

  • Imagery (includes watching videos such as "Treasure Chest of Guided Imagery Techniques," cautions and guidelines, why imagination is effective & for whom, discovering special place, utilizing all the senses, importance of metaphor, establishing & rehearsing success sensations, importance of creating smile)

  • Specific Applications of Hypnosis (Including Discussion, Scripts, Improvisation, Cautions. Methods and Focus on each of the below and others; additional focus on subjects of special interest to students)

  • Relaxation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Medical Hypnosis (includes pain management)
  • Emergency Hypnosis
  • Parts Therapy
  • Reframing
  • Age Regression
  • Regression to Cause
  • Hypnosis for children
  • Anchoring 
  • Removal of Phobias
  • Other Common Applications of Hypnosis Addressed (Including but not limited to following list:)

  • Comfortable Childbirth
  • Sports Performance
  • Accessing Inner Wisdom
  • Study skills
  • Healing
  • Pain Management
  • Boosting positive qualities  (confidence, etc.)
  • Performance
  • Improving memory
  • Stuttering
  • Impotence/Frigidity
  • Past-life regression
  • Creativity
  • Stage hypnosis
  • Insomnia relief
  • Public Speaking
  • How to Emerge a Client from Hypnosis

  • Post-session and cool-down techniques

  • How to Conduct a Complete Hypnosis Session

  • Record-keeping

  • NLP Techniques (Neuro-linguistic Programming)

  • Common Hypnosis Terms

  • Marketing Tools and Practice Management

  • The World of Hypnosis

  • 1. Code of Ethics, National Guild of Hypnotists
  • 2. State Regulations
  • 3. Discussion of various hypnosis associations, conventions, publications
  • Just for Fun

  • 1. How to do demonstrations
  • 2. Stage Hypnosis (including videos)
  • Monitored Practice of Techniques (Ongoing)

  • Graduation and National Guild of Hypnotist Certification Requirements

  • 1. Complete 120-150 hours of training (includes post-grad work--see below)
  • 2. Demonstrate competency in conducting a complete, professional hypnosis session from beginning to end
  • 3. Pass National Guild of Hypnotists' examination
  • Additional Academy certification requirements

  • 1. Prepare 20-45 minute talk on hypnosis
  • 2. Hypnotize a minimum of five people at no charge after conclusion of the course, and offer taped, written or telephoned report to instructor for evaluation
  • 3. Prepare a complete written or recorded hypnosis script
  • 4. Read and study all hypnosis texts and handouts given in class (students receive 4-5 books & several hypnosis manuals)
  • Post-course

  • 1. Up to 25 hours of credits that may be applied to 100-hour requirement are available through the National Guild for accomplishing certain post-course assignments
  • 2. Yearly continuing education is required for maintaining certification (most easily obtained by attending conventions)
  • 3. Lifelong mentoring and support from Mary Elizabeth Raines.

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