Online Diploma: Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have access to the online course for?

You will have the status of ‘Student’ and access to all course materials for a period of 12 months from your access being activated.

Your full 12 months access will allow you to revisit all videos and materials as often as you wish, for revision and familiarity.

How much does the Online Diploma cost?

The fee for the full Online Diploma Training Programme in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (tutor-supported) is £2250.

You can either pay in full or choose one of the following payment plan options. All of our payment plans are interest-free with no administrative fee:

  • 3 monthly payments of £750, or
  • 10 monthly payments of £225

Hopefully the above payment options work for you, but if you would like something longer term, we have a new student loan scheme – the loans are also interest-free with payment periods of up to 36 months. You can read more about our student loan scheme here.

We also have a 100% money-back guarantee – you can read more about that here. 

Once we have received your payment, you will receive an email with the next steps.

Can I talk to someone before I book?

Yes – you are welcome to have a free phone consultation with a member of our team if you would like some clarity on whether the Cognitive Behavioural Approach and the Online Diploma format are the right fit for you.

If you’re committed to shifting to a career that’s more aligned with your life values or expanding your existing therapeutic practice to create deeper client change, talking directly to a member of our team can be a very helpful part of your decision-making process.

To schedule a call, email enquiries@ukhypnosis.com or you can call us directly on 0207 112 9040.

How many places can you accommodate for an Online Diploma intake group and how often do they run?

Currently we have an intake start date on the 1st and 15th of each month. There are limited spaces on each intake.

You can reserve your place on one of the upcoming intakes by clicking the button below.

Book the Online Diploma

 

Are there further costs associated with the course?

Like all Diploma training formats, the Online Diploma also incurs an assessment and qualification fee. This is because about one-third of people are not intending to take the assessment and gain the qualification. The fee for the assessment and qualification (including your Diploma Certificate) is £195. If you would like a further breakdown of this cost you can read more here.

You should also typically budget about £100-£150 for your initial textbooks (obviously you will want the best books on your library shelves as a professional therapist. Certain books on hypnosis and hypnotherapy are of much better quality than others – we can advise on this).

You can competently complete the course with just these three core textbooks:

  • Hartland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis: Fourth Edition (2001) by Heap & Aravind
  • The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (in press) by Donald Robertson
  • Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (2006) by Lynn & Kirsch​ – currently out of print but available on Kindle.​

Does the course have a final assessment to qualify?

Yes – like the live classroom training, you are required to complete the Case Studies and written assessment questions.

The written assessment is comprised of 26 questions to which you will write short essay answers (400-600 words). The questions are designed to assess whether you have met the learning outcomes for the qualification.

This is not an exam. You can complete it at home – and you can resubmit your answers should you not gain the required 60% pass mark on a given question.

You can read more about the written assessment, learning outcomes and assessment process in the Student Handbook.

How are the trainers able to ascertain that the necessary level of competence has been reached by the online student?

There are a number of exercises that the student is required to complete with a volunteer. The tutor/coach will listen to these and review the recordings and also ask questions to verify the learning and understanding of the student. In addition, the Case Studies and written assessment provide evidence that learning outcomes have been met.

The training is a vocational rather than academic training, and even the written assessment is not academically focused. It is focused on verifying that trainee therapists have the knowledge and skills to evaluate and make decisions in the therapy room with a client.

How are CBT techniques integrated into the training?

We teach CBT techniques alongside mindfulness, relaxation and hypnosis which will enable a student to work competently with sub-clinical and milder issues, building up to working with more moderate or severe issues with experience, supervision and training.

We do cover CBT very well for a short training. We cover all the key CBT concepts and process aims, as well as a wide range of techniques based on the main learning theories in psychology (classical conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning, information processing).

Moreover, we teach more from CBT principles that a manualised approach. Thus, you learn the fundamentals of the CBT mindset and approach – and then how to be flexible and creative in designing treatment plans. We think that a focus on CBT fundamentals is the new direction that CBT is headed in.

Whilst you would not have a CBT qualification itself, the approach taken and techniques used (and the reasons for using the techniques) will be recognised by healthcare professionals trained in CBT. And again, for sub-clinical and mild mental health issues, the approach will be very much endorsed if viewed by fully accredited CBT psychotherapists.

You can read more about our integrative Hypno-CBT® model here. 

Is this suitable for people who already have trained in hypnotherapy? Is this an Advanced Hypnotherapy training?

Many people who have taken other hypnotherapy training want to advance their knowledge with a more scientific approach OR find their original training was somewhat lacking and failed to give them the confidence to set up practice as a hypnotherapist.

We consistently receive feedback from those with prior hypnotherapy training that learning the evidence-based, cognitive behavioural model of hypnosis enabled them to feel confident in their hypnotherapy practice. They appreciate getting a really solid, clear, common-sense model of hypnosis and the wide range of techniques and approaches they learn on the course. In particular, those retraining in this approach love that they are on a solid evidence-base and that they learn a systematic way of approaching a wide range of presenting problems.

In many ways this is an “Advanced Hypnotherapy Training” – you learn the most up to date models of hypnosis and a huge range of evidence-based techniques, plus a deep theory and philosophy.

What are the prerequisites for the online course?

There are no rigid prerequisites for taking this course.

Both the live and online practitioner courses are designed to ensure that students with no prior knowledge of psychology and/or therapy can take the course with the confidence that they will receive all the information and training that is required to become, with practice, competent Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.
This does not mean the course is only for novice or trainee therapists.

We have carefully designed the course to be able to operate on several levels at once – and a significant number of those training with us are psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and experienced psychotherapists.

As a comprehensive stand-alone training, the online course provides therapists the opportunity to integrate our evidence-based Hypno-CBT© approach into their existing practices.

A recent graduate of the Diploma, Dr Jonathan Pointer, Chartered Psychotherapist and Psychologist, shared the following about the training programme:

“As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I highly recommend this course because I know it will deeply enhance an applied psychologist’s range of effective interventions across a wide variety of client issues.”
Dr Jonathan Pointer https://therapysanctuary.com/

Will I be required to record and submit videos of treating real clients as part of the assignments or at any stage during the training?

You will have to practice with volunteers – not real paying clients – and over the three stages of the Diploma, you have to record a total of 8 exercises (you can choose audio recording rather than video). These are sent to your coach for discussion and review during your one-to-one coaching sessions.

Do I need to find my own volunteers for the online training course?

Yes, you do – and we advise strongly that these are not close friends or family members.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, there has been some concern about how you’ll be able to carry out your case studies if you, or your chosen volunteers, are social distancing or self-isolating. Please follow this link to our post which will put your mind at ease and guide you on how to complete your case studies effectively.

What’s the difference between the full Online Diploma and the Self-Led non-practitioner option?

As well as the full Online Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, we offer a self-led online training option.

The self-led option includes the same footage and materials as the full Online Diploma, but without the 15 hours of tutoring.

The self-led version is an automated e-course that has been designed for existing therapists who wish to study this approach in order to add to their skillset. It is also highly suitable for those who simply wish to study this fascinating topic and learn about the human mind, hypnosis and the imagination – but do not intend to use the training as a practitioner.

There is no assessment for this self-led version as it is not a full practitioner training, and it does not result in accreditation or a qualification. However you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Online Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. You also won’t be able to use the trademark Hypno-CBT® or postnominals Dip CBH.

However, at any point you can upgrade your self-led course to a full practitioner training (with 15 hours tutoring and assessment).

You can read more about the self-led option here.

NOTE: the rest of these FAQs will refer to the full Online Diploma (tutor-supported) unless explicitly stated.

How do the one-to-one sessions work?

You will receive 15 hours of one-to-one tutoring (5 hours per Stage), focused on key learning objectives, exercises and coaching discussions (worth £900!), plus an additional two hours of supervision for your Case Studies..

All tutors have been personally selected and trained by the College Principal (Mark Davis). They have all trained in this approach, have the qualification (Diploma in CBH), are in practice as Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists and have taken a specific Hypno-CBT® Supervision Training.

After you are assigned your personal tutor, you will have an initial “on-boarding” session in which your tutor will discuss with you your purpose and goals, learning style, schedule of study and agree weekly (or fortnightly) tutor sessions.

The following one-to-one sessions will accomplish the following:
● Checking and reviewing learning
● Ensuring learning objectives for each module have been met
● Discussing your questions
● Reviewing recordings of and feedback from practicals – and providing guidance/discussion
● Providing guidance on additional study
● Case Study supervision
● Tutoring on assessment questions
● Business coaching and advice
● Personal coaching
● General support and encouragement

When creating this online training programme we wanted to be confident that those taking the online hypnotherapy diploma are able to practice safely and effectively as hypnotherapists. The tutoring sessions are a major part of this.

They will ensure that you feel confident, knowledgeable and excited about starting to practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.

Can I take a “blended option”: a mixture of online and live classroom/webcast training?

Yes – you can choose a mixture of online and webcast training formats with our Blended Learning Option.

We are currently not running training courses in a classroom due to the COVID-19 pandemic – these have been replaced by live webcast courses.

You can read more about the Blended Learning Option here. 

Is this as good as the live classroom training?

The College wants to be assured that those who train online are just as skilled, knowledgeable and competent as those who have taken the classroom training.

So, when designing the online training, we gave ourselves the remit to design an online course that matched the level of training of the live classroom Diploma.

We are very excited that we can now offer aspiring hypnotherapists across the UK, and indeed worldwide, a high-level training and qualification to start practising and helping others change.

The online diploma is based around 80 hours of professionally edited video taken at the live training, in addition you receive all the same printed materials, extensive powerpoints and in-depth manuals, and complete all the same exercises.

The key differences are that you need to find your own volunteer clients to “practice with” – and that we have added 15 hours of personal one-to-one tutoring and coaching to the online diploma.

Although you might miss out on some of the live classroom discussions (but we’ve kept the best of this in the videos) – you will have MUCH more one-on-one time with an experienced tutor.

Will I be able to practice as a hypnotherapist when I finish this course?

By taking the online training and completing the required Case Studies and written assessment, you will receive exactly the same qualification as the live classroom training: our Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – verified and awarded by a government regulated qualification accreditation organisation, NCFE. You will therefore be a fully registered hypnotherapist with an accredited and recognised qualification. You will be able to get insurance and open a practice!

This training course is also approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre – as appropriate CPD (continuing professional development) for registered psychologists. It is also accredited by three professional hypnotherapy organisations: FHT, ACCPH and REBHP. FHT is an Accredited Register with the PSA (Professional Standards Authority), and is the UK’s largest professional association for therapists.

You can read more about accreditation for the Online Diploma here. 

As experienced educators and trainers, we gave ourselves the remit to design an online course that matched the level of training of the live classroom Diploma. We are very excited that we can now offer aspiring hypnotherapists worldwide a qualification to start practising and helping others change.