Conversion Course & Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (APL route)

Are you already a qualified hypnotherapist?

Do you want to add and upgrade your skills?
And obtain a Certificate in Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Or a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?

Apply for the Conversion Course

The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy

We frequently receive enquiries from therapists who are already fully qualified and registered to practise as hypnotherapists but wish to retrain with the UK College in order to study the cognitive-behavioural approach to hypnotherapy. Although many experienced therapists choose to complete our standard diploma training, we recognise that for others they would like to receive credit for the prior training and join our courses at a more advanced level.

Therefore, we have created an option for hypnotherapists who are already qualified and registered with NCH or GHR or another similar hypnotherapy organisation.

Three options for training in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for existing hypnotherapists:

1/ Certificate in Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Stage 2)
– a one week CPD course for a solid foundation in the CBH model

Pre-requisite: registered with NCH, GHR or CNHC (or similar), plus completion of pre-course reading materials and home study. Meeting the pre-requisites (which may include a short phone interview) will allow you to join at Stage 2: Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – a seven day intensive training course in CBH with a focus on integrating hypnotherapy with behaviour therapy. This will give you a very solid introduction to CBT particularly from the behavioural perspective. You will learn strongly evidenced, core CBT techniques for anxiety and stress – and how to integrate those with hypnosis for improved outcomes.
You will receive a Certificate of Attendance and can use the letters Cert CBH.

2/ Certificate in Cognitive Hypnotherapy (Stage 3)
– a one week advanced CPD course – giving you more depth in the CBH model

Pre-requisite: completion of the Stage 2: Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.  You can then join us for Stage 3: Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, a seven day intensive training programme in CBH that gives you a strong introduction and foundation in the cognitive model of therapy – particularly the latest cognitive models for anxiety. It focuses more strongly on cognitive therapy, problem solving therapy, imagery techniques and mindfulness-based approaches – with a particular specialised focus on the latest approaches for social anxiety, training clients how to remove self-consciousness.
You will receive a Certificate of Attendance and can use the letters AdvCert CBH.

3/ Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Hypno-CBT®)
– gain the award – a Level 4 qualification and “Hypno-CBT®” licensed

This requires attending the Stage 2 & Stage 3 courses (see above), completing three case studies (under supervision) and also passing the written assessment component. You will then be awarded the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy  – a Level 4 qualification externally verified by NCFE – and can use the post-nominals Dip CBH. In addition you will be able to be licensed to use our trademark “Hypno-CBT®“.

Hypno-CBT® Therapist

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Pre-course reading material and assignment

In order to join at Stage 2, it is essential that everyone attending is well versed in our approach to hypnosis – which for many previously trained hypnotherapists may either seem very commonsensical or might seem like a radical departure from the traditional concept of hypnosis as ‘trance’.

We teach a non-state model of hypnosis that understands hypnosis not as something that is done mechanically to the client, but rather as an act that the client engages in (focusing and using their imagination) to bring about a very responsive mind-set. This “responsive mind-set” is what makes the client’s responses “hypnotic”. However this is not a “trance” but a set of normal psychological factors brought together in a particular and enhanced way. This approach fundamentally sees hypnosis as being self-hypnosis, as it something the client is doing (even though to begin with they need help with that).

Hypnosis is made up of normal psychological factors being used in a special, focused way – and doesn’t need to be explained by “trance”.

This approach is based on extensive experimental and clinical research. It has important practical implications; moreover it frees us from the concept of “induced trance” and allows us to easily integrate hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy. (Because hypnosis-as-trance is not theoretically compatible with the cognitive behavioural approach to therapy).

For some previously trained therapists this requires a major reconsideration of a lot of what they have been taught about hypnosis – therefore we require that everyone joining at Stage 2 via the Accredited Prior Learning Route (i.e. as previously trained, registered hypnotherapist) commit to reading and watching some videos prior to the Stage 2 course, in order to be “up to speed” and comfortable with the model of hypnosis that we use throughout the course.

This is to ensure that they are optimally prepared to have best training experience (rather than disagreeing or experiencing a lot of friction with our approach to hypnosis) – AND also to ensure they are not holding back the group by asking questions that were covered and fully answered in Stage 1.

Stage 2 & Stage 3 are based primarily on the book The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis (2012) by Donald Robertson. This book brings together information on CBT, cognitive-behavioural theories of hypnosis and experimental and clinical research on hypnosis, with material drawn from over a decade of experience teaching in this area.

The pre-course reading assignment for those applying to join at Stage 2 are the first three chapters of The Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

There is a considerable shift for many hypnotherapists in adopting the cognitive-behavioural model – therefore in this course there is some considerable focus and group discussion on the theoretical models AND practical implications of the cognitive-behavioural model of hypnosis.

Essentially, this is a highly focused training on how to assess clients and conceptualise their issues within a cognitive-behavioural framework – and then design and deliver treatment plans in that model.

The New Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy

This course specifically assumes a cognitive-behavioural approach to hypnosis.  The cognitive-behavioural orientation is well-established now, and rapidly growing in popularity, as it is widely-recognised to be the most evidence-based approach to hypnotherapy.  There are many good books already available on this subject (see reading list below).  The cognitive-behavioural approach to hypnosis was introduced in the 1960s and 1970s by T.X. Barber, one of the best-known and most highly-regarded scientific researchers in the field of hypnosis.

If you have previously trained in other orientations, you are bound to find there are differences in both theory and practice.  In particular, the field of hypnosis is often divided broadly into traditional trance suggestion approaches, Ericksonian (and NLP) approaches, psychodynamic (or “regression” approaches), and cognitive-behavioural approaches.  These four traditions disagree over certain fundamental points and these differences have fuelled scientific debate for many decades.  You can read more about the cognitive-behavioural theories of hypnosis, etc., from the many articles available free of charge on this website and from the core textbook. Everyone attending the course must be prepared to study and learn within this model before and during the time of the course.

You may want to read this excerpt from the core text, which summarises some of the key scientific research findings in relation to cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy.

Entry Requirements

This is an advanced, intensive training, which presupposes that entrants are qualified in hypnotherapy to the level normally required for professional registration with one of the leading hypnotherapy registers.  A short training or distance-learning course will not be sufficient.  Likewise, training in NLP or other types of therapy will not provide a sufficient basis, by itself, for entry.  You must demonstrate that you are currently registered as a full practitioner member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, National Council for Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy Society, or an equivalent organisation, based in the country where you live or work.  You must also be in a suitable state of mental and physical health to participate and be fluent in spoken English.

Attendance Certificate Award

As this course assumes you have already qualified in hypnotherapy, there is no formal assessed component for these awards.  You must attend at least 80% of the classroom training in order to qualify for the award, however.  The award will be based on observation of your practical skills during the classroom sessions and will only be withheld in exceptional circumstances as all students are assumed to be competent in hypnotherapy as a prerequisite of attendance.

Diploma Award

There is a formal assessment for this award.
You must attend at least 80% of the classroom training; in addition you will be required to provide evidence of your learning through submitting three case studies and  written answers to the assessment questions in the Student Handbook and provide a portfolio of your feedback and reflection from the practical exercises in the classroom training to qualify.

Course Content

Stages 2 and 3 integrate hypnotherapy with a wide variety of cognitive and behavioural approaches and techniques, including:

  • Stress Inoculation Training (Meichenbaum), [Stage 2 course]
  • Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety (Clark, Wells and Beck) [Stage 3 course]
  • Exposure and Desensitisation approaches (Wolpe, Lazarus), [Stage 2 course]
  • Tension Control and Applied Relaxation (Jacobson, Benson, Ost, Borkovec), [Stage 2 course]
  • Habit Reversal Training (Nunn and Azrin) [Stage 2 course]
  • Aversion Therapy, Thought Stopping, Paradoxical Intention (Salter, Frankl etc) [Stage 2 course]
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches (Perls, Kabat Zinn, Hayes et al) [Stage 3 course]
  • Problem Solving Therapy (Nezu, Nezu & D’Zurilla) [Stage 3 course]
  • The role & use of Imagery in Cognitive Therapy (& in Hypno-CBT) [Stage 3 Course]
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Ellis)  [Stage 3 Course]
  • Assertiveness Training, Authentic Self-Expression and Social Anxiety (Salter, Lazarus, Clark & Wells). [Stage 2 & Stage 3 courses]

While the Stage 1 course focuses on the core skills of a hypnotherapist, the Stage 2 course covers more behavioural therapy and interventions in hypnotherapy and Stage 3 introduces cognitive approaches and techniques.

The training provides a thorough grounding in modern Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and covers much of traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – but with a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training and integrating hypnosis into CBT and mindfulness-based approaches.

The course teaches a very strong integration of hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including mindfulness) and is not simply “CBT plus hypnosis”. Students are trained in the basic theory and skills, while learning basic case conceptualisation and treatment design. Approximately 50 per cent of the course time is dedicated to practical exercises (acting either as therapist or client, or in group work).

“A very feasible and relevant integration of hypnotherapy and CBT”

Dr Anthony Dimech, Consultant Psychiatrist

The core text, which you can browse free of charge online, provides a much more detailed and comprehensive example of the theory and practice on which the course is based.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact us.

To book for Stage 2 or Stage 3 please click below – you will also need to complete an application form.

Book Stage 2 or Stage 3

Recommended Reading – for the Conversion Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

  • The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis (2012) by Donald J. Robertson
  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy: An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (2008) by Assen Alladin
  • Harland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis: Fourth Edition (2001) by Michael Heap & Kottiyattil K. Aravind
  • Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (2006) by Steven Jay Lynn and Irvine Kirsch

Application for Conversion Course/APL Route

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