This Stage Two course is open only to those students who have successfully completed the Stage One Foundation course or have completed a recognised hypnotherapy training elsewhere. Students who successfully complete the Stage Two course, including the case study and course work, are awarded the Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy, and are entitled to use the designating letters CHP (NC). They will also join the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness as a Member.
The syllabus for this course requires students to attend for some 132 hours, usually spread over eight modules at monthly intervals, during which, tuition apart, there is an element of practical assessment. In addition, the student undertakes a programme of home study including the submission of two essays an ethics portfolio/workbook, and a case study.
The home study component consists of a comprehensive programme of reading and study from recommended text books, and the writing of essays to indicate an understanding of the material studied.
A: Theories of psychotherapy
We consider our course to be a Humanistic and Integrative Hypno-Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy programme and as such in the Certificate Stage, we introduce students to the folloiwng approaches which we consider to be relevant to this discipline.
Humanistic: Includes an examination of the theory and practice of humanistic psychotherapy, with particular reference to Carl Rogers’ work. The Gestalt approach to therapy is also covered (in the Diploma Stage).
Solution Focused Therapy: This is a type of talking therapy based upon social constructionist philosophy. It focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on historical problem(s) that made them seek help. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist/counselor uses respectful curiosity to invite the client to envision their preferred future. Then therapist and client start attending to any moves that direction, whether these be small increments or larger changes. To support this, questions are asked about the client’s story, strengths and resources; and especially, about any exceptions to client-perceived problems.
Mind Body Therapy: This is the utilisation of hypnosis to assist clients work on issues relating to the body, including but not exclisively pain and physical issues with a psychological components.
Ericksonian Techniques: A complete weekend is devoted to a Foundation Course on aspects of the contribution of Milton H Erickson.
During the course emphasis is placed upon the application of both the theory covered in the lectures and the practical skills acquired. Thus, for instance, students are presented with actual case histories, and by means of class and group discussion, are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the formulation of treatments.
B: Additional hypno-psychotherapy techniques
As in Stage One, there are demonstrations by tutors and plenty of practical sessions for students to try out the various techniques themselves. Throughout the course, topics such as Ethics, Human Development and Sexuality are covered.
Although this Stage Two is a fully assessed course, students are not obliged to present themselves for examination. Some may choose to study this course for general interest, and may not require tangible evidence of their knowledge and ability. However, for those students who wish to commence practice as hypno- psychotherapists and continue working towards the National College Diploma, success in the Certificate assessment is the pre-requisite for entry to Stage Three training.
Stage Two Course Outline
(45 Open University-specific points at Level 2)
Stage Two of the National College training builds upon the essential material covered on Stage One, and explores various schools of psychological theory and psychotherapeutic practice.
Ethics (Stand alone module)
Mind Body Therapy
Eating Disorders (excluding Anorexia Nervosa)
The Miracle Question and other question techniques
Problem Free Talk
de Shazer, Satir and Hayley
Inductions: pacing and leading, naturally occurring trance states, confusion
Trancework: process instructions, metaphor
Ericksonian language patterns, script analysis, therapeutic framework
In accordance with UKCP requirements, and consistent with National College practice over many years, such topics as Ethics, Human Development and Sexuality are covered throughout the course culminating in specific modules undertaken in Stage 4 of the training.