The Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy

Is this course for me?

This course is for anyone looking to expand their working practice with clients with long term health conditions, who are perhaps in chronic pain, or who have complex phobias or other concerns that are getting in the way of them living the best life for them. You do not need to be working in a hospital, this course is for everyone who wants to know how to work effectively with clients with complex needs.

The aim of the course:
The aim of this course is to enable you to perfect your skills as clinical hypnotherapists with clients facing significant health challenges, for instance:
  • living with chronic, persistent pain
  • helping clients with chronic, incurable illness
  • specialist techniques for needle and other phobia
  • using hypnotherapy in challenging circumstances
  • supporting clients through their chemotherapy​ and other complex treatments

How is the diploma taught?

The diploma is primarily taught via Zoom, an online provider similar to Skype. The Diploma also has a residential weekend at the beginning where you learn specialist skills of trance and solution-focused techniques into your work with clients. We practice evidence led clinical hypnotherapy and look at some of the science and research behind our profession. 

When does it begin?

The next run of the diploma commences on the 8th February 2020 will be held at The Old Rectory Clinic, High Street, Iron Acton, BS37 9UQ (a list of local accommodation can be provided). The online courses will then be distributed through March to May with completion of the course possible on the 2nd May. We may be able to offer a degree of flexibility in scheduling these online courses, with weekend and evening options.

What support do I get?

You will be supported throughout the diploma with full access to a closed Facebook discussion group, access to tutors and three topic-related Zoom supervision sessions. In total, there will be nine 2-hour online courses, one 2-day residential weekend (8th and 9th February) and one full-day workshop on the 14th March and the course will conclude with a workshop on the 2nd May (including award ceremony).


There are in addition four group supervision sessions, this equates to approximately 48 contact hours.


What work do I have to do?

You will be required to complete short assignments and to engage in further reading, some of which will be supplied. You will be encouraged to bring readings you have found useful etc., to the online training sessions and supervision sessions and to share these in the discussion group. Peer learning will be a key part of the learning process and you will be studying alongside your cohort for the duration of the course.

Course Requirements:

It is likely that you will already have a hypnotherapy qualification such as HPD and or DSFH. However we can also take psychologists and psychotherapists working with clients looking to improve the skills they can offer in a clinical environment.

Course Content:

Clinical hypnotherapy to support people having chemotherapy

This module focuses on the challenges faced by people having chemotherapy, covering areas such as the role hypnotherapy has in anticipatory nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and ongoing health issues post chemotherapy. 

Working with a fear of needles and other medical devices

There are several different types of needle phobia, and while the phobia aspects have more in common with each other, than differences, as in the fear responses of fight, flight and freeze, the hypnotherapy techniques used are different depending on the needle phobia type.

Long-term illness and end of life care

This module will support you to assist clients with palliative care needs, recognising that the client is the expert in their own life. Our skill is in helping them recognise their skills and strengths so that they become aware that these skills that they already have, are transferrable skills.

Using solution focused techniques in the medical setting

As we practice solution focused hypnotherapy we include a module on the essence of solution focused language and we will look at how we use language with seriously ill clients, how do we use goal oriented language or preferred future questions (of which the miracle question is one) with a client having end of life care for example. 

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team in hospitals

Not every hypnotherapist completing this course wishes to work in a hospital setting, however we provide training for those who would like to do this. A Senior Nurse explains hospital protocols and shares her perspective on working with Hypnotherapists. 

The treatment process and how research can improve our practice

This module introduces you to the research process and terminology and explains what it all means. At a nice and gentle pace we will show you how to understand the scientific language of a research paper and turn it into something we can all understand. Step by step, this module illustrates what research tells us about our most primitive responses, how we create anxiety and what we can do about it.

Specialist skills in trance: working in challenging environments

This module discusses the use of trance outside of the familiar therapeutic space and how we can bring effective practice into the often busy and noisy hospital environment.

The management of pain in both the home and hospital setting

This module will introduce you to the necessary skills you need to support a client experiencing pain. You will receive guidance on managing both acute (immediate) and chronic (long-term) pain in both the client's home setting and within the busy hospital setting.  

Anticipatory nausea and the fear of sickness

This module will help you work with clients who have a severe fear of vomiting. This phobia is a complex issue and the skills learned in this module will provide you with a full range of options for treating clients with this concern.

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