Course Structure and Content

Modules: Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Module Unit of Competence:
Module 1: Self‐Hypnosis and Hypnotic Techniques VU20891
Module 2: Personality Theory in Hypnotherapy Practice VU20892
Module 3: Holistic Counselling in a Range of Contexts and Communicate Effectively with Clients VU20893 HLTCOM404C
Module 4: Hypnoanalysis and Hypnocounselling  VU20896
Module 5: Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) in Hypnotherapy Practice VU20895
Module 6: Parts Therapy Applications in Hypnotherapy Practice VU20894
Module 7: Advanced Hypnotherapeutic Processes VU20897
Module 8: Transpersonal Hypnotherapeutic Processes VU20898
Module 9: Manage A Practice HLTCOM503C

Units of Competency: Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Units of Competency Unit Code
Apply self-hypnosis and hypnotic techniques VU20891
Apply personality theory in hypnotherapy practice VU20892
Communicate effectively with clients HLTCOM404C
Apply holistic counselling in a range of contexts VU20893
Use parts therapy applications in hypnotherapy practice VU20894
Use neurolinguistic programming (NLP) in hypnotherapy practice VU20895
Apply hypnoanalysis and hypnocounselling VU20896
Apply advanced hypnotherapeutic processes VU20897
Apply transpersonal hypnotherapeutic processes VU20898
Manage a practice HLTCOM503C

Module 1. Self-hypnosis and hypnotic techniques

This module is the starting point for the study of Hypnotherapy, dealing with Self-Hypnosis and Hypnotic Method.  It covers a broad range of essential historical and practical knowledge as a context for acquiring the skills for performing hypnosis. In particular, it focuses on fundamentals of hypnotic induction, suggestion, to hypnotise oneself and to teach self-hypnosis to clients.
 Theoretical frameworks
 Risk in using hypnosis and when hypnosis is contraindicated
 Susceptibility and personality formation
 A range of hypnotic inductions
 A range of deepening techniques
 Formulation and delivery of suggestion
 Self-hypnosis and self-suggestion

Module 2.Personality theory in hypnotherapy practice

This module covers essential knowledge of personality theories (aka paradigms), which inform hypnotherapy practice.  It provides the context for the application of techniques and processes used by clinical hypnotherapists to facilitate client treatment and/or process.  Personality theory also provides the basic contextual framework for counselling.

Theoretical frameworks
 Person Centered Counselling
 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
 Transactional Analysis
 Gestalt Therapy

Module 3.Holistic counselling in a range of contexts (VU20893)
Communicate effectively with clients (HLTCOM404C)

These two units of competency are delivered holistically in one module.  Students learn the counselling skills that are required in hypnotherapy practice. Counselling and hypnosis are complementary fields, each containing a component of the other in its theoretical and practical application in the clinical setting. These competencies provide the student with a working knowledge of counselling. 

 Theoretical and operational frameworks
 Clinical and professional policy
 Holistic counselling in a multi-cultural context
 Counselling skills and communication
 Basic counselling to facilitate treatment

Module 4. Parts therapy applications in hypnotherapy practice

This module builds on the previous training in hypnoanalysis and regression therapy, and trains the student in applying ego state therapy and ideomotor questioning within the hypnotic state.  Students will deepen their understanding and skills by applying a range of techniques to assist clients with insight, synthesis and resolution.  Risks and contraindications are reviewed, and the working boundaries for hypnotherapists are clearly set out.

 Theoretical frameworks
 Psychopharmacology

 Risk in using hypnosis and when hypnosis is contraindicated
 Dynamic, behavioural and supportive hypnotherapy techniques
 Person centered Ego State therapy
 Dealing with problems which may arise in Ego State therapy
 Ideomotor Questioning technique
 Hypnotic (Gestalt) Empty Chair

Module 5. Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) in hypnotherapy practice

NLP makes a valuable contribution to understanding the neurological and linguistic constructs of communication which inform behaviour.  Since communication is basic to hypnotherapy, it is important to understand the structures of human communication, and the components of perception that contribute to experience. Several NLP techniques and processes are covered.

 NLP communication and rapport
 Meta model
 Syntonic learning
 Reality construction through calibration
 Anchoring and reframing
 Basic NLP techniques

Module 6.  Hypnocounselling and hypnoanalysis 

This module continues the study of counselling and segues into hypnotherapy, applying common themes between Carl Rogers and Milton Erickson’s approaches.  Students further their understanding and skills by learning Ericksonian patterns of speech in counselling and using hypnoanalysis techniques for uncovering. Previous competencies, which dealt with issues of risk, are pre-requisite to this competency. 

 Hypnocounselling frameworks
 Core Ericksonian clinical strategies and metaphors
 Hypnoanalysis techniques
 Techniques for analytic uncovering of repressed unconscious material
 Childhood sensitising emotions
 Reactive mind, imprints, unconscious material
 Regression and abstract regression therapy
 Christos technique

Module 7.Advanced hypnotherapeutic processes

This module describes mind/body processes in terms of the electro-magnetic field in complimentary healing modalities, within the context of Polyvagal Theory and Attachment Theory. Students learn hypnotherapy processes for specific groups, i.e. children, people with addictions etc.

 The electro-magnetic field in complimentary healing modalities
 Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Adrenal complex
 Polyvagal theory
 Attachment theory
 Hypnotherapy for the control of pain
 Paediatric hypnotherapy
 Hypnotherapy for addictions
 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
 Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing technique (EMDR)
 Hypnosis for psycho-sexual issues
 Psychonutrition

Module 8.Transpersonal hypnotherapeutic processes

Human experience is viewed holistically to embrace all aspects of being, including the spiritual as expressed in the consciousness model. Students learn advanced transpersonal hypnotherapy processes, which include an exploration of the nature and application of myth in human experience and the influence of archetypes in the collective unconscious.  Students develop skill in applying hypnotherapeutic techniques for engaging the archetypes in generative states of consciousness. 

 Gene expression and mind-body therapy
 De-hypnosis as a pathway to uncovering the True Self
 Focusing Technique
 Chakra uncovering technique
 Hypnotic dream induction
 Process Oriented uncovering technique
 Medical model and the transpersonal model i.t.o. mind-body healing
 Guided imagery for exploration and healing
 Carl Jung’s model of archetypes - Myth and archetype frameworks - Archetypal patterns of the psyche - Archetypal intelligence to reframe behavioural patterns - Hypnotic inductions framed to evoke archetypal images

Module 9. Manage a practice

This module describes the skills and knowledge required to manage a Clinical Hypnotherapy practice according to the size and scale of the business.  Moreover this module also focusses on the current climate of professional practice in Australia.

 Mission, vision and values
 Writing a business plan
 Marketing strategies
 Statutory and regulatory requirements
 Establish systems for financial documentation
 Implement operational policies including: code of ethics, legal requirements, professional membership, insurance, mandatory reporting, occupational health and maintenance of client records
 Inter-professional relationships in referrals and integrative practice
 Maintenance of client records

Requirements to achieve a qualification

In order to qualify for the Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, students must fulfill the following requirements:

- Attendance at all lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Where attendance is not possible through circumstances beyond the student’s control, then suitable makeup work, if possible, must be completed according to a set schedule. Minimum attendance, allowing for valid excuses [e.g., medical certificates] is 80% of all class sessions and 80% of the total course.
- Completion on time of all written assignments.

- Completion of all case studies relate to both work with individuals, clinically, and work with groups.

- Demonstration of appropriate interpersonal skills and mental health status in class and clinical sessions, which allow competent professional practice.


The process of assessment throughout the course is continuous and addresses students’ performance in the following ways through:

- Evaluation of written assignments which address the concepts, theory and practice of transpersonal work and which are required for every module throughout the course.
- Evaluation of written case studies, which are required for practice-oriented modules.
- Observations and ratings of interpersonal skills and development of professional counselling skills in role playing and clinical practice sessions.
- Observations and ratings of students’ performance in tutorials in written and verbal modalities.

- Other written and oral examinations throughout the course.

RPL (Prior learning)

This is conducted on a case-by-case basis in which the content of prior learning, whether it is formal academic or other industry training, is assessed and can be translated into course credit. This is based on detailed transcripts, curriculum statements, course notes and readings and job descriptions as well as examples of workplace reports produced. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.

Credit Transfer

This is available on application and on a case-by-case basis. 
Students must complete a Credit Transfer & RPL Application Form. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.