Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis Training)
- 8.5 hours on-demand video
- 1.5 hours on-demand audio
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- 46 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- How to do client-responsive hypnotherapy
- How to utilise your observations successfully
- How to do hypnotherapy without needing hypnotherapy scripts
- How to do hypnotherapy without needing structured inductions
- How to utilise almost any response clients give you to help them achieve their goals in hypnosis and therapy
- How to use Ericksonian, conversational, indirect hypnosis language patterns
- How to structure hypnotherapy sessions
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This course is for those who want to quickly and easily learn how to do Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Join over 10,000 students on this hypnosis course learning from Dan Jones, one of the UK's foremost Ericksonian hypnosis instructors. Dan is committed to supporting you through this hypnotherapy course. He reads every comments and replies to every question (usually within 24 hours - depending on time zone differences).
Learn the simple principles which hide behind the complexities seen in Ericksonian hypnotherapy. People often say that the Ericksonian approach to hypnosis and hypnotherapy is too difficult to learn. This isn't the case. There is a lot of complex language patterns, techniques and creative interventions, but, as you will learn in this course, these are all built on really simple principles which I have uncovered from over two decades of studying and clinical practice with the Ericksonian approach.
To help you with your learning this course includes:
Over 8.5 hours of video lectures
A 119-page PDF workbook of supporting information
20 hypnosis inductions and hypnotherapy demonstrations
PDF's of the slides from the video lectures
Six quizzes to check your knowledge as you work through the course
Sussex Hypnotherapy Centre completion certification which can be helpful to evidence CPD
This hypnotherapy course will take you on a journey from:
The history of hypnosis and why you should use hypnosis
To the work of Milton H Erickson
To the underpinning foundations of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
How to do Ericksonian Hypnotherapy language patterns
And finally on to how to structure hypnotherapy sessions
By the time you complete this course you will know how to do hypnotherapy:
Without the need for structured hypnotic inductions
Without the need for hypnotherapy scripts
Without the need to just do 'suggestion therapy' hypnotherapy
You will know:
How to work with clients as unique, individual human beings
How to tailor what you do to each person as an individual
This Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy course contains clearly laid out content which is explained well in a calm, relaxing manner allowing you to fully absorb and integrate the concepts and ideas you are learning. To get the most out of this training it is recommended that you take time to absorb and learn from each lesson by going and practising with friends, family and like-minded people, as well as going and observing people and reading books from the recommended reading list to broaden your knowledge. Curiosity is the key to developing mastery and success. It is also good to ask questions and interact with others in the discussion areas of the lectures to get others understandings and views and experiences on different elements of the training.
Current students on the course have describe it as:
Valuable, easy to comprehend information
Very high-level teaching and thorough information, you won’t find any course or certification out there like this
Easy to understand and well presented
Teaches what is usually complicated material in an easy and comfortably way to help with solid acquisition and retention
Taught in normal, down-to-Earth language
Informative and interesting
Great information I can immediately implement in my practice
This course is ideal for:
Those that are new to hypnosis and keen to learn about how to do hypnosis
Those with experience with hypnosis who perhaps use hypnosis scripts or structured inductions and just suggesting problems away, that want to develop their skill and knowledge at being able to do hypnotherapy with people without the need for structured inductions and just the use of suggestion therapy
It is also ideal for hypnotherapist that perhaps don't have much knowledge or experience with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and want to take a course for continued professional development (CPD)
Life-Coaches, NLP Practitioners, Coaches, Counsellors and other therapists that want to learn about Ericksonian Hypnotherapy to add this skill to the therapy or coaching you already offer
(Different places in the world have different rules around who can practice as a hypnotherapist. My view is to practice as a hypnotherapist you should undertake extensive live classroom tuition (minimum 120 hours of classroom tuition and minimum 450 hours total training) which teaches therapy and then only work with those client groups you have been trained to work with. If you are totally untrained but have an interest in learning Ericksonian hypnotherapy this course will teach you what you need to know, but I would recommend you shouldn't work as a hypnotherapist based on just taking this course. This course will still teach you advanced communication skills which can be helpful in a wide range of life situations. If you have trained in hypnotherapy, counselling, coaching, or NLP or other similar fields then Ericksonian hypnotherapy should make great additional skills for your tool-box to use with clients you have been trained to work with, and this course should also give you a greater understanding about your use of language and other skills with clients even if you aren't doing hypnosis)
Autistic Hypnotherapy instructor Dan Jones, is one of the UK's leading experts on Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with over 20 years experience. He has also authored and contributed to many books and articles on the subject.
- Beginners with little or no experience with hypnosis and hypnotherapy, but holding a keen interest to learn about the mind and to learn how to effectively help others overcome problems or achieve success
- Hypnotherapists or those with hypnosis training that would like to learn about Ericksonian Conversational, Indirect Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapists and other therapists, coaches, NLP Practitioners and counsellors that want to do this training as continued professional development (where your relevant organisations allow it to count towards your CPD)
An introduction to the Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy course and the course content.
In this lecture you will find the 119-page, 42,000+word Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy PDF workbook which you can download, print off and read. This workbook supplements the contents of this hypnosis and hypnotherapy eCourse.
This video is a demonstration of Ericksonian hypnosis. This video is to give you a taste of what Ericksonian hypnosis looks like when it is being used. This is a frequent way in which I hypnotise clients during sessions. I will start a conversation about the conscious part of them and the unconscious part of them, and how the unconscious part of them knows more than they do consciously, and is the part that I need to talk to to help them to make changes within that part of the mind. This is a very typical example of what Ericksonian hypnosis looks like.
An introduction to how you can get the most from this course
Learn about the early days of hypnosis, through to when hypnosis became 'hypnotism'
A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture
Learn about the development of mesmerism into hypnotism and some of the key figures during that time
A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture
Learn about hypnosis being the root of modern psychotherapy - the PDF slides can be downloaded
Learn about Milton H Erickson MD and some of the influence he had on modern psychotherapy
A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture
This is an example of an induction where the main focus is using focus of attention to induce hypnosis. You can watch this and notice signs the client is responding and entering hypnosis due to holding their focus. I am also guiding their attention, signally to enter hypnosis with the downward movement of my finger and helping this along with my supportive comments, like 'that's it' and 'all the way'.
A lecture about guiding attention to help people access hypnosis or a trance state.
All of the demonstrations you will see through this course, and the one at the beginning of the course involve guiding and focusing attention so when you watch or listen to the demonstrations you can pay attention to how I am guiding and focusing attention and notice what I am guiding and focusing attention towards.
This hypnotic induction is my take on the traditional staircase induction. What I am doing in this induction is guiding the client's attention into an experience, into building that experience up in their mind, drawing their attention to different aspects of the experience and then using the idea of a staircase to narrow their focus of attention and guide them deeper into hypnosis. Later in the course you will learn about metaphorical hypnotic inductions. This is a metaphorical induction, using guided visualisation and metaphor of going deeper etc to induce hypnosis.
In this hypnotic induction demonstration I am demonstrating using observations. I am using this induction to demonstrate this point because I don't do too much additional utilisation. In this hypnosis induction I say 'that's right' or 'that's it' when I observe non-conscious signs from the client which are linked with going inside their mind and relaxing, so I acknowledge things like blinking, defocused eyes, out-breaths, non-conscious muscle movements etc. You can watch this and see if you can notice the different things I am noticing. There is a lot I am not commenting that you can notice you would perhaps have commented on.
In this hypnotic induction demonstration I am demonstrating utilising my observations of the client. The hypnosis induction is about 'describing about how I go into hypnosis' but that isn't what I am doing, that is what I tell the client I am doing. What I am really doing is observing the client and my description is actually of the client's ongoing experience and as they follow along and with the context being that what I am describing means going into hypnosis, they follow along and start to go into hypnosis. The information I focus on in my description to the client is the information which is relevant to entering and relaxed inwardly focused state and by focusing more on these observations rather than just commenting on all behaviours etc, this helps to guide them into hypnosis.
The 'My Friend John' induction is probably one of the most famous Ericksonian inductions The idea is that you talk about your hypothetical friend or client 'John' and describe how they were curious about hypnosis and about how to enter hypnosis and what happens as you go into hypnosis, so you explained this to them.
Your actual client is then listening along to you talking about this other person unaware that you are actually hypnotising them. What you are really doing is using observation, utilisation and having a goal (the three pillars of Ericksonian hypnosis) to hypnotise the client in front of you. So your goal at this stage is to guide the client into hypnosis, so you are observing for behaviours the client does that are related to this, like unconscious movements or times they are naturally drifting inside their mind and these are what you talk about to the client about 'John'
So you may say "So I explained...as you start to drift into hypnosis, so your breathing begins to slow down." this would be timed to match when the client in front of you is breathing out, you are using a presupposition (which you will learn about later in the course - presuppositions are words like: before, during, while, as, after, when - they are words that imply something, so "as you start to drift into hypnosis" implies you are drifting into hypnosis) to imply 'this is happening', you are using an embedded command by pausing between 'explained' and 'as' and you are using a linking suggestion by linking the first part of the sentence "as you start to drift into hypnosis," with a second part of the sentence "so your breathing begins to slow down", you are using vague language that contains very little information so they have to fill in the blanks themselves and it is difficult to challenge the comments because you don't know what 'drifting into hypnosis' feels like, and 'as you start' means even if you don't notice that you are drifting into hypnosis there could be signs a hypnotist can notice that you just aren't aware of yet so it is difficult to disagree that you are drifting into hypnosis, likewise as long as the breathing rate hasn't increased (in which case you wouldn't give a suggestion like this) the client is unlikely to be able to tell or disagree with whether their breathing has slowed because even a very small imperceptible slowing would count as slowing which they wouldn't notice.
So all you are really doing is observing the client, taking your observations and utilising them by suggesting to the client what you are observing in them that is in the direction of going into hypnosis. The use of all the Ericksonian language patterns I have mentioned above (which is all covered later in the course) come naturally out of just using the three pillars, so a simple sentence like "so I explained...as you start to drift into hypnosis, so your breathing begins to slow down" is packed with many different hypnotic language patterns and techniques.
With this hypnotic induction demonstration you can see the way that I interrupt the client's pattern to induce hypnosis. I start with a rhythm of counting and then break my rhythm at points when the client has got used to the rhythm, so she expects to close her eyes but I delay saying the number and this frustrates the response and focuses attention and deepens hypnosis, then other times I suddenly count quicker, again breaking the rhythm and increasing focused attention and deepening hypnosis.
This hypnotic induction demonstration is of an arm movement confusion induction. I use confusion to interrupt the pattern of the client's thinking, ending with clarity and guiding the client into hypnosis with suggestions given during the confusion.
This hypnosis induction demonstration is of an induction I use a lot when I teach people self-hypnosis. Each time the client closes their eyes they go deeper into hypnosis and find it harder to just open their eyes and come back out of hypnosis until eventually it is so much more comfortable for them to just remain in hypnosis, that they stop opening their eyes.
Learn about presuppositions and how to use them, and why you would use them to enhance your effectiveness with hypnosis and therapy.
All of the hypnotic induction demonstrations on this course use presuppositions, you can go back and review past demonstrations and listen out during future demonstrations for presupposition use.
An mp3 self hypnosis demonstration made almost exclusively of vague language to help people find inner wellbeing. This self hypnosis mp3 demonstrates how vague language can be used hypnotically and can be listened to educationally to notice how what has been taught in the vague language lecture can be applied
Learn about how commands and suggestions can be used within Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, learn how to give covert, indirect commands and suggestions in a conversational way and why this can be helpful.
All of the hypnosis demonstrations throughout this course demonstrate the use of commands and suggestions as this is the main thing you are doing in an induction, whether it is embedded commands and suggestions within talking about my experiences of going into hypnosis, or when describing to 'my friend John' what it is like to go into hypnosis, or commands and suggestions given during linking suggestions or double binds, or when working within the agreement set. So you can watch any of demonstrations from this course to see how commands and suggestions are being used.
What often happens is when you re-watch demonstrations having learnt a bit more knowledge you see more of what is going on,even during the seemingly most basic demonstration, so I highly recommend as you continue through this course you review the demonstrations multiple times because you will get more out of them each time you watch them because you will know to look for more of what is taking place.
In this hypnosis demonstration I am doing an ambiguous touch induction but using indirect suggestions, which you have learned previously, including embedded commands and suggestions to suggest the client has an experience and enters hypnosis. Most of my suggestions in this course have demonstrated these techniques, even when they have been demonstrations of seemingly simple inductions. It is worthwhile revisiting the various demonstrations to see how much you notice now you have gone through much of the course.
Learn about how metaphors and analogies can be used in hypnosis and therapy. For a clear demonstration of metaphors and analogies being used as part of inducing hypnosis and being used therapeutically listen to the 'Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Demo' mp3 in a few lectures time at the end of this section on Ericksonian Language Patterns. This demonstration includes examples of everything you will have learnt being put together into a therapeutic hypnosis track.
This video is a clip of me hypnotising someone by telling them to look at the hand they think will lift as they go into hypnosis, it uses a mix of direct and indirect suggestion, linking suggestions, presuppositions, double binds, and all the other techniques you have been learning. It uses confusion and is a failsafe induction because any response is the correct response.
A self hypnosis mp3 that is to help the listener to feel accepted and change their perspective on their life and feel more serene and increase their wellbeing. It is included here as a demonstration of 'putting it all together'. So this session uses Ericksonian Language Patterns as a full self hypnosis therapy session. You can listen to it as a self help product, or as a training product where you can analyse what I am saying and doing, and why I am saying and doing what I am doing.
This lecture is a client session for time distortion and personal growth demonstrating the different hypnotic and Ericksonian knowledge you have learned, demonstrating how I focus and guide the client's attention, how I respond to trance signs I observe, I use pattern interrupt, confusion, metaphor and analogy, direct and indirect commands, suggestions and techniques, linking suggestions, binds, vague language, presuppositions and the three pillars of the Ericksonian approach.
If you don't notice all this at first it can be worth watching multiple times and looking out for different things each time.
This lecture teaches you a structure to use when you are doing hypnotherapy with clients, this structure gives you a template to follow to connect with a client, get gather useful information, know how to use that information and know what you need to do during the session, through to working therapeutically and to integrating more formal hypnosis.
This lecture is a PDF you will need to download
This is a full transcript of a hypnotherapy session helping someone to improve their artistic abilities. This transcript is annotated with my description of what is taking place through the session, of the techniques I am using and why I am using those techniques. This transcript breaks down a full one hour hypnotherapy session showing how I am building rapport and getting a agreement and engagement with the client (Rapport Building from RIGAAR), how I am gathering information relevant to the goal for the session and for what the client wants beyond the session (Information Gathering and Goal Setting from RIGAAR), I don't necessarily explicitly 'Agree a Strategy' (from RIGAAR) but I do state the strategy and how this is being done implicitly, I didn't see a need to state it explicitly, I demonstrate and describe how I am accessing resources from within the client (Accessing Resource from RIGAAR) and I have some mental rehearsal during the session (Rehearsal from RIGAAR).
I go into as much detail as I can to explain what I am doing and how I am using all the techniques and knowledge you have learnt during this session. The effects of this session still continue to this day with the client continuing to have improved artistic abilities. The client says his musical abilities he has developed since this session in about 2005 also came from his creativity and changes to his thinking that all developed from this session.
A summary of the whole course, discussing what you have learnt.
I highly recommend now that you have completed the course you go back and re-watch and listen to the various demonstrations, because you will have far more knowledge now of things to look for. Each demonstration contains a rich array of techniques being used so you can watch demonstrations for example about the agreement set and this time instead of watching it for how agreement is being used you could watch for double binds, or linking suggestions, or use of commands and suggestions, or for use of vague language. Each demonstration contains far more than what I was using it to demonstrate.
This lecture is a hypnotherapy session demonstration. It is an edited session rather than the full hour long session. The client wanted to lose weight, quit smoking and stop drinking cola, she achieved all of this and a decade later still maintains the results. This isn't high quality video due to its age and the equipment I had available to me at the time. I don't often get opportunities to do hypnotherapy sessions on camera with permission of clients, so I don't have any high quality recorded videos.
Students have asked if it would be possible for me to share some video hypnotherapy sessions rather than just the annotated hypnotherapy session transcript so that they can see me applying RIGAAR and using hypnosis with real therapy clients.
I have chosen this video specifically because I edited it when I was teaching a Solution Focused Therapy course to local authority staff (so I needed to minimise my mentioning of hypnosis) and as part of my editing I added in notes about what I was doing throughout the video which I thought would be useful for students here.