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Clinical Hypnosis, Counselling, Relaxation, Stress Management, Guided Imagery, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and the Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) Course for Health Professionals.

N.B. This course includes both Mental Health Skills Training (MH-ST Level 1) plus Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS-ST Level 2) as required for general medical practitioners (GPs) to register with MEDICARE to use seven extra mental health item numbers and for generalist psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists to also use MEDICARE FPS related mental health item numbers in clinical practice. This training has multiple professional accreditations to support continued registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

The 2018 Clinical Course is being held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

  • Increase your therapeutic power
  • Boost compliance
  • Encourage loyalty
  • Expand your practice
  • Empower your patients/clients/consumers

You will learn how to help your patients with and without medication. Many students comment that this is one of the best courses that they have ever attended. Learn the theory and how to put it into practice.

This is a practical course.

You can expect to learn a lot at this course and then to enjoy using these new skills – for self hypnosis and for helping your patients. You will learn and understand how hypnosis is produced, including its occurrence in every day life. Hypnosis is used to empower people and to increase their self efficacy.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of CBT, guided imagery, counselling, stress management and relaxation. The emphasis is on using a positive approach with your patients. Each day the whole group relaxes together. CBT and the FPS form the platform for the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Each time we relax, confidence building suggestions are given to improve wellbeing, concentration and self esteem.

You will also be practising relaxation and hypnosis with your colleagues each day in small groups. Group debriefing follows practical sessions. All activities are voluntary. No activity is compulsory. You will learn a variety of techniques so that you can vary the relaxation, guided imagery, CBT approach or hypnotic procedure according to the personality of the patient.

Rapid techniques are included which are useful for the busy practitioner.

You will learn how to achieve relaxation and self hypnosis.

When you know how to develop a feeling of relaxation yourself, you are more effective in using relaxation with others. By the end of this course, you can expect to be proficient at inducing relaxation, guided imagery and hypnosis and using CBT techniques with appropriate patients.

You can use these skills in your practice immediately.
This is an initial course in hypnosis, FPS and CBT, but it is much more than an introductory course.

This is one of the best courses that you will ever attend.
The Clinical and Advanced Clinical Courses as well as the One Day Mental Health Modules and all Single Day Mental health Modules each contain Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) and CBT.

Clinical Courses are being conducted in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in 2018. Health professionals who need to complete FPS-CPD requirements such as those required for Medicare can attend the first day of the clinical course to attain FPS-CPD such as GPs, psychologists, clinical psychologists, OTs and social workers.

Eligible Health Professionals

The College of Medical Hypnosis has been conducting courses regularly for many years and has trained health professionals from every state in Australia as well as students from overseas. This course is restricted to health professionals only who have medical, para medical or psychological training. The majority of students are medical practitioners, psychologists, mental health social workers, mental health nurses and other nurses. Australian health professionals attending these courses need to have AHPRA national government registration to enable them to work in clinical practice, such as nurses and midwives, psychologists, medical practitioners, occupational therapists, dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors & osteopaths, or to be a social worker with membership of the AASW. Participants need to provide evidence of actual registration documentation. Social workers need to provide copies of qualifications plus professional vocational insurance.

Core Therapies Taught

The core therapies taught are for management programmes for:

  • anxiety reduction
  • insomnia treatment
  • smoking cessation
  • weight loss
  • memory enhancement
  • improved concentration
  • self-esteem strengthening
  • facilitation of decision making
  • pain reduction
  • emotional healing
  • empowerment and self efficacy
  • appropriate self control

This course involves 48 hours of interactive learning, held over 6 days, from 8.30 am until 5.30 pm each day. An assessment is held at the conclusion of each day during the course, leading to the award of:
The Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT - FPS).

There are further courses including three different Advanced Clinical Courses available once you have consolidated the skills which you will learn in the Clinical Course, these are

Three different Certificates of Advanced Clinical Hypnosis (CBT - FPS).

With further course involvement and assessment, this course leads on to:
The Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT - FPS).

Completion of all three Advanced Courses leads to:
The Diploma of Advanced Clinical Hypnosis (CBT - FPS).

Course Approvals

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) approved for the 2017 to 2019 triennium for vocationally registered general practitioners (VRGPs) for:

  • 6 Active Learning Modules (ALM's) each worth 40 category 1 points. VR GPs need a minimum of 1 ALM's (40 CPD points) out of a total 130 CPD points required per triennium. The remainder of the points can be acquired from either category 1 or category 2 activities. GPs can also complete their required PLAN activity based upon one of the ALMs contained in the clinical course.
  • This course covers the complete educational requirement for VR GPs for the triennium, except for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and clinical audit.

The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) has assessed this course and approved this training on behalf of Medicare Australia for the 2017-2019 triennium for GPs for both: 

Mental Health Skills Training (MH-ST) formerly termed level 1 and Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS-ST) formerly termed level 2 for GPs to register with Medicare to use the Mental Health Treatment Plan and Review as well as the FPS related mental health item numbers.

The GPMHSC includes the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Mental Health Council of Australia plus the RACGP and ACRRMPsychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and GPs can use the FPS accreditation for GPs to substantaite their own professional development requirements for Medicare re-registration and for their AHPRA re-registration.

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for PRPD points for the entire clinical course or per module when doctors attend the first module alone or re-attend a single module or re-attend any of the modules of the course.

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) approved for 48 CPD credit hours. Social workers can calculate their own CPD hours. 

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) approved for 48 CPE points. 

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association 9APHCNA) aka The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) was approved for 48 CPD hours until July 2017.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) CPD Programme, under Knowledge and Skills Activity Short Format Learning as 2 Credits per hour totalling 96 credit points.

The Autralian Dental Association (ADA) and the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) CPD criteria are met for this training course.

Psychiatrists are able to allocate 48 PD credit hours for this course.

Physicians can allocate CPD credit hours under 'Structured Learning Projects'.

The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) has approved for GPs for FPS Continuing Professional Development (FPS-CPD) to retain their registration with Medicare to use the  FPS related Medicare item numbers. Also approved for the Advanced Clinical Courses and the One Day Mental Health Module for FPS-CPD and MH-CPD.

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) for 65 Credit hour points.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) for 45 CPD hours.

Psychologists can calculate their own CPD hours, see

Course Past Approvals

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has listed the course on the APS website Events calender in 2015. The APS has previously approved the courses for it's members since the first approvals in 1995 by the then director of training and standards Dr Alison Garton. The APS no longer approves any courses for PD other than it's own training courses ie, run by or on behalf of the APS, since October 2012. These courses were previously approved until October 2012 for 45 Generalist credit hours as well as by the Clinical, Community, Health and Counselling Colleges in various recent years. These prior accreditations by the APS can be used as a guide for psychologists in self assessing CPD allocation in 2018.

The Psychologists Registration Board of NSW approved this course in 1995 for intern or conditionally registered psychologists in NSW for 20 credit hours. From 1996 the Psychology Board delegated credit hours allocation to a training psychologist's individual supervisor rather than the Psychology Board itself. Individual supervisors could then use the previous Board allocation of approved credit hours as a guide. The 20 hours were the maximum allocation allowed for a training course at that time.

OT Australia previously approved the training for 30 points in category 6, but they no longer accredit any training courses for any training organisations in recent years.

The Irish College of GPs approved the Clinical Course in 2003.


The clinical course will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in 2018.

Cumberland Psychiatric Hospital,
Hainsworth St. Westmead or Fleet St. North Parramatta 2145.

The St Michael's Church on the corner of Russell and Collins Street Melbourne AND The Collins St Baptist Church 174 Collins St, Melbourne 3000.

Mercy Place, 371 Simpsons Rd. Bardon 4065.

The Darwin venue for the One Day Mental Health Module will be the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University. Planned for 2019, TBA.

Further venue details will be given upon enquiry.

Course fees for skills training which you will use in your profession are tax deductible.

* The RACGP only guarantees credit points when both course convenors and participants comply with RACGP requirements such as completion of course assessment forms.

College of Medical Hypnosis Clinical Courses are accredited by:

Australian Association of Social WorkersAustralian College of Mental Health NursesRACGP QI&CPD PointsANZCA - Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetistsacrrm Australian College of Rural and Remote MedicineAustralian College of MidwivesThe College of Nursing CPD hours