The Relevance of the Programme to you as a Health Professional

The skills obtained in this course will help you to recognise and manage stress in your own life, as well as to assist you to help your clients or patients. All health professionals in clinical practice need peer support and stress management strategies, as we are leaders and motivators within the community, encouraging an attitude of health and hope, against a continual tide of illness and distress.

The topics covered in the clinical course are:

  • Abreaction (catharsis)
  • Autonomic nervous system
    Clinical relevance eg. anxiety, tension
    Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems
  • Bedside manner
  • Behaviour Modification
    (important core principles)
  • Belief systems
  • Body Language changes and markers
  • Biofeed back eg. temperature, galvanometry
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - CBT
  • Controlled Breathing
  • Counselling skills including:
    Attending and listening
    Client centred orientation
    Interpersonal dynamics
    Structured problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence - importance in the psychotherapeutic setting
  • Confidentiality and consent
  • Catharsis
  • Cathexis
  • Clinical significance of spontaneous somnambulism
  • Cognitive therapy (important core principles)
  • Depth of hypnosis - various scales
  • Diurnal or circadian rhythm
  • Exercise programmes
  • Focussed Psychological Strategies 
  • Goal setting
  • Guided imagery
  • History taking
  • Hypnosis definition
  • Meditation - clinical significance
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Precautions with the use of hypnosis
  • Physiology and principles of diet
  • Positive thinking - mental attitude - self image
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relaxation
  • Reality testing (care to avoid perfectionism)
  • Rapport
  • Record keeping
  • Risk assessment
  • Semantics
  • Self hypnosis
  • Self instructional training
  • Self esteem
  • States of consciousness
  • Srtuctured Problem Solving
  • Subconscious - conscious mind
  • Stress management comfort zone
  • Therapeutic suggestion
  • Time management in the clinical situation
  • Trance states
  • Waking hypnosis and waking suggestion
  • When to refer to another professional

Skills taught in the Clinical Course

You will learn specific skills which are used when employing the trance state of hypnosis. You will be taught the steps required to use relaxation, guided imagery and hypnosis in a clinical situation.

These skills include:

  • Rapport enhancement skills
  • History taking / assessment
  • Goal setting, including reality testing
  • Obtaining consent
  • Confirming technique suitability
  • Positioning of the patient
  • Induction techniques for trance
  • Seclusive suggestions
  • Maintenance techniques
  • Testing for involvement
  • Ego strengthening with appropriate cognitions / suggestions
  • Facilitative suggestions
  • Wake up procedure and its importance
  • Post hypnotic / relaxation procedure
  • Elicitation and recording of subjective experiences reported by clients
  • Ability to handle catharsis and abreaction
  • Arranging follow up sessions / review

College of Medical Hypnosis Clinical Courses are accredited by:

Australian 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