Advanced Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis Course (CBT-FPS) containing Hypnosis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS), Counselling, Guided Imagery, Relaxation and Stress Management

All training includes Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) as required for Medicare registration for general medical practitioners to use the FPS related Mental Health Item Numbers and for psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists to use the Medicare FPS related Mental Health Item Numbers.

There are 3 different Advanced Clinical Courses which all have a CBT foundation with different hypnotic applications:

  • Gestalt and Role Play in Trance principles 2018,
  • Hypnoanalysis and Regression principles 2019,
  • Ericksonian principles 2020.

The 2018 Advanced Clinical Course includes principles from the work of Dr Fritz Perls. Dr Perls MD, PhD was the founder of Gestalt Therapy, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Dr Perls was also the founder of The South African Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Each Advanced Clinical Course is different from the other 2 advanced courses. The 2018 Advanced Course includes core principles of Gestalt and Role Play techniques in addition to the CBT and FPS matrix. You will learn skills which are complimentary to those in the Clinical Course. The 3 Advanced Clinical Courses are rotated, one each year. The other 2 Advanced Courses contain either Regression and Hypnoanalysis, or Ericksonian Principles as core skills.

Specific topics will include:

  • Phobias
  • Grief & Loss
  • Pain,
  • Overcoming 'Mental Blocks',
  • Recurrent Dream Interpretation or Resolution,
  • Performance Enhancement.
  • One day for helping children

Role Play in Trance - Modified Gestalt

This is an interesting & artistic form of therapy. The integration of subpersonalities is performed in trance for the resolution of conflicts, such as those which can occur with people suffering from chronic pain, poor self esteem, perfectionism & 'mental blocks'.

The analysis of dream symbolism can be made in hypnotic trance as a way of dealing with core beliefs or schemata. These dream symbols are used for healing.

The course will include the following special features:

  • Rapid Inductions and Somnambulism,
  • Modified Role Paly in Trance,
  • Gestalt Philosophy of Awareness & Acceptance.
  • Psychological Homeostasis,
  • Existential Focus,
  • Closing a 'Gestalt',
  • Subconscious Symbolism,
  • Defence Mechanisms,
  • Pathological Defence Mechanisms,
  • Dream Analysis,
  • Spontaneous Somnambulism.

Using Somnambulism

Reinforce your skills with rapid trance induction and trance deepening. Gain confidence having the hypnotised person talking whilst hypnotised. Learn to recognise the signs of somnambulism.


  • Rapid induction techniques
  • Rapid deepening techniques
  • Directing conversations with the person in trance
  • Directing ideomotor signalling with the hypnotised person - more extensive use.
  • Catharsis - Abreaction

Reinforce your confidence in how to handle an abreaction. Learn how to reduce, stop, delay or facilitate the release of pent up emotion.

Other skills included in this course are shown below.

Successful completion of this course leads to the award of the Certificate of Advanced Clinical Hypnosis (CBT-FPS).

Each of the three Certificate of Advanced Clinical Hypnosis (CBT-FPS) courses contain 48 hours of examinable interactive training, as does the Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT-FPS) Course. Each course is comprised of 6 one day active learning modules (ALMs), and the One Day Mental Health Module contains 8 hours of training, all of which contribute towards the 104 examinable course hours or 13 Active Learning Modules required to to achieve:
The Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT-FPS). The contributory training must include the Clinical Course and at least one of the three Advanced Clinical Courses such as the 2018 Advanced Course.

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

Dates for the 6 day course

Sydney in August 20-25

Melbourne in October 22-27

Please see the timetable section of this web site for the dates.

Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm daily.


The Advanced Clinical Course (CBT-FPS) will be held in Sydney and Melbourne in 2018.

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

The Collins St Baptist Church 174 Collins St, Melbourne 3000.

Mercy Place, 371 Simpsons Rd. Bardon 4065. The Advanced Clinical Course was usually conducted each year in Brisbane, but is not available at this venue in 2018. The Clinical Course will be held in Brisbane in 2018.

Further venue details will be given upon enquiry.

These courses are designed to expand your range of skills.

You will find these skills greatly beneficial in your clinical work, as an aid to any of the following: Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy including CBT, FPS, Counselling, Relaxation, Guided Imagery, Stress Management, Meditation or Bio-Feedback.

Each day we will have sessions of group relaxation with couples and with the whole group designed to:

  • boost your concentration
  • enhance your memory
  • fortify your self-esteem
  • refresh your coping ability

As with the Clinical Course, the Advanced Clinical Courses are restricted to AHPRA registered tertiary trained health professionals such as psychologists, doctors, nurses and midwives, occupational therapists,  dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors & osteopaths or to social workers who are registered with the AASW who have completed the initial Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis (CBT-FPS) course conducted by the College of Medical Hypnosis.

Course Accreditations

Approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for vocationally registered (VR) general medical practitioners (GPs) for 6 Active Learning Modules (ALM's) each worth 40 Category 1 points = 240 CPD points. Vocationally registered (VR) GP's require a minimum of 80 Category 1 points per triennium, i.e. 2 ALM's out of a total of 130 CPD points. The remainder of the points can be derived from either category 1 or 2 points. This course represents all of a VR GPs triennial requirements for re-registration as a VR GP except for the clinial audit activity and cardiopulmonary resuscitation requirements.

Approved by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) training Continuing Professional Development (FPS-CPD) and Mental Health Continuing Professional Development (MH-CPD). This enables GPs to contiue to remain registered with Medicare to use the FPS related mental health Medicare item numbers. Hence the Advanced Clinical Courses also count towards ongoing mental health accreditation for doctors already credentialed to use the FPS.

Approved by the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for PRPD points and for MOPS for the course as a whole or for individual modules.

Approved by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) for 48 CPE points.

Approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers AASW for 48 PD points. Social workers can calculate their own CPD hours for APHRA.

Approved by the College of Nursing ACN for 68 CPD hours.

Accredited by The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) CPD Program for 2 Credits per hour as 96 credit points. (Accreditation does not represent endorsement or approval by the ANZCA of the activity.)

Approved by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) for 45 PD credit points.

Previously Approved by The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APHCN) aka Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APHCNA) for 48 CPD hours.

Physicians can allocate CPD points for this course.

Psychiatrists can allocate 48 credit hours for MOPS.

This training is conducted in accordance with the guidelines set by The Australian Dental Association (ADA) for continuing professional development.

Previously approved by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for 45 generalist PD hours or for 45 specialist PD points by the Clinical, Community, Health & Counselling Colleges. The Advanced (and Clinical) Courses were first endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for its members in 1995. The APS no longer approves non-APS conducted training held by any non-APS providers since 2012 but the previous approvals can guide a psychologist for their AHPRA requirements in 2018. Psychologists can calculate their own CPD hours for AHPRA.

In 1995, the New South Wales Psychologists Board approved the Courses for conditionally registered psychologists, for 20 credit hours. The Psychology Board has turned the function of course credit hour allocation over to individual supervisors since 1996. Supervisors now decide on the number of credit hours to be allocated for any particular course. The 20 credit hours previously allocated by the Board gives a guide for supervisors in making their credit hour allocation.

Previously approved by OT Australia (The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists-AAOT) for 12 CPD points. The AAOT no longer approves any training by any training providers. 

Each Course is held over six days. The Course times are from 8.30 am until 5.30 pm with a 1 hour lunch break and a 15 minute break during the middle of the morning and the middle of the afternoon. The Course content includes the course handbook, a text book and meals during the course hours from 8.30 am until 5.30 pm daily.

Course fee and discounts

The 8 week early bird fee (EB) for fees paid in full, 8 weeks in advance is $ 2,299 which includes 10 % GST.

4 week early bird fully paid fee $ 2,399, including GST.
Full fee is $2,499, including GST.
8 week early bird discount $200 and the 4 week discount is $100.

Any professional who has attended and completed this specific Advanced Clinical Course in the past can attend for the reduced fee of 50%.

Additional Skills contained in this course

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Focussed psychological Strategies (FPS)

An overview of the principles of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy is followed by the reinforcing use of CBT in trance, to strengthen positive realistic attitudes and healthy behaviours. Principles will include:

  • Theoretical models of cognitive and behavior modification
  • Modelling & rehearsal as patterns for behaviour
  • Stimulus control, contingency management
  • Dysfunctional thoughts or expectations,
  • Schemas or schemata
  • Irrational beliefs
  • Self instructional training
  • Structured problem solving
  • Attention regulation
  • Relaxation

Pyscho Education

Discusses the importance of demystifying the patient's illness to help the person improve their self efficacy and reduce anxiety:

  • Disorder prevalence
  • Related problems and symptoms
  • Aetiology and prognosis
  • Treatment options

**The RACGP only guarantees point allocation when both the participants and the convener comply with RACGP requirements.

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