Full Course Description

Clinical Hypnosis Training: Effective Interventions for Enhancing your Approach to Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and More

When therapists are looking for tools to enhance their treatment efficacy, more and more are turning to hypnosis. Far from the theatrical performances in tv and movies, Clinical Hypnosis is an evidence-based, easy-to-learn approach that can help your clients go deeper and experience more complete healing. It’s not a stand-alone therapy, but rather a tool for delivering therapy that can be used with any treatment modality.

In this all-new online course, Michael Yapko, best-selling author of Trancework, and one of the world’s most renowned clinical hypnotherapists, takes you step-by-step through a comprehensive training in using hypnosis in your sessions. He’ll show you exactly what you need to do to guide your clients from a place of pain and suffering towards a place of growth and healing, all using the power of focused attention. He will also show you how you can safely guide them in shifting their perceptions and amplify their resources so that they can achieve even greater therapeutic outcomes.

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers


Session 1

  • Foundations of Clinical Hypnosis: What you Focus on, You Amplify
  • Core principles of Hypnosis
  • Common misconceptions about hypnosis
  • Models of hypnosis: Different views offer different possibilities

Session 2

  • The Neuroscience of Hypnosis
  • How the mind can fool the brain, and how this can help in therapy
  • Mind-body healing: Using hypnosis to transform the body’s responses
  • Using language to shape our client’s perception of their emotions

Session 3

  • Factors that Influence Hypnotic Responsiveness
  • How to tell whether a client is a good candidate for hypnosis
  • How to assess for hynotizablility
  • The role of the therapeutic relationship in hypnosis

Session 4

  • Preparing for the Hypnosis Session
  • How to structure sessions from start to finish
  • Preparing your clients for a hypnosis session
  • Structures and styles of suggestion: What you need to know before using this powerful intervention
  • How to safely build therapeutic suggestions to help your clients achieve their goals

Session 5

  • Hypnosis Step-by-Step
  • What to expect: Changes in subjective experience in hypnosis
  • Techniques for focusing your client’s attention
  • Techniques for intensifying focus

Session 6

  • How to Be Hypnotic
  • What’s different about being a therapist doing hypnosis?
  • Tips for being hypnotic
  • Easy-to-follow conversation strategies for inducing hypnosis
  • Creating natural transitions into hypnosis
  • How to use your client’s experiences, perceptions, and symptoms to spark change with hypnosis

Session 7

  • Creating the Hypnotic Experience
  • The building blocks of hypnotic experience
  • Working with memory and the past using age regression
  • The safe and effective way to use suggestion
  • How to avoid inducing false memories unintentionally

Session 8

  • Developing Client Resources with Hypnosis
  • How hypnosis can help expand your client’s range of skills
  • Strategies for increasing cognitive and behavioral flexibility
  • How to create positive change and build on success
  • Using language, stories and metaphors as a therapeutic tool

Session 9

  • Working Towards a Better Future
  • Building expectancy using hypnosis: How to help your clients feel hopeful again
  • How to use focus to change the future
  • Helping your client making better decisions
  • How post-hypnotic suggestion can help treatment gains stick

Session 10

  • Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Techniques for using hypnosis to treat anxiety
  • Techniques for using hypnosis to treat depression
  • How hypnosis can help client recognize and tolerate ambiguity

Session 11

  • Hypnosis in the management of pain
  • Hypnosis in pain management: Perhaps the most empirically supported application
  • Hypnosis as a vehicle of sensory alteration: Shifting bodily perceptions
  • Strategies of pain management with hypnosis: Common factors for providing relief

Session 12

  • Integrating hypnosis into clinical practice
  • Using hypnosis with children and adolescents
  • How to anticipate and respond to unexpected responses
  • Enhancing hypnotic aspects of your non-hypnotic methods


  1. Identify suggestions that are inherent in conducting psychotherapy regardless of which specific model of (verbal) psychotherapy.
  2. Provide at least two examples of specific forms (structures) of suggestion.
  3. Provide at least two examples of specific styles (relational positions) of suggestion.
  4. Describe at least three different models or conceptual frameworks for understanding hypnosis.
  5. List at least three types of “automatic” or unconscious responses collectively known as “ideodynamic responses.”
  6. Describe two forms of amplified memory structures in hypnosis commonly used in the course of psychotherapy.
  7. Describe the inappropriate suggestive methods most likely to lead to confabulations or false memories.
  8. Discuss relevant social psychological research about conformity and obedience to authority that can influence hypnotic responsiveness.
  9. Define the so-called “classical hypnotic phenomena” that can be elicited in hypnosis (such as analgesia, time distortion, etc.).
  10. Apply both the verbal and non-verbal aspects of suggestion formulation and delivery.
  11. Discuss at least two empirical studies affirming the benefits of employing hypnosis as a complement to other established treatments.
  12. Articulate at least two common misconceptions about hypnosis that may hinder optimal treatment outcomes.
  13. Discuss the personal, interpersonal and situational variables that affect an individual’s level of hypnotic responsiveness.
  14. Examine the pros and cons of employing formal testing for assessing hypnotic responsiveness.
  15. Discuss the concept of “trance logic” and its implications for hypnotic interventions.
  16. Describe the role of selective attention in the onset and course of major depressive disorder and how hypnosis might be used to create an internal shift in the quality and direction of focus.
  17. Cite evidence for the merits of applying hypnosis in the relief of pain and describe a technique for doing so.
  18. Identify at least two specific styles of metaphor and discuss how they may apply in treatment.
  19. Demonstrate at least two ways applying hypnosis with children might differ from applying hypnosis with adults.
  20. Articulate how hypnosis might be applied in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Copyright : 12/01/2023

Foundations of Clinical Hypnosis | Live Q&A with Michael Yapko

Copyright : 04/18/2024