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Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis- Exam Syllabus-UK

British Medical Hypnotherapy Examination Board

Clinical Hypnotherapy means using hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will readily respond to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other, more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. All Associate members of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis are required to pass a theoretical and practical Diploma exam in hypnosis set by the British Medical Hypnotherapy Examination Board (BMHEB). The BMHEB is made up of five leading psychiatrists.

Exam Syllabus

Each approved Training Organisation may adopt the BMHEB syllabus as part of their own course structure. The Board does not stipulate specific teaching methods, however the course must include classroom teaching with practical demonstration of skills. Correspondence courses will therefore be ineligible to put their students forward for examination.

It is mandatory for Associate members of the BSCH to sit and pass the Diploma examination, as set by the BMHEB. Topics marked with  are only examined for the Post Graduate Diploma.

Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis

Syllabus

MODULE ONE

The nature of hypnosis
Altered states of consciousness
Human suggestibility
MODULE SEVEN

Key analytical approaches utilized within clinical hypnosis
Analytical regressions
Miscellaneous Regression techniques
MODULE TWO

Depth of hypnosis and clinically related hypnotic phenomena
Hypnotic phenomena
MODULE EIGHT

Behavioural approaches
Dissociative approaches
Ericksonian Approaches
Neuro linguistic programming
Solution focused therapy*
Therapeutic techniques for children*
MODULE THREE

Preparing the patient for hypnotherapy
MODULE NINE

Advanced therapeutic approaches within clinical hypnosis
Quantum therapy*
Strategic paradoxical therapeutic manipulations*
MODULE FOUR

Basic patterns of hypnotic communication
Trance Induction
MODULE TEN

Major schools of therapy
Theories of neurosis
MODULE FIVE

Ethical Practice
Case History Techniques
Establishing rapport
MODULE ELEVEN

Clinical applications of hypnosis in the treatment of somatic disorders
MODULE SIX

Advanced hypnotic inductions and deepeners
MODULE TWELVE

Clinical applications of hypnosis in the treatment of psychogenic disorders 

MODULE ONE

The nature of hypnosis

  • Suggestion theory
  • Sleep theory
  • Dissociation theory
  • Psycho analytical theory
  • Conditioned response theory
  • Atavistic regression theory
  • Neurophysiolgical theory
  • Role play theory

Altered states of consciousness

  •  State of mind
  •  Hypnoidal states
  •  Power of the mind

Human suggestibility

  • Suggestibility tests
  • Laws of suggestion
  • Susceptibility to hypnosis

MODULE TWO

 Depth of hypnosis and clinically related hypnotic phenomena

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Deep
  • Somnambulism

 Hypnotic phenomena

  • Catalepsy
  • Amnesia
  • Hypermnesia
  • Analgesia
  • Dissociation
  • Regression
  • Revivification
  • Time distortion
  • Ideo Motor Activity
  • Hallucination
  • Automatic writing

MODULE THREE

 Preparing the patient for hypnotherapy

  • Pre induction preparation of patient
  • Responding to misconceptions
  • Suitability of patient for hypnotherapy
  • Resistance: How to deal with it
  • Failure of the method
  • Conditions for hypnotherapeutic work
  • Five Stages of a hypnotherapy consultation

MODULE FOUR

 Basic patterns of hypnotic communication

  • Use of voice,
  • Classification of suggestions
  • Positive structure,
  • Linguistic feedback techniques
  • Linking suggestions,
  • Simplistic representation
  • Managing response times

Trance Induction

Permissive inductions:

  • Relaxation,
  • Hand focus,
  • Hand levitation
  • Hand rotation,
  • Dreaming arm
  • Confusion,
  • “As if…”,
  • Naturalistic
  • Ericksonian

Authoritarian inductions:

  • Eye-to-eye
  • Eye-fixation
  • Eye-roll
  • Pattern breaking

Deepening techniques:

  • 10 down to 1
  • Balcony
  • Hand drop
  • Arm catalepsy
  • Hand rotation
  • Hand levitation
  • Places of relaxation
  • Mind’s eye
  • “Cue” deepeners
  • Fractionation
  • Utilization of modalities of experience
  • Manipulation of distractions
  • Working with children
  • Inductions/Deepeners

MODULE FIVE

Ethical Practice

  • Dangers of Hypnosis
  • Contra indications
  • Referring on
  • Therapeutic time parameters
  • Telephone communications
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Therapeutic scheduling
  • Patient discharge

 Case History Techniques

 Establishing rapport:

  • Mirroring
  • Pacing
  • Leading
  • Pinpointing the problem, Use of “Meta Model”
  • Key points in a case history
  • Establishment of patient goals
  • Dealing with resistance
  • Role play

MODULE SIX

Advanced hypnotic inductions and deepeners

  • Rapid eye de-focus
  • Confusion
  • Pattern breaking
  • Dissociation induction/deepener
  • Magnetic field induction
  • Rhythmic eye movement induction
  • Symptom induction: Symptom signalling
  • Time distortion induction/deepener
  • Interspersal technique
  • Apposition of opposites induction/deepener

MODULE SEVEN

Key analytical approaches utilized within clinical hypnosis

Analytical regressions

  • Diagnostic
  • Specific Free-floating
  • Esoteric
  • Inner child
  • Rebirthing

Miscellaneous Regression techniques

  • Calendar / Diary
  • Candle flame
  • Time machine
  • Television screen
  • Crystal Ball
  • Cinema Screen
  • Rising tunnel
  • Guided Imagery

MODULE EIGHT

Behavioural approaches

  • SUDS scales, Hierarchies
  • Systematic desensitisation
  • Hypno desensitisation
  • Massed practice
  • Aversion therapy
  • Assertiveness training
  • Flooding/Shaping/Graduated exposure

Dissociative approaches

  • Glove anaesthesia
  • IMR therapy
  • Hand levitation
  • Automatic drawing/writing
  • Self integration/dissociations
  • One/Two stage dissociations
  • One/multiple part dissociations
  • Hypnodrama

Ericksonian Approaches

  • Yes set
  • The negative
  • Presuppositions
  • Contingency
  • Implication
  • Shock
  • Metaphors
  • Binds/Double binds

Neuro-linguistic programming

  • Modalities
  • Reframing in trance
  • SWISH
  • VK dissociation
  • Eye movement patterns
  • Anchoring
  • Time lines

Solution-focused therapy

  • Pseudo orientation
  • Free-floating pseudo-orientation
  • Miscellaneous solution focused therapies
  • Goal directive therapy

Therapeutic techniques for children

  • Braiding techniques
  • Identification of problem 
  • Inner resources
  • Metaphorical task

MODULE NINE

Advanced therapeutic approaches within clinical hypnosis

  • EMDR, Lucid dreaming
  • Symptom scaling
  • Symptom signalling
  • Polarity dissociations
  • Advanced pseudo regressive therapy
  • Symptom manipulation
  • Retrograde amnesia
  • Memory substitution
  • Time distortion therapy

Quantum therapy

  • Delabelling*
  • Deconstruction*
  • Depolarization*
  • Quantum Level Techniques*

Strategic paradoxical therapeutic manipulations*

  • Using positive connotation*
  • Compliance/defiance based therapy*
  • Rationale for prescriptions*
  • Constructing a prescription* 
  • Symptom prescription*
  • Symptom restraining*
  • Paradoxical positioning*
  • Ordeal therapy*

MODULE TEN

Major schools of therapy: Theories of neurosis

  • Freud
  • Adler
  • Jung
  • Gestalt
  • Transactional analysis
  • Co-counselling
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Systems approach to therapy*
  • Group theory*
  • Law of logical types*
  • Chaos theory*
  • State dependent memory and learned behaviour

MODULE ELEVEN

Clinical applications of hypnosis in the treatment of somantic disorders

  • Asthma/Allergy
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Dermatology
  • Drug dependence
  • Dystonia
  • Erythrophobia
  • Excessive drinking and associated problems
  • Glaucoma
  • Headaches/Migraine
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Obstetrics
  • Pain control
  • Post myocardial infarction
  • Tinnitus

MODULE TWELVE

Clinical applications of hypnosis in the treatment of psychogenic disorders

  •  Agoraphobia
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bereavement
  • Bingeing
  • Bulimia
  • Bruxism
  • Cardiophobia
  • Childhood anxiety disorders
  • Claustrophobia
  • Frigidity
  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Impotence
  • Nail biting
  • Neurotic depression
  • Neurotic paranoia
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Panic attacks 
  • Phobias
  • Performance anxiety
  • Pseudo dyslexia
  • Smoking
  • Stuttering
  • Weight Control

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