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Core Curriculum

BAThH Criteria for Core Curriculum of Hypnotherapy Training

The Core Curriculum is to be followed by Hypnotherapy Schools and Trainers who wish to put their students forward for membership of BAThH.
It is intended to provide a minimum requirement needed to ensure that a hypnotherapist is safe and competent to practice, and to protect the public.  The Core Curriculum will cover both practical and theoretical elements, as follows:


(A minimum 120 hours face to face teaching)

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  1. Fostering Rapport – demonstrate rapport development, open up channels of communication with client to effect therapeutic change 
  2. Utilisation - Developing effective communication with the client – develop by demonstration the use of tone, pace of delivery, expression in terms of that received from the client 
  3. Trance Inductions – demonstrate ability across a wide variety of styles and techniques to cover direct and indirect styles, confusion, eye fixation, physical induction, trigger, metaphoric.  Contra indications for hypnosis abreactions 
  4. Deepening Trance – demonstrate fractionalisation, physical deepeners, those via suggestion.  Select appropriate techniques to suit the client.  Demonstrate testing depth of trance and reasons for testing. 
  5. Termination of trance induction – demonstration of PHS, removal of suggestions not conducive with regaining conscious awareness.  Reviving with counting suggestion 
  6. Therapeutic interventions and techniques – students taught and able to demonstrate a variety of techniques to cover direct and indirect permissive styles and strategies which may include direct and indirect suggestion, metaphor, neuro-linguistic programming, Ericksonian, analytical, cognitive behavioural, regression, mechanistic, self-help (including self hypnosis and tasking) 
  7. Assessing the Client’s Needs – demonstrate how to gather sufficient and valid information from the client.  Confidentiality and its exceptions.  Gathering personal contact details, age, expectations of therapy, aims for therapy, nature of client’s difficulties, time spent living with difficulties, other options for treatment medical/other cams.  Use of alcohol, drugs.  Support network, family and friends.  Marital status, children, employment.  General medical history, GP details, illness or accident in last 12 months.  Prescribed medications, date of diagnosis of illnesses from OP.  Contraindications for hypnosis, history of epilepsy, psychosis, mental illness.  Client will need to know, or have in writing the cost of sessions, arrangement for the payment of fees, general indication of number of sessions required.  Where appropriate the nature of therapeutic change work, ability to give an adequate explanation to answer questions on the nature of hypnosis to help client understand and feel safe; no guarantee of treatment can be given by hypnotherapist. 
  8. Providing Treatment – demonstrate ability to:
    - utilise information gathered from the consultation to adapt and design interventions for therapeutic purpose for therapy to proceed;
    - encourage the client to be actively involved in agreeing aims and staged goals, working towards these and utilising processes for evaluating information as treatment proceeds and using this to inform future practice;
    - consent – what is meant by ‘implied’ and ‘informed’ consent and circumstances in which these may arise; evaluate and review the effectiveness of treatments, demonstrate how to review and why it is important to encourage the client to take a full and active part in the review process 
  9. Communication and Professional Relationship – demonstrate the development of professional relationship, rapport building, use of language, goal setting, transference, counter-transference, responsibility of the therapist, boundaries to protect the professional relationship 
  10. Health, effective functioning and well-being – how the client’s past and present mental, physical and emotional health, beliefs, preferences, abilities and disabilities may affect their functioning and well-being and the relevance to the choice of interventions used 
  11. Applications – stress, anxiety, confidence and self esteem.  Habits and behavioural change (e.g. smoking cessation, nail biting, etc.) phobia and panic attack, weight control, sleep, MS, performance enhancement

NB.  This is the core list of applications.  Other issues may be included as chosen by the training provider e.g. dermatological issues, gastro-intestinal issues, pain, eating disorders, psycho-sexual disorders, depression 



(A minimum of 450 hours study)

1. History of Hypnosis to focus on medical advantages gained by the use of hypnosis

2. Hypnotherapy Science – anatomy and physiology, conscious and unconscious processes, the stress response, breathing, psychosis

3. Psychology a) theories to. include, psychodynamic, existential, cognitive behavioural; b) the therapeutic process, how key theories and approaches to treatment can be utilised in therapy.

4. The scope and methods of complementary healthcare; how hypnotherapy fits with other healthcare, when it is only part of the answer and when the hypnotherapist mayor must not choose to treat a client.  

5. Practice management - how to keep appropriate client records that are adequate and how to ensure that these are only accessible by those entitled to see them.

6. When and how clients should be accompanied in session, and how to manage these sessions appropriately.

Professional Code and Standards - the current Code of Conduct, Ethics and Practice and Standards of Education and Training of the Member Organisations of UKCHO. How these apply in practice.

Legislation - the current legislation, health and safety, advertising standards, The Children's Act, how these apply in practice. The importance of keeping up to date with changes to legislation.

Employment and organisational policies and practices. How the role of the hypnotherapist fits within the wider health and social care sector, the limit and extent of the hypnotherapist's responsibility and the resources available to the client.

Reflective practice, supervision, identify future training needs, learn how to effectively function and maintain adequate well being as a hypnotherapist.

Additional/optional hypnotherapy applications given at the discretion of the training provider, e.g. dermatological issues, gastro-intestinal issues, pain, eating disorders, psycho-sexual disorders, depression.

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