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Intensive Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy

Event Details
Date: 19-23 June & 21-25 Oct 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 70

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Organiser: Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (AICHP)

During this intensive 10-day training (2 Modules of 5 days), participants will learn the principles of clinical hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy to develop personalised hypnotherapeutic- and strategic interventions to treat various clinical conditions. The induction- and therapeutic techniques can be applied with individuals in the various contexts of psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine.

The training will be done in two modules of 5 days each to allow participants to integrate skills into their practice and to build on these learnings. To ensure continuity, online exercises between the modules will support participants to develop and practise skills.

The training programmes of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and the Ericksonian Foundation has contributed to the content of the programme.

No prior knowledge of/or experience in hypnotherapy or in Ericksonian psychotherapy is required but also focusses on providing advanced skills for practitioners with experience in clinical hypnosis.

The training will teach and demonstrate techniques that can be integrated with most other therapeutic approaches in clinical practice. The emphasis is on providing a comfortable experiential learning environment and will include teaching, demonstrations and practise. The acquisition of skills development is incremental to allow participants to build on learning experiences and gaining confidence in the application of these skills in clinical practice with various conditions.
Professionals will spend the majority of time in direct experiences, deriving extensive familiarity with various techniques. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning.

Learning objectives

Module 1:
The primary emphasis during the first 5 days of training, is upon teaching professionals how to elicit therapeutic trances and ways to utilise trance during treatment. The workshop explores the nature of human experience and pathology through understanding the particular phenomena involved in human experience and how these phenomena are the same phenomena in hypnosis and in symptoms. These phenomena can be understood and implemented to tailor unique therapeutic approaches for individuals. The fundamental training also focuses specifically on the observational process, the language of suggestion, induction approaches, self-hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, ego-strengthening and how to utilize trance in clinical work. Professionals will be able to begin to integrate hypnosis into their practices after the first 5 days of the training programme.

At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature, history and theories of hypnosis;
  2. Be updated on the science and neurology of hypnosis;
  3. Know about the application of hypnosis in medicine, psychotherapy and education;
  4. Know how to utilize various induction principles to induce hypnosis, such as: perception, sensation, memory, fantasy, metaphors and anecdotes;
  5. Be able to do various direct-, indirect- and conversational inductions;
  6. Understand the hypnotic phenomena and how to utilise in inductions and therapy;
  7. Be able to teach clients self-hypnosis and relaxation with hypnosis;
  8. Know how to do ego-strengthening with clients;
  9. Understand how to apply in fundamental hypnotic treatment interventions;
  10. Know how to access, illicit and utilize individual client resources in hypnosis;
  11. Have the ability to develop specific hypnotic solutions for specific client difficulties
  12. Have a sound knowledge of the ethical use and application of hypnosis

Module 2:
The second part of the training delves more specifically into hypnotic applications for particular clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions and pain management. Participants will be taught how to design and tailor individualised hypnotherapeutic interventions, utilizing the unique strengths and resources of the individual. The strategic utilization of the various hypnotic phenomena, as well as more advanced linguistic and communication skills as therapists will be developed. This module builds upon experience gained during the first part of the training, allowing professionals to enhance perceptual and generative skills for client monitoring and feedback. Indirection, sequencing, advanced induction approaches, hypnosis with children and creating personalised metaphors in therapy will be part of the training. During this model, emphasis is also placed on the development of the therapist in utilizing their own personal resources.

At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and utilize the hypnotic phenomena in treatment
  2. Use advanced communication skills and language patterns
  3. Design individualised treatment approaches for clients
  4. Use advanced induction techniques
  5. Utilise sequencing and pattern interruption in habit disorders
  6. Utilise hypnosis with children
  7. Apply the principles in the treatment of depression
  8. Treat various anxiety conditions utilizing a hypno-therapeutic approach
  9. Utilize hypnosis in the treatment of phobias
  10. Apply these principles in the treatment of smoking-, alcohol-, drug- and other addictions.
  11. Utilize hypnosis in the treatment of pain and psychosomatic conditions

Presenter details

Carl Hattingh (Callie) is the President of the Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (AICHP). He is an AHPRA registered Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Ericksonian Institute of Sydney Australia (EISA).

Carl is in private practice at Sydneypsychs in St Ives and at Northpsych in Lindfield, Sydney.

He is an experienced and recognised international presenter and trainer in Ericksonian hypnosis. Carl has presented and facilitated more than 300 hours of face-to-face training in clinical hypnosis in 2019 and has been an invited guest presenter in Perth and Adelaide for the Australian Society of Hypnosis.

He received the Fuma award in 2016 for his contribution to Promoting Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in South Africa.

Carl is a past Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA), President Elect of the Milton H. Erickson Society of South Africa and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Cape Town South Africa (MECSA).

He has been a trainer in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy since 2000 as a founding member of MEISA and has organised various congresses and trainings on clinical hypnosis, trauma and psychotherapy.

Carl has initially been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, but has a special interest in clinical hypnosis since 1989. He teaches the Ericksonian approach, but is also a registered supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (ESTI) and a registered Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

He has been a keynote speaker and faculty member at various international congresses.

Location and date

Melbourne CBD, venue confirm with provider

19-23 June & 21-25 October 2020


Early Bird (available until 3 weeks prior): $2800

Early Bird for Full time final year students: $1500

Standard registration till one week prior: $3100

Standard registration for full time final year students: $1700

Please check website or contact AICHP for special promotions if you missed the Early Bird.



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