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HYPN 350 – Advanced Hypnotherapy


This course explores more advanced theories and techniques in the art and science of hypnotherapy. Participants learn a wide array of uses for hypnosis and hypnotherapies related to impacting positively, the subconscious mind, and facilitating therapeutic and highly effective outcomes for clients. Participants study comprehensive information related to both clinical and experimental hypnotherapy. A second major focus of study and skill attainment in this course is that of advanced issues and techniques in trance work. Comprehensive study is done on all facets of trance, including effective inductions and uses. An emphasis is placed on the safe and therapeutic uses of trance work and hypnotherapies. Script creation and development is examined. Contact hours of education = 80. Course Code: HYPN 350.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist by the American College of Hypnotherapy.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN,BC, CH-C

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this hypnotherapy program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) required textbook for this course.

1. Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Second Edition. Author: William S. Kroger, MD JB Lippincott Co. Philadelphia, PA; 1977: ISBN: 0397503776

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2. TranceWork: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis, by Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. Second Edition. Brunner/Mazel Publishers (Taylor and Francis), 1990. ISBN: 0876305680

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You are required to order your own copy of the textbooks. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study. This book is commonly stocked in most popular online bookstores in the USA.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 80 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American College of Hypnotherapy and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented. There is one comprehensive online examination for this course.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 80 Contact Hours.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss theories of hypnosis as supported by Freud.
2. Distinguish between persuasion and suggestion.
3. Discuss uses of post-hypnotic suggestions.
4. Compare and contrast appropriate and inappropriate suggestions.
5. Define and discuss somnambulism and its use in hypnotherapy.
6. Define and discuss common suggestability tests used in hypnotherapy.
7. Discuss issues of intelligence of hypnosis subjects.
8. Understand objective measurements for depth of trance.
9. Review and discuss common legal issues associated with hypnosis.
10. Define issues of acceptance of hypnosis by various religious groups.
11. Compare and contrast hypnosis v. meditation.
12. Define the concept of magic and how it is used.
13. Discuss issues regarding “faith” healing.
14. Discuss and use the Blackboard induction technique.
15. Define and discuss “auto” hypnosis.
16. Review good methods of trance induction for group work.
17. Discuss brain anatomy and physiology as it relates to trance.
18. Discuss concepts of belief and conviction related to hypnosis.
19. Discuss interpretation of words and issues by the hypnotic subject.
20. Review and discuss the use of systematic desensitization.
21. Discuss the use of implosion therapy in hypnotherapy.
22. Define various common physical and mental problems and the use and effectiveness of hypnotherapy for such conditions.
23. Review and discuss the concept and use of hypnoanesthesia.
24. Define and discuss “stage” hypnosis.
25. Review and discuss the effective creation of scripts for hypnotherapies.
26. Discuss issues related to conditioned responses and hypnosis.
27. Understand theories of the effect of hypnosis on the immune system.
28. Understand various communication styles and uses in hypnosis.
29. Discuss issues of age and self-esteem related to trance work.
30. Define and discuss physiology of breathing and trance induction.
31. Discuss the use of using present tone for hypnosis scripts.
32. Define how to effectively work with client’s emotions in hypnotherapy.
33. Define and discuss the “eye fixation” technique in trance induction.
34. Detail how the use of “silence” is used and its effectiveness in trance.
35. Discuss the work and theories of Erickson and the use of metaphors.
36. Define and discuss confusion techniques and the use of negative suggestions.
37. Understand how hypnosis is used for age regression therapies.
38. Define and discuss “catalepsy.”
39. Discuss client’s uses of secondary gains.


1. Hypnosis and theories of psychology and personality
2. Use of persuasion and suggestion in hypnotherapies
3. Developing post-hypnotic suggestions
4. Developing effective suggestions and hypnotherapy scripts
5. Somnambulism and its use in hypnotherapy
6. Suggestibility testing
7. Measurements of trance
8. Legal issues and consent in hypnotherapy
9. Views on hypnosis by religious affiliations
10. Comparison of hypnosis and meditation
11. Faith healing
12. Blackboard induction technique
13. Auto-Hypnosis and inductions
14. Trance inductions for group work
15. Trance states and brain physiology/anatomy
16. Concepts of belief and conviction
17. Word interpretations
18. Systemematic desensitization
19. Implosion therapy
20. Hypnotherapies for physical and mental conditions
21. Hypnoanesthesia
22. Stage hypnosis
23. Conditioned responses
24. Effects of hypnosis on the immune system
25. Communication styles and uses in hypnosis
26. Physiology of breathing and trance inductions
27. Creating effective hypnotherapy scripts
28. Working with client’s emotions in hypnotherapies
29. Eye fixation technique
30. Use of silence in hypnotherapy
31. Erickson’s theories and metaphors
32. Confusion techniques in hypnosis
33. Age regression
34. Catalepsy
35. Uses of secondary gains