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Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques - AdvProfDip / BSc / GradCert / PgCert

Do you want to learn the theory and application of clinical hypnotherapy? This course will help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques. You will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems....

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses.  Information about the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year can be found here.  


Should the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue in the 2022/23 academic year or subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award AdvProfDip / BSc / GradCert / PgCert
  • Start date September 2022
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


Do you want to learn the theory and application of clinical hypnotherapy? This course will help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques. You will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems.

This programme can be studied part-time at a variety of levels and is run in partnership with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). 

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will learn through lead lectures, group discussion, practical demonstrations and guided student-to- student practice.

You will be taught by experienced practising clinicians and academics from medicine, dentistry, psychology and nursing who are accredited by BSCAH.

The course will include four two-day attendance over a 10 month period at City South Campus where full access to library, student support and simulation facilities will be available.

Accredited By

Run in partnership with:

  • BSCAH logo

“I’ve enjoyed the weekends and it’s fired my enthusiasm. The prospect of doing the academic bit was a bit scary but… the teaching/admin team/academic team/tutorial support are superb, a brilliant skill/experience mix’ Previous student

Why Choose Us?

  • BSCAH is a non-profit making registered charity.
  • The team delivering the course are members of the Midlands branch of BSCAH, practising clinicians, and form part of a development programme that has been running for 20 years.
  • You will be learning with clinicians who are medically qualified and understand your day to day pressures of clinical work.
  • You will have plenty of time to complete your written assignments to help you balance alongside your work commitments.
  • The qualification you receive can be included on your professional plate/correspondence.
  • You will have full NUS membership.
  • You will learn how to reduce your own professional/personal stress levels.

Entry Requirements

UK students

Applicants must be a registrant with a professional regulatory body for example the GMC; GDC; NMC, HCPC, BaDn, BABCP (Accredited) and BACP (Accredited.) If you are not registered with these please send your CV to Hilary Walker at

You must have GCSE English or equivalent

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: AdvProfDip

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: BSc

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: GradCert

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: PgCert

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.


You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

How to apply

Apply through British Society Clinical and Academic Hypnosis, by emailing Hilary Walker to request an application form:

Fee payment

Fees should be paid directly to British Society Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.

Course in Depth


During this module, you will:

  1. Critique the literature and offer an informed opinion on the theoretical background, history, usage and contraindications of hypnosis in the clinical setting.
  2. Evaluate, critique and demonstrate the basic techniques of clinical hypnosis including assessing suitability and performing a simple induction using a recognised technique, utilising guided imagery and mindfulness.
  3. Critically analyse the major hypnotic techniques applicable to a range of conditions within own area of professional practice and within the major models of therapy including CBT, Mindfulness and Counselling.
  4. Critically evaluate and apply the professional, legal and ethical values that underpin your development as a competent practitioner of clinical hypnosis.

This module is assessed via a 3,000-word discursive essay.

During this module, you will:

  1. Appraise the relevance of personality types and the history taking process for building rapport and effect on the application of hypnosis.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of and critically analyse the measurement of susceptibility to hypnosis and the connection to personality.
  3. Critically reflect on and evaluate the general principles of reframing in a given consultation with two patients or clients making comparisons with alternative theoretical approaches.
  4. Identify and appraise a range of listening and communication skills with specific reference to their use in hypnosis.

This module is assessed via a 3,000-word critical reflective essay.

During this module, you will:

  1. Appraise a range of language patterns and models of communication with specific reference to their use in hypnosis.
  2. Make critical judgements based on a comprehensive understanding of the use of dissociation in hypnosis and its distinction from the associated state.
  3. Articulate critical awareness and application of the major techniques and exercises used for developing personal and interpersonal excellence.
  4. Evaluate the principles of goal setting and timeline therapy within a hypnotherapeutic approach, evaluating their use in practice.
  5. Critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of their own professional practice of hypnosis and demonstrate depth of understanding, knowledge and skills for safe competent practice.

This module is assessed via:

  • Reflective essay 2,500 words (50 per cent)
  • Viva Voce 20 minutes (50 per cent).

How you learn

You will study part time, tutorial support and supervision is available throughout the course and Moodle online resources supplement the face to face teaching.

Students enrolling on the course will have full access to the student support and our library and resources.

Teaching description

This course will involve group work. You will be invited to work in pairs/threes/ small groups to practice techniques that have been demonstrated. Supervision and advice will be to hand for help and guidance.

You will be invited to discuss cases with the class. These can be from your professional or personal experiences. All cases will be dealt with confidentially. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss any work related problems you may have with implementation of your new skills with the other students/staff.

Past students have reported favourably on the feedback from their fellow clinicians when dealing with professional or personal matters.


After graduating from this course, you will have the opportunity to and achieve professional accreditation with BSCAH.

BSCAH logo
British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis


Enhancing your employability skills

This course will give you enhanced communication skills with patients and clients.

You will also be able to support patients with relaxation and stress reduction strategies.

Previous students who have successfully integrated Clinical Hypnosis into their practice include:

  • A consultant psychiatrist
  • Dentists
  • A hospital based clinical psychologist
  • A consultant anaesthetist
  • A GP
  • Nurses
  • A physiotherapist
  • A paediatric nurse.

They have gone on to educate their respective teams about the benefits of communication techniques within clinical practice.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

Dr Simon Barnett

Course Leader for Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques

After working and teaching for 25 years both in practice and in a hospital environment I had come to learn that stress for the patient and the clinician seemed to be a daily event. I looked for a way to relieve this and signed up for a clinical hypnosis course. I quickly understood the potential for stress reduction within the professional environment and together with colleagues developed a course designed to allow clinicians to learn how to use hypnosis and language skills to help manage those daily stresses and to facilitate healthcare delivery, making a genuine contribution to the quality of care you can give. 

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Dr Trevor Hadfield MBBS DipOBST DCH MFFP NLPAdvPract AdvDipCH

Retired GP and Family Planning Trainer. He has pioneered training courses for nurses and other medical staff in hypnosis. A master practitioner in NLP and continues to study the teaching of hypnotic principles in the medical profession.

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Jean Rogerson RGN AdvDipCH

Former Outpatient and Theatre Manager and regularly uses hypnosis in a hospital OPD. Jean teaches Clinical Hypnosis to medical professionals around the UK and is a member of the BSCAH Academic and accreditation Committee and is an accreditation assessor for the society.

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