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The Australian Society of Hypnosis (ASH) is a nationally-based professional association. Membership of the Society is open to the following health care professionals: Counsellors, Chiropractors, Dentists, Medical Practitioners, Midwives, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers & Speech Pathologists.

All the above practitioners join as Associate Members, and become eligible for Full Membership of the Society on satisfactory completion of approved training and/or the assessment process conducted by the Society.ASH Victoria is the organisation representing the Australian Society of Hypnosis in Victoria.

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Upcoming Events

2020 Postgraduate Training in Clinical Hypnosis

Starts Sat, 21st Mar '20

Ends Sat, 12th Dec '20

Location Tower Hotel, 686 Burwoood Road, Hawthorn East

Postgraduate Training in Clinical Hypnosis

Conducted by The Australian Society of Hypnosis Ltd – Victorian Programme for 2020

For further details contact Dr Barry Evans cpmserv@tpg.com.au 

mob:   0407864724            

Description of Online Modules and Homework Exercises

This Postgraduate Training in Clinical Hypnosis requires you to allocate at least five (5) hours a week to study and complete homework exercises. At some points, more time may have to be committed to ensuring timely completion of homework exercises (especially Module 4).

Homework exercises are mandatory for course completion and 

must be satisfactorily completed by the due dates detailed below.

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Component I:

The Basics of Hypnosis

In your own time and prior to the first Face-to-Face [F2F 1] Day, please complete three online Training Modules: 

Module 1 “Understanding Clinical Hypnosis”

Module 2 “Phenomena of Hypnosis”

Module 3 “Contraindications to the Use of Hypnosis and Difficulties in Trance.”

Then, complete the online Module 4 “Assessment of Hypnotic Capacity” in preparation for F2F Day 1. The module will help familiarize you with the assessment of hypnotic capacity.

Face-to-Face Training Day I– 10am to 4pm Saturday 21 March 2020

Morning Session   Introduction to the Clinical Hypnosis Training Course

                                                          Use of trance in clinical settings

                                      Informal / formal experiences of trance

Review of learning principles from online Training Modules

Afternoon Session   Practice of induction techniques

Practice of assessment of hypnotic capacity / report writing

Following F2F Training Day 1

Please undertake the following homework assignment:

  1. 1.    Complete the online Training Module: “Assessment of Hypnotic Capacity again.” This Module should be viewed several times, focusing on: (a) overall procedure; (b) subject’s behavioural responses; (c) subject’s subjective report of trance experiences; & (d) scoring procedure.
  2. 2.    Practise the assessment protocol, to develop competency and familiarity with the standard test.
  3. 3.    Carry out three (3) assessments, using professional colleagues or friends as subjects. Advise your subjects that you are learning clinical hypnosis and that no therapy accompanies the standard test.
  4. 4.    Submit three written reports detailing your assessments of hypnotic capacity, using the pro forma you can request from ASH(SHCS SAMPLE available by email).
  5. 5.    These are rated as being “Satisfactory” or “Redo.”
  6. 6.     These reports MUST be submitted and assessed as “Satisfactory” prior to the F2F 2 Training Day that is Saturday 2 May 2020. Allow sufficient time for assessment i.e. don’t submit a day before! Your F2F Supervisor may set a date for submission and will return to you with commentary attached before F2F Day 2.

While waiting for feedback, complete online Module 5: “Induction Techniques.”

Face-to-Face Training Day 2 – 10am-4pm – Saturday 2 May 2020

Morning session      Review of assessment protocols and reports

                                    Dealing with any assessment issues

                                    Review of learning principles from online modules

Afternoon Session   Principles of induction, deepening and de-induction

                                    Choosing induction methods

                                    Sample inductions from supervisors’ clinical practice

                                    Discussion of next online module

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Following F2F Day 2, please complete the online Training Module: “Induction Techniques” again.

Then complete the following homework assignment:

  1. 1.    The aim of this exercise is to design induction scripts for two subjects from the SHCS assessment. (It is not necessary to actually use the scripts with subjects.)
  2. 2.    Select or create an induction script for each, using imagery or other induction strategy based upon subjects’ preferred style, as assessed in the SHCS score. You can use the text of sample scripts provided in the Diploma Course – but you mustuse scripts appropriate to your subjects’ preferred style.
  3. 3.    Scripts are submitted for assessment, including (a) brief subject presentation on the SHCS; (b) rationale for the script; and (c) actual script. More important than the actual script is the student’s rationale for the script with each subject.
  4. 4.    These must be completed prior to F2F Day 3 –Saturday 13 June 2020 .Your F2F Supervisor may set a due date for this homework.

While waiting for feedback, complete Module 6 “Hypnosis Integrated with CBT” and Module 7 “Hypnosis and Ego-Strengthening”

Component II:

Scripts for Trance Induction and Guided Imagery

Face-to-Face Training Day 3 – 10am-4pm Saturday 13 June 2020

Morning Session      Review of learning principles from online Training Modules

                                    Review of induction principles

                                    The centrality of CBT techniques and ego-strengthening in therapy

Afternoon Session   Practice script writing (selection of client; preparation of script containing induction and imagery)

                                    Presentation of scripts to group 

Following F2F Day 3, complete Training Modules: 6 “Hypnosis Integrated with CBT” and 7 “Hypnosis in Self-Esteem and Ego-Strengthening” again.

Then watch Module 8 “Hypnosis Scripts for Relaxation and Stress Management.”

Homework Exercise:

  1. 1.    Select two (2) of your clients and prepare a written script for each. Each script must contain: (a) induction script; (b) at least two CBT techniques; (c) at least two ego-strengthening techniques; & (d) de-induction.
  2. 2.    Students from other disciplines (e.g. Nurses; Pain Management Specialists) can adapt CBT techniques suitable for their clients (e.g. using other Focused Psychological Strategies (see attachment to Module 8) OR suggestions for pain management, anxiety alleviation etc suitable for their profession).
  3. 3.    Submit a brief client history and script for assessment.
  4. 4.    If appropriate, scripts may be utilised with clients and a report given back to the Course Coordinator.
  5. 5.    These must be submitted prior to F2F Training Day 4 – Saturday 8 August 2020 or the date specified by your F2F Supervisor.

While waiting for feedback, watch Module 9 “Hypnosis and the Anxiety Disorders” and the Module “Ericksonian and Indirect Techniques.”

Face-to-Face Training Day 4 – 10am-4pm Saturday 8 August 2020

Morning Session      Review of learning principles from online Training Modules

                                    Discussion of scripts and use with clients

                                    Group discussion of difficulties implementing hypnosis with clients

Afternoon Session   Discussion – hypnosis and anxiety disorders   

Practice script writing for anxiety subjects

                                    Discussion of indirect techniques in clinical work 

                                    Discussion of Case Studies (due 16 November)

Component III:

Applications of Hypnosis with Habit Disorders.

Complete the online Module: “Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation”

Then complete the Homework Exercise:

  1. 1.    Select two (2) of your clients (1) experiencing any of the anxiety disorders or any problem with anxiety as a clinical feature and (2) a habit disorder and prepare a written script for each. Each script must contain: (a) induction script; (b) at least two CBT techniques; (c) at least two ego-strengthening techniques; & (d) de-induction. Where possible, students should encouraged to use indirect techniques in scripts.
  2. 2.    Submit a brief client history and script for assessment.
  3. 3.    If appropriate, scripts may be utilised with clients and a report given back to the Course Coordinator.
  4. 4.     These must be submitted prior to F2F Training Day 5 – or the date specified by your F2F Supervisor

Face-to-Face Training Day 5 – 10am-4pm Saturday 10 October 2020

Morning Session      Hypnosis with children (HO)

                                    Hypnosis and pain management (with HO)

Afternoon Session   General issues with hypnosis in psychology, counselling and other clinical settings.(psychobiological disorders; trauma; age regression etc – applications that interest you)

                                    Advice on Case Histories

Component IV:

Applications of Hypnosis 

As needed, you have ongoing access to the following online modules:

“Introduction to Pain Management with Hypnosis” [Powerpoint]

‘Self-Hypnosis” [Video and HO]

“Smoking Cessation with Hypnosis” [Video, HO and Scripts]

“Hypnosis with Trauma – Part 1” [Powerpoint]

“Hypnosis with Trauma – Part 2” [Powerpoint]

“Hypnosis with Children” [Powerpoint]

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Component V:

Follow-Up Skype Session Saturday 14 November 2020 – times to be agreed

On this voluntary training day, students learn how to prepare for their viva examination.

Important Note

Completion of homework exercises and attendance at the five F2F days are mandatory. Course completion and Full Membership of ASH are dependent upon full completion of these hurdle assignments.

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Preparation for Assessment

Each student must complete:

  1. 1.    Twenty (20) hours of supervised individual and/or small group supervision (you can commence this supervision prior to course completion – speak with F2F supervisors);
  2. 2.    Supervision and brief reports of ten clinical cases;
  3. 3.    Submit two (2) Case Studies detailing trancework with clients by 14 November 2020(3000 words limit)(a sample report is provided to guide students); and
  4. 4.    Complete a viva with two Members of the ASH Ltd Board of Education.
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Doris Brett is a writer and Clinical Psychologist with forty-five years of experience. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally and has a special interest in Ericksonian approaches to  hypnotherapy.

Doris’ books Annie Stories and More Annie Stories, published nearly three decades ago, were among the first to teach therapists and parents how to utilise the therapeutic power of stories and narrative. The books have been published in America, Europe, Russia and Korea, as well as Australia.

Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote about Doris’ memoir Eating the Underworld (which deals with the experience of life-threatening illness) “Extraordinary. . . its bravery, irony, humour and intelligence - everything shines through the transparent."

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Cost: ASH members $295; non-members $350 (no GST payable) - payable to ASH Victoria. For payment details please see attached ASH registration Form Annette Webb March 2019. Pre-requisite/s: Hypnosis-trained (or currently in training) Registration: Complete attached registration form and fax to 03 8772 2310 or scan and email to jo.fleischer@hotmail.com Other info: Morning/afternoon teas and basic hotel lunch provided; seats are limited; parking available close to venue; (unfortunately!) training is on first floor only accessible via stairs

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