Introducing Psychotherapy

Stage Two Course Details

The Stage Two course is open only to those students who have successfully completed the Stage One Foundation course. Students who successfully complete the Stage Two course, including the written exam and course work, are awarded the Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy, and are entitled to use the designating letters CHP(NC). They are also eligible to apply to join the National College Student and Alumni Guild as licentiate members. Successful completion of Stage Two meets the education requirements for Associate Membership of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and for Intern membership of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.

The syllabus for this course requires students to attend for some 119 hours (actual course duration varies from time to time and the latest information is available in the current edition of the Prospectus), usually spread over seven weekends at approx monthly intervals, during which, tuition apart, there is an element of practical assessment.

In addition, the student undertakes a programme of home study including the submission of four essays. The home study component consists of a comprehensive programme of reading and study from recommended text books, and the writing of essays to indicate an understanding of the material studied. Thus the assessment criteria for the Certificate fall into three categories:

  • practical assessment during the course
  • coupled with essay marks
  • and exam results.

The content of the Stage Two course is as follows:

A: Theories of psychotherapy

Study of the main principles of various schools of psychological though which are applicable to the work of the therapist as described in the overview of the course stages earlier herein.

B: Additional hypno-psychotherapy techniques

  • The recognition and treatment of psycho-logical disorders 
  • Practical counselling
  • Techniques in hypno-psychotherapy
    • Hypno-analysis
    • Regression therapy
    • Hypno-pictography
    • Automatic writing
    • Structured dream analysis
    • Desensitisation techniques

As in Stage One, there are demonstrations by tutors and plenty of practical sessions for students to try out the various techniques themselves.

Throughout the course, topics such as Ethics, Human Development, Sexuality and basic medical considerations for hypno-psychotherapy are covered.

Although this Stage Two is a pre-examination course, students are not obliged to present themselves for examination. Some may choose to study this course for general interest, and may not require tangible evidence of their knowledge and ability. However, for those students who wish to commence practice as hypno-psychotherapists and continue working towards the NCHP-A Diploma, success in the Certificate exam is the pre-requisite for entry to Stage Three training.

Although not compulsory for examination, the Erickson weekend is an essential component of the course. It must be completed, satisfactorily, for the certificate of attendance to be awarded. Satisfactory completion is measured by the course tutor's continuous assessment over the weekend. Where necessary, the tutor may recommend that the weekend be repeated (at no extra fee, of course) until satisfactory completion is achieved.

Stage Two Course Outline (see prospectus for more details)

45 Open University - specific points at Level 2

Stage Two of the NCHP training builds upon the essential material covered on Stage One, and explores various schools of psychological theory and psychotherapeutic practice.

Weekend One:

  • Humanistic
    • Rogers
    • Gestalt
    • Maslow

Weekend Two:

  • Psychodynamic
    • Freud
    • Adler
    • Jung
    • Object relations

Weekend Three:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    •  Ellis
    • Beck
    • Alladin

Weekend Four:

  • Ethics and practice 
    • Ethics including medical-related considerations 
    • Setting up in practice
    • Motivational Theory
    • Introduction to coaching 



Weekend Five:

  • Introduction to other theories
    • Transactional analysis (TA)
    • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
    • Transpersonal Existential

Weekend Six:

  • Ericksonian hypno-psychotherapy 
    • Inductions: pacing and leading, naturally occurring trance states, confusion
    • Trancework: process instructions
    • Metaphor
    • Ericksonian language patterns
    • Script analysis
    • Therapeutic framework

Weekend Seven:

  • Assessment
In accordance with UKCP requirements, and consistent with NCHP practice over many years, such topics as Ethics, Human Development, Sexuality and basic medical considerations for hypno-psychotherapy are covered throughout the course.