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Stage Three Course Details

Entry to Stage Three of the NCHP training programme is restricted to those students who hold the Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy issued on successful completion of Stage Two or who gain Recognition of equivalent Prior Learning (RPL) from NCHP-A.

Stage Three is the Diploma stage, at the completion of which students are required to undergo a practical examination and submit a dissertation leading to the award of the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, with the designating letters DHP(NC).

Successful achievement of the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy enables practitioners to apply for Full membership of the National College Student and Alumni Group (NCSAG) designating letters MNCSAG, and to apply for Professional clinical membership of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.

The aim of this Stage Three course is to further students' knowledge and ethical practice of hypno-psychotherapy. In accordance with UKCP requirements and consistent with NCHP practice over many years, such topics as Ethics, Human Development, Sexuality and basic medical considerations in hypno-psychotherapy are integral to the course.

Students are required to attend the four weekends of course study (90 hours attendance, but actual attendance durations vary from time to time and the up to date version of course durations is in the current version of our prospectus),  These weekends are usually at monthly intervals, and undertake a comprehensive programme of home study.   A fifth weekend is devoted to the practical exam.

In addition to the course attendance, an extended 430 hours of practical human interface work can be expected in collecting data for the course dissertation. 


With regard to the dissertation submission, within the context of hypno-psychotherapy, there are various ways of conducting research. Many dissertations submitted by NCHP students involve secondary research, i.e., a review, or meta-analysis, of the literature and pre-existing research reports. As secondary research does not involve working directly with human participants it is not necessary for such research to be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee. However, students undertaking secondary research might wish to consider the social and moral implications of their work and whether the outcome of the research is likely to bring positive benefits.

Primary research, where first hand data or information are being collected directly from human participants, must be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee. Such research may be either experimentally or clinically based. For hypno-psychotherapists, research will usually be clinically based with case studies forming the data/information base.


Ethics Committee

The NCHP-UK Committee on Ethical Research, in concert with the Principal of the NCHP-A, considers primary research proposals put forward by NCHP-A students. The aim of the committee is to ensure that students and members are aware of the ethical implications of any primary research they undertake and that any such research conforms with generally accepted ethical and moral principles.

Stage Three students will be given copies of the ethical guidelines upon which their research proposals will be assessed. They reflect current thinking on the ethics of social science/psychological research and incorporate extracts from the British Psychological Society's ethical guidelines.

Once the Ethics Committee approves the proposal, the research for the dissertation can go ahead, with the work being submitted in due course for academic assessment in the usual way by the NCHP-UK's independent external markers.

Also, the student will be required:

  • to warrant that the subject matter of the dissertation is his/her original work and that he/she holds the copyright therein and
  • to grant the NCHP-UK and the NCHP-A an irrevocable free license under the copyright to publish the document if it so wishes, provided that those organisations undertake to identify the author and his/her copyright

Stage Three Course Outline (see prospectus for more details)

45 Open University (UK) - specific points at Post Graduate Level

Stage Three of the NCHP training builds upon the previous two stages and aims to further students' knowledge and ethical practice of hypno-psychotherapy.

Please note: Audio or video recording of course sessions is not allowed.

  • Weekend One: 
    • Performance in Sport, Education and Work  
    • Interviews, public speaking and perfectionism
  • Weekend Two: 

    • Physical Issues
    • Medical considerations
    • Pain
    • IBS
    • Dermatological problems
    • Fibromyalgia
  • Weekend Three: 

    • Emotional Issues
    • Medical considerations
    • Eating disorders
    • Depression
    • Advanced anxiety issues
  • Weekend Four

    • Counselling techniques 
    • Practical experience and
    • Course practicals review
    • Experience reinforcement and clarification
    • Demonstrated and practice
  • Weekend Five

    • Practical exam - in three parts:
  • Part one: therapy recording submitted prior to exam day
  • Part two: the consultation Using their own pre-prepared documentation, students conduct a consultation with another student with a real or role-played problem and take a full case history. ( Overnight homework - Writing up case history and preparation of treatment and homework schedules).
  • Part three: the therapy Students conduct what they consider to be the most appropriate therapy for the problem presented in part two and submit written justification for using the chosen approach
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 training.