The Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (PDCHyp)

Course Structure

Practitioner Diploma level hypnotherapy trainingThe Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course (PDCHyp) requires students to attend ten intermittent weekends, supported by personal tutors. The programme has been developed for students wishing to competently enter professional practice as a clinical hypnotherapist, building on the knowledge of hypnosis gained on the Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis course. The programme provides a flexible framework to meet the needs of existing healthcare professionals, complementary practitioners and other caring professionals. It will also be attractive to many who are looking for career change or enhancement, in particular to individuals who wish to practise clinical hypnotherapy. The lectures cover all the required modules of the LCCH Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy syllabus and are practical and intensive.

Entry Criteria

Passing the Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis examination is the minimum requirement for a place on the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course. An interview may be required in certain instances to assess eligibility. As part of their training, students will need to apply, and be accepted, for Affiliate Membership of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis – designating letters BSCH(Affil). As Affiliate Members, Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course students are required to obtain professional indemnity insurance that will cover them for malpractice and, in accordance with all healthcare training, to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

Prospective candidates may also be considered if they have obtained prior qualifications from a recognised training establishment in either the U.K. or abroad, or hold a university degree in such related fields as medicine or psychology and have a sound knowledge of hypnosis with practical experience. However, they will still be required to pass the Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis exam by attending the fourth weekend of the Certificate Course, for which there will no additional cost, and take the exam on the Sunday. Candidates will be provided with relevant notes and tutorials prior to the exam weekend and will be advised of fees when inquiring.

Powerful hypnotic techniques

Students learn to apply powerful hypnotic techniques that enhance the psychotherapeutic change process to the treatment of clinical and non clinical symptoms. This course enables students to develop and apply their knowledge of the theory and practise of hypnosis in a clinical setting. Theoretical and practical skills and strategies are developed to support the safe and ethical use of these techniques.

Additionally, the major schools of psychotherapy are considered and explored incorporating cognitive, behavioural, analytical and individual psychology approaches. The course is focused on identifying, critically analysing, and applying the psychological theories behind the major schools of psychotherapy to the hypnotic model.

Students are expected to read course material in advance of attendance. In addition, students are also expected to carry out wider reading of relevant books and journal articles in order to broaden their knowledge beyond the course materials.

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On weekend one, students will be given a list of tutors. The individual student will then be responsible for contacting his/her tutor – usually in their own area – and to meet for an hour’s tutorial at least once after each lecture weekend. At these sessions the tutor will check that the student fully understands the content of the previous weekend, will discuss the procedures the student is using with their subjects/patients, and will assess the hypnotherapeutic skills of the student. Because of its importance, the LCCH has arranged a nominal charge of £30 (UK pounds) per hour of tutorial. Students will be expected to make individual arrangements with their tutors regarding payment.

A minimum of ten tutorial sessions are required as part of the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course and exam structure. Tutors may also also act as clinical supervisors for trainee and qualified hypnotherapists.

Interruption of studies

The LCCH realises that many of its students are in full-time employment or have equally important outside commitments. Sometimes, the untoward does occur and may result in an interruption of studies. If the interruption is of a temporary nature, then every attempt will be made to allow the student to catch up. This may take the form of attending an equivalent weekend (without charge) on a parallel course at one of our other centres, or on a consecutive course. If the interruption is of a lengthy duration, then students must re-enroll and recommence at a future date.

Exit Skills – Practice under clinical supervision

On successful completion of the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course the student will be competent to enter professional practice under clinical supervision and shall be accepted for Associate Membership of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis – BSCH(Assoc).

Professional and Career Development Loans

Prospective Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy students may apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan. Click here for more information…

Study Progression

Students who successfully complete the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy will have the option to continue their studies by attending a variety of short courses designed for qualified practitioners that can lead to an Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy.


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