Registration Now Open for our next training beginning in January 2024.

In the video below, Michael invites you to join us ONLINE  for our 100-Hour Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy Training. 

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ONLINE Course Begins January 2024  More Details and Registration

This training is designed for health care professionals only as the emphasis is on the clinical applications of working with clients. Health care professionals from anywhere in the world are welcome to join us as long as they have an advanced academic degree (master’s level or higher) and a license/credential to practice health care in the country where they live.

We welcome REPEATERS!  Whether you’ve completed this training in the past couple of years or 10 years ago, we know that repetition along with the group cohesiveness and practice sessions  provides an opportunity to continue developing your competence and confidence with these skills. As a result, we’d be happy to see you again in this training.  As a courtesy, repeaters who have taken the course within the past 10 years will receive a US $500 discount from the course fee.


This is a 5-phase comprehensive training in which participants commit to participating in all five phases of the training. There is no partial attendance and once the course begins, no new participants can join the training.

Phase 1:  January 24-28, 2024
Phase 2:  February 28-March 3, 2024
Phase 3:  April 3-7, 2024
Phase 4:  April 24-28, 2024
Phase 5:  June 11-15, 2024

We meet from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm each day in the Pacific Time Zone of the USA (San Diego, California)
Please check your local time zone

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Learning Objectives Learning Objectives for Hypnosis program

ONLINE Course Begins January 2024  More Details and Registration


The 100-hour online training program is divided into five phases, each progressively building in intensity and complexity as we go along. In every phase, the emphasis is on practicality: What are the practical implications of concepts being taught, and what are the techniques derived from these insights? There will be structured practice sessions in every phase; after all, the primary goal of the entire training is to give you the tools needed to integrate hypnosis skillfully into your clinical practice. There will be didactic presentations on key topics, live and video demonstrations, and ample opportunity for addressing questions and discussing the finer points of presented material. The following phase-by-phase description is a general overview of what to expect at each phase.

Phase 1: The Foundations of Hypnosis: Concepts and Basic Methods

In this comprehensive beginning phase, you will learn the principles of hypnosis as well as general ways hypnosis can be applied clinically. More specifically, you’ll learn:

  • The “nuts and bolts” of hypnotic suggestion and ways to fit them to your clients’ needs
  • Modern theories of hypnosis
  • The nature of hypnotic phenomena
  • Contextual considerations in applying hypnosis
  • Common myths about hypnosis affecting its use
  • The social psychology of hypnosis
  • Clinical versus research findings
  • Factors influencing hypnotic responsiveness
  • The range of suggestion structures and styles
  • Methods of induction: Structured and Ericksonian (Naturalistic/Conversational)
  • Conducting hypnosis sessions online: Special considerations

Phase 2: Eliciting Hypnotic Phenomena: What Makes Hypnosis Absorbing

In this second phase, the foundational skills of performing inductions and starting to evolve your own individual style of practice will be taken the next step: Now that the client is in hypnosis, what do we do with them? The ability to elicit and utilize classical hypnotic phenomena such as age regression, age progression, dissociation, time distortion, and others, will be the focus in this phase of the training.

  • Age regression: Working insightfully with peoples’ memories
  • Safeguards against inadvertent creation of false memories
  • Age progression and expectancy: Placebo and nocebo effects and self-fulfilling prophecies
  • Dissociation: The driving force of hypnotic experience and its primary role in treatment
  • The social psychology of hypnosis
  • Hypnosis and positive psychology
  • Watching Milton Erickson conduct an age regression
  • Intervention strategy:Accessing and contextualizing personal resources for empowering clients

Phase 3: Designing and Delivering Hypnotic Interventions

In phase three, the course focus changes from having acquired the basic skills in induction and eliciting hypnotic phenomena to the dynamics of creating therapeutic interventions utilizing hypnosis. Effective hypnosis sessions require well-defined therapeutic targets and well-designed intervention strategies. In this phase, we will get very specific about the patterns of self-organization that provide strong clues to the therapist about where to aim and how to deliver effective hypnosis sessions.

  • Interviewing strategies for uncovering the symptom formation process
  • Defining where to begin
  • Subjective patterns of self-organization and treatment responses
  • Key patterns of self-regulation
  • Sequencing stages of therapeutic interaction
  • Building client receptivity
  • Thinking strategically about treatment
  • Creating and offering goal-oriented hypnosis sessions
  • The use of therapeutic metaphor

Phase 4: Expanding Clinical Approaches: Developing Deeper Clinical Focus

In this fourth phase of the program, the skill level will continue to move to a more advanced one of designing and delivering hypnotic interventions to address a wide variety of client problems. In this phase you will learn about:.

  • Cognitive style and its implications for treatment
  • The “invisible gorilla” as a metaphor for therapy
  • Hypnosis as a vehicle for providing discrimination strategies
  • Process-oriented hypnosis
  • Hypnosis and behavioral activation
  • “Seeding” therapeutic homework within the hypnosis session
  • Rigidity as a problem, flexibility as the solution

Phase 5: Advanced and Specialized Applications of Hypnosis

In this final phase of the training, we will focus on the treatment of the most common and debilitating problems presented to us as therapists: anxiety, depression, and pain. An in-depth exploration of these topics will highlight the key targets of treatment as well as specific ways hypnosis can be structured to make treatment more effective.

  • Hypnosis and managing anxiety: Risk assessment and self-awareness
  • Treating depression with hypnosis; empowering the disempowered
  • Expectancy as a predictor of treatment outcomes
  • Hypnotically building expectancy for depression treatment outcomes
  • Hypnosis and pain management concepts
  • Strategies of hypnotic relief of pain
  • Seeding of growth-oriented changes even after formal treatment ends
  • More…By the time this final phase ends, you’ll have evolved into a knowledgeable and experienced hypnosis practitioner!

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