Modular Foundation Training

The Foundation course is taught in three modules and is aimed at teaching the basics that health professionals can integrate into their existing clinical work. We aim to ensure that by the end of the course you will feel competent to use your new skills effectively. The course teachers are all health care professionals, who regularly use hypnosis in their clinical practice. As a safe-guard for clients/patients, we will only train health care professionals.​ In the current climate face to face teaching has been suspended and much of our training in 2021 will be done online. How the training will be delivered in each Branch will be seen under each training date as it is finalised.

All health professionals can benefit from learning effective ways to gain rapport, give suggestion, and teach patients tools, with which they can help themselves. The effects of inadvertent negative suggestions (NOCEBO effect) during consultations with health care professionals, when patients can be particularly susceptible, should not be underestimated. Learn the language of non-hypnotic positive suggestion in addition to the art of hypnosis.

Because BSCAH operates a branch system for its members' support, training courses are offered in several locations around the country. Whilst the tutors for these courses will vary they will all follow BSCAH´s standard format and core curriculum.  Some of our courses are badged by universities, details of which appear as part of their course information. In areas where no courses are currently available, training may be arranged if a group of at least six health professionals express an interest in attending a Foundation training course.

Due to Covid our Foundation training is being help virtually. These online courses are utilizing a blended learning approach, as we recognise the huge cognitive strain of hours of zoom. This means that there will be a lot or reading and lecturers to cover before and between sessions, that can then be practiced and utilized in the zoom sessions. Each branch will have a slightly different balance of home work vs screen time.


Feedback from student 2019 "The APPLIED nature of the entire training was highly relevant and enjoyable. Being taught by experienced health professionals cannot be substituted. So many examples / anecdotes/ cases were presented throughout the training which "brought it to life" and made it real."

BSCAH Core Curriculum 2018

As the BSCAH Foundation Course is highly practical, at least 30% of contact time will be supervised hypnosis practice, and background reading is encouraged.

The Core Curriculum for Module 1

  1. Nature of hypnosis (incl. Phenomena)
  2. History of hypnosis (brief)
  3. Theories of hypnosis (brief look at current methodologies)
  4. Hypnotisability, scales, categorisation and flexibility of approach (brief introduction)
  5. Online therapy and hypnosis (brief?)
  6. Safety aspects and contra-indications
  7. Managing abreaction
  8. Selection and preparation of the patient
  9. Rapport, communication, observation and feedback (include introduction to nocebo)
  10.  Two or three inductions and deepening (and the use of different levels of consciousness)
  11.  Ego-strengthening and positive suggestion (direct and in-direct)
  12.  Anchoring
  13.  Self-hypnosis
  14.  Uses in clinical practice to include research, evidence base and audit
  15.  Discussion with participants regarding implementing hypnosis into their clinical field.
  16.  Building review, reflection and evaluation into therapy planning
  17.  Professional and ethical issues and best practice, the hypnotist/client relationship, safeguarding, confidentiality, recording and documenting  
  18.  Role of the Society – ongoing support

The Core Curriculum for Modules 2 + 3

  1. Feedback from Module 1- successes and failures
  2. Treatment of anxiety
  3. Introduction to functional disorder
  4. Ideomotor signalling
  5. Pain – analgesia / anaesthesia
  6. Phobias – desensitisation
  7. Reframing –treatment of habit disorder
  8. Handling past trauma within your clinical field
  9. Memory / false memory (brief)
  10. The Therapeutic Relationship – drawbacks and uses
  11. Use and construction of metaphor
  12. Evaluation, outcome measures and clinical audit
  13. Use of hypnosis within the participants’ field of clinical work
  14. Professional and ethical issues – good practice
  15. Role of the Society – ongoing support and the accreditation process

Other topics may be included depending on the participants’ field of clinical work.

  1. Working with children – differences and similarities
  2. Uses of hypnosis in depression
  3. Uses of hypnosis in terminal care
  4. Uses of hypnosis in obstetrics
  5. Use of hypnosis during clinical interventions
  6. Use of hypnosis in treating grief and bereavement
  7. Investigative techniques


26/02/2022 - 24/04/2022
London foundation Training 2022 Would you like to learn how to integrate clinical hypnosis within your specialism? Do you or your colleagues suffer from burnout or stress? If so, then this is the course for you! more
12/03/2022 - 22/05/2022
Northern Counties Foundation Training 2022 Would you like to learn how to integrate clinical hypnosis within your specialism? Do you or your colleagues suffer from burnout or stress? If so, then this is the more