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.​ How the training will be delivered in each Branch will be seen under each training date as it is finalised but we also offer an online training twice a year. Some may wish to only do Module 1 which covers the basics of using hypnosis to help anxiety but it is hoped that most will complete all three modules.

The Core Curriculum topics may be covered by asynchronous self-directed learning, synchronous virtual learning, face to face tuition, or a blend of these three learning modalities. The course has been designed so that that all three modules are worked through sequentially this is the recommended process (although once having completed module 1, modules 2 and 3 could be done out of order if necessary.) All three modules must be taken in order to receive a certificate of completion of the Foundation course.

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.

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 2021

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

The Core Curriculum for Module 1: 

  1. Nature of hypnosis                    
  2. History of hypnosis
  3. Theories of hypnosis                  
  4. Hypnotisability, scales, categorisation, and flexibility of approach 
  5. Safety aspects (contra-indications, management of abreaction & working online etc)
  6. Selection and preparation of the patient
  7. The Therapeutic relationship – building rapport, communication, observation, and feedback (include introduction to nocebo)
  8. Two or three inductions and deepening
  9. Ego-strengthening and positive suggestion (direct and post-hypnotic)
  10. Anchoring
  11. Self-hypnosis (Teaching self hypnosis/management of stress for patients and clinicians)
  12. Use of hypnosis in anxiety management

    The topics below (13-18) will be considered throughout all three modules rather than as separate learning topics
  13. Simple uses of metaphor, Including guided imagery
  14. Uses in clinical practice (to include research, evidence base & audit)
  15. Discussion with participants regarding implementing hypnosis into their clinical field.
  16. Professional and ethical issues and best practice (the hypnotist/client relationship, safeguarding, confidentiality, recording and documenting) 
  17. Evaluation, outcome measures and clinical audit 
  18. Role of BSCAH – Membership & ongoing support

    The Core Curriculum for Module 2

  1. Ideomotor signalling 
  2. Reframing –treatment of habit disorder (including smoking cessation)  
  3. Phobias – desensitisation  
  4. Handling past trauma within your clinical field and context, including memory / false memory – phobias and PTSD symptoms

The Core Curriculum for Module 3

  1. Introduction to the treatment of functional disorder (Including IBS and Medically Unexplained Symptoms) including exploring the ‘causes’ of Functional Disorders
  2. Pain – analgesia / anaesthesia  including glove anaesthesia
  3. Use and construction of therapeutic extended metaphor


  Module 1 of our Foundation training gives you the basic skills you need to integrate hypnotic techniques into your clinical work to help both you and your patients with anxiety and stress. Learn about more
Foundation Training Modules 1-3: London 2023     Would you like to learn how to integrate clinical hypnosis within your specialism? Do you or your colleagues suffer from burnout or more