The PLCD Course Structure

DAY 1

Introduction to Subconscious Mind Therapies

➢ History of Subconscious Mind Therapies
➢ What is modern Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy
➢ Therapeutic Subconscious Mind Therapies versus Stage Subconscious Mind Therapies
➢ Effective uses and interventions of Subconscious Mind Therapies
➢ Common misconceptions
➢ Contraindications
➢ Modalities
➢ Wake-up/count-out of trance
➢ Theory on Induction Techniques 1 practical

Induction Techniques 1 Practical 

• Progressive induction (muscular relaxation)
• Kinaesthetic induction characteristics
• Dave Elman client centred induction
• Visualisation induction characteristics
• Relaxing scene visual induction
• Auditory induction characteristics
• Robert Russell’s auditory induction
• Basic wake up procedures

DAY 2

Core Subconscious Mind Therapy Principles

➢ Rapport and therapeutic alliance
➢ First contact: Telephone/Email Enquiry
➢ Practice premises, personal appearance and grooming
➢ Initial consultation and personal history Intake Form
➢ Explore and Establish Client’s Needs – CC (HRF NOS – Learning Outcome 1)* see Page 11
➢ Body Language/Matching/Mirroring
➢ Signs of trance
➢ Trance deepening
➢ Deep trance clients
➢ Abreactions
➢ Post Hypnotic Suggestions
➢ Self-hypnosis
➢ Theory on Induction Techniques 2 practical

Induction Techniques 2 Practical 

• Eye Fixation
• Confusional and Overload
• Deep trance wake-up procedures

DAY 3

Further Subconscious Mind Therapy Principles

➢ Transference
➢ Counter Transference
➢ Resistant client
➢ Clients outside your scope of competence
➢ Referring on and reciprocation from it
➢ Develop and Agree Plans for Healthcare with Clients – CC (HRF NOS – Learning Outcome 2)* see Page 11
➢ Length of treatment
➢ Session planning
➢ Provide Subconscious Mind Therapy to Clients – CC (HRF NOS – Learning Outcome 3)* see Page 11
➢ Ego-strengthening and Self-esteem
➢ Confidence building
➢ Theory on Induction Techniques 3 practical

Induction Techniques 3 Practical 

• Indirect (Ericksonian, conversational)
• Direct
• Authoritarian
• Permissive
• Ego-strengthening scripts
• Confidence scripts, including Circle of Confidence

DAY 4

Presenting Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions

➢ Stress and its causes
➢ Physiology of Anxiety
➢ Reducing Anxiety
➢ Overcoming Phobias
➢ Creating motivation
➢ Introduction to elementary NLP and cognitive interventions
➢ Theory on Induction and NLP Techniques practical

Induction and NLP Techniques Practical

• Up and away induction
• Regressive /progressive induction
• Anchoring triggers
• Fast phobia cure and Swish

DAY 5

Further Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions

➢ Overcoming habits
➢ Smoking cessation
➢ Weight management
➢ Theory on Additional Trance Inductions practical

Additional Trance Induction Techniques Practical

• Treating Habits scripts
• Stop Smoking scripts
• Weight control scripts

DAY 6

Practice Management, Recap, Interim Practical Assessment Exercise

➢ Principles of Good Practice – CC (HRF NOS – Principles of Good Practice)* see Page 11
➢ The Therapist and the Law
➢ Insurance – including TAG Block Scheme
➢ Accounts
➢ Record Keeping & Data Protection Act
➢ GHR membership
➢ Code of Ethics
➢ GHR complaints procedure
➢ Working premises
➢ Self-employed advice and practices
➢ Supervision
➢ Continuing Professional Development (CPD’s) and on-going personal research
➢ Recap of course material and answering any questions on upcoming Practical Exam

Assessment Training Practice and Practical Exam

• Training practice on upcoming assessment practical
• Assessed practical exercise undertaken by each student, graded by course tutors

DAY 7

Therapeutic Language, Personality and Depression

➢ Metaphor construction
➢ Story telling
➢ Script writing
➢ Advanced Personality Types
➢ Locus of Control
➢ Association and Dissociation
➢ Advanced Stress
➢ Depression
➢ Theory on Therapeutic Language, Personality and Stress practical

Therapeutic Language, Personality and Stress Practical

• Creating metaphor/storyline exercise
• Type A/Type B tests
• Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale
• Myers Briggs test
• Stress Control Techniques and Scripts
• Red Balloon/Backpack Script

DAY 8

NLP 1

➢ NLP – Recap and Refresh
➢ Modalities revisited
➢ Submodalities
➢ Rapport revisited
➢ Representational systems
➢ Predicates
➢ Backtracking
➢ Milton & Meta Model
➢ Theory on NLP 1 practical

NLP 1 Practical

• Language patterns
• Rep Systems test
• Nominalisations
• Modal Operators of Necessity/Possibility
• Comparative Deletives

DAY 9

NLP 2

➢ Body language – Recap and Refresh
➢ Advanced Matching and Mirroring
➢ Advanced Pacing & Leading
➢ Eye Accessing Cues
➢ Calibration
➢ Clean language
➢ Theory on NLP 2 practical

NLP 2 Practical

• Body Language
• Matching and Mirroring
• Pacing & Leading
• Eye Accessing
• Calibration

DAY 10

NLP 3

➢ Perceptual Positions
➢ Frames
➢ Reframing
➢ Advanced Anchoring
➢ Parts Integration
➢ Further Rapport techniques
➢ Anger
➢ Silent Abreaction
➢ Timeline Therapy
➢ Theory on NLP 3 practical

NLP 3 Practical

• 6-step reframe
• Advanced Anchoring
• Parts Integration
• Pair up and discussion exercise on ideal office layout

DAY 11

CBT 1

➢ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Recap and Refresh
➢ Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy
➢ Cognitive Therapy
➢ Advanced CBT
➢ EMDR
➢ Rapid Cognitive Processing
➢ A + B = C concept – Recap and Refresh
➢ Maladaptive Thinking – Recap and Refresh
➢ Court Case Scenario
➢ Thinking Patterns
➢ Theory on CBT 1 practical

CBT 1 Practical

• A + B = C exercise
• Linking emotions to physical parts of the body
• STOPP worksheet
• Unhelpful thinking habits worksheet

DAY 12

CBT 2

➢ TGROW Model
➢ Advanced Goal Setting
➢ Advanced Motivation
➢ Acting ‘As If’
➢ Future Pull
➢ Fact or Opinion
➢ Automatic Thoughts
➢ Mindfulness
➢ Theory on CBT 2 practical

CBT 2 Practical

• Tic-toc sheet
• Goal setting exercise on each student’s future therapy practice

DAY 13

Smoking, Habits, EFT, Affirmations and Trance States

➢ Advanced Smoking Cessation
➢ Breaking Habits
➢ Meridian Energy Therapies and EFT
➢ Positive Affirmations
➢ Testing and deepening trance states
➢ Suggestibility
➢ Theory on Smoking, Habits, EFT, Affirmations and Trance States practical

Smoking, Habits, EFT, Affirmations and Trance States Practical

• Smokers who wish to work on smoking can do so, otherwise practical on a general habit
• EFT
• Trance deepening

DAY 14

Weight and Performance

➢ Advanced weight control
➢ Nutrition
➢ Sporting performance
➢ Exam performance
➢ Business Performance
➢ Theory on Weight and Performance practical

Weight and Performance Practical

• Advanced Weight scripts
• Improving performance exercise

DAY 15

Advanced Anxiety and Phobia Techniques, plus PTSD

➢ Advanced Anxiety and Phobia
➢ SUDS and VOC scales
➢ Circle of Change
➢ Safe Place technique
➢ Control Room technique
➢ Regressive/Progressive technique
➢ Self-hypnosis
➢ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
➢ Theory on Anxiety, Phobia and PTSD practical

Anxiety, Phobia and PTSD Practical

• Fast Phobia revisited
• SWISH revisited
• CBT solution exercise for anxiety

DAY 16

Regression, Paediatrics, Initial Consultation, Blocked Progress

➢ Regression (Present life – to cause)
➢ Regression (Past life – brief introduction)
➢ Progression
➢ Working with children
➢ Childhood concerns
➢ Childhood Phobias
➢ Nightmares
➢ Dentists
➢ Advanced Initial Consultation concepts
➢ Resolving blocked therapy progress issues
➢ Theory on Regression, Future Pacing, Initial Consultation and Progress Review practical

Regression, Future Pacing, Initial Consultation and Progress Review Practical

• Regression to positive experiences
• Future Pacing
• Creating your own Initial Consultation/Assessment Form
• Progress review exercise

DAY 17

Mind/Body connection, Somatic disorders, IBS, Pain, OCD

➢ Psychoneuroimmunology
➢ Somatic Disorders
➢ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
➢ Pain relief
➢ Headaches
➢ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
➢ Theory on Mind/Body connection, Pain and Compulsions practical

Mind/Body connection, Pain and Compulsions Practical

• Altered states (feelings/energy)
• Glove anaesthesia
• Lightstream Grounding Technique
• Compulsion Blowout

DAY 18

Grief, Sexual Concerns, Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth

➢ Grief, Loss and Separation
➢ Sexual Problems
➢ Infertility
➢ Pregnancy
➢ Birthing
➢ Theory on Grief, Sexual Concerns and Birthing practical

Grief, Sexual Concerns and Birthing Practical

• Grief practical
• Sexual concerns scripts
• Birthing scripts

DAY 19

CPD’s, Supervision, Websites and Promotional Media

➢ Continuing Professional Development
➢ Supervision
➢ Professional membership (GHR and other organisations)
➢ Websites
➢ Search Engine Optimisation
➢ Web pictures and optimising images
➢ Google Accounts
➢ Blogging
➢ Social and business media
➢ Theory on Websites practical

Websites Practical

• Design an effective website
• Improve and optimise a website

DAY 20

Specialisation and Advanced Practice Management

➢ Specialising within therapy
➢ Marketing
➢ Practice Management
➢ Course review
➢ Final Examination Paper
➢ Graduation
➢ Theory on Advanced Practice Management practical and upcoming Written Exam

Advanced Practice Management Practical

• Demonstration and discussion of students’ existing or under design websites
• Demonstration and discussion of students’ existing or under design logos
• Demonstration and discussion of students’ existing or under design business cards
• 60 question multiple choice Written Exam covering the full course curriculum

READING LIST

Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner’s Guide – Robert L Leahy

Ericksonian Approaches – Rubin Battino & Thomas L South

Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors – D Corydon Hammond

Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis – Heap & Aravind

Hypnosis for Change – Josie Hadley & Carol Staudacher

Mind over Mood – Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky

NLP in 21 Days – Harry Alder, Beryl Heather

Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy – Roger P Allen

The Complete Guide to Stress Management – Dr Chandra Patel

The Magic of NLP Demystified – Byron A Lewis

The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis – Donald Robertson

Trancework – Michael D Yapko

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky

*CC (HRF NOS – Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3 and Principles of Good Practice)

Core Competency Learning Outcomes Topic

Hypnotherapy Regulatory Forum – National Occupational Standards