Hypnosis degrees, please help me

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by poorgirl, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. poorgirl

    poorgirl member

    Hi everybody,

    This is my first post, so please be gentle with me.

    I am looking for a hypnosis learning track.

    Thank you.
  2. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    This is a subject I know very little about ... but a quick search on the DETC site yields this organization:

    Hypnosis Motivation Institute
    DETC accredited, they offer a "Certified Hypnotherapist" program. They say the "first one is free" so you can try it out I guess before paying anything?

    You'd probably want to ask other hypnotherapists (or whatever else you'd want to do with your degree) whether there are recognized bodies in the field that you should investigate ... ex, the top recognization for business training is AACSB, you'd want to see whether there is something similar for hypnosis.
  3. major56

    major56 Active Member

    American Pacific University (DETC) – Master of Transpersonal Psychology

    Atlantic University (DETC) – MA in Transformative Theories and Practices (Applied Personal Hypnosis)

    *BTW there is no current DOE /CHEA recognized programmatic accreditation for the field of Hypnosis.
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  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    So far, this is the most important piece of information in this thread. There is no such thing as an accredited degree in Hypnosis.
  5. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    True, however, I imagine in the field of hypnosis, there is probably one or more "recognized" groups/organizations (by hypnotists, I mean) that have the most clout ... whichever training a person did in hypnosis, then, they'd want to have it recognized by this/these group(s), regardless of whether it was CHEA/DOE recognized or not. I imagine (and I may be wrong in this assumption) that the field of hypnosis isn't too concerned with CHEA recognition as long as it meet their own criteria (whatever that might be).
  6. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I think that you're exactly correct. I think that you can receive training in hypnosis from clearly qualified people (like a Harvard trained Psychiatrist) in some program like this:


    I've heard good things about Dan Brown. As far as I know there is no distance learning allowed/involved.
  8. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    There is a rather subtle, and perhaps not important (for some people, at least) difference between

    "There are no recognized accrediting agencies in the field of hypnosis"


    "There are no programs in hypnosis with recognized accreditation."

    There are many fields of study that do not have their own specialized accrediting agency. I think this is akin to saying that there are no recognized accrediting agencies in the field of dyslexia . . . and yet the American Psychological Association accredits schools with programs in this field.

    Similarly, DETC and ACCET (CHEA- and Dept. of Education-recognized accrediting agencies) accredit the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, which offers diplomas and certification, but not degrees in hypnosis (hypnosis.edu).

    It seems to me that HMI has a very honest website, writing candidly about the fact that there are very few jobs in this field; that many hypnotherapists need to do other things to earn a living, etc. (They are approved by three California professional boards -- behavioral sciences, nursing, and dentistry -- as a provider of continuing education in those fields.)

    My late friend Reg Sheldrick, a longtime hypnotist, established Southwest University, with the hope of offering degrees and credentials in hypnotherapy. He did for a while, but I note that six years after his death, Southwest has no more programs in this field. I do not know the circumstances that led to this. (southwest.edu)

    John Bear
    Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning
  9. Chip

    Chip Administrator

    ASCH is the most credible and legitimate association of hypnotherapists. But as far as I know, no ASCH-recognized program will accept anyone who does not already have a counseling or other therapy credential (masters in psychology, masters in social work, or doctorate in one of those two fields.)

    Additionally, doing hypnosis without the skills and training of a licensed counselor or psychotherapist is not advisable, and not legal in a number of states.

    There are a million unwonderful programs out there that claim to offer doctorates or whatever in hypnosis, but the majority of them are bogus, and many claim fraudulent accreditation from fake accreditors.

    Lastly, there are basically three schools of thought on hypnosis. Classical hypnosis uses the inductions you're most familiar with from media portrayals (a swinging object, a flame, etc.) But Milton Erickson MD is considered by many to be the real "father" of clinical hypnosis, and his work and methods are truly extraordinary. Ericksonian hypnosis takes a lot of time and effort to learn and really master, but has much better results, and works with a wider group of people than classical.

    And then there's NLP, which is a very reductionist, rather mechanical distillation of Erickson's ideas. Some people really like it, but when I did the training for it, having already had the Ericksonian training, I saw it as a very substandard substitute, though I can see that it's a lot easier to teach, and to learn, since to do Erickson's work well requires real practice and artistry.
  10. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    Related: The Mythbusters hypnosis episode! :)


    Here, they test some popular hypnosis claims, one of which is confirmed:
    - Can you plant a suggestion to make someone do something against their wil?
    - Can hypnosis help enhance your memory (recall of details)?

    Mythbusters is a great show :)
  11. poorgirl

    poorgirl member

    Thanks a lot for all of your help.

    One thing though, these degrees all seem therapy related. Is there any use for hypnosis besides therapy and stage hypnosis?
  12. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    In the Mythbusters episode linked above they bring in a police hypnotist, who hypnotizes people to help them remember details about a mock crime they witnessed. The people hypnotized were able to remember details about the crime under hypnosis that they couldn't before.

    That said, I'm not sure how often hypnosis is used in actual police forces ... this sort of thing seems to be referred to as "forensic hypnosis":

    Again though I don't know how many jobs there would be in this sorta thing, since it's perceived validity and admissibility in court likely varies a lot depending on the country/state/county/etc. Likely therapy and stage are more common.
  13. CRS0410

    CRS0410 New Member

    HMI - current student in lesson 2 of free course

    I am taking the HMI (hypnosis.edu) free course. So far, I am very impressed with the course work. I am working on lesson 2. They provide the basic workbook for free. There are 7 courses and each course has a 2 hour video you need to watch. After viewing the material and reading assignments you take a quiz (multiple choice). Basically, they filmed a series of lectures complete with the white-board and questions from the students. You are assigned an instructor and must pass the final and an oral exam.

    It seems like a great program but it is a business; there are tons of things to upgrade your learning experience for a fee. I have not purchased any upgrades.

    So far, they seem very legitimate and have not emailed or pressured me once since I've started.
  14. CRS0410

    CRS0410 New Member

    I take my oral exam Tuesday and have completed all of the assignments. Wow! I have learned SO much about hypnosis. It fits directly into the goals I want to achieve as therapist. I will continue to get my masters degree from CalSouthern but I'm not so sure about getting my license after this course. I still want the knowledge the masters degree will provide but thinking about pursuing a hypnotherapy business.

    Some of the course work is very dry and you learn that there is no magic to hypnosis. You do learn, however, that we've all been hypnotized throughout our lives.

    If HMI just sold their Lesson 6 video - they would change the world (lol). You learn about suggestibility and sexuality, how opposites attract, how it manifests in the frequency and the way we have sex (that's right) with our partners, how communication styles can be altered, how you can understand your needs and desires and how your partner needs to feel validated. We are attracted to opposites but there is work to do after the honeymoon stage. It reminded me of REBT therapy but even faster.

    If you are working on a psychology degree to help people at the undergraduate or graduate level, I would suggest taking HMI's (hypnosis.edu) free course first.
  15. CRS0410

    CRS0410 New Member

    Finished and passed the free course! I over-studied but it was definitely a challenge. I'm going to enroll in the advanced course and will let you know how it goes.

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