The College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis
Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). Today hypnosis is an evidence-based practice, widely researched in university research programs, and used clinically in pain management, pre-surgical preparation, anxiety treatment, and a host of other medical and mental health applications.
This Certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical and applied hypnosis, following the clinical training guidelines of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, and a capstone integrative essay.
Mind-Body Medicine: an Overview -- this course begins with the Center Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) initial mind-body medicine training, introducing the student to a specific model for imparting mind-body skills in a group process format. The training takes place in conjunction with the College of Mind-Body Medicine Fall 2012 RC. Students continue with eight weeks of online learning, reading and research on mind-body medicine, and supervised practice with volunteers.
Imagery for Healing – this course reviews the place of imagery and the imagination in traditional healing practices, and the applications of imagery in healthcare. Students review the experimental evidence for the impact of imagery on immune function, neurochemistry, and medical illness. Students learn to utilize imagery as a diagnostic tool, as a medical rehearsal for coping, and as a therapeutic tool for medical illness and emotional disorders. Students complete a two day residential training, as well as related readings, online discussion, and course assignments.
Basic Training and Education in Hypnosis -- This course provides students with a basic skill-set to conduct simple hypnotic interventions, along with knowledge about hypnotic concepts and approaches, and a familiarity with research-based applications of hypnosis to common medical and behavioral disorders. This course provides students with an introductory level of understanding helpful for engaging in hypnosis-based clinical practice and hypnosis-oriented research in integrative health. This course introduces simple trance induction protocols, trance deepening techniques, the use of post-hypnotic suggestion, and techniques to re-alert the subject and close the trance phase. Students complete a three day residential training, and continue with eight weeks of online learning, reading and research on hypnosis, and supervised practice with volunteers.
Intermediate Training and Education in Hypnosis – This course provides students with a skill-set to conduct more advanced hypnotic techniques and interventions. The student develops an ability to learn and assess new applications of hypnosis for common medical and behavioral disorders. This course provides an intermediate level of understanding for hypnosis-based clinical practice and hypnosis-oriented research in integrative health. The student learns approaches and techniques for a number of advanced application areas. Students complete a three day training, and continue with eight weeks of online learning, reading classic books and articles in the field, a research paper, and supervised practice with volunteers.
Advanced Hypnosis: Practicum – this course includes online contact with faculty and fellow students, directed readings and research in a specialty area, as well as applied practice of hypnosis with regular videoconference supervision.
The final one credit course consists of a capstone integrative essay, conducted by a member of the faculty of the College of Mind-Body Medicine. In addition, certificate students are enrolled in a Graduate Colloquium with a mentor, to provide support and guidance throughout the time of their certificate studies.