Consulting Hypnotist Certification Program
Course Syllabus

Course Description

As NGH Certified Instructors, Paul Ramsay and Sandra Grace teach 75 hours of in­-person training as mandated by the National Guild of Hypnotists. We train 9.5 hours a day for 8 days. Students have an additional 25 hours of coursework that is completed outside of class. This consists of pre-­course reading, video review, and written work that takes place at night after class.

This is intense, immersive training, and we believe it is one of the more rigorous hypnotism training programs that you will find.

Recommended Pre-Course Reading:

We do not require it as part of the course, but we highly recommend that you read Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman.

8 Day Overview with Learning Objectives

Day One

What is Hypnosis?

  • learn working definition of hypnosis
  • understand hypnotizability vs. suggestibility
  • understand common misconceptions about hypnosis

Favorable and Unfavorable Influences

  • create a proper physical environment for client work
  • identify unfavorable signs in clients
  • cultivate confidence as a hypnotist

Cautions of Hypnosis

  • learn how to avoid possible physical injuries to subjects
  • identify and deal with hypnotic hysteria
  • understand age regression techniques

History of Hypnosis

  • develop a timeline of hypnotism’s professional development
  • identify significant contributors to hypnotism theory

Day Two

Preliminary Suggestibility Tests

  • understand purposes of testing suggestibility
  • know authoritative vs. permissive operating style
  • learn six suggestibility tests

How to Hypnotize

  • explore an overview of the hypnotic process
  • develop a working knowledge of induction, deepening, utilization, and emergence
  • learn four possible components of Inductions

Trance Depth

  • learn the Arons Depth Scale for judging trance depth
  • identify the difference between mnesic and amnesic stages
  • learn four criteria for judging trance depth

Deepening Techniques

  • learn deepening through realization
  • understand the concept of pyramiding
  • understanding fractionation


Day Three

Suggestion Management

  • learn how reinforcement and encouragement affect outcomes
  • learn positive suggestion management
  • learn how to create post­hypnotic suggestion

The Conscious and Unconscious

  • learn the difference between conscious mind and unconscious mind

Mechanical Aids

  • learn a variety of mechanical aids that can assist hypnotists

Additional Inductions

  • learn instantaneous induction methods
  • learn progressive relaxation induction
  • learn non-verbal inductions

Bonus Lesson: Simple Video Production

  • learn to produce short, simple video to promote your practice
  • learn the various distribution methods for video

Day Four

Anesthesia Management

  • learn common uses of hypnotic anesthesia
  • learn how to produce hypnotic anesthesia
  • discover ways to maintain hypnotic anesthesia

Smoking Cessation

  • learn four­-session approach to smoking cessation

Age Regression (Uncovering Techniques)

  • learn three popular age regression techniques
  • identify the difference between true regression and pseudo­regression
  • identify areas of caution in performing age regression

Day Five


  • learn three­-session approach to weight management


  •  learn how to help clients identify their stress indicators
  •  learn stress management techniques
  •  develop a stress reduction action plan


Day Six


  •  become familiar with the NGH Code of Ethics
  •  develop a Client Bill of Rights
  •  identify language to be avoided vs. to be practiced

Session Structure

  •  create a strong client intake sheet
  •  learn to assess client behaviors and how they contribute to the presenting problem
  •  learn how to help client articulate goals for working with you
  •  give a pre­talk to set client up for success
  •  be able to develop a session strategy that meets the client’s needs

Image Psychology and Hypnosis

  • learn four major categories of imagery techniques


Day 7

Additional Scripts and Techniques

  •  explore the concept of hyperemperia
  •  discuss John Hartland’s ego­ strengthening method
  •  learn the G.I.F.T. technique

Setting Up Your Practice

  •  discuss options for how to set up your practice
  •  learn basic methods for attracting clients to your practice
  •  learn methods to increase revenue


Day 8

Bonus Lesson: Building Your Brand

  •  understand how social media can get you more clients
  •  develop a strategy for your own online presence


Post-Training Reading

Again, it is not required as part of the course, but we highly encourage you to read at least one of the following books:

Credentials of Faculty and Administrators