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The uses and abuses of hypnosis

Hypnosis is one of the most valuable psychotherapeutic tools available. But few understand that it has an equally strong potential to harm patients

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The uses and abuses of hypnosis online webinar

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Thanks so much. Brilliant! Hugely informative.

J. Williams

If you are serious about learning how to hypnotise people, or having hypnotherapy yourself, you should not miss this powerful talk.

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After a lifetime of studying hypnosis and trance states Ivan Tyrrell, co-developer of the human givens approach to psychotherapy, shares his valuable clear thinking on the topic.

What will you learn

  • The difference between hypnosis and trance
  • The underlying reason why so many different inductions induce trance states
  • The deepest trance state of all. Nature’s solution to a major problem of the mammalian kingdom
  • What is beneficial and useful about trancework, such as speeding up treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, PTSD, pain control, boosting confidence and aiding in the healing physiological damage to the body
  • The many half-truths put forward by hypnotherapy schools and why great care and integrity are needed to practice because using hypnosis can also abuse and permanently damage people
  • The harm hypnosis can easily do. The dangers are real for the hypnotist and the hypnotised
  • Conditioning, cults and manipulation of large groups for dark purposes – all done using hypnosis
  • ‘The Observing Self’ – the complementary principle to focused trance states
  • The factors that determine whether using hypnosis will do harm or not.

Wonderful explanation of trance…

G. Emerson

Meet your tutor

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Ivan Tyrrell

Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing.

Please note

Please note

This webinar gives you important information – it explains the positive uses of hypnosis, and what it is, but also informs you about how unscrupulous people can abuse it and how others, often unwittingly, can do harm through a lack of understanding.

The College does not provide therapy for anyone abused by hypnotherapists or hypnotists. We provide training for therapists and other health and welfare professionals, and information for the general public.

For those interested there is more information on hypnosis in the book, The Brain’s Big Bang – The Explosive Origin of Creativity, Mysticism and Mental Illness, written by the founders of the Human Givens Approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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This course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 1.5 hours of CPD training.

Reviews for this course

4.7/5 (7 Reviews)
  1. Keith Hopper, Retired minister of religion and clinical hypnotherapist

    Very helpful and insightful into the practice of hypnosis. It stimulated further research into therapy practitioners. One thing that would have made it a five star would have been a downloadable pdf file

  2. Debbie Pitzel, Retired

    Such valuable information! Through either carelessness or negative intentions, there is much opportunity for hypnosis/suggestion to be manipulative and harmful. The training has reinforced my need to be careful as I continue to study hypnosis. I highly recommend hypnotists at any level view this webinar. Thanks for creating a greater awareness!

    • Jane Tyrrell

      Thank you Debbie, this is exactly why we’ve made this available. So pleased you found it helpful.

  3. Derek Godfrey, Hypnotherapy student

    Cleared up some misconceptions, which was much needed for myself as a beginner to the study of hypnotherapy.

    4.5 Stars 🙂

  4. Christine

    Illuminating and alarming. I now understand the process of hypnotism and feel the abuse must be publicised until the majority of people can recognise when it is being practised on them. Made me afraid of cult-like politicians in this country as well as the more obvious Isis murderers.

  5. Lisa

    Really found this interesting, we’re being hypnotised all the time in lots of different ways without realising it and when we’re in trance suggestions can be fed into to us without us being able to think critically about them – this obviously makes the people skilled at doing that, including politicians, incredibly powerful. “Knowledge is king” though – in the right hands hypnosis can be a huge power for good – but we need to be aware of how vulnerable our susceptibility for going into trance makes us so we can think more clearly and not be manipulated. I heartily recommend this webinar.

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  7. Richard

    As a qualified hypnotherapist, I found this webinar works very well with my own ideas of working with integrity. Loved it!

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