Class from International Summer School in the University of London

An international Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling

7th April 2018
9 Days from Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th April 2018
63 CPD Credits awarded for this course


Jos Van Boxtel


Birbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WCIE 7HX. United Kingdom.   View map


Course , Diploma Course


Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London

Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 April 2018 

Qualification: Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling.


We designed the international ‘Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling’ course to meet the needs of students traveling from abroad, or having only limited time to study, and wishing to receive hands-on training in indirect hypnosis, Ericksonian psychotherapy and NLP. The course runs over 9 days in central London at the University of London and inexpensive accommodation is available within the university, convenient for sight-seeing in the evenings and at weekends.

There are real benefits for people outside the UK when joining the course in London.

  1. The course is a recognised qualification held at a UK University.
  2. It is only 9 days (Sat – Sun), so can be achieved with minimal time off work.
  3. There is low cost student accommodation at the university, despite it being in the middle of London in the peak tourist season.
  4. It includes a one year follow up distance learning course so students can continue studying when they get home.
  5. Because the UK is leaving the EU, the exchange rate is now very favorable for people buying UK services or products from abroad – everything is 15 – 18% cheaper.

During the course you will watch live therapy demonstrations of the skills and techniques being taught and then practice these with other students. Our goal is that by the end of the course you will be able to apply these yourself.

On graduating from the course you will receive our Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling. If you wish to continue your training beyond the course you will have free access to our one year online distance learning program, requiring about 3 hours study a week, once you have returned home. The online program is optional but is a good way to keep in contact with other students and broaden your skills. Should you choose to also study the distance learning program you will receive an additional Diploma in the Theory and Principles of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling. You will also be entitled to attend the course again as often as you want for free should you wish to brush up your skills in the future. 


  • Internationally respected training and qualification
  • Cutting edge techniques and skills developed over the past 35 years
  • Free bonus access to our optional one year online distance learning course.
  • Free option to attend the course again each year
  • Information Gathering and Questioning Skills
  • Indirect Hypnotic Induction Techniques
  • Indirect Hypnotic Suggestion and Language Patterns
  • Trance Deepening and Utilisation
  • How To Evoke Hypnotic Phenomena
  • The Ericksonian Approach to Therapeutic Intervention
  • Pattern Intervention and Disruption
  • Metaphor and Storytelling Skills
  • Strategic Therapy, Brief Therapy and Tasking Techniques
  • Self-hypnosis and Personal Development from an Ericksonian Perspective


Introduction to the British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute

We believe passionately that high quality hypnosis training, and especially Ericksonian hypnosis training, offers trainees the chance to be much more successful in the field of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling. For more than 30 years we have made a commitment to training people from all over the world in these skills and techniques and to date we have trained over 6000 people from 40 countries. This unique approach developed by the British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute has established us as pioneers in the hypnotherapy training field.

The British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute was originally founded at the University of Cambridge in 1979 as a research association. In 1986 we decided there was a need to provide an ethical and professional skill based training and qualification to people in the caring professions and those seriously interested in training in this field and we were the first organisation to teach Ericksonian Hypnosis courses in Europe. Our International ‘Ericksonian Hypnosis University Summer School’ has evolved from the respected courses established by the BHRTI in over 20 British hospitals and universities during this time.

British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute courses are now held at Birkbeck College in the University of London and are dedicated to teaching international health professionals and new students of hypnosis, psychotherapy and personal development, the theory, skills and methodology of Indirect Hypnosis combined with Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Our comprehensive BHRTI course curriculum is based on the unique combination of these three cutting edge disciplines.


Course Design

Indirect Hypnosis combined with Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP is recognised as one of the most effective and rapid ways of helping patients achieve desired change in their behaviour and lives. This unique approach was developed by the BHRTI from the work of Milton H Erickson, an American Psychiatrist recognised as the world’s leading authority on hypnosis and innovative psychotherapy. Because of the BHRTI’s outstanding contribution to the field, few courses today can offer the same degree of expertise regarding Erickson’s work. Throughout the training, we constantly place emphasis on the ethical and practical application of the skills. This is not only a theoretical course, this is a hands-on course designed to teach effective practical skills that you can apply in an immediate and powerful way to help patients. The theory and principles behind these techniques and skills can be studied on our free distance learning program should you wish to do this after graduation.


Indirect Hypnosis

On the BHRTI course you will learn to hypnotise patients indirectly in a non-authoritarian way utilising their beliefs, interests and personality to help them successfully enter the hypnotic state. The course covers all of the principles of Indirect Hypnosis including language skills, hypnotic induction, hypnotic implication, pattern intervention and tasking as applied to a wide range of psychological, behavioural and pathological problems.

Learning to experience hypnosis for yourself will also open up the creativity of your unconscious mind and may help you resolve any life long issues that have stopped you from realising your full potential.


Ericksonian Psychotherapy

Erickson’s contribution to psychotherapy is well documented and his approaches are now being used throughout the caring professions world wide. We have continued to refine and update Erickson’s approach to match the changing needs of therapists and patients in the 21st century and our summer school is at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy training both academically and as a practical skill based training.


Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP was originally developed from detailed observations of innovative therapists such as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls. By studying these therapists, NLP identified communication techniques, strategies and skills that could be taught to others. NLP today is taught to a wide range of professions such as therapy, business, sales, education, sport, law and personal development.

Because of this broad spectrum of applications, NLP courses do not specialise in teaching NLP specifically to the caring professions, but we have identified those skills and techniques most relevant to helping patients and include these within the context of hypnosis and psychotherapy.


Problems that can be treated with Ericksonian Hypnosis

The training has been designed to help students work with a wide range of problems including: eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self esteem, substance abuse, terminal illness, phobias, pain control, sexual dysfunction, smoking, relationship problems, family therapy, stuttering, enuresis, sports performance, exam nerves, stage fright etc.


Course Syllabus



Course Tutor

ericksonian hypnosis trainingJos Van Boxtel is a hypnotherapist with an established practice in Utrecht in the Netherlands. He has considerable experience of applying EricksonianHypnosis, NLP, EMDR, Neurosemantics and Solution Focused Therapy with a wide range of problems with over 1000 clients. He holds qualifications at Master Practitioner level in hypnotherapy and NLP. He is co-author with BHRTI founder Stephen Brooks of a forthcoming series Ericksonian case studies.


Your Qualification

On graduation you will receive our Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling. This allows you to use hypnosis as part of your profession (subject to any restriction on using hypnosis within your profession).  Or to set up in private practice.

If you choose to also take the free optional online distance learning course you will also receive the Online Diploma in the Theory and Principles of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling.

Although not a legal requirement, should you wish to join one of the umbrella bodies representing hypnotherapists and training organisations, we recommend the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council who have a register of qualified members. This is a resource for members of the public looking for hypnotherapists. The GHSC have accredited our combined courses at Advanced Practitioner Level *.


 Who Should Attend

Our trainees come from many countries and many different areas of the caring professions. Many fly into London especially to attend our courses After qualifying with our international ‘Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling’ many trainees then return home to study online. This helps integrate the practical hands-on skills and techniques with the theory and principles.

The course has been designed for people demanding a practical skill based fast track training in Ericksonian hypnosis and on graduation many graduates then apply their course skills within their profession as psychologists, doctors, nurses, counsellors and social workers etc. or to establish successful hypnotherapy practices in their home country.


Course Location – Birkbeck College, Central London

Birkbeck College is in the centre of London and easily accessible from anywhere in the city or other parts of the country. The college and local accommodation is ideally placed for students travelling from other countries and convenient for local sightseeing, museums, parks and London’s lively West End for restaurants, night life and theatres – all available within a 30 minute walk!


Student Accommodation

There is inexpensive student accommodation within the university, so if you need somewhere to stay while attending the course we will send you details.


Entry Requirements

The course is open to doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, dentists, counsellors, therapists and other members of the caring professions wishing to use hypnosis in their work or train as hypnotherapists. Applications are also considered from applicants without formal entry requirements if they have appropriate work experience or are motivated to learn hypnotherapy as a career. A number of places are made available for such applicants.

If you are involved in any kind of work where effective communication is essential you will find the BHRTI training course invaluable. Many students study with us as part of their own personal development and our students to date come from a broad cross section of career backgrounds.

If you are considering setting up in private practice and becoming a practising hypnotherapist or NLP practitioner, the BHRTI offers you the most comprehensive and practical training for responsible hypnotherapy currently available today. You will find that indirect hypnosis combined with Ericksonian psychotherapy and NLP is persuasive and successful in achieving outcomes in patients and will allow you to reach new goals in your area of expertise.


Dates & Location

Dates: The course runs for 9 days from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th of April 2018.

Times: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Location: Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Central London.

Nearest tube: Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road.


Course fee

The course fee is £2850 and if your course application is accepted you can secure your place with a £350 deposit. You will then be invoiced for the course balance in one month before the course starts.


How To Apply

Acceptance on the course is subject to your application being approved and whether places are available.  Early application is advised. To apply please complete the application form below.

If you have any questions before you apply you can contact us here.



* The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is the largest independent accrediting body for hypnotherapy training courses and represents more than 3,000 hypnotherapists from around the world and more than 140 affiliated professional bodies & training schools. The GHSC recognises the combined BHRTI ‘Ericksonian Hypnosis University Summer School’, Online Distance Learning course and Master Practitioner course for ‘Practitioner’ membership to the General Hypnotherapy Register rising to ‘Advanced Practitioner’ membership after two years in practice.