The Institute believes that it is essential for students of hypnotherapy to engage in ongoing research and training. Hypnotherapy is still a young discipline and was previously seen as an adjunct to clinical psychology.

Since becoming an independent discipline in its own right, hypnotherapy has had to stand up for itself. Science demands rigorous testing and research before it recognises any therapy as valid or effective. This is true of all therapies and especially so in the case of hypnotherapy.

The amount of research into hypnotherapy has increased significantly over recent years with the development of neuroscience and our ability to now see what is happening inside the brain when people think and process information. This has given us invaluable insights into how and why hypnosis works. However this is only the beginning. Hypnosis has yet to be fully accepted by the public and professionals as a valid approach to enhanced learning and therapeutic change.

The Institute hopes that through continued research, hypnosis will be more widely accepted and used in contexts such as helping children learn more effectively, helping pupils develop better self-discipline and helping people set goals and achieve outcomes. There is no reason why this should not happen once the stigma of hypnosis, propagated by the media and entertainment, has been removed.

The BHRTI began life as a research organisation at the University of Cambridge in 1979 and although it evolved into a training organisation, it has never forgotten its original purpose. This is we have created a portal for hypnosis research for the benefit of students and graduates of our courses. This portal aims to give serious students of hypnosis access to the largest database of hypnosis research papers currently available. This is an ongoing work in progress as more and more research is undertaken in this exciting field.

We encourage all of our students and graduates to become actively involved in research as part of their training whether it is simply testing new techniques with clients or writing a degree thesis on some new aspect of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy today is wide open for exploration. Its potential is enormous and the Institute sees one of its roles as being a catalyst for its development. This development can only happen through concerted effort, rigorous research and objective observation of new hypnosis techniques, skills and theories.