. Clinical Hypnosis Training | Institute of Applied Psychology
    10791NAT Diploma of Clinical
    Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy
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    10 eLearning units
    Up to 18 months
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Become a Clinical Hypnotherapist & transform lives including your own.

IAP’s unique government-accredited 10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy teaches research-supported skills and knowledge in non-script Neo-Ericksonian hypnosis, and contemporary strategic psychotherapy techniques. With this course you can become a safe and confident Clinical Hypnotherapist. This course, delivered in hybrid form (eLearning and interactive zoom sessions) is the number 1 government-accredited course of its type.

  • Enrol & start now with 10 self-paced eLearning units
  • 16 live practical days to suit your schedule
  • Flexible assessments & no exams!
  • Direct contact with world-renowned facilitators & assessors
  • Up to 18 months to complete
  • Exclusive ongoing digital resources
  • Learn from any location & on any device
  • Join Australian & International Associations & apply for private health fund rebates
  • Join an industry where hypnotic therapies is now part of the Complimentary Health Therapists and a predicted growth of 27.9% by 2026!
  • Start your own business

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Course Quick Facts


Up to 18 months


Enrol now & begin your eLearning.
Choice of 16 days (4 blocks of 4)


10 hours a week (average)


From any device


Min year 12 + 5 years work experience


Multiple per module


eLearning + 16 live & interactive online practical days

Payment Options

Upfront or up to 24-months interest free*

Outcomes & Recognitions

You can start your own clinic with this AQF 5 Government accreditation that is the highest & most recognised hypnotherapy qualification in Australia.

What you will learn in this course
  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques: Feel confident you can quickly establish the root of the issue and give the client confidence that you know how to address the problem.
  • Strategic Questioning: Revel in the delight of being able to create AHA moments for the client through insightful questioning techniques.
  • Leading Edge Neo Ericksonian Hypnotic Inductions: Feel safe knowing you are learning the most advanced Hypnotherapy techniques available, and that these techniques marry in with modern psychotherapy methods.
  • Specialised Hypnotic Applications: Feel certain you have clear targeted hypnotic strategies for anxiety, pain, weight loss, anxiety, addiction, phobias & more.
  • The Gordian Pillars of Psychotherapy: Feel confident that you can understand client issues by implementing our simple framework - exclusive to our program.
  • Professional Practice Development: Feel safe when you understand legal and ethical best practices.
  • Career Advancement: Enjoy our marketing leg up by accessing a host of directories, or having your website done by us.


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Meet The Trainer

Gordon Young

Meet The Trainer

Gordon Young


Gordon is the founder of The Institute of Applied Psychology, a registered training organisation (RTO). As a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, lead facilitator and published author, Gordon�s primary pursuit is harnessing the power of the mind for accelerated human change and peak performance.

  • Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 20 years experience
  • President of the peak body - Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA)
  • 10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy
  • NLP and Strategic Coaching Diploma
  • Creator of Gordian Therapy
  • Creator of Strategic Hypnotherapy
  • Owner of 20+ trademarks in therapeutic techniques
  • The only Australian Hypnotherapy Trainer to be invited to be a faculty member of the inaugural Erickson Online Congress 2012 endorsed by the Milton Erickson Foundation
  • Former President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH)
  • Former Chair of the Australian Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)
  • Former Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
Gain Your Place In The Erickson Lineage

You can be just 3 degrees of separation from the legendary Milton Erickson

Milton H. Erickson’s Influence on Therapy and the Benefits of Proximity

Milton Hyland Erickson, born in 1901, stands as a trailblazer in the realm of therapy, leaving an enduring mark through his innovative contributions. His distinct therapeutic approach and transformative techniques have reshaped the landscape of therapy. The advantages of being just three degrees of separation from him offer therapists an exceptional advantage, granting direct access to his teachings and methods. This proximity helps counteract the challenges posed by the “Chinese whispers” effect, ensuring the authenticity of the teachings and the preservation of the original essence.

Erickson’s Enduring Legacy in Therapy

The impact of Milton H. Erickson on the field of therapy is a testament to his visionary approach. A cornerstone of his work is his mastery of hypnosis, a departure from conventional methods. He championed a permissive and adaptable form of hypnosis, utilising indirect suggestions and metaphorical storytelling to access the subconscious mind. This innovative strategy yielded profound outcomes, empowering clients to unearth their inner insights and solutions.

Erickson’s conviction in the potential of the unconscious mind was another pivotal contribution. He highlighted the existence of latent strengths and resources within individuals, ready to be harnessed for personal growth. By guiding clients to access these innate reservoirs, he facilitated sustainable transformations that originated from within.

The language held a paramount role in Erickson’s therapeutic arsenal. He grasped its capacity to shape perceptions and behaviours, a skill he honed to perfection. His adeptness in tailoring language to align with each client’s communication style fostered rapport and engagement. The “double bind” technique, characterised by contradictory statements that encouraged introspection, was a showcase of his linguistic finesse.

The Significance of Proximity in Learning

The advantages of being just two degrees of separation from Erickson provide therapists with numerous benefits. One of the most notable advantages is the proximity to the source of Erickson’s teachings. This closeness safeguards against the “Chinese whispers” effect, which refers to the alteration of information as it passes through multiple intermediaries. With fewer degrees of separation, therapists can access the teachings in their purest form, minimising the risk of information becoming diluted or distorted.

The value of proximity extends beyond mere information transfer. Therapists who are more closely connected to Erickson’s original teachings gain a deeper grasp of the nuances, context, and intent behind his techniques. This understanding enhances their ability to apply the techniques effectively and authentically in their practice. It ensures that clients receive the intended benefits without losing vital details that can occur when information is filtered through greater degrees of separation.

Preserving Essence and Enhancing Efficacy

The advantages of being just three degrees of separation from Erickson hold significant implications for preserving the authenticity and efficacy of his therapeutic techniques. As information travels through fewer intermediaries, the essence of his methods remains intact. Therapists with a direct connection to Erickson’s teachings are better equipped to carry forward his transformative techniques in their unadulterated form.

In a profession where precision and efficacy are paramount, proximity to the source is a potent asset. Therapists who are more closely linked to Erickson’s original teachings can tap into the full potential of his techniques, avoiding the potential pitfalls that can arise from the “Chinese whispers” effect. This direct connection ensures that the benefits and impact of his innovative approaches are fully realised in the therapeutic journey.

In Conclusion

Milton H. Erickson’s legacy in therapy is an enduring testament to his brilliance. His transformative techniques and unique perspectives have reshaped therapeutic practices. The advantages of being just three degrees of separation from him are substantial, offering therapists a direct pathway to his teachings. This proximity safeguards against the distortion of his methods and ensures that the transformative power of his techniques is harnessed in its unadulterated and impactful form.

Ericksonian Lineage

You Are Always Part of the IAP Community

Inquire about our Supervision Support, Continuous Playdates, and our Post Graduate Learning Annex, which offers over 400 clinical demonstrations, lectures, and documents. This allows you to refresh your skills on any technique before meeting with your client. Available ongoing, anytime, anywhere—we’ve got you covered!

Transform lives including your own with Clinical Hypnosis

  1. Become a well trained hypnotherapist & help meet the growing demand for mental health practitioners

  2. Gain cutting-edge skills with our unique blended course, featuring 10 eLearning units and 16 practical training days across 4 modules.

  3. Regardless of your prior experience or qualifications, this powerful toolkit is a must have for your clinic.

  4. Flexible, self-paced learning with no deadlines; complete the course within 18 months.

When you enrol you will receive a FREE listing on our IAP Practitioner Directory

Get a start on your marketing for your new career. Enrol now and you will receivve a free listing on our therapist directory. This will help you start your online presence from the day you graduate.

Stand Out as a Registered Strategic Hypnotherapist
10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy

Modular: 16 days Live Broadcast Sessions + 10 units online, self-directed learning

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If life gets in the way and you cannot complete, you can defer for up to 12 months. You may also get credits towards the full diploma for units you have completed. It couldn’t be easier.

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IAP is Leading Edge

“Strategic psychotherapy as taught by Gordon Young at the Institute of Applied Psychology is a major advancement beyond CBT and ACT, and potentially the next big thing in psychotherapy.”

Dr. William Herfel
University of Newcastle

Get over 120 hours of lessons and unlimited clinical demonstrations direct to your smartphone.

We know that when you first become a Clinical Hypnotherapist you will be dealing with a range of conditions, in many cases for the first time.

This is why we provide you ongoing access to the vast video library of clinical demonstrations, troubleshooting and explanations on how to treat specific conditions to refresh your knowledge.

Only IAP graduates enjoy this valuable, life-long support.

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Course FAQ’S & Details

This course is suitable for those considering a career change, looking to add therapeutic skills and/or to start their own business and help people. These may include:

a. Individuals wishing to change careers or enter into a new career OR

b. Existing workers who have over 5 years work experience in any field and wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge into a new and/or existing industry sector OR

c. Existing workers who wish to have their current skills and knowledge recognised OR

  • This course is delivered online to students across Australia and the globe. Training will be delivered online using interactive platforms and utilities (Zoom).
  • The 16 live practical days are delivered via zoom in blocks of 4 days, 1pm-8pm AEST.
  • Self-paced - Typically 10 hours a week over 18 months. Note: Students will be required to complete activities in their own time and will be required to manage their own study.

This course requires the following to be enrolled:

-Year 12 or equivalent and

-5 years of post-secondary school work experience in any field.

-If there is no Certificate IV (any) previously completed, you may have to complete an LLN Assessment.

We have a range of payment methods that include upfront, 24-month interest-free, Zip Money and up to 5 year payment plans that includes interest and fees. (Tncs apply)

Upon graduation of this course, you will receive a digital and hard copy of the 10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy within 4 weeks of graduating.

This course is nationally-accredited by The Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA)

This course is recognised by the following associations:

  • Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (Peak Body)
  • ISPA
  • ASCH
  • GOAH
  • HHA
  • AHA
  • GHSC

All students have up to 18 months to complete this course from the date of enrolment.

This Diploma includes the following units:


  • DCHHYP501 - Work within a clinical hypnosis framework
  • DCHHYP502 - Prepare for clinical hypnosis session
  • DCHHYP503 - Provide clinical hypnosis session
  • DCHHYP504 - Monitor and evaluate clinical hypnosis interventions
  • DCHSTP505 - Develop clinical hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy practice
  • DCHSTP506 - Apply strategic psychotherapy techniques to clinical hypnosis
  • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically


  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCCCS019 - Recognised and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCCS014 - Provide brief interventions
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues

Standard tuition is $14,995. Call us on 1300 915 497 for any current campaigns.

Pre-Paid fees paid by students are protected under clause 7.3 of the Standards for RTOs 2015 through a Bank Guarantee held by IAP.

RPL is available. A non-refundable assessment fee of $500 for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is required at the time of submission of your completed RPL application. Please note that there are no reductions in fees or refunds for any units awarded through the RPL process.

When you join IAP, you join a community of like-minded peers and receive the highest quality of live student support. We offer you the following:

  • Phone and email student support access and support
  • IAP Knowledge Base
  • Weekly study support groups
  • Monthly playdates (practice sessions)
  • Student community networking engagement platform

Different units will require the completion of different assessments across the course. These include:

  • Observation/Practical skills
  • Written responses
  • Third party reports
  • Case studies
  • Simulated / Role Plays
“I recommend their (IAP) work and their trainings a great deal. As a trainer you can tell the quality of a group. Gordon is also very similar to me, he sees this work and what we do as a sacred space. I love the spirit I find here.”
Bill O’Hanlon
Oprah Guest, Student of the legendary Milton H Erickson Creator of Solution Oriented Hypnosis and author of 36 books on change.
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There’s no need for you to wait until the live practical days to get started on your journey towards the 10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy.

You can enrol and start today with your 10 eLearning units and choose your live practical dates across the 18 months as your complete the course.

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