Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy



“Each person is a unique individual.

Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs…”


Milton H. Erickson MD


The training is presented by the Ericksonian Institute of Sydney Australia (EISA), a registered training institute with the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


In the Ericksonian approach the uniqueness of individual experience is recognised and participants are taught and guided to utilise the personal resources of each person to tailor make specialised therapeutic solutions.


Hypnosis is viewed as a natural experience, occurring in everyday life and utilized in therapy.

Ericksonian therapy focuses on assisting individuals to use hypnosis to access and utilize their own unique resources and personal strengths in new ways to resolve difficulties they have struggled with previously.


Learning these skills will enhance a clinician’s therapeutic repertoire in therapy.  This will enable practitioners to potentially reach more clients and increase their client base.


An increasing number of people are seeking out hypno-therapeutic treatments, particularly if offered by registered health care professionals.

Postgraduate Intensive Training


Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy

An Ericksonian Approach




Online Training Event

Hypnotic Inductions: 4-6 March 2021

Advanced Techniques: 22-24 April 2021

Clinical Applications: 20-22 May 2020


Early Bird Registration till 3 March 2021:  $ 2150

(Full-time Students & Unpaid Interns $975)

Full Registration:  $ 2350

(Full-time Students & Unpaid Interns $1075)


Training Times: 9h00 to 17h30

Platform: Zoom

The training is divided into 3-day training blocks to allow participants to practise and apply learnt skills in practice.

Module 1

First Part

The primary emphasis during the first 5 days of training, is upon teaching professionals how to elicit therapeutic trances and ways to utilise trance during treatment.  The Ericksonian approach is solutions orientated.  The workshop explores the nature of human experience and pathology through understanding the particular phenomena involved in human experience and how these phenomena are the same phenomena in hypnosis and in symptoms.  These phenomena can be understood and implemented to tailor unique therapeutic approaches for individuals.  The fundamental training also focuses specifically on the observational process, the language of suggestion, induction approaches, self-hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, ego-strengthening and how to utilize trance in clinical work.  Professionals will be able to begin to integrate hypnosis into their practices after the first 5 days of the training programme.

Educational Objectives

At the end of this training you will:

  1. Understand the nature, history and theories of hypnosis
  2. Be updated on the science and neurology of hypnosis
  3. Know about the application of hypnosis in medicine, psychotherapy and education
  4. Understand the indications and contra-indications for utilizing hypnotic techniques
  5. Have developed observational- and hypnotic communication skills
  6. Be able to use the language of suggestion
  7. Know how to utilize various induction principles to induce hypnosis, such as: perception, sensation, memory, fantasy, metaphors and anecdotes
  8. Be able to do various direct-, indirect-  and conversational inductions
  9. Be able to teach clients self-hypnosis
  10. Know how to do ego-strengthening with clients
  11. Understand how to apply fundamental treatment interventions in hypnosis
  12. Understand and utilise symptom- and hypnotic phenomena
  13. Know how to access and utilize individual client resources in hypnosis
  14. Have the ability to develop specific hypnotic solutions for specific client difficulties
  15. Have a sound knowledge of the ethical use and application of hypnosis

Module 2

Second Part

The second part of the training delves more specifically into hypnotic applications for particular clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions and pain management.  Participants will be taught how to design and tailor individualised hypnotherapeutic interventions, utilizing the unique strengths and resources of the individual.  The strategic utilization of the various hypnotic phenomena, as well as the development of more advanced linguistic and communication skills will be developed.  Indirection, sequencing, advanced induction approaches, hypnosis with children and creating personalised metaphors in therapy will be part of the training.  At the end of the training participants will have a comprehensive understanding of hypnosis, how to induce trance, plan the therapy and utilise the unique experiences of clients to develop personalised solutions to wide variety of conditions.

Educational Objectives

At the end of this training you will:

  1. Understand and utilize the hypnotic phenomena in treatment
  2. Use advanced communication skills and language patterns
  3. Design individualised treatment approaches for clients
  4. Use advanced induction techniques, such as confusional inductions
  5. Utilize sequencing and pattern interruption in habit disorders
  6. Be able to integrate Ericksonian principles into therapy
  7. Utilise hypnosis with children
  8. Apply the principles in the treatment of depression
  9. Treat various anxiety conditions utilizing hypno-therapeutic approaches
  10. Utilize a protocol for the treatment of phobias
  11. Apply these principles in the treatment of smoking-, alcohol-, drug- and other addictions.
  12. Utilize hypnosis in the treatment of pain and psychosomatic conditions
  13. Discussion of other areas of group interest


Carl Hattingh

Carl Hattingh (Callie) is an AHPRA registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Sydney.  He is the President of AICHP and the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Sydney Australia (EISA).


Carl received the Fuma award for his contribution to Promoting Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in South Africa.  He is one of the past founding Directors of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA), past President Elect of the Milton H. Erickson Society of South Africa and founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Cape Town South Africa (MECSA).  He has been a trainer in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Ego State Therapy since 2000 and has organised various congresses on clinical hypnosis, trauma and psychotherapy.  He is a registered supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (ESTI) and a registered Somatic Experiencing Pracitioner (SEP).


Carl has been a keynote speaker and faculty member at various international congresses.