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Foundations in Hypnotherapy - Volume 1

HMI’s Foundations in Hypnotherapy Course includes the following:

  • 10 hours of streaming video instruction and demonstrations
  • The HMI Student Workbook
  • Understand exactly what hypnosis is and how to trigger the hypnotic response
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to hypnotize everyone
  • How to test for “Emotional & Physical Suggestibility”
  • How to word hypnotic suggestions
  • How to do shock and instantaneous inductions
  • How to do group hypnosis
  • How to do self-hypnosis

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Hypnosis in History – Introductory Lesson

Successful completion of this Hypnosis in History course is the required first step in your HMI education.

In this revealing documentary, HMI Instructor John Melton guides you through a delightful journey through the early history of hypnosis. The artful use of music combined with interesting illustrations and historic photos, helps convey the feeling of the period and the mood of this hypnotically historic saga.

Starting with the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, our story guides you through the esoteric practices of Franz Mesmer in the 1770s and through James Braid’s scientific research in the 1840s, outlining the advances and contributions made by the earliest practitioners of this field as it fought for recognition within the medical community and its evolution into the 20th Century.

Hypnosis in History

Foundations in Hypnotherapy – Lesson 1-1

  • Introduction
  • History of Hypnosis
  • Message Unit Theory of Mind
  • Definition of Hypnosis
  • Demonstration: Finger Spreading
  • Emotional and Physical Suggestibility
  • Practicum and Assignment 1

Video Duration: 02:03:27, Quiz Questions: 12

Volume 1-1

Foundations in Hypnotherapy – Lesson 1-2

  • Message Unit Theory
  • Pain/Pleasure Principle
  • Emotional and Physical Suggestibility
  • Post Suggestion for Re-Hypnosis
  • Pre-Induction Speech
  • Written Suggestibility Tests
  • Demonstration: Emotional Arm Raising Induction
  • Practicum and Assignment 2

Video Duration: 02:05:07, Quiz Questions: 12

Volume 1-2

Foundations in Hypnotherapy – Lesson 1-3

  • Laws of Suggestibility
  • Demonstration: Physical Arm Raising
  • Deepening Techniques
  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Practicum and Assignment 3

Video Duration: 02:03:23, Quiz Questions: 12

Volume 1-3

Foundations in Hypnotherapy – Lesson 1-4

  • Self-Hypnosis
  • E&P – Sexuality Primer
  • Demonstration: Auto-Dual Induction
  • Practicum and Assignment 4

Video Duration: 02:06:57, Quiz Questions: 12

Volume 1-4

Foundations in Hypnotherapy – Final Exam

This lesson is titled "HYPNOTIZED." In this lesson, HMI Director, George Kappas transports you into the future to give you a glimpse of the hypnotherapy skills and career that HMI advanced training will prepare you for.

One of the unique features of HMI’s training is that we do LIVE therapy with REAL clients in the classroom, following their progress in hypnotherapy over a period of time.

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This lesson is titled “HYPNOTIZED.” In this lesson, HMI Director George Kappas transports you into the future to give you a glimpse of the hypnotherapy skills and career that HMI Advanced Training will prepare you for. One of the unique features of HMI’s training is that we do LIVE therapy with REAL clients in the classroom, following their progress in hypnotherapy over a period of time.

This lesson contains two episodes of our documentary series “HYPNOTIZED” that will show you what training at HMI is like, what people seek hypnotherapy for, how people respond to hypnosis and how effective hypnotherapy can be with a variety of issues.

This lesson also contains your online Final Exam. The Final Exam contains thirty (30) questions that draw from all of the lessons in the Foundations in Hypnotherapy Course. It is suggested you review your workbook before beginning this exam.

In addition to your online Final Exam, you are also required to have a Tutor Appointment with your Foundations Tutor via phone or Skype. Your Tutor Appointment will be a short, easy, fun conversation with your Tutor to review a few key concepts of the Foundations Course and ask any questions you have regarding the Foundations or Advanced Training.

Upon successful completion of your Final Exam you will then be asked to schedule your Tutor Appointment. To schedule please go to “3. Scheduled Lessons” in your student menu to schedule your Tutorial Appointment. This option will not appear until you have completed your online Final Exam.

Successful completion of both your online Final Exam and Tutor Appointment are required to complete your Foundations in Hypnotherapy Course.

For detailed information on HMI’s Advanced Training, Certification as a Hypnotherapist, information on additional learning resources and more, please read your HMI Distance Education Catalog.

Thank you for being a great student and for choosing HMI as your Hypnotherapy Education Provider.

* Please note that certain countries are exempt from the Tutorial Appointment, including China and India. If, after completing your online exam, there is no “3. Scheduled Lessons” option in your menu and you are outside the U.S. then you fall into this category.

Video Duration: 01:23:08, Quiz Questions: 30

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HMI Student Comments

Volume 1-4
2021-02-26 at 5:10 PM Pacific Time

Really enjoyed the class and content so excited to learn more!!!
L.W. from Chicago, Illinois, US


Volume 1-3
2021-02-26 at 1:01 PM Pacific Time

I really appreciate everything that I am learning.
L.W. from Chicago, Illinois, US


Final Exam
2021-02-26 at 3:05 AM Pacific Time

I understood all the questions, some I understand for a long time, because they need to be translated into my language. In general, I understand everything, I think at the beginning just slowly.
L.B. from Sacramento, California, US


Volume 1-4
2021-02-25 at 11:20 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed this lesson and am looking forward to using self hypnosis in the future.
R.O. from Athens, Georgia, US


Volume 1-1
2021-02-25 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was very informative , I have more knowledge than before, I am very interested in becoming a hypnotherapist. The instructor was excellent, he has a warm and friendly personality who knows how to teach.
J.O. from Delray Beach, Florida, US


Volume 1-2
2021-02-25 at 2:34 AM Pacific Time

I enjoy watching John Melton speak so much, he makes it so interesting and fun to watch. I get into it even watching online.
T.B. from Layton, Utah, US


Final Exam
2021-02-24 at 5:49 PM Pacific Time

This really tested my ability to remember all the techinal lesson and I have to practice even more with the basics to continue and learn everything to move forward.
D.V. from Staten Island, New York, US


Volume 1-1
2021-02-24 at 10:08 AM Pacific Time

This lesson was great, learned so much and really helped me understand.
P.C. from Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, US


Volume 1-2
2021-02-23 at 6:49 PM Pacific Time

Loved it! John has such an easy way to be able to follow and keep my full attention every minute of the video.
L.L. from Los Angeles, California, US


Volume 1-4
2021-02-23 at 3:15 PM Pacific Time

I loved this exercise of self hypnosis I will be practicing daily to see my own results.
D.V. from Staten Island, New York, US


Volume 1-3
2021-02-23 at 12:57 PM Pacific Time

I found the level of detail informative and I took lot's of notes, which I will need to review to remember everything!
S.R. from London, GB


Volume 1-2
2021-02-22 at 9:08 PM Pacific Time

Really like the teaching style- very informative.
L.H. from Attica, New York, US


Volume 1-3
2021-02-21 at 11:11 PM Pacific Time

Just a LOT of info to take in..i will most likely review. Some trick questions on the wording..i see what you did there..It is really easy to overthink and doubt my knowledge so far.
A.M. from Portland, Oregon, US


Volume 1-3
2021-02-21 at 10:39 PM Pacific Time

I am really enjoying the classes. I am familiar with reactional hypnosis but this was the first time I had seen it used with the subject opening their eyes. I am looking forward to trying it.
R.O. from Athens, Georgia, US


Volume 1-2
2021-02-21 at 2:36 PM Pacific Time

Again, as with session one very helpful information and practical. I am impressed with John's professionalism.
D.N. from Digby, Nova Scotia, CA


Final Exam
2021-02-21 at 5:59 AM Pacific Time

The pain management video shows I'll need more than technique, they knew to address underlying issues and how to handle them. This may shape how I focus my practice initially and what is required to expand my offers.
M.H. from York, New York, US


Volume 1-4
2021-02-20 at 4:43 PM Pacific Time

The example mini-explanation for the smoker client might be useful in Lesson 1 when we're supposed to practice pre-induction.
M.H. from York, New York, US


Final Exam
2021-02-20 at 1:12 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed watching real patients and how different hypnotherapists completed the therapy sessions. I look forward to learning more.
S.M. from Dublin, Ohio, US


Volume 1-3
2021-02-20 at 12:09 PM Pacific Time

It's a good selection of deepening techniques.
M.H. from York, New York, US


Volume 1-1
2021-02-20 at 7:12 AM Pacific Time

Great lecture. John is very professional and knowledgeable.
D.N. from Digby, Nova Scotia, CA


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