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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.

Volume 1-7

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.

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

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HMI Student Comments

Volume 1-2
2022-05-21 at 10:55 AM Pacific Time

I found it very engaging. Melton's break-down of the first session, from the pre-induction interview to the induction itself, to the deepening and the awakening, was very helpful to me in growing my understand of induction as a process, but also its place in hypnotherapeutic work overall, I think. I also found the class interactions very interesting, as well. They raised a lot of questions that popped into /my/ head while watching!
J.C. from Columbia, Missouri, US


Volume 1-1
2022-05-18 at 10:50 PM Pacific Time

This was a LOT of information, but very useful, thank you.
L.S. from Bloomington, Indiana, US


Final Exam
2022-05-17 at 8:32 PM Pacific Time

I watched the Hypnotized series before coming to HMI. It's a very informative look at how hypnotherapists can help people overcome real life issues.
A.R. from Rome, New York, US


Volume 1-4
2022-05-17 at 8:23 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning the self-hypnosis process. I can't wait to practice this method and teach it to others.
A.R. from Rome, New York, US


Volume 1-3
2022-05-17 at 3:52 PM Pacific Time

This lesson was very effective for explaining the deepening techniques used, especially in the first session, and the psychological/physiological reasons why these techniques are effective. I appreciated the level of detail and nuance the instructor provided, including the differences between working with each type of suggestibility.
A.R. from Rome, New York, US


Final Exam
2022-05-17 at 9:50 AM Pacific Time

It was great to see real case demonstrations and I am very impressed by the successful results in such a short time.
S.B. from Malibu, California, US


Final Exam
2022-05-17 at 3:58 AM Pacific Time

Seeing real clinical cases where hypnotherapy has helped people struggling with insomnia or chronic pain for years really motivates and inspires me to keep learning so that one day I can help others as well.
K.G. from Barcelona, ES


Volume 1-4
2022-05-17 at 1:36 AM Pacific Time

A great final lesson for the foundation's course. If this is only the fundamentals, I can't imagine what we'll be learning later on.
K.G. from Barcelona, ES


Volume 1-2
2022-05-16 at 9:14 PM Pacific Time

I really appreciated the detailed demonstrations and explanations of the hypnotherapy first session. It was very clear why each step is taken down to the smallest detail. I found that I was often surprised at actual reason why each word is used or suggestion given. Understanding how and why the techniques work is important to mastering the art and science of hypnosis.
A.R. from Rome, New York, US


Final Exam
2022-05-16 at 5:13 PM Pacific Time

In general all Foundation part of course is more than exciting, learning more how brain works, how to use hypnosis and all the techniques properly. This just incredible beginning of all.
K.B. from North Canton, Ohio, US


Volume 1-1
2022-05-16 at 4:06 PM Pacific Time

After this lesson, I am excited to continue with the program. The video presentation was well produced and informative, and the content was very clearly explained.
A.R. from Rome, New York, US


Volume 1-4
2022-05-16 at 3:49 PM Pacific Time

Each time more and more im curious what it is going to be next. Just love it... Everything is explaining so well.
K.B. from North Canton, Ohio, US


Final Exam
2022-05-16 at 9:24 AM Pacific Time

Thank you this lesson had a lot of amazing information that I can't wait to put to use!
A.N. from Dana Point, California, US


Final Exam
2022-05-15 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time

I probably should have taken a day to refresh myself before the final.
J.T. from Memphis, Tennessee, US


Volume 1-4
2022-05-15 at 8:31 AM Pacific Time

I loved this lesson and I am excited to put it to use. Ready to practice on my self!
A.N. from Dana Point, California, US


Volume 1-4
2022-05-15 at 4:19 AM Pacific Time

I an still loving this class.
J.T. from Memphis, Tennessee, US


Volume 1-1
2022-05-14 at 6:40 PM Pacific Time

I though it was very interesting and informative, and especially appreciated being able to watch the live demonstrations.
J.C. from Columbia, Missouri, US


Volume 1-3
2022-05-14 at 2:11 PM Pacific Time

At the 3rd class is becoming more and more understandable thing that at the beginning was questioner... But now, reading the book, watching videos, it is more and more clear... love it, and feel like my curiosity nature keep growing and growing and passion with it. Thank you.
K.B. from North Canton, Ohio, US