Skip to Main Content

HMI Distance Learning

Feel free to call us at 1-818-268-6180 or schedule a time for phone consultation.

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

Register and Start Training Now

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.

* 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

Register and Start Training Now

HMI Student Comments

Volume 1-2
2021-05-10 at 8:04 PM Pacific Time

I liked the lesson so much, I watched it twice.
E.C. from Stoutsville, Missouri, US


Volume 1-1
2021-05-10 at 6:46 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed class great information really great way to start your foundation.
R.M. from Corona, California, US


Volume 1-3
2021-05-10 at 6:24 PM Pacific Time

Very well explained.Enjoying and kinda envy that i cant be on these seminars. :))
P.I. from Wheeling, Illinois, US


Final Exam
2021-05-10 at 2:26 PM Pacific Time

This was also very interesting. It was nice to see he process in action.
C.V. from Wauchula, Florida, US


Volume 1-1
2021-05-10 at 11:13 AM Pacific Time

It was very helpful and informative.
N.M. from Dubai, AE


Final Exam
2021-05-06 at 11:50 PM Pacific Time

nervous but I am hoping that this final will allow me to do what I love and have great success.
G.B. from Newbury Park, California, US


Volume 1-2
2021-05-06 at 3:34 PM Pacific Time

This was very thorough but I feel like I still need a lot of practice.
J.G. from Davis, Oklahoma, US


Final Exam
2021-05-06 at 1:28 AM Pacific Time

I found it to be interesting and would love to see more sample sessions.
M.G. from Los Angeles, California, US


Final Exam
2021-05-05 at 1:47 PM Pacific Time

Wide range of question that reflect the foundation of Hypnotherapy.
J.R. from Wade, North Carolina, US


Volume 1-4
2021-05-05 at 11:29 AM Pacific Time

This was a great lesson! helped to understand the physical and emotional keys for hypnosis.
J.R. from Wade, North Carolina, US


Volume 1-4
2021-05-05 at 4:46 AM Pacific Time

More and more refonde techniques allow me to learn more.
I.C. from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, FR


Volume 1-3
2021-05-04 at 9:35 PM Pacific Time

It was great to see so many deepening technique examples.
L.G. from Alta Loma, California, US


Volume 1-1
2021-05-04 at 3:03 PM Pacific Time

I loved this lesson!! As a practicing hypnotherapist since 1998, I learned in this very first lesson the very thing I came here for! (I will continue, despite this...! ;-)) Also, as a psychologist, I appreciated the neuroscience piece about how we become suggestible. (I've been doing it all wrong!) THANK YOU!!!
A.A. from Riverside, California, US


Volume 1-1
2021-05-04 at 3:03 PM Pacific Time

I loved this lesson. And I'm looking forward to the rest of the course.
W.A. from Riverside, California, US


Final Exam
2021-05-04 at 11:55 AM Pacific Time

Its nice to see the methods in action.
T.L. from Los Angeles, California, US


Volume 1-3
2021-05-04 at 10:52 AM Pacific Time

Lesson 3 had great information about the Laws of Suggestibility. The teaching was straight forward and helpful.
J.R. from Wade, North Carolina, US


Volume 1-1
2021-05-04 at 12:39 AM Pacific Time

The lessons was very interesting and the explanation were clear as well. I found particularly interesting the Theory of mind and understanding how hypnosis works.
S.M. from Dubai, AE


Feel free to call us at 1-818-268-6180 or schedule a time for phone consultation.

George Kappas, HMI Director

George J. Kappas
HMI Director, MA, LMFT

Celebrating more than 50 years of excellence, we are happy to chat with you on the phone to answer any questions you might have and help you discover how HMI can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

HMI School Catalog 300 Hours

Diploma in Hypnotherapy

HMI Diploma in Hypnotherapy IDL School Catalog Cover

HMI Certificate of Eligibility

Certificate of Completion
White Paper on Hypnosis for Common Medical Issues