Hypnosis Certification

Complete This Course and Become a Certified Hypnotist.

This is a comprehensive course.  The course includes the complete curriculum of the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.  Upon graduation, students will receive the Certification from the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), including certificate PLUS one year of free membership in the Guild.  Graduates may attend the annual NGH conference as members in good standing.

2024 Spring Semester: Saturdays and Sundays

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Part 1: January 13-14, 27-28

Part 2: February 10-11, 24-25

Parts Therapy Workshop: March 9-10


Class size is limited.

You will learn….

• How to Hypnotize
• Self-hypnosis
• An overview of the Profession of Hypnotism
• Fundamental Principles of Success
• The Role of the Certified Hypnotist
• How to properly explain Hypnosis to Clients
• How to establish rapport
• Factors that Influence Suggestibility
• Laws of Suggestion
• Suggestibility Tests
• Pre-induction Talk
• Practical Hints for Hypnotic Induction
• De-hypnotization
• Recognition of the Depth of the Hypnotic State
• Authoritarian and Permissive Induction Techniques
• Rapid Induction Techniques
• Posthypnotic Suggestion
• Deepening Techniques
• Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation
• Hypnosis for Stress Reduction
• Hypnosis for Weight Loss
• How to set up your practice and build your clientele
• Non-therapeutic applications (learning, stage fright, confidence, selling, relaxation, etc.)
• Precautions in the Use of Hypnotism
• This course also includes the Parts Therapy Workshop.


This innovative program is designed to give you a working understanding of Hypnotism. The course is practical and down-to-earth, concentrating heavily on the how-to-do-it aspects.

By means of supervised practice sessions, you will be trained to actually produce the hypnotic state and use it skillfully and effectively. Well thought-out, tested-and-true, this course will help you to master your Hypnotism skills and increase your results.

Upon completion of all class hours, including hands-on practice and independent study, students will be eligible for examination leading to graduation as a Certified Hypnotist. The internationally recognized core curriculum is reviewed, annotated and upgraded annually by our National Guild of Hypnotists adjunct facility and is further enhanced by the personal knowledge and experience of your instructor, James M. Giunta.


I will share everything I know, and I will also share myself.  All questions are fair game.  I will also be available for discussions with you after the course has completed.
During the course and after, you will develop your own “brand” of hypnotism.  This is natural, as you will be bringing your background and personal ideas and opinions to bear on the subject.  You will notice that some of your deeply-held beliefs will be challenged and tossed out–that’s a natural and healthy thing, too!
Students often want to challenge my approach and some of my philosophy, and I welcome the opportunities!  A healthy exchange and questioning of ideas is always welcome in our classroom.

Hypnosis Certification Course, $2,600.00. Includes all materials plus Parts Therapy Workshop.

Lesson One

  • What is Hypnosis?
  • What is Hypnotizability?
  • Hypnoidal States
  • Hypnopompic and Hypnagogic States
  • Dominant Personality

Lesson Two

  • Preliminary Suggestibility Tests
  • Two Types of Preliminary Tests
  • Suggestibility Test One
  • Chevreul’s Pendulum
  • Suggestibility Test Two
  • Arm Rising and Falling Test
  • Suggestibility Test Three
  • Authoritative Hand Clasp
  • Suggestibility Test Four
  • Suggestibility Test Five
  • Postural Sway Test
  • Suggestibility Test Six
  • Progressive Relaxation Test
  • Qualifications of Clients
  • Occupational Susceptibility
  • Age
  • Susceptibility of Highly Impressionable and Emotional People

Lesson Three

  • Favorable and Unfavorable Influences

Lesson Four

  • Cautions of Hypnosis

Lesson Five

  • History

Lesson Six

  • How To Hypnotize
  • Three Step Induction Procedure
  • Dr. Flower’s Hypnotic Induction Technique
  • Self-Hypnosis 3 Step Method

Lesson Seven

  • Trance Depth
  • Degrees or Stages of Hypnosis
  • The Six Depth Stages in Hypnosis (Arons)
  • Four Criteria for Judging Trance Depth
  • Use of Depth Testing
  • Reality of Negative Hallucinations
  • Hyperamnesia Phenomena
  • Sensory Hyperaesthesia

Lesson Eight

  • Suggestion Management
  • Post Hypnotic Suggestions

Lesson Nine

  • The Conscious and Unconscious Mind

Lesson Ten

  • Mechanical Aids

Lesson Eleven

  • Additional Inductions
  • Progressive Relaxation Induction (Dr. John Hartland)
  • Blackboard Induction
  • Relaxed Scene Experience Script
  • Non-Content Relaxed Scene Script
  • Eye Fixation Technique
  • Counting Methods Induction/Deepener

Lesson Twelve

  • Deepening Techniques
  • Basic Deepening Techniques
  • Pyramiding of Suggestions
  • Post-Hypnotic Suggestions
  • Repeated Induction
  • Feedback Method
  • Counting Backward Method

Lesson Thirteen

  • Hypnotic Miscellany

Lesson Fourteen

  • Anesthesia Management
  • Surrogate Devices to Maintain Anesthesia
  • Combining Hypnosis with Local or General Chemical Anesthetic

Lesson Fifteen

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Withdrawal Program
  • Stop Smoking Agreement
  • The First Smoking Session
  • First Step in Smoking Cessation Self-Hypnosis
  • Stop Smoking Follow up Questionnaire
  • Smoking Cessation – One Sessions Program

Lesson Sixteen

  • Hypnosis for Weight Management
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Weight Management Questionnaire – 1st Week
  • Autosuggestion Exercise

Lesson Seventeen

  • Stress Management
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Proper Breathing
  • Self-Relaxation
  • Pre-Sleep Technique
  • The Reinforcement Script
  • Stress Reduction Action Plan
  • The Zeigarnick Effect and Stress Management
  • Progressive Neuromuscular Relaxation
  • Analysis of Stress Management:  Progressive Relaxation
  • Hypnosis and Relaxation Training

Lesson Eighteen

  • Ethics
  • The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • The Code of Ethics of the National Guild of Hypnosis
  • A Guide to Language

Lesson Nineteen

  • Session Structure
  • The First Session with a Client
  • Hypnotist Intake Sheet
  • How to Explain Hypnosis to a Client
  • Sessions Two, Three and Four with a Client

Lesson Twenty

  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Types of Behavioral Assessment
  • Basic Assessment Technique
  • Behavior
  • Affect
  • Sensations
  • Imagery
  • Cognition

Lesson Twenty-One

  • Goal Setting
  • Assessment – Goal Setting
  • Ogdson: His Story
  • Morals
  • Goal Setting
  • Goal
  • Benefits
  • Objectives
  • Thinking
  • Feeling
  • Action

Lesson Twenty-Two

  • Imagery Psychology and Hypnosis
  • Imagery Techniques
  • Imagination Training
  • Systematic Desensitization and Hypnosis
  • Model Hierarchy Form
  • Hierarchy Form
  • Plane Flying Avoidance Survey Schedule (PFASS)
  • Cues for Tension and Anxiety Survey Schedule (CTASS)
  • Color Imagery

Lesson Twenty-Three

  • Additional Scripts and Techniques
  • Hyperemperia
  • Hyperemperia Script
  • Theodore X. Barber’s Mystical Induction Method
  • Barber’s Mystical Induction
  • Ego-Strengthening Suggestions
  • The Ego-Strengthening Technique
  • Ego-Strengthening Script
  • Goal Image Focusing Technique (GIFT)
  • The Gift Technique – Six Steps to Achieving Goals
  • Goal Image Focusing Technique, Case Study – Barbara

Lesson Twenty-Four

  • How to Run a Six Hour Self Hypnosis Course

Lesson Twenty-Five

  • Age Regression
  • Examples of Hypnotic Interviewing
  • Age Regression Calendar Method
  • The Affect Bridge
  • The Affect Bridge Regression Technique Case Study
  • Automatic Writing
  • The Automatic Writing Technique

Lesson Twenty-Six

  • Your Hypnosis Practice