Hypnosis Training and CertificationWhen selecting a hypnosis school or trainer, of course we hope that you will pick a Banyan Certified Professional Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Instructor. However, no matter who you pick or where the school is located, here are some important points you should always keep in mind. High quality training is essential to the ongoing success and development of the profession and to the professionals that practice in the field of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and hypnotism.

Can the school or instructor substantiate claims made about their training?

Most people working in the field of hypnotherapy are good trustworthy individuals who have received adequate training and have the proper credentials to do hypnotherapy and conduct training. However, it makes sense to check them out. It’s easy for individuals or schools to say they are "one of the largest" in the world. Call them and ask them to substantiate this. Call their certifying organization and ask if it is true.

At the Banyan Hypnosis Center we have conducted over 30,000 hypnosis sessions since we opened in 1996. We attract an average of 40 to 50 new clients per month at our center. We have been called "the best ever seen" by a representative of the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is one of the best kind of environments in which you can learn to do hypnotherapy. When you learn at the Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. or from one of our Certified Professional Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Instructor (CPHIs), you learn from hypnotherapists who have great training and substantial experience. This means you learn practical techniques that work. There is simply no better way to learn professional hypnotherapy.

How large are the classes?

Obviously, the larger the hypnosis training class is, the more difficult it is to maintain high standards of training. Ask how many students there are going to be in the class. You need to be able to ask questions and have them answered in an unhurried way during the course. Because of the nature of this work, and the intensity of the training, large classes may cause some students to be left behind. If classes have more than 16 students it may be necessary for the class to be broken down into smaller groups, or that there be more than one instructor.

Banyan CPHIs tend to keep the hypnosis training classes small so that we can make sure that each student is able to get individual attention so that the class meets his or her needs. We are even able to make small adjustment for each class so that special topics are covered that are of special interest to our students (i.e., hypnosis with children or more time on hypnosis for analgesia). Typically, our class size is 12 to 14 students, but in no case will a class for our NGH Certification Course held at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services exceed 16 students

How much supervised practice and skill-building time is given during the course?

Obviously, a student is going to be able to refine her skills and build sufficient confidence to do the work, only if sufficient time is given in class to attempt and master the techniques covered in class. Ask, how much time is given during the courses for the development of these important skills, while being supervised by a certified and experienced Hypnotherapist? The number one cause of hypnotherapist failure to develop a successful practice is that he or she did not develop a sufficient level of confidence and competence during the training.

CPHIs set their classes so that students practice the techniques they are learning nearly every day. Because of this, they graduate with confidence that they can competently use the skills that were taught during the course. Practice is done under the supervision of a highly skilled and experienced Hypnotherapist so that the skills that you develop are good ones. You are not left to practice on your own at night, without supervision. It is our experience that this can lead to the development of bad habits that are difficult to unlearn, once the problem has been developed. Only perfect practice make for perfect performance. Our certification course averages 10 to 14 hours of scheduled practice time.

Does the instructor still see clients?

Unfortunately, there are too many individuals out there who only teach how to do hypnosis, and don’t really do hypnotherapy themselves! They never really earned the right to teach you by spending time in the hypnotist’s chair themselves. Some are entertainers and will be fun to watch but you won’t really learn what you need to learn to be successful as a Hypnotherapist. Some are writers and can write book after book (mostly by doing research, meaning, reading other people’s books) but will not have practical experience that can make all the difference between success and failure when you see your clients.

When you learn hypnosis from one of our hypnosis instructors, you are learning from professionals who see clients. They are real Hypnotherapists who use what they teach on real clients. They walk the walk and not just talk the talk! Calvin Banyan, MA, CI, BCH has conducted thousands of individual hypnosis sessions, and continues to do so. He also supervises several other Hypnotherapists at the Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. and is a consultant to Hypnotherapists from around the world.

Is the school or trainer licensed to do adult education in their state or province?

It might not even be legal for the "school" or instructor to be providing adult education in the area where you are. States like California and Minnesota (just to name a few) require that the instructor or institution be licensed to provide hypnosis training.
Each Banyan Hypnosis Instructor is required to conform to all legal requirements where he or she teaches, and is fully licensed, insured and bonded to bring you our classes and courses as required by law.

Be careful of "schools" that ask you to buy materials before you even enter their courses.

Some instructors seem to teach for only one reason. They want to sell you their books, tapes and other materials, and they will require that you buy them before you even begin their program. Make sure that all the materials that you are required to buy are included in the cost of the tuition or are listed plainly so that you don’t get any surprises. The National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Course does NOT require you to buy or read any books other than the materials that you receive when you take the course. The cost of these materials are included in our NGH course.

The Banyan Hypnosis certifications contain all of your required materials. All materials are included in the cost of the courses. No additional purchases are required. In fact , we include, at no extra charge, materials that go beyond those required by the NGH. We also offer additional books, tapes and training videos for those who wish to purchase them and continue to learn more, but are not required to do so.

We include the following materials in the National Guild of Hypnotists Approved Banyan Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Certification Super Course:

  • Level I – Student Manual, covering fundamentals of hypnosis, modern approaches to hypnosis, ethical concerns, waking suggestion, suggestibility testing, hypnosis scripts and more.

  • NGH Membership For One Year! After you complete the program you become a member of the world’s oldest and largest hypnosis organization, which offers many more benefits than mentioned here.

  • Calvin Banyan’s and Gerald Kein’s book, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Basic To Advanced Techniques For The Professional, and indispensable guide to conducting successful hypnosis sessions, using waking suggestion, direct suggestion and age regression techniques.

  • Level II – Advanced Hypnotherapy Manual: 5-PATH and 7th Path. This cutting edge manual is constantly updated with the latest techniques and procedures used at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. It includes outlines on the important procedures, like Age Regression Therapy and Forgiveness Therapy. It is also filled with scripts and directions on how to write you own effective hypnosis suggestions and scripts.

  • Get On the Path and Program Yourself for Success, the manual that you will learn how to use when teaching the 7th Path Self-Hypnosis Process to clients and students. It shows you how to use this unique mind-body-spirit approach to hypnosis.

  • Chevreul’s Pendulum, used in class to demonstrate suggestibility and uncover unconscious material. Every hypnotist should have one.

  • BRING AN EMPTY SUITCASE! You will need the extra space to take everything that you get in this class back home with you. PLUS, to aid you in getting everything that you want for your business, there are discounts available during the course on just about every book and tape that you find on this web site and more!

Does the school offer ongoing support free of charge?

Any good school or training organization should offer you additional sources of information for ongoing professional development, such as books, video and audiotapes, advanced workshops, and even one-on-one consultation time with an experienced instructor. But, do they offer fast answers through free online resources?

After completion of our hypnosis and hypnotherapy certification courses,we provide you with all of the resources that you need for ongoing professional development, plus some extras!

  • FREE web page on our site! Any graduate of one of our hypnotherapy courses gets a free web page! Wow! You can start getting clients in your area right away.

  • Easy ordering of books, tapes, videos, cassettes, etc. online via our web site, email or by telephone.

  • Advanced Hypnotherapy Workshops provided throughout the year. An example would be one of our courses on how to do hypnotherapy for weight loss or addiction.

  • Join our FREE online groups where our Graduates from all across the USA and around the world can ask questions, share experiences and more. You will also have access through this group to hypnosis scripts and procedures that are updated as they are continually developed at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc.

  • FREE answers to questions over the telephone and email. We regularly answer our graduate’s questions about hypnotherapy. This kind of support is free to our students because we find that most questions of this kind can be answered in just a few minutes. Knowing that when this kind of support is at hand greatly increases confidence and the speed in which you grow as a Hypnotherapist. Our success comes from your success.

Do graduates of the program receive certification by a nationally-recognized organization?

Anyone can start an organization and call it the "National" this-or-that. But hypnosis organizations have been coming and going for years. When you become part of an organization you want it to be the best. The organization that you belong to should have a strong membership and a long history. There should also be considerable ongoing benefits after you have joined.

Our Hypnotherapy Certification training results in you becoming a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). We are proud members of the NGH ourselves. It is the world’s oldest and largest hypnosis organization. It has been influential in shaping the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy for 50 years. The Guild is active with individual states and the national government, working to encourage the professional practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in all 50 states.

Members of the NGH receive many benefits including the best annual convention, professional journals, newsletters, ability to become insured, local chapters and much more. So, come to the best place to train, get certified…

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit www.hypnosiscenter.com.)