GEN PRAC 7009 - Hypnosis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course provides an introduction to the theory of hypnosis and the practice of hypnotherapy, an evidence-based treatment suitable for use with a variety of mental and physical health issues. Students will learn about the background of hypnosis and theoretical basis of hypnotherapy,including evidence-base, plus indications and contraindications for its use. They will gain knowledge about the structure of a hypnotherapy session, techniques and processes that can be utilised, and develop skills and confidence to use techniques including induction, relaxation and deepening, direct and indirect suggestion, and realerting, ina counselling setting. Use of hypnotherapy in various contexts (e.g. smoking cessation, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and pain management) will also be explored. Students will appreciate the strengths and limitations of this therapy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEN PRAC 7009
    Course Hypnosis
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 x 8 hour workshops over 3 days
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only
    Course Description This course provides an introduction to the theory of hypnosis and the practice of hypnotherapy, an evidence-based treatment suitable for use with a variety of mental and physical health issues. Students will learn about the background of hypnosis and theoretical basis of hypnotherapy,including evidence-base, plus indications and contraindications for its use. They will gain knowledge about the structure of a hypnotherapy session, techniques and processes that can be utilised, and develop skills and confidence to use techniques including induction, relaxation and deepening, direct and indirect suggestion, and realerting, ina counselling setting. Use of hypnotherapy in various contexts (e.g. smoking cessation, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and pain management) will also be explored. Students will appreciate the strengths and limitations of this therapy.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Greg Smith

    Course Coordinator: Dr Greg Smith
    Phone: +61 8313 6273
    Email: gsmith@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace

    Learning & Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8313 0148
    Email: postgrad_enq@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Have a greater understanding of the history of hypnosis, definitions, and understandings.
    2 Have a greater knowledge in relation to the theoretical background and its evidence base.
    3 Be able to critically appraise studies related to the clinical application of hypnosis.
    4 Have a greater understanding of the mental health disorders and issues that may be treated with hypnosis, and appreciate the  indications and contraindications for its use.
    5 Have a greater understanding of the structure of a hypnotherapy session.
    6 Have greater understanding of the various techniques and processes of hypnotherapy.
    7 Be able to provide psycho-education to individuals regarding hypnosis.
    8 Be able to guide another person through various types of induction, and relaxation and deepening techniques, as well as re-alerting  procedures.
    9 Be able to guide another person through direct and indirect suggestions, including metaphor.
    10 Have increased knowledge the use of hypnotherapy for various issues in counselling (e.g. smoking cessation, eating disorders,  anxiety disorders, and pain management).
    11 Be familiar with a range of hypnosis resources, including available recordings and recording clinical sessions.
    12 Have confidence to utilise the structure of a hypnotherapy session in practice, and work with selected issues in a counselling setting.
    13 Appreciate the theory (including evidence-base) and application of hypnosis in practice, along with its strengths and limitations in  practice.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-13
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-13
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5-13
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    11
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-4, 13
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1-13
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook: Yapko, M. (2012) Trancework: An introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis, Taylor and Francis, London.
     
    Students will also be provided with other reading resources available through MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    None.
    Online Learning
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework program have access to a Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. This course is available on MyUni at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/

    Please check the website regularly as it may contain announcements that are relevant to your study in the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching methods in this course include a range of techniques to allow the integration and understanding of the content  presented. Group-work and workshop activities will be employed in addition to the traditional methods of communicating information.  Our aim is to introduce you to the principles and practices necessary to assist you to employ hypnosis skills as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

    We hope to create an environment that promotes the practice of individual responsibility as essential, encouraging you contribute to your own and others’ learning. Respectfully engaging with others within the course will also complement the expectations adopted  within current professional- based workplaces.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Finally, we assume that all students in this course have a mature and professional approach and will adopt the responsibilities  associated with post-graduate study. Therefore, we expect a level of independent intellectual effort before, during, and after the  course contact hours (including a minimum of an equivalent of 10 hours of private study time outside of formal class time per week),  and a level of commitment and participation in class activities. You will be advised of any required reading and preparation for specific   lectures via your University of Adelaide email address.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topics covered
    1 Background: history, evidence base, definitions, and indications and contraindications for use of hypnotherapy, critical appraisal of relevant clinical studies.
    2 The basics of hypnotherapy: structure of a session, and overview of the techniques and processes, including psychoeducation.
    3 Self hypnosis.
    4 Using hypnotherapy 1: induction techniques.
    5 Using hypnotherapy 2: relaxation and deepening techniques.
    6 Using hypnotherapy 3: direct and indirect suggestions, including metaphor.
    7 Using hypnotherapy 4: re-alerting procedures and use of the post-hypnotic state.
    8 Using hypnotherapy 5: bringing it all together.
    9 Hypnotherapy in a counselling context: evidence bases and use in various presenting issues including smoking cessation, eating  disorders, anxiety disorders, and pain management. Applications and skills development.
    10 Hypnosis resources, including available recordings and recording clinical sessions.
    11 Strengths and limitations of hypnosis.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being assessed
    Class participation Summative 10% 1-13
    Self-hypnosis assignment Summative 20% 5-13
    Therapeutic metaphor Summative 30% 1-6, 9, 10, 12, 13
    Hypnosis transcript Summative 40% 5-13
    Assessment Related Requirements
    None.
    Assessment Detail
    Class Participation (10%)
    In accordance with both university policy and the group norms identified in class.

    Self-hypnosis assignment (20%)
    Completion of self-hypnosis exercises, description and answers to specific questions.

    Therapeutic metaphor (30%)
    Construction of a ‘therapeutic metaphors’ related to specific presenting issues, with reference to relevant literature.

    Hypnosis transcript (40%)
    Students will be required to conduct a session with a fellow student, transcribe it and write a commentary and critique.
    Submission
    Extensions
    All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.   Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds.  Supporting documentation must be  provided at the time a student requests an extension.  Without documentation, extensions will not be granted.  Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.

    Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.

    Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a  medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a  letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of  compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the  student’s situation.  The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact  on the student.  Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.

    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits.  In the case of late assignments where no  extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted.  If an assignment that is 2  days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%.  If that same  assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.

    The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.

    Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination  period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.

    Resubmission
    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process  <https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/process/>.  Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance.  This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result.  Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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