Hypnosis for Community Wellness

Social Justice & Mutual Aid Meets Hypnosis for Wellness.

This course just got a lovely write up by Nimisha in Tickle.Life!

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Feb. 14-May 23, 2021. Enroll by Feb. 1st. 15 Weeks.

Sunday lectures, 10-11:30 AM, PST. Also, recorded lectures.

Download the HypComWellness Syllabus

Hypnosis is a skill you can learn to improve relaxation and reduce stress. It’s also so much more than this! Hypnosis can be used by individuals, families, and community groups to promote health and wellness, as a form of mutual aid and collective empowerment.

Many people and communities are adversely affected by social, political, economic, and legal inequities. As a “complementary and alternative” modality, hypnotism can be used to alleviate stress and promote health and wellness, and provide assistance in managing pain and some aspects of specific medical and emotional conditions. Hundreds of scientific studies prove the value of hypnosis for many conditions, used alone or with other healing treatments. For example, hypnosis can:

  • Provide a relaxing, restorative experience for people under stress;
  • Help people manage their weight and take on new healthy habits. This could be a boon to people with diabetes, or who need to lose weight prior to surgery;
  • Assist pregnant women to have a more comfortable birth and post-partum recovery, and can assist with positive suggestions for increased lactation during breastfeeding and chestfeeding;
  • Promote self-esteem and self-confidence in children and youth who have been bullied at school, or who have endured other abusive conditions;
  • Help people quit smoking and other unhealthy habits;
  • Be used in therapy as an adjunct to boost the benefits of cognitive behavior therapy;
  • Assist with sexual dysfunctions such as vaginismus or erectile dysfunction;
  • Help people with irritable bowel syndrome;
  • Provide positive suggestions for post-op healing for people about to undergo medical, surgical, or dental procedures, such as a transgender person about to experience gender-affirming surgery or a cancer patient who would like to suffer fewer side-effects from chemotherapy and radiation;
  • Assist people with HIV/AIDS to adhere to their PrEP regimen of medication.
  • Be used at home to promote intimacy and affectionate bonding;
  • Assist with “activist” or “care-giver” burnout;
  • Minimize menopausal “hot flashes;”
  • Help people overcome fears and worries;
  • And so much more.

Here are some other facts about hypnosis:

Hypnosis is natural. The ability to access slower brain wave (trance) states for healing is something human beings have done for eons. When we meditate, fall asleep, or zone out in front of the television, we experience slower brain wave states, and the mind can become more open to suggestions, both positive and negative. Western hypnosis methods are just one way of harnessing this inate human capacity, maximizing the power of the unconscious and subconscious parts of the brain.

The theory behind hypnotism, and skills to apply it, are easily learned. Yes, it takes training and diligent practice to become proficient, but you’ll be surprised by how natural it will become once you are competent in the basics. Hypnosis is also a “learned skill” for the people being hypnotized! The more they experience it, the easier it gets.

The hypnosis state is deeply relaxing and restorative. Whether someone “goes deep” or is in a lighter state of trance, most people report feeling refreshed and relaxed after a session.

Hypnosis can be experienced by individuals or groups. As a Community Health Hypnotist, you will have many opportunities to share and teach hypnosis in your communities.

In other words, hypnotism can be a huge force for health, and I would like to assist you in learning hypnosis skills in the context of community wellness so that you can benefit from them yourself and bring them back to your communities. Also, starting a new career is not a bad thing!

Please note: Hypnotism does not subsitute for medical and/or mental health care from a licensed professional. Several states have laws which regulate the professional practice of hypnosis. Please check the 2019 State and Legal Issues guide at the NGH website to find out what is required in your state. Also, if you are an international student, please also check your local and national laws.

What You Will Learn

HypComWellness SyllabusThis is an online course, of approximately 150 hours long, including 15 weeks of taped and live lectures, plus home study. You will also have ten private practice sessions with the instructor, via Zoom sessions, and/or demontrate your own skills through your own videos. (You’ll need a few friends or volunteers who want to be hypnotized.) Lectures are usually given on Saturdays.

These are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Basic “helping skills” for working with clients;
  • Basic hypnosis skills as per the National Guild of Hypnotists curriculum;
  • Theories and history of Western hypnosis;
  • Myths and misperceptions of hypnosis;
  • Techniques of Western hypnosis: various inductions and deepening techniques, and how to work with your clients in hypnosis;
  • About the scientific studies which show the benefits of hypnosis for various conditions and situations;
  • Health care inequities that affect marginalized people and communities, and what hypnosis might be able to offer;
  • How to use hypnosis for a variety of specific conditions and situations;
  • Autogenic Training and how to use this alone and in combination with hypnosis;
  • When to NOT use hypnosis;
  • How to learn and teach self-hypnosis;
  • How to lead a community wellness group;
  • How to hypnotize a group;
  • Counseling competencies, ethics and best practices;
  • How to apply understandings of intersectionality and social justice to your hypnosis practice;
  • How to understand hypnosis practice and how it can assist community wellness;
  • How to use hypnosis to assist with specific sexual dysfuctions;
  • How to use hypnosis to support people who are gender diverse;
  • How to conduct an entire client session;
  • An introduction to the medical, dental, and surgical uses of hypnosis;
  • And so much more.

Additional cost: You may be asked to purchase one or two books separately. (To be specified later.)

You will have six months to complete assignments, including three case studies and a paper on health challenges in a specific community. You will earn a certificate of completion in Hypnosis for Community Health. In states which do not regulate hypnosis, this may allow you to go into business as a consulting hypnotist.

 To Enroll

Please send an email to dr.amymarshsexologist@gmail.com to request an application.

Intersectionality and Openness to Critiques and Comments

Hypnosis for Community Wellness is dedicated to recognizing and addressing inequity, privilege, and intersectionality, and how these impact human health and wellness. However, I may need your help to improve on how we address it. As a white, cis-het, (relunctantly gendered) female (she/her), settler-colonist instructor with a hidden disability, I know I have my own unacknowledged biases and privileges and that these may be showing up in the course in ways that I don’t realize. And so I welcome your input and critiques as the course unfolds for you. I will make necessary changes and give credit where it is dueFear no tears from me!

National Guild of Hypnotists Certification

Should you wish to be certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists as a Consulting Hypnotist, you will need an additional 70-75 hours of on-site training with me. There will be an additional cost of $500 to attend the next onsite training. NGH training normally costs $2,100, so you’d have a discount $100. Please email me if you’re considering this option. In the future, my live trainings will take place in either California or Oregon, probably Fall 2020 (dates TBA).

HCW Module: National Guild of Hypnotist Certification

Additional tuition for 75 hours of onsite training for National Guild of Hypnotist Certification. For students enrolled in the HCW course only. Must be approved by the instructor.


Ten Scholarships in 2020

Update: We have three scholarships spoken for as of June 29. Room for more!

This is not the first time I’ve given scholarships to hypnosis students, but this year, 2020, I want to award TEN scholarships to celebrate the launch of the new Hypnosis for Community Wellness Program, which will start August 5th. This means that we’ll have a great cohort of learners for this program.

These scholarships are reserved for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (as a form of reparations); LGBTQIA+ people; people with disabilities; and people who are recent immigrants to the U.S. but who are experiencing discrimination as a result of their ethnicity or religion.

Two of the ten scholarships are reserved for people who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity (also known as TILT and environmental illness).

Applicants must have at least one year’s experience in community or professional service and/or activism in issues such as:

  • general health;
  • sexual and reproductive health;
  • HIV/AIDS and other STIs;
  • poverty rights;
  • disability rights;
  • immigration rights;
  • sexworker rights;
  • children’s rights;
  • elders rights;
  • risk and harm reduction programs;
  • chemical addictions programs;
  • community clinics and medics;
  • doula, midwifery, and lactation;
  • food justice;
  • homelessness/houselessness;
  • environmental health and justice;
  • LGBTQIA+ issues and justice;
  • social and racial issues and justice;
  • indigenous issues and justice.

All instruction will be free. In addition to attending the lectures and completing the coursework, you only have to buy one or two books, have fairly regular access to the internet, and line up a couple of friends or volunteers so you can practice your hypnosis skills in real person. 

Apply for the Scholarships by July 15th, 2020

If you would like to schedule an online conversation (via Zoom) as the first step to a scholarship, please send an email to dr.amymarshsexologist@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

  • Your name, address, email address, phone number, and time zone. International students are welcome to apply;
  • Your pronouns;
  • A little about your interests and experiences in any or all of the above issues;
  • Any prior experience or training in hypnosis or another helping profession;
  • What is it that interests you about this course;
  • Your needs, and that of your communities.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you!


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