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Subject area:    Hypnotherapy Advanced Post-Doctoral Studies Doctorate   


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Post-Doctoral Programmes -  a Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy degree or a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline will normally be required. Ph.D.s in other fields, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, etc. are also welcome to apply. in all cases, professional qualifications in hypnotherapy plus experience in hypnotherapy practice will be required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 to 24 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.  


Hypnotherapy Advanced Post-Doctoral Studies by distance learning  (non-UK qualifications)

Two advanced Post-Doctoral qualifications are available:

Doctor of Analytical Hypnotherapy (DAH)
Doctor of Transpersonal Hypnosis (DTH)

Entry qualifications:

CIU alumni who have a doctoral degree plus hypnotherapy qualifications are automatically eligible for entry to the DAH or DTH programme.

Other applicants must have the following:

an earned medical or non-medical doctoral degree: Doctor of Medicine or equivalent such as British MBBS, American MD, Russian Vrach etc, DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), DC (Doctor of Chiropractic), DCH (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy), PsyD (Doctor of Psychology), Ed.D. (Doctor of Education), or other acceptable Doctorate from an acceptable institution  PLUS an acceptable qualification in Hypnotherapy PLUS at least 5 years’ experience as a professional hypnotherapist PLUS evidence of membership of a professional hypnotherapy organization.

In exceptional circumstances, candidates may be considered who do not meet all of the above requirements if they have been prevented from gaining them by overwhelming reasons (such as remote location or disability) – however if the candidate does not already have a doctorate, a DCH (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy) programme may be offered instead.  The right to set any type of entrance examination (e.g. qualifying essays or submission of taped sessions or an oral examination by telephone) is reserved. If the candidate does not currently belong to a professional hypnotherapy association, he/she will be advised on what association(s) to approach.

Applicants with honorary doctorates will be considered on their merits in the light of the candidate’s professional qualifications, experience and proven academic potential.

Scope of the degrees

In common with most Calamus International University degrees, there is no compulsory core syllabus as there can be students who are well-read, qualified and experienced and who need to fill in different “gaps” in their education.  A syllabus is normally negotiated individually with each candidate.  However the following outlines of the DTH and DAH degrees are provided for those who would prefer to follow a recommended syllabus.  The following information can be regarded as a flexible overview, with the provision for substituting certain other courses.

Doctor of Analytical Hypnotherapy

The purpose of this degree is to allow competent and professional hypnotherapists to develop and extend their skills in advanced areas of hypnoanalysis, and also to include other relevant areas in order to ensure a rounded professional education.

No previous knowledge of psychoanalysis, Freud or psychodynamics is assumed as necessary concepts will be introduced as part of the relevant units in advanced hypnoanalysis.

Hypnoanalysis is concerned with uncovering the past roots of problems so that therapeutic techniques may be used to release their emotional charge and to make positive changes in present behaviour.   In the UK, there have been several professional hypnoanalysis trainings with a very strict classical Freudian and materialist (anti-spiritual or anti-transpersonal) approach.  The DAH degree dos not take this line.  The included studies of hypnoanalysis include the work of a modern psychoanalyst who incorporates forms of hypnoanalysis in his work, plus advanced texts in hypnoanalysis by leading practitioners.

Psychodynamics is a subject which has perspectives on society as a whole as well as individuals and relationships. Frequently, inner conflicts are acted out on a grand scale through social conflict, war and violence.  Therefore, some material has been included to help understand the psychodynamic roots of social conflict and aggression.

It is not necessary for students to incorporate “spiritual” or “transpersonal” material in their degree syllabus; however, studies of past life regression hypnotherapy, a subject which has a vast literature, are available for students who want them. The DAH degree may be taken by persons with various philosophical outlooks (atheist/agnostic, transpersonal/spiritual or with a broad-minded religious outlook) without compromising their beliefs.  The candidate is encouraged to mention his/her religious, spiritual or philosophical orientation to the course tutor so that (1) texts not desired by the candidate can be avoided and (2)  texts which are in keeping with the candidate’s approach may be suggested if available, e.g. Christian or Buddhist or Transpersonal approaches to hypnotherapy or studies in past life regression hypnotherapy.  

Sample core syllabus for the DAH degree

Most units will be valued at 3 credits and presuming the candidate has a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, the DAH may be gained by taking 45 units, e.g. 15 x 3-credit units. with some credit allowed for previous doctoral studies.  If the candidate does not have a DCH, extra study may be recommended depending on the exact hypnotherapy qualifications presented.  If the candidate is studying a joint DAH/DTH programme or joint DCH/DAH programme, a certain amount of overlap between the degree programmes may be allowed, subject to approval and discussion with the course tutor.

Any element of the syllabus below may be exempted if the student can prove he/she has passed a written examination of satisfactory standard using the same textbook or an equivalent text, or if the student already has an acceptable qualification that includes the relevant in-depth knowledge.

This syllabus will be revised from time to time and books may appear in new editions. Therefore, if contemplating this course, please do not buy any books until you have enrolled and the exact editions and books required have been confirmed by your tutor.

1 and 2.           General Hypnotherapy:

Study of two general texts in hypnotherapy are offered as introductory courses for those whose main practice has been in another helping profession but who have some training in hypnotherapy, or for those who have not been in training for some time and so who would like a refresher course in the principles and techniques of modern applied hypnotherapy. 

Suggested texts:

Yapko, Michael D., Essentials of Hypnosis, New York, Brunner/Mazel, 1995.

Hadley, Josie and Staudacher, Carol. Hypnosis for Change. Third Edition. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1996.

If a candidate is exempted from 1 and 2 above, two other units may be selected from the Calamus International University course unit range of units in hypnotherapy and related topics such as counselling psychology and psychotherapy.

3.         Freudian Thought for the 21st Century

Sigmund Freud was probably the most influential figure in 20th Century’s understanding of the unconscious or subconscious mind. Despite debates over some of his theories, his ideas are still vital today for understanding motivation, emotion and the unconscious, and human development.  This unit, aimed at counselors and psychotherapists, gives a modern introduction to the work of Freud and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, with client examples illustrating various concepts and processes. Topics discussed include the unconscious, psychosexual development, the Oedipus complex, repetition compulsion, anxiety, defence mechanisms, guilt, dreams and transference.

Key text:

Kahn, Michael.  Basic Freud: Psychoanalytic Thought for the Twenty First Century. Basic Books, 2002.

4.         Elman techniques:

Elman was a pioneer of modern hypnoanalysis, as well as a renowned teacher of classic inductions and other hypnotic procedures to the medical profession, and his classic text will be studied:

Elman, Dave.  Hypnotherapy. Glendale, CA: Westwood Publishing Co., 1964.

Nowadays, Elman’s techniques are studied not only by medical doctors but by lay hypnotherapists and are incorporated in most reputable hypnotherapy trainings. However, most hypnotherapists do not study the actual book during their training – now is the chance to discover what Elman actually said and the transcripts of his cases.

If the candidate is exempted from this unit, having proved that equivalent work was studied and assessed by written examination, another approved Calamus International University unit may be selected instead.

5.         Theory of Analytical Hypnotherapy:

This module will focus on the theoretical background that the professional analytical hypnotherapist needs to know. No previous knowledge of psychotherapy theory is necessary.  Introductions and overviews will be given of the following topics:  Psychoanalysis (Freud), Analytical Psychology (Jung), Individual Psychology (Adler),  Ego-State Therapy, Object-Relations Psychology, Client-Centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Processes of Memory, Defense Mechanisms, Resistance, Transference and Countertransference, Dreams and Symbolic Imagery, Personality Theory, Personality Development, and What Happens in Therapy.

The text for this module will be:

Morison, Jacquelyne.  Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 1: Theoretical Principles. Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing, 2001.

If the candidate is exempted from this unit, having proved that equivalent work was studied and assessed by written examination, another approved Calamus International University unit may be selected instead.

6.         Practical Techniques of Analytical Hypnotherapy:

This module provides a comprehensive guide to the use of analytical hypnotherapy for a range of psychological and psychosomatic conditions. The hypnotherapist must first be thoroughly trained and experienced in the use of trance inductions, hypnotherapy suggestions, scripts and the ability to achieve a therapeutic resolution through hypnotherapy. Such ability is assumed as a qualification for course entry, and this unit will provide advanced information on  range of techniques and conditions.  Topics include: The Hypnoanalytic Approach, Methods of therapeutic Investigation, Unconscious Communication, Methods of Therapeutic Resolution, How to plan Analytic Hypnotherapy,  Fear and Anxiety Disorders (including phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse),  Guilt and Shame, Sorrow and Grief,  Anger and Rage,  Psychosomatic Disorders (including disorders of the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal,, Urogenital, Nervous and Skeletal Systems, Skin Disorders, Traumatic Somatisation), Dysfunctional Relationships (including Sexual Dysfunction), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood Abuse (Theory and Psychology of Abuse, Effects of Abuse).

The text for this module will be:

Morison, Jacquelyne.  Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 2: Practical Applications. Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing, 2002.

7.         Depth Analysis with Hypnosis I:

This module uses material which we believe CIU is the first to incorporate in any course for lay hypnotherapists.  The unit provides a study of the work of Georg Frankl, a modern psychoanalyst who has offered new interpretations of the theories of Freud. For example, Frankl views the libido not as a sexual impulse but as an innate need for love. The text is very clearly written and shows with many common-sense examples how psychoanalytic theory works: how our earliest experiences set up patterns that govern our character and how those patterns can be found in society at large. As well as the problems of the individual, Frankl keenly examines the problems of society. The text looks at the history of psychoanalysis and the unconscious; the earliest experiences of the infant; the emergence of the ego; characteristics of the anal libido, the genital libido and sexual development,  the Oedipus Complex (rivalry, identification and the superego),  the social superego (cultural symbols and rituals), Patriarchal Paranoia (psychotic diseases of society such as religious wars, Nazism/racism and Stalinism), the Process of Maturation  and the Adult World (society and culture).  A keynote of this text is the introduction of Frankl’s technique of depth analysis using hypnosis where the client is regressed to very early experiences (e.g. at the breast) and is given the ability to talk about these experiences in an adult voice.  This unit and text sets the background for the following unit, Depth Analysis with Hypnosis II, which covers Frankl’s discovery and methods of his unique technique of depth analysis in greater detail. 

The text is:

Frankl, George. The Unknown Self. London, Open Gate Press. New Revised Edition 2001.

8.         Depth Analysis with Hypnosis II:

(Prerequisite: Depth Analysis with Hypnosis I).  This unit continues our study of the work of Georg Frankl and in the key text he presents, with case studies, his unique method of clinical hypnoanalysis that enables the client to recall infant memories and re-experience traumatic events. The unit covers:  The Origins of Psychoanalysis; The Pre-Verbal and Verbal Worlds of the Mind; The Language of the Body; Returning Hypnosis to Psychoanalysis; Character Formation; Communication with the Patient/Client;  Stages of Depth Analysis using Hypnosis; Visualisation and Age Regression; Roots of Problems including a case of Anorexia Nervosa; Treatment of Psychotic Patients. The most important information in this unit is the Stages of Depth Analysis which contains a unique protocol for clinical analytical hypnotherapy.

Key Text: 

Frankl, George.  Exploring the Unconscious: New Pathways in Depth Analysis. London: Open Gate Press, 1994.

9.         Hypnotherapy and Gestalt Dreamwork

This unit presents the hypnotic methods of working with dreams developed by a prominent hypnotherapist, combining Gestalt dreamwork and hypnosis. Gestalt dreamwork leads the client to find the deeper meaning of the dream in terms of his or her own experience, rather than imposing an analysis or interpretation.  A range of hypnotic methods can be used to link the dream experience to insight, past memories and positive expectations of the future. The textbook presents a number of case-study transcripts demonstrating the methods in action.


Churchill, Randal. Become the Dream: The Transforming Power of Hypnotic Dreamwork. Santa Rosa, CA: Transforming Press, 1997.

10.       Regression Hypnotherapy

This unit presents theory, techniques and case studies of regression hypnotherapy by a prominent hypnotherapist and trainer. Regression to non-traumatic and traumatic experiences is covered, with applications of each type of regression. Other topics in this unit include: integration of Gestalt therapy methods, ideomotor signals, direct vs. indirect suggestion in regression, the recovered memory controversy, integration of gestalt dreamwork with hypnotherapy.  The textbook presents a number of case-study transcripts demonstrating the methods in action.  NOTE: This unit is not specifically concerned with regression to past lives (previous lives as in reincarnation), although it contains material which will be very relevant for the past-life regression practitioner.  Other Calamus units concerning past life regression are available. This unit focuses on regression within the present lifetime including to dreamlike states.


Churchill, Randal. Regression Hypnotherapy: Transcripts of Transformation, Volume I.  Santa Rosa, California: Transforming Press, 2002.

11.       Hypnotherapy and Depression

It is important for the hypnoanalyst to know about current views on the hypnotic treatment of depression, because many doctors and psychiatrists believe that hypnosis is contra-indicated (not advisable) for depression because delving into the past may reactivate the depressive experience.  However, this unit shows that there are safe and successful ways of using hypnosis to treat depression.

This unit explodes the myth that depression is not suitable for treatment with hypnosis, and argues strongly in favour of the use of hypnotherapeutic techniques for depression. The unit presents an integrated cognitive-behavioural and strategic approach to the hypnotic treatment of depression, and outlines theory and clinical applications. The unit includes a case study with a verbatim transcript.


Yapko, Michael D.  Treating Depression with Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches. Brunner-Routledge, 2001.

If this unit has been studied for an earlier CIU degree, a substitute unit will be recommended.

12   Understanding Dissociation

Dissociative disorders can be hard to diagnose and hard to understand. This group of disorders includes the syndrome that used to be known as “Multiple Personality Disorder”.  This unit uses a text written by a medical doctor which introduces the concepts of dissociative disorders to other helping professionals in an accessible way. Guidelines for available treatment strategies are noted and hypnotherapy is a feature of possible approaches.  Typical presenting syndromes are outlined so that doctors and other helping professionals can be alert to the possibility of dissociative disorder.  The role of dissociative disorders in post-traumatic stress, body-image problems, eating disorders, sleep disorders and sexual disorders is presented.  There is also material on family relationships where a family member is dissociative.

Key text:

Hunter, Marlene E.  Understanding Dissociative Disorders: A Guide for Family Physicians and Health Care Professionals. Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing Ltd. 2004.

13        Advanced Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis

This unit presents a modern compendium of advanced techniques, tools and tips in hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis for the experienced hypnotherapist and hypnoanalyst.  All the information is presented in an easy-to-read style that minimises jargon.  It includes effective techniques for working consciously and using trance; ways of handling stuck clients and those whose therapy seems to be taking longer than normal; informal personality evaluation methods; working with archetypal parts; a theory of ancestral memory; covet suggestion techniques; using fantasy and imagination in therapy; case studies; outlines of work with specific problems including phobias.

Key text:
Watts, Terence.   Hypnosis: Advanced Techniques of Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis.   Eagan, MN:  Network 3000 Publishing, 2005.

14        Hypnosis and Inner Conflict Resolution

“Parts Therapy” is a model of using hypnotherapy to integrate conflicting parts of the personality developed by the late Charles Tebbetts and taught by his successor Roy Hunter.  In this unit you will study Hunter’s 2005 textbook presenting an up-to-date formulation of Parts Therapy with detailed instructions.  A very important part of this work is being aware of possible problems and pitfalls, and the text also discusses what to do when parts therapy seems to be stuck and what practitioners should avoid in order to allow this therapy to be most effective.  Prior knowledge of hypnotic regression is assumed in order to become conversant with the Parts Therapy skill set, and the text also discusses regression, alleged entities, Gestalt roleplay, spiritual potential and additional advanced topics.

Key text:
Hunter, Roy.  Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution: Introducing Parts Therapy. Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales: Crown House Publishing Ltd., 2005.

15   Final studies

Credit for the final unit may be gained by taking an elective course, submitting an extended essay on an agreed independent study topic, or submitting evidence of clinical practice.


Doctor of Transpersonal Hypnosis (DTH)

Please read the introductory notes for the DAH degree above as the DTH degree works in the same way.

This syllabus will be revised from time to time and books may appear in new editions. Therefore, if contemplating this course, please do not buy any books until you have enrolled and the exact editions and books used have been confirmed by your tutor.

Sample core syllabus for the DTH degree

1.         Transpersonal Psychology

The area called “the transpersonal”, though it is difficult to define, deals with psychospiritual development, or what it means to become a spiritual human being. This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to what the transpersonal is and how it is experienced in real life; what practices can open us up to the transpersonal; key figures in its investigation such as Jung, James, Assagioli, Grof and Maslow; the theories of Ken Wilber; various types of transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy, a consideration of critical issues, and discussion of possible trends in the field.  This unit is especially for those interested in the deeper aspects of therapy, whether as practitioner or client.

Key text:

Rowan, John. The Transpersonal: Psychotherapy and Counselling. 2nd edition 2005. London: Routledge.

2.         A Jungian Model of Clinical Hypnotherapy

This unit explores how Jung’s model of the psyche can be used to inform the practice of clinical hypnotherapy.  Hypnosis is presented as a special instance of the use of the mind’s natural ability of imagination. Hypnosis can produce “artificial complexes” for healing and balancing purposes, and other hypnotic interventions can help to dissipate complexes that hinder development and individuation. The set text also contains material on transference, explaining its relevance to hypnotherapy. Case examples and guidelines for practice are included. This unit is for those already familiar with Jungian psychology and also for hypnotherapists with no prior knowledge of Jung, as the relevant theory and its connections to hypnosis are clearly explained.

Key text:
Hall, James A.  Hypnosis: A Jungian Perspective. New York and London: The Guilford Press, 1989.

3.         Transpersonal and Archetypal Hypnotherapy

This course takes an overview of a synthesis of  Eastern and Western approaches to transpersonal therapy, including insights from Buddhism and Jung, using hypnotherapy and NLP as the techniques of delivery. Included are scripts and procedures for regression, past life therapy, subpersonality work, accessing inner guides, addiction, accessing and working with archetypes, the shadow, entity release, and work with couples and groups. 

Key text:
Elias, Jack. Finding True Magic: A Radical Synthesis of Eastern and Western Perspectives and Techniques. Seattle, WA; Five Wisdoms Publications, Second Edition, 2006.  

4.         Hypnotic Facilitation of Spirit Guide Contact

Contact with benevolent spirits is an experience enjoyed by an increasing number of people. It has been reported throughout history and across cultures, and is increasingly viewed in the West as a normal human experience and not an abnormal hallucination. One of the ways spirit guide contact can be developed is hypnosis. This unit uses a text by a clinical hypnotherapist who shows how self-hypnosis can be used to open intuition to awareness of spirits and other psychic faculties. The unit contains information on metaphysical theory, a model of the spirit planes, detailed instructions for self-hypnosis routines, spiritual exercises, discernment of positive versus unhelpful guides and entities, dreams, angel interventions, channeling, and the evolution of the soul. Case histories illustrate occurrences of psychic perception.  The textbook includes a CD of guided meditation.

Goldberg, Bruce. Spirit Guide Contact Through Hypnosis. Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA; New Page Books, 2005.

5.         Transpersonal Regression Therapy

Many hypnotherapists specialise in past life regression, and due to the fact that regression material can arise spontaneously in any deep session, it is encumbent on every professional hypnotherapist to know how to work with it therapeutically, as it can present itself regardless of the belief system of the client or the therapist. Whether regarded as a spiritual aspect of therapy or as a powerful form of archetypal metaphor or imagination, these skills are firmly part of the clinical hypnotherapist’s toolkit.  This unit uses a text that brilliantly integrates and summarises many streams of practice in the field, clearly sets out techniques and questioning skills, gives summaries of relevant metaphysical theory based upon Ancient Wisdom traditions, and provides lists of resources for further study.

Key text:

Tomlinson, Andy.  Healing the Eternal Soul.  New York, USA and Winchester, UK: O Books, 2006.

6.         Modern Psychic Self Defence

Healers and spiritually-oriented therapists are aware that there are many sources of negative energy or influence in the environment which can affect people, causing illnesses or psychological disturbance, and can also interfere with the processes of healing. These sources can include people with negative or malicious thoughts, advertising, noise pollution, the practice of psychic arts with negative intent, “energy vampires”, and spirit entities.  In this unit we study a work by a clinical hypnotherapist well-versed in these matters, showing us the classic symptoms and motives of psychic attack, forms of basic and advanced psychic protection, differentiation between psychic disturbance and mental illness, strengthening one’s energy field (aura), traditional lore and wisdom about evil forces, and how to handle psychic vampirism – people who seem to drain the energy of those around them.  This information is essential for those involved in studying or teaching spiritual healing arts.

Key text:

Goldberg, Bruce.  Protected by the Light.  Hats Off Books (an imprint of iPublisher, Inc), 1998.  In case of difficulty the book is available via

7.         Readings in Transpersonal Hypnosis

This unit provides a collection of papers on various aspects of transpersonal hypnosis and related altered states authored by well-known psychologists and therapists.  The papers include Charles Tart on fear of psychic phenomena; Eric Leskowitz on mesmerism, energy healing and channelling; John Tatum on clinical intuition and the energy field; Gallegos on animal imagery, Roger Woolger on past life regression; Stephen Wolinsky on Ericksonian hypnosis and meditation; David Chamberlain on prenatal/perinatal hypnosis; Joseph Wicker on spirit releasement; Stanley Krippner on cross-cultural perspectives; and two papers on hypnosis and yoga.

Key text:
Leskowtz, Eric D., M.D.  Transpersonal Hypnosis: Gateway to Body, Mind and Spirit. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2000.

8.         Healing at the Soul Level

Clinical hypnotherapist Dr Bruce Goldberg uses the term “soul healing” to encompass a variety of healing modalities that work by raising the soul’s energy level.  Goldberg’s use of the term “soul” is strongly associated with the terms “spirit” and “subconscious mind” – the latter being the key to healing, which leads Goldberg to call hypnosis “the ultimate healing force.”  In a context of transpersonal hypnosis, the unit  examines the history of healing and hypnosis, karma, soul heaving versus conventional medicine, relevant scientific research, aids and cancer, the aging process, insomnia, past and future lives, bereavement, Edgar Cayce, angels, soulmates, NDEs, the role of religion, shamanic healing, acupuncture, meditation and yoga.

Key text:

Goldberg, Bruce. Soul Healing. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA:  Llewellyn Publications, 1998.

9.         Therapy for Spirit Attachments

Interest is growing from within psychiatry, transpersonal psychology, hypnotherapy and other healing work in the possibility that various symptoms or illnesses are caused by spirit possession.  Whether it is believed that the entities are spirits of the deceased or some other type of energy phenomenon, procedures for healing spirit attachment can help dramatically.  The field is complex as there are various types of entities which can be identified through the subconscious mind of the client and/or the intuition and knowledge of the therapist. This unit presents one medical doctor and hypnotherapist’s knowledge and experience of the field, including classification of entities, methods of releasement and healing, and discussions of consciousness after death, dissociative identity disorder, mental illness, psychic phenomena, soul rescue work, and case studies of successful healings.

Key text:
Ireland-Frey, Louise.  Freeing the Captives: The Emerging Therapy of Treating Spirit Attachment.  Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1999.

10.       Neo-Ericksonian Approaches to Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic consciousness, also called mystical experience or peak experience, has certain definable characteristics and positive after-effects on one’s character and attitude towards life and other people.  Hypnotic trance can be used to trigger experiences of cosmic consciousness. This unit shows how experiences of cosmic consciousness can be attained using self-hypnosis, and will also guide hypnotherapists wishing to work in this area. Clear outlines of the components of mystical states are given and various scripts for self-hypnosis are presented which embody techniques based on the hypnotherapeutic methods of Milton Erickson.

Key text:

Havens, Ronald A.  Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness.  Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing Ltd., 2007.

11.       The Western Inner Traditions

For the spiritual seeker, the student of comparative religion or the helping professional encountering clients with alternative spiritualities, this unit provides a thoughtful introduction to Western esotericism in its diverse forms, including disciplines influenced by non-Western traditions that found their place in Western metaphysics. The fields explored and discussed are: Jung and the archetypes, Gnosticism, Esoteric Christianity, the Kabbalah, Magic, Withcraft and Neopaganism, Shamanism, Hermeticism, Gurdjieff, Sufism, Secret societies, and the New Age.  The key text also contains comprehensive suggested reading lists for those who wish to explore individual topics further.

Key text:
Smoley, Richard and Kinney, Jay.  Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. Wheaton, Illinois: Quest Books, revised edition 2006.

12.       Hypnosis and Inner Conflict Resolution

“Parts Therapy” is a model of using hypnotherapy to integrate conflicting parts of the personality developed by the late Charles Tebbetts and taught by his successor Roy Hunter.  In this unit you will study Hunter’s 2005 textbook presenting an up-to-date formulation of Parts Therapy with detailed instructions.  A very important part of this work is being aware of possible problems and pitfalls, and the text also discusses what to do when parts therapy seems to be stuck and what practitioners should avoid in order to allow this therapy to be most effective.  Prior knowledge of hypnotic regression is assumed in order to become conversant with the Parts Therapy skill set, and the text also discusses regression, alleged entities, Gestalt roleplay, spiritual potential and additional advanced topics.

Key text:
Hunter, Roy.  Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution: Introducing Parts Therapy. Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales: Crown House Publishing Ltd., 2005.

13.       Studies of Channelling

An authoritative study of many types of channeling from both human and electronic sources. Channeling is described in the key text as “receiving information from paranormal sources.” The original text has had 100 pages added for its new edition to take into account a range of new examples of channeled communication. This unit attempts to define channeling; studies the scope of the phenomenon with an introduction to some well-known channels; looks at channeling throughout history; examines the development of channeling and what channels experience; forms approaches to the study of channeled material; asks who or what are the entities that are channeled; and surveys the range of different techniques of self-facilitating the altered state that permits channeled communication. The third section of the key text looks at possible explanations of the channeling phenomenon from the points of view of psychological theories, biology and physics. The final section looks at the connections between channeling, intuition and creativity and presents some ways of  becoming ready to be a channel yourself.

Klimo, John. Channeling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources. 1998 (revised edition), North Atlantic Books.
(NB - at February 2011, this book is out of print and another topic may be substituted)

14.       Hypnosis, God and Creation

A psychiatrist using clinical and transpersonal hypnosis probed further into the subconscious minds of her patients to reveal knowledge of the presence of God, the Creation, group souls, planning for incarnation, the transition at death to what people call “heaven”,  different levels of life beyond death, and how we can transform ourselves and the planet.  The retrieved information does not come from conventional religion and is remarkably similar to other collections of such experiences and to mystical traditions and what various psychics and healers have been teaching. The hypnotherapist who studies this book can begin to help clients discover their own store of metaphysical information.

Key text:
Modi, Shakuntala. Memories of God and Creation: Remembering from the Subconscious Mind. Hampton Roads Publishing Co. Inc., 2000.

15   Final studies

Credit for the final unit may be gained by taking an elective course, submitting an extended essay on an agreed independent study topic, or submitting evidence of clinical practice.


1.         45 credits must be gained for award of the DAH or DTH degrees awarded by CIU, or 70 credits if you are seeking an American  certification plus US Apostille in addition to the CIU degree.  CIU alumni who have already taken a Calamus DCH or one of the CIU post-doctoral degrees will be allowed to carry forward a certain amount of credit towards the next post-doctoral degree.

2.         The above syllabuses are the recommended ones for most students.  However, it is possible to arrange exemptions from certain units if the student has proof of equivalent academic study elsewhere, or substitutions of units by arrangement.  Also, sometimes CIU will substitute a unit because  a key text has gone out of print or because an important new text has become available.

3.         This brochure should be read in conjunction with the Calamus general prospectus, course unit and application form. These can be downloaded from   Students should also read the CIU brochure on hypnotherapy degrees on this site. All degrees are non-UK qualifications.


Credit requirements


The following are the total credit requirements for the D.A.H. or D.C.H.


Doctorate without dissertation or project:  70 credits

Doctorate with dissertation or project - 60 credits


The transfer of some credits may be allowed from a previous doctorate, and also from recent continuing education courses, ongoing clinical practice and training activities, etc.


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.



Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.

To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

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Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.

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