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Taught By Erickson expert, and Solution-Oriented founder, Bill O'Hanlon

*50 Continuing Education (CE) Clock Hours for Behavioral Health Professionals (Home-Study Format)

Though therapeutic hypnosis has had many great practitioners make significant contributions in both research and application, few have left as much of a defining mark on hypnotic form and practice as the psychiatrist, Dr. Milton Erickson. Weaving non-directive approaches, rich in metaphor and complexity, Erickson was able to help people experience radical and positive change.
In the years after his death, Dr. Erickson's student (and sometime gardener), Bill O'Hanlon, worked to translate the sometimes mystical work of Erickson into a form that others could learn and apply in their own clinical practice. O'Hanlon made it his mission to help others learn the transformational methods of Ericksonian Hypnosis, and he has trained thousands of people throughout the world in Dr. Erickson's clinical approach.
In this online certificate course, O'Hanlon takes the lessons that he learned studying under Erickson, along with with his own decades of experience as a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and clinical trainer, and has curated the best of it all in these engaging lessons and hypnosis demonstrations into this course, which O'Hanlon considers his "Magnum Opus" of hypnosis. His methodical translation of Erickson's approach to trancework, which Bill calls Solution-Oriented Hypnosis.
Bill has retired from live trainings, but it is still so important to him to make sure he can still empower people, and he believes that this course has let him distill his most stand-out lectures and hypnotic demonstrations to create, what he confidently believes is, his most complete hypnosis training ever!
Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of the masters of Milton Erickson's approach to hypnosis, and get your own qualification in Solution-Oriented Hypnosis!

Certification in Hypnosis is now available for students who complete this course (see below for more information)

Course Learning Objectives

-Identify the key components of O'Hanlon's translation of the structure of the late Dr. Erickson’s approach to hypnosis, with a focus on the differences between Traditional vs. Ericksonian/Solution-Oriented hypnosis

-Describe the Ericksonian/Solution-Oriented approach to trance induction; including core elements of permission, inclusion, orientation, alternatives, splitting, linking, and more

-List the different components of trance phenomena

-Utilize O'Hanlon's “4 Doorways” approach to hypnotic trance state

-Analyze several concepts and techniques integral to the Ericksonian approach to clinical hypnosis.

-Evaluate multiple demonstrations of Ericksonian hypnosis application across diverse issues and populations.

-Assess the extended application of Ericksonian hypnosis through recorded coaching calls with students of the approach.

-Compare areas of current research on the efficacy of hypnosis in a variety of treatment contexts

And know you can buy this course without any risk. We have a full refund policy for anyone who decides they do not want to keep the course within 30-Days of purchase.

This training contains 50 clock hours of behavioral health continuing education* under the approval bodies listed below.

Program Format: Home-Study/Asynchronous Course

Date & Time: Home-Study/Asynchronous Course- New student enrollment open during limited periods (Lifetime Access with Enrollment)

Instructional Level: This course is intended for psychologists, counselors/psychotherapists, and other helping professionals. The instructional level of the course is Advanced, though students electing to learn at an introductory and/or intermediate level will benefit and are welcomed to participate in the course.

Number of CE clock hours: 50 CE credit hours*

Financial Support Statement: PsychMaven charges enrollment fees for this course and pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement: There are no known conflicts of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

*Continuing Education Approvals

PsychMaven is responsible for all aspects for this program.

*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)- ACEP No.6624. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. PsychMaven is approved for both Live/Real Time and Home Study continuing education (CE) programs. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas No.1 (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship). This program has approval for 50 Clock Hours of continuing education (CE). This program is fully presented in a Home-Study Format.

PsychMaven's program on Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis has been approved by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH) as meeting their certification standards to become a certified hypnotherapist/hypnotist under NBCCH for those with membership in good standing with the organization. To apply for membership and/or certification under NBCCH, please see their website at

*Note for Florida licensed clinicians (LMHCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs). PsychMaven's approval with NBCC is approved automatically for continuing education (CE) credit by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, pursuant to the rule 64B4-6.002(1)(e)1. This course also provides the required 50 continuing education (CE) hours to meet the Qualifications Necessary for Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors to Practice Hypnosis in the state of Florida, pursuant to the rule 64B4-7.002. However, this course with PsychMaven is not currently registered with the systems of CE broker. Therefore, CE hours need to be self-reported by following the instructions found at the bottom of each CE certificate. 

Course Instructor

Bill O'Hanlon, MS

William "Bill" O'Hanlon is a world renowned leader in the fields of brief psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Bill is the author of 40+ books and has delivered over 3,700 talks around the world, During graduate school, Bill studied with the eccentric and creative psychiatrist and hypnosis innovator, Milton H. Erickson (he was Dr. Erickson's only work/study student). As Bill became a prominent teacher of Dr. Erickson's unique way of doing hypnosis, he progressively became a major translator of Dr. Erickson's approaches to clinical hypnosis and change work, putting theory and teachable structure to what Bill had learned from Erickson. This model of Ericksonian Hypnosis is called Solution-Oriented Hypnosis, which focuses on core tenets of Ericksonian practice which emphasize a client's resources, strengths, and solution-finding capacities by employing trance work that focuses on permission, evocation, and utilization. More on Bill can be found at

Course Inspiration- Milton H. Erickson, MD

Milton Hyland Erickson (1901-1980) was an American psychiatrist and a pioneer in the field of therapeutic hypnosis. Widely regarded as the modern-day father of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Erickson revolutionized the practice and understanding of hypnotherapy. His approach to hypnosis departed from traditional methods, emphasizing the interactive therapeutic relationship and the engagement of the subject's inner resources.

Afflicted by polio at the age of 17, Erickson was left severely paralyzed and unable to walk. During his recovery, he delved into the power of non-verbal communication and body memories, which became instrumental in his own healing process.

Over his 50-year career, Erickson conducted extensive research, published numerous articles, and co-authored five books on hypnosis. His work emphasized the utilization of the unconscious mind as a creative and solution-generating force. He founded the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, serving as its inaugural president, and established the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Erickson's therapeutic strategies, derived from his hypnotic orientation, influenced various psychotherapeutic approaches, including brief therapy, family systems therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming.

Later in his life, Erickson would invest himself as a collaborator and mentor for others in the field who would go on to preserve and deepen the impact of his innovative approach to trance work; these included Ernest Rossi, Stephen Gilligan, Jeffrey Zeig, and Bill O'Hanlon

Photo credited to Kathryn Rossi, PhD

Bill on Meeting Dr. Erickson

Bill shares about the transformational experience of first meeting Milton Erickson and learning about his unique approach to change work.

Course Curriculum & Lessons

Course Curriculum

  Module 1: Induction to Ericksonian Hypnosis
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  Module 2 (Part 1): Elements of Trance Induction: Inviting Altered States
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  Module 2 (Part 3): Elements of Trance Induction: Inviting Altered States
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  Module 3: Trance Phenomena: Inviting Automatic Change
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  Module 4: Hypnotherapy- Creating Change With Trance
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  Module 5: Specific Applications
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  Further Material, Examples, and Demonstrations
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  Core Competencies of Ericksonian Therapy (The Milton H. Erickson Foundation)
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  Hypnosis Research and Efficacy
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  Coaching Call Recordings
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  Course Evaluation & CE Certificate
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What past students of this course are saying

"I had been wanting to do this course with Bill for years! It finally came together when the course was offered with PsychMaven. I have taken many courses in both NLP and hypnosis over the past 20 years, and I have to say, Bill's course was just awesome!

One of the things that most stands out for me about this course, is its multi-leveled development of hypnosis skills building. Someone new to hypnosis can find themselves with the perfect starter-kit to get them up and running, quickly and easily, into using trance. While a more advanced practitioner would be impressed by the way the material allows them to build onto and incorporate their experience, not to mention Bill's incredible language patterns!

This course helped me put together all the pieces I have been collecting and practicing over the years into a usable creative framework. I cannot thank Bill and PsychMaven enough for offering this in a format I could do at my own pace!

- Grant W. Pell, Registered Psychotherapist, (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) 

"The course was great and I loved hearing stories about Milton Erickson. Bill was able to deconstruct Erickson’s work and maintain the magic that is Erickson. That is the mark of a great teacher"

- Barbara Wohlander, Past Clinical Social Worker of the Year by the California Society for Clinical Social Work’s (CSCSW)

"Bill O'Hanlon's course with PsychMaven was taught in a clear, fun, dynamic manner - while also presenting, in-depth, highly useful, hands-on skills that can be immediately and directly applied.

Also, such fabulous, relevant metaphors and multi-faceted stories. Bill has the personality, the skills, and years of powerfully relevant experience to be an amazing teacher. And he was!

I highly recommend this course to those who want a strong and practical training for non-directive and effective hypnosis."

- Tina Woods, Registered Psychotherapist, (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does the course start and finish?    

This becomes available to new students during our open enrollment launches. This is a home-study course that can be done at your own pace. After you purchase the course, you will have Lifetime Access to all course material for you to complete when convenient in your schedule in the enrollment time. 

How much do I need to already know about hypnosis to do this program?    

Even though this is an advanced-level course, it is intended help inform the curious practitioner through a lot of practical lectures, the sharing of in-depth research, and the presenting of thorough examples through recorded live demostrations of Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis. So even if you are beginning this program with limit experience in hypnosis, it is still a great place to start.

And if you are a more experienced practitioner/student of hypnosis, this an exhaustive program on the particulars of Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented approaches that is designed at an advanced level and is meant to lead to a full certification.

I have bought Bill's 42 CE hour course that was just called "Ericksonian Hypnosis." Is this a different course?  

Great question! That previous version of the course has now been repackaged as this course called "Ericksonian & Solution-Oriented Hypnosis." The core of these 2 courses are the same, but this updated version includes an additional 8 hours of continuing education (CE) so that this single course will now qualify for certification under the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).

However, if you enrolled in previous version of the course (the one simply titled "Ericksonian Hypnosis"), you do not need to enroll in this latest version of the course, as PsychMaven is making the additional 8 hours of CE material and credit available for free to students who have bought this previous course with PsychMaven. If you bought this previous version of the course, see the beginning of the course lectures in that program for information.

I have bought Bill's 14.5 CE hour course that was called "The Solution-Oriented Approach." Is this a different course?     

Another great question! This is a completely different course. The course that Bill has with PsychMaven called "The Solution-Oriented Approach: A Radically Simple and Powerful Method of Creating Rapid Change." is a briefer course, and one that is all about non-hypnotic approaches to change work. A totally different course.

How long do I have access to the course?      

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this home-study course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

 What if I am unhappy with the course?  

At PsychMaven, we deeply desire for students to have a positive course experience. And as a part of this, we want students to feel good about their decision in purchasing a course with us, and for them to know that they can purchase without risk. If you enroll in the course, and then decide that it is not a good fit, just reach out before 30-days after your purchase and we will gladly give you a full refund.

 Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?  

Yes! The course offers a huge 50 approved continuing education (CE) clock hours under multiple CE approval organizations (as listed in the course description above) and can cover the approval needs of many mental health/professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and addiction professionals. However, all students are responsible for confirming if the CE approval of this course meets their CE needs. We can offer you further information about PsychMaven's CE approvals and resources, by visiting us at

 How much does this course cost?  

During open enrollment windows for new students, the course is available for $812 (USD) for a lifetime access to all the material. Also, different payment plan options are available to many of our students.

Will taking this course certify me as a Hypnotherapist?  

Completing this course will allow you to meet the education qualification for certification under the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH), but you must still become a member of NBCCH and apply for certification, their information can be found at

Under NBCCH, members licensed in a healthcare profession (medicine, nursing, counseling/psychotherapy, etc.) may Certify as "Hypnotherapists." Members unlicensed in their state are recognized as a "Certified Hypnotist."

New student enrollment is Now Closed. The next general open enrollment window with be next July- 2024.

*Students Already Enrolled Have Lifetime Access (Just Login Here for Course)

But if you download our Free Guide to Ericksonian Hypnosis, you will get connected to Bill's email list and he will make sure to let you know when new student enrollment is available (with the possibility of an early enrollment window).

Sign-Up and Download Here