“a Personalised Induction Will Always Be More Effective”. Discuss. Base Your Answer on Theoretical Concepts and Techniques Presented in Class

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I do not believe the statement on the front of this essay to be true. I believe that in some cases this may be needed, but not always. I think it depends on the client and what their individual needs are. A personalised induction allows for a much more personal approach and this is provided with this type of induction. However, in many cases this is not necessary or possible. For example, group therapy or self help CD’s to help you quit smoking or help you sleep.

A generic induction can also work as an ice breaker for clients who want help but are afraid of sharing too much personal information with the therapist at the start of treatment. Some clients find it hard to trust their therapist and some just do not trust hypnosis. I believe there are arguments for both sides the personalised induction and the generic screed. I do not believe either is better or worse than the other, they are as effective as each other but in different ways.

Personalised Induction

A personalised induction is a hypnotic induction tailored to suit a specific client. They are used by therapists because people are individuals and deserve the personal touch. There are many reasons why a personalised induction needs to be carried out; it will give you some very useful information on the client. Firstly, it is very important to ascertain the mental health of the client. A hypnotherapist must never work with anyone who has or has had psychosis. If the client is on any kind of psychological medication or has a history of mental health, then the hypnotherapist will need to get written permission from the client’s doctor to carry out any therapy. Secondly, it is also important to confirm the physical aspects of the client and whether they are pregnant or suffer from epilepsy.

However, in many cases you can only go by the information the client provides you, which is why it is important for you as a therapist to be aware of the client’s appearance and how they react on the outside, as this will be a reflection of their internal self.

Everybody has individual characters and personalities which differentiate in many ways, both internally and externally, despite superficial similarities. We have different likes and dislikes. We come from culturally diverse background and religions. Our upbringing will have provided us with a particular set of values and standards. In order to carry out an effective induction we should ideally include as many of the likes and very few if any of the dislikes in a person’s life. The idea of the induction is to put the person at ease, as explained in an earlier essay relaxation is the key to an effective induction.

During the initial consultation it is important to obtain the relevant information and find out the history of a person in order to personalise an induction. However, a person’s preferences and modalities are not always fixed and sometimes situations change and too much can be presumed after an initial consultation, this means that inductions have to remain flexible. By understanding your client, and having an idea of which modality they favour will help them and you feel more comfortable. The Hypnotherapist may use a variety of means to discover what type of induction will be most appropriate. They will take notes on the client’s appearance, noting such things like colour of their clothing, body language, speech pattern, lateral eye movement and lifestyle. Personality and behavioural traits will also assist when compiling an induction (Chrysalis client screed assessment sheet will help).

All the above are essential because it is estimated that about only 7% of communication is through the words we use, with tone and volume coming in second at 38%, and 55% is through body language (hypnosis and mental health). As the client...
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