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Pros

Some good reports on the quality of the training. Affordable for a novice (if discounted rates available)

Cons

Not everyone is a fan of Steve Jones. Some people advise live training for this type of practice.

Verdict

Check out the wealth of free material available on both Steve Jones and hypnosis/NLP courses before deciding what is right for you.

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 Interested in re-training? Well the internet has opened up a whole new world of study and career options.
You can now undertake training in hypnosis and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) via Steve G. Jones's Hypnosis Certified.
There are a range of courses available including Basic Hypnosis Certification, Advanced Practitioner Training and NLP (basic and advanced).
'We strip out all the unnecessary time wasting and just present to you all the information you need to practice safely, successfully and professionally,' says Steve Jones.
Steve G. Jones is well known in the world of hypnosis and has over 20 years experience as a certified clinical hypnotist, as both a teacher and practitioner. He has a client list with names you might recognize: Jeraldine Saunders (creator of the Love Boat TV series) and Tom Mankiewicz (writer of Superman the movie) for example.
He has a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in Education, so is well qualified to both practice and teach.
The Basic Hypnotist Certification is suitable for students with no hypnosis background and can be completed in as little as 8 weeks. Study is via the internet and on completing the course you will be certified by the American Alliance of Hypnotists to practice hypnosis.
The cost includes e-books by Steve G. Jones and you work at your own pace via modules sent by email. 
Areas of study include: how to control the environment of your sessions, the responsibilities of a hypnotist, pre-talk, inductions (which are used to relax the client into a hypnotic state), deepenings, scripts (what the session is about - giving up smoking, for example), amnesia and trance termination.
The NLP training teaches you how to 'enhance your journey to success' by having an impact on a group. The course covers topics such as turning problems and obstacles into triggers for success, speeding up learning, defusing tense situations and removing emotional charge from unpleasant memories. You can also become a practitioner in NLP following study of this material.
There are lots of free videos available of Steve G. Jones which will give potential students a flavor of his approach, style and techniques. He attracts a certain amount of controversy which comes along with his high profile position. Some of the feedback is very positive:
'Steve G. Jones is a highly trained and talented NLP instructor. As a medical doctor interested in helping patients, I have always been interested in exploring various healing methods, including NLP. The NLP course taught by Steve G. Jones has given me the courage, motivation, and knowledge to use NLP successfully with my patients.'
However many people rate live training above the online versions, especially for these subject areas:
'If you don't have any experience with hypnosis, I would recommend live training.'
So you should consider what type of learner you are - one forum users advice was:
'If you're someone who doesn't learn well from books and videos or who has no background in hypnosis or counseling, live training can be very useful'
And some industry insiders advise that online training should only augment live training.
'I think online cert courses are an excellent augmentation to live learning from really effective live trainers. Don't presume home-study is a replacement -- it is in my opinion an impoverished, poor replacement.'
Other people argue that certification is not the issue; it's more important to learn the skills.
'Unless you're gung-ho on having another certificate to hang on your wall--I'd say skip certification.'
On the topic of certification, if you are considering embarking on this course in order to practice hypnotherapy or NLP then check state guidelines for specific licensing requirements - they do vary.
And on the quality of the material in these courses, opinions also vary:
'I've taken a few course with Steve G. Jones (Hypnosis, NLP, and Life Coaching) and they were all really good. Just my two cents, but the guy actually knows a lot.'
'They were ok and really got me started in the right direction. The price was right and for a novice it was ok.'
'There are better courses out there but finding those takes experience as I found out.'
'In Steve's case, I have seen nothing from any of his free stuff that would lead me to believe that he is the best person to learn from.'
So it seems that there are many opinions on Steve G. Jones's hypnosis training. But the good news is that you can easily check him out via the  free material available, and make up your own mind. There is a wealth of good information out there so use the forums and discussions to help you decide if what course of study is best for you. 
Good luck!
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2011, 7:09 pm
Reviewed by Jackie Gay
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