HISP Programme

Welcome to the HISP Programme!

HISP is an evaluated therapeutic intervention that can help your children and young people achieve their potential.  A growing number of local authorities and schools are utilising these gentle, calming sessions to help children overcome issues that are affecting their health, wellbeing, capacity to learn and life.

Below are just a few of the questions you may have about the programme. For further information, please click on the link  http://hypnotherapyinschools.co.uk/

What is HISP ?

HISP is an evaluated intervention which uses clinical hypnotherapy in educational settings to support the learning and general well-being of pupils. It can also be used to support staff in schools to manage stress/pressure and feel more emotionally and mentally able to support the pupils in their setting. It is normally available for pupils aged 11+. Please click on the above link to find out more information about founder Caroline Dyson, who is a clinical hypnotherapist and former teacher.

HISP incorporates many techniques including hypnotherapy, guided imagery, NLP and metaphors to help pupils overcome or manage issues that are preventing them from learning effectively within school. It aims to either eliminate the issues altogether or teaches pupils ways to manage the presenting symptoms so that the negative effect on learning is reduced.

HISP is carried out within the school setting by qualified practitioners with all necessary training, qualifications, experience and insurance. Interventions are either carried out in groups (maximum of 4 pupils) or on an individual basis.  They are carried out for approximately 45 minutes on a weekly basis, usually for 6 weeks.

What issues can it help ?

HISP aims to help with issues that are negatively affecting a pupil’s ability to learn effectively.  These issues may include:

·    Low self-esteem
·    Lack of confidence
·    Dealing with feelings e.g. anger, stress, anxiety,
·    Symptoms of diagnosed issues, e.g. ASD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks
·    Self-harming, e.g. cutting, scratching, hair pulling
·    Attachment issues
·    Enuresis and encopresis
·    Difficulties with concentration, memory and organisation
·    Habit breaking, e.g. thumb sucking, hair pulling,
·    Anxieties / phobias, e.g. exams, school, social, public speaking, answering/asking questions,
·    Eating issues, e.g. fussy eating, weight control, worries about eating in public
·    Sleeping difficulties, e.g. nightmares, night terrors, struggling to get to sleep
·    Speech and language issues, e.g. stammers, selective mute
·    Pain control, e.g. headaches, stomach aches

This list is by no means exhaustive. If there is an issue that is not listed above, please get in touch to see if HISP can help and would be suitable.


Which pupils is it suitable for ?

HISP is likely to be suitable for pupils who:

  • are aged 11 +
  • have a cognitive and receptive language ability of at least a 5 year old
  • are willing to engage with the intervention
  • have no history of psychosis
  • are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the sessions

Once a pupil is referred for a HISP intervention, they will be assessed through information on the referral form, through conversations with school staff and parents and during an initial meeting with the pupil themselves.  The intervention will only commence if they are deemed suitable after this information has been gathered.

 How can HISP help Staff ?

HISP can be used effectively to support staff working with pupils in educational settings. Sessions are run as stand-alone, 1 hour sessions for a maximum of 5 members of staff per group per session.

Ideas of the kinds of things HISP can help with are:

  • managing stress / pressure
  • relaxing and switching off from work
  • control emotions
  • feeling more confident
  • feeling more positive
  • managing your emotions when dealing with challenging behaviour from pupils
  • managing lesson observations
  • pre-ofsted coping strategies

If there is a specific issue within your school/setting or for a few members of staff, a group session can be tailor-made to your requirements.


You can email your enquiries to: contact@inmindtherapies.com