About Orca Institute, An Interview with the Director, Sheldon Bilsker, HT.RCC

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What our students say about our Hypnotherapy Training

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The Orca Institute is Canada’s longest running Hypnotherapy school and BC's only PTIB and EQA designated Hypnotherapy school.

With ongoing development since 1986, we offer courses which are on the cutting edge in the field of Counselling Hypnotherapy. Explore our web site to learn more about launching your new career.

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Call Toll-free at 800-665-ORCA (6722).

Welcome to the Orca Institute

The Orca Institute has been preparing students to launch careers as Counselling Hypnotherapists since 1986 and was accredited by PCTIA in 2006 and is now Designated by PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch). As the longest running Hypnotherapy school in Canada we have more experience than almost anyone involved in hypnotherapy training to offer you the best possible learning experience. Our training is structured for those students who want more than a typical “short course” to learn hypnosis but rather have a strong desire to be professionally qualified Counselling Hypnotherapists. Our courses are structured to satisfy our students varied schedules. Our students have come from as far away as Australia, the UK, France and throughout the US taking our hypnotherapy training courses through our virtual classroom. In addition to covering the works and methods of Milton Erickson, M.D., Stephen Gilligan, PhD. Serge King, PhD and others, our training uniquely includes innovative approaches developed from over 30 years of professional experience. Learn more about our unique training and how to launch your career as a Hypnotherapist (click here).

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Our Hypnotherapy and Counselling Programs

Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma
(Distance Learning)

Our complete program (basic and advanced). This online course is 640 hours over 7.5 months. Classes are ongoing and may be started at anytime. This comprehensive program prepares the student to be proficient in hypnotherapy, counselling and various complimentary approaches. Graduate students receive a Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate and a Counselling Hypnotherapist Diploma. Payment plans are available for all students.

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Basic Hypnotherapy Certification
(Distance Learning)

This online 285 hour course takes place over 7.5 months (about 10 hours per week). It is well-suited for those who have time constraints. It prepares the student to be proficient in Basic Counselling and Hypnotherapy Skills. Graduate students receive a Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate. Since this course is distance learning, students may start the course at any time from anywhere in the world. Payment plans are available for all students.

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Ethics in Counselling (Distance Learning)

This online course includes 2 weekend classes and 90 hours of supervision over 6 months. The 108 hour course is comprehensive in it’s scope and explores the ethical dilemmas experienced by Counsellors in all aspect of their practice with individuals, groups, families and couples. The course broadens a counsellors awareness of ethics as well as guides one through recognition of, and reflection to the resolution of ethical dilemmas.

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Private Counselling Sessions

Sheldon Bilsker, RCC, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapy Teacher and Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 30 years' experience in private practice. He is President and Founder of the International Association of Counseling Hypnotherapists (IACH) and past President of The Canadian Hypnotherapy Association. He has also been a member of the Legislative Review committee of the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and active in promoting progressive Counselling and Hypnotherapy Legislation in BC. Please contact Sheldon at 604-808-3703 or e-mail for a free consultation.

Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma
(Distance Learning for Resident Hypnotherapists)

This online course is 355 hours over 4 months. Students must have a Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate as a prerequisite. Classes are ongoing and may be started at anytime. This comprehensive program prepares the student to be proficient in hypnotherapy, counselling and various complimentary approaches. Graduate students receive a Counselling Hypnotherapist Diploma. Payment plans are available for all students.

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Testimonials

  • In my opinion the course material is excellent, well-organized, comprehensive, and covers the field very well. I was pleased to note that Dr. Milton Erickson is given so much prominent attention, and that his system of using hypnosis has been incorporated. I knew Dr. Milton Erickson personally, having met him in 1952 at the home of Mr. Aldous Huxley in Los Angeles.

    A. Hoffer, M.D., PhD
  • It is my professional opinion that this course is well-organized and very comprehensive. It is without question that mastery of this course material would enable a person to perform high-quality work in the field of hypnotherapy.

    Serge King, PhD. Author
  • This comprehensive course has enhanced my work with people in distress and pain. I have no hesitation in recommending The Orca Institute.

    E.M. Smith, R.S.W., R.H. Social Work Department, Cancer Control Agency of BC.
  • In the medical field few of my colleagues receive such well-organized and comprehensive training in the field of hypnotherapy medical doctors and psychologists would be well served by the certification offered by Orca.

    Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., MSc
  • Thanks for the wonderful classes! And thanks for the technology which allowed me to be able to receive great lessons without the need of having to work towards a Canadian visa. I look forward to future new courses!

    Elisa Alvim, Psychologist, Brazil

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