About Us

We have been preparing students to launch careers as Counselling Hypnotherapists since 1986 and were accredited by PCTIA in 2006 and is now Designated by PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch) and EQA in 2014. We have more expertise than almost anyone in this field to offer you the best possible training and learning experience.

Our training is structured for those students who would not be satisfied with a typical “short course” but rather have a strong desire to be professionally qualified Counselling Hypnotherapists and Resident Hypnotherapists. Our courses can be attended from anywhere in the world. In addition to BC, our students have come from Australia, the UK, Macau, Georgia, Nova Scotia — to name a few. We feel this enriches the student’s learning experience as students have ample opportunity and are encouraged to communicate and support each other.

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 expertise.

Our Basic Certification and Diploma courses are approved by the International Association of Counselling Hypnotherapists and as members, our graduate students receive the corresponding certification from the IACH in addition to the Orca Institute’s certification.

REFUND POLICY

1. If the institution receives tuition from the student, or a person on behalf of the student, the institution will refund the student, or the person who paid on behalf of the student, the tuition that was paid in relation to the program in which the student is enrolled if: (a) the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student no later than seven days after the effective contract date and before the contract start date; (b) the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signs the student enrolment contract seven days or less before the contract start date and the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student between the date the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signed the student enrolment contract and the contract start date; or (c) the student does not attend a work experience component and the institution does not provide all of the hours of instruction of the work experience component within 30 days of the contract end date. 

2. The institution will refund the tuition for the program and all related fees paid by the student or a person on behalf of the student enrolled in the program if the student is enrolled in the program without having met the admission requirements and did not misrepresent his or her knowledge or skills when applying for admission. 

3. If a student does not attend any of the first 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition paid under the student enrolment contract unless the program is provided solely through distance education. 

4. Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from a student: (a) more than seven days after the effective contract date and i. at least 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 10% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,000. ii. less than 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 20% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,300. (b) after the contract start date i. but before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract. ii. and after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.

 5. Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution provides a notice of dismissal to a student and the date the institution delivers the notice to the student is: (a) before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract. (b) after 10% but before 

30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrollment contract.

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6. If the institution provides the program solely through distance education and the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and: (a) the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for at least 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or (b) the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract. 

7. The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to the institution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student. 

8. Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days: (a) of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal, (b) of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student, (c) of the date that the registrar provides notice to the institution that the institution is not complying with section 1(c) or 2 of this policy, or (d) after the first 30% of the hours of instruction if section 3 of this policy applies. 

9. If an international student delivers a copy of a refusal of a study permit to the institution, sections 1(a), 1(b), 4, 7, and 8 of this policy apply as if the copy of the refusal were a notice of withdrawal, unless: 

(a) the international student requests an additional letter of acceptance for the same program that was the subject of the refusal of a study permit, or (b) the program is provided solely through distance education.

 

Admissions Policy

The following are the Admissions Policy Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age.
Applicants must read the school’s policies, procedures, updates and inserts in the Student Manual.
The Student has read and understood the Student Contract signed during registration.
If the student fails to meet the minimum admission requirements they may not enroll in our course.
Neither the institution nor the student can waive these requirements.

To learn more about the courses we offer, please click here.

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Our History

The Orca Institute was founded on January 3, 1986, due to the growing need for such a school in British Columbia. The school's program was conceived and developed by Sheldon Bilsker, HT, RCC in response to the desire of many practitioners to achieve a high standard of hypnotherapy practice in British Columbia. The Orca Institute aims at promoting such a standard by offering professional hypnotherapy training of the highest quality. Our teaching approach is strongly influenced by our belief in the natural ability of each individual to heal themselves given the appropriate support and tools. We also believe that an essential part of the therapist's or healer's role is to respect the integrity and uniqueness of each client.

Our intent is to grow with our students throughout their training even after Certification. In 1998 Sheldon coined the term “Counselling Hypnotherapy” which has been widely used by other hypnotherapy schools. Our intent behind using this term is to emphasize the importance of counselling skills in the Hypnotherapeutic process.

Over the past 30 years our school has changed and grown in many ways, not unlike our students. We have always strived to be on the cutting edge of training approaches and delivery. We were the first Hypnotherapy school to deliver our programs by videotape (30 VHS Tapes). We then changed to 32 CD’s and later 6 DVD’s (We were first there as well). All of our course material except for textbooks are now online allowing students from anywhere in the world (with an appropriate internet connection) to take our training. We remain dedicated to our students, past, present and future, and hold the philosophy that when they succeed, we succeed!

We are now Canada's longest running hypnotherapy School. We are also BC's only PTIB designated hypnotherapy school. We have recently received our EQA (Educational Quality Assurance) designation from the Government of BC.

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Our Instructors

Sheldon Bilsker

sheldon03Sheldon Bilsker, RCC, HT is a practising Counselling Hypnotherapist and Registered Clinical Counselor with 32 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.

In 1986, Sheldon began training students in hypnotherapy and other therapeutic approaches. It was at this time that he founded Orca Hypnosis Seminars, now the Orca Institute. These training programs are well known throughout British Columbia, Canada and now worldwide for their practical application, broad perspective and high standards. The Orca Institute is the longest running Hypnotherapy school in Canada. It is also the only PTIB and BC EQA designated Hypnotherapy school in BC.

As both instructor and caring mentor, Sheldon has been instrumental in the present success of many hypnotherapists, counsellors and workshop facilitators. In 1992, he was called by the BC Human Rights Commission to testify as an expert witness on hypnosis. His testimony set a legal precedent in BC.

Sheldon has written three training manuals in hypnotherapy, as well as numerous articles on hypnosis and related fields. His style of instruction is specifically designed to teach students how to offer "tools" which empower clients and each other to find their own answers. Unique to Sheldon is his eastern body/mind approach to the application of hypnotherapy. By working through the body to affect the mind, he includes an important physical integration and expression of the mental, emotional and spiritual.

Sheldon is also known as a keen advocate of complementary health care in British Columbia. This is reflected in his training as he explains and incorporates a wide variety of alternative concepts, giving his students a broad base of understanding on which to build a career.  To contact Sheldon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

 

Diane Auld

Diane

Diane Auld, RTC, MTC, RCS, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist, Master Therapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapy Teacher. She has been an Instructor since 2006. Her love affair with hypnotherapy started long before she decided to study Hypnotherapy at the Orca Institute. Many years of her own personal work and finding ways to understand the unlimited powers of my unconscious mind led to her to Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and that love affair just keeps growing.

For the past 14 years she has had the honour of accompanying clients in her private practice, in the exploration of self through counselling, hypnotherapy, The Way of the Heart™ Field Integrations and a variety of creative therapies. In 2016 Diane created an Ethics Course for Counsellors which is being taught as an online program through the Orca Institute. This course will offer Counsellors and Counselling Hypnotherapist’s an opportunity to study ethics and explore ethical dilemmas they may encounter in their work with clients. 

As a teacher she brings a deep respect for Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, for each students individual learning style and and a passionate desire to help the students realize their unlimited potential as a learner and a Counselling Hypnotherapist. She feels that learning is best done experientially in a safe environment where they each have an opportunity to experiment, play, make corrections and experience.

Each person comes to hypnotherapy for a different reason, and will use the learnings in their own unique way; her job is to create curiosity, answer questions, challenge your limited view of yourself, support your search for your way, and fire a passion for hypnosis. For students who currently have a practice, one of Diane’s skills is to help students integrate counselling hypnotherapy into their private practice.

She brings her own passion and has been told it is her passionate style of teaching that helps students engage in the learning.

Class time is the cornerstone to learning Hypnotherapy. A place to share, explore, develop new skills, discuss ways of working with current clients, play, learn from fellow students at differing levels of experience and knowledge, and of course experience Hypnotherapy. Honouring each individual’s unique way of learning is important to her, and she invites feedback and suggestions.

Our classes are rich, fun and filled with teachings that each student can use in the time between classes to play with, practice and hone the skills needed for incorporating hypnotherapy into their current practice or eventually becoming a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist.

Our weekend classes include some structured learning, different modules include: Inductions, Counselling and Hypnotherapy, taking what the client brings and creating a hypnotherapy session, the beginning, middle and end of a session, tone and pacing, metaphors and stories, making direct indirect, abreaction, self care for the therapist, ethics and requests for learning from the students. These are some of the modules offered in the classes there are many more.

Each month prior to our class she sends an e-mail to students for class content and input, also during the class it is very important to her that each student is getting their needs met, she constantly checks in with each student. Each of us is a teacher and a learner. We each bring life experience, wisdom from other teachings and our uniqueness; our class time is made richer by what we all bring.

She looks forward to working with you in class to develop and grow in this new and exciting way of helping our clients and ourselves truly live our unlimited potential, facilitate change and understand self in deeper ways.  

Diane is a Registered Clinical Supervisor with the ACCT, supporting new and experienced counsellors in developing and expanding their passion in the counselling field.

You can also check out her blog at: Journeyerssanctuary.blogspot.ca

 

 

 

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Our Designations

About PTIB

The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PTIB) is a Crown Corporation under the Ministry of Advanced Education, Industry and Training, of British Columbia. A registered institution may voluntarily seek designation. It requires the institution to maintain additional quality standards in excess of registration requirements.  PTIB was created to carry out the important role of student protection in the private career training sector. It is committed to protecting student interests. Orca Institute is a PTIB designated Institution. The Orca Institute is the only PTIB designated hypnotherapy school in BC.

Establishing Standards

By applying for and receiving registration, an institution must demonstrate continuous compliance with the basic education standards described in the PTIB Bylaws. In addition to mandatory registration, PTIB has developed a higher standard for private career training institutions - the standard of designation. Accreditation means an institution must maintain a quality standard in excess of the basic education standards. PTIB designation is an important criteria by which private career training institutions in BC may apply for StudentAid BC and the EQA designations.

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eqa-logo263About BCEQA

The British Columbia's Education Quality Assurance (EQA) is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection.

EQA — BC's Brand for Quality Education

EQA provides one standard provincial seal that can be recognized globally as symbol of quality. The EQA seal allows students to easily identify which provincial institutions the government of BC recognizes as having met quality assurance standards and that offer consumer protection to learners. EQA is a voluntary designation available to all BC public and private post-secondary institutions.

 

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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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