CAREER TRAINING IN HYPNOTHERAPY
The training courses approved by the Society provide the opportunity to study hypnotherapy at the highest standards for three main categories of student
for individuals who wish to pursue a professional career in hypnotherapy
for those who wish to add hypnotism to their current practice, for example, psychotherapy, counselling, medicine, etc
for individuals with other purposes in mind, for example, personal interest in this most fascinating and useful art, for self-understanding, self-development and other personal goals.
Hypnosis is an invaluable key to self-exploration and self-direction and the training course is designed to communicate these skills to students. The student will learn to programme his or her subconscious mind powerfully for personal goals - an essential part of the personal and professional development of the successful hypnotherapist.
The key to a successful career in hypnotherapy is highly satisfied clients who recommend their therapist to other individuals. Effectiveness as a practitioner of hypnotherapy depends very largely on the training an individual undertakes. Research indicates that low-functioning trainers produce low-functioning graduates, therefore it is extremely important for prospective students to be fully knowledgeable about the abilities and experience of the main instructor(s), before committing themselves to a particular course. Superficial and brief trainings, and courses "padded out" with non-hypnotherapy material will not teach the student to be effective as a practitioner.
An effective hypnotherapy training course includes the following as necessary elements:
live demonstrations with students
supervised practice sessions with guidance from expert practitioners
use of recorded video case material demonstrating powerful therapeutic results covering a wide variety of clinical issues with in-depth commentary and explanations
experienced teaching staff with demonstrable success as hypnotherapy practitioners over a long period of time - the best teachers will typically have ten years or more of highly successful practice with large numbers of clients before teaching students the advanced art of hypnotherapy. This depth and breadth of clinical experience are required for the development of an effective hypnotherapy teacher.
Students who complete a training course approved by the Society and satisfy assessment requirements will be awarded certification by that institute and diplomate status of the Society. This entitles diploma holders to use the letters CHT and MBSH after their names and to use these qualifications in their promotional material.
Students achieving the award of the Certificate will also be entitled to membership of the prestigious International Council of Hypnotist Examiners, which is affiliated to the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, one of the largest professional hypnotherapy organisations in the field with standards among the highest in the world. Graduates of the training programme will also achieve certification by the ACHE and will be eligible to use the letters CHT after their names.
The Institute is also affiliated to the Institute for Complementaryand Natural Medicine (ICNM), an organisation which has worked for more than 20 years to protect and promote the interests of complementary practitioners. The ICNM oversees the British Register of Complementary Practitioners and certificate holders from the Society can apply for membership of the Hypnotherapy section of this register.
The Society, as a long-established authoritative body, receives many requests for information from prospective hypnotherapy students and members of the public regarding certain advertising statements and claims made by some organisations offering hypnotherapy training. The following general comments and information are offered in response to such requests and to assist enquirers in their research before making their decisions.
Various hypnosis training courses are regularly advertised by individuals with entrepreneurial skills but with little or no personal history of successful hypnotherapy practice or any proven attainments in the field. "Accreditation" or "Certification" programmes are sometimes advertised promising therapeutic competence after as little as 50 or 60 hours hands-on training or longer courses teaching several systems in which hypnotherapy is only a part of the training. Hypnotherapy is a profession that is not statutorily regulated and terms such as "accredited" or "recognised" may be used misleadingly to indicate or imply a meaningful external recognition or give official status to a particular course which may not be the case. There is no legislation from the UK government that regulates the standard of hypnotherapy training courses. Courses may be offered by graduates of brief training programmes who begin teaching others within a very short time after completing their own training, thereby omitting the extensive period of successful clinical practice necessary for the development of a skilled hypnotherapy trainer. This is a very common practice in many countries where hypnotherapy is not statutorily regulated. Claims, promotional statements and testimonials should not be accepted necessarily as facts. Many marketing and promotional strategies may be employed to attract prospective students to a course. Questionable academic "qualifications", misleading claims about therapeutic experience or other attainments, and misinformation of various kinds may also be used to persuade prospective students to commit themselves financially to a course. Graduates of brief and superficial training courses, especially superficial online and home-study courses, often report feeling inadequately trained once engaged in clinical practice followed by a severe failure to establish a successful therapy practice. Sometimes trainees will undertake several short courses providing them with a series of letters after their names but no solid foundation for therapeutic practice. Development of a long-term successful and ethical hypnotherapy practice is heavily dependent on an expanding referral base mainly built on positive results with clients. Prospective students are highly advised to investigate thoroughly the qualifications, awards, individual training and clinical experience of the principal instructors of the training organisations under consideration.