The National College looks to recruit mature individuals who are suitably qualified and motivated. Some experience of the world, and its ways, may usefully preface almost any course of higher education and subsequent career or career change. Such maturity may help ensure greater objectivity in choices with, consequently, more fulfilling outcomes.
Perhaps this is particularly true in the case of psychotherapy. Remorselessly following a conventional route – school, college/university/professional training – may produce a relatively youthful academic, trained at great expense, having little in common with, or even alienated from, the majority of the population. To see a return against such a therapist’s substantial investment in time and money, there may be a temptation to offer lengthy and expensive therapy to the wealthy. Our course structure reflects this concern. Trainees do not pay in advance for the whole course (which can cause financial distress and difficulties should they subsequently wish to withdraw), but are able to budget by paying for the course stage by stage or weekend by weekend.
The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy has been offering respected, evidenced based and accredited training in clinical hypnosis/hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy since 1977. This makes the National College one of the longest established and most respected hypnotherapy/hypno-psychotherapy training institutes in the world.
Because most of us are, at best, of modest means (which circumstance may, itself, cause or aggravate psychological distress), we need access to a popular therapy. This therapy should be non-dogmatic, comparatively short in duration, but with a long history of successful application. Its practitioners should be “pups” – pragmatic, utilitarian psychotherapists trained to the high standards which typify graduates of the National College.
This eclectic cum integrative approach to training is prompted by practical and theoretical considerations indicative of the likely direction of psychotherapy in days to come. Whilst respecting all legitimate psychotherapeutic models, the National College believes that to adopt a single model presents problems. When central concepts of any particular model are challenged, even by “insiders”, a dilemma is faced by its adherents. They may choose to disregard the challenge, or adapt to the new thinking. Either route is open to criticism, and likely to lead to sterile in-fighting. A further possible weakness of the single model approach is that it requires clients to be existing believers in, or effective converts to, that model. For example, there would be little point in a client who does not believe in the concept of the “unconscious” consulting a psychotherapist whose entire practice is built upon that concept, and the converse would apply. In either instance, an approach to a National College graduate should result in a flexible response, where the client’s view is paramount, not the therapist’s. Given the constraints of time and money within the National Health Service, it is not surprising that the eclectic model is amongst those finding favour. “…It is informed by more than one theoretical framework … and constitutes a large proportion of the work undertaken in the NHS…” [NHS Executive (1996) NHS Psychotherapy Services in England, Summary of Strategic Policy, Department of Health]
These are some of the considerations which have prompted the National College’s approach to training, whether the potential graduate hopes to work in the public or private sector, or some combination of the two.
As the pace of life quickens, and its attendant anxieties grow, people find themselves increasingly stressed and subject to stress-related illness. At the same time there is often a reluctance simply to take pills (and a welcome reluctance on the part of doctors to prescribe). Many are now seeking a safe alternative to tranquillisers, anti-depressants and sleeping pills through treatments such as Hypno-Psychotherapy, which can help relieve their symptoms harmlessly, and seek to establish their cause. The National College exists to provide the qualifications needed to practise as a bona fide member of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness (see here)
A point which should concern anybody contemplating a course of study leading to entry to our profession is the issue of possible future legislation. At present, anybody may offer services to the British public as, for example, a “Consultant Hypno-psychotherapist”. Such people may not have undergone specific training and are might not belong to an appropriate professional organisation. This state of affairs causes doubts in the minds of the public about the credibility of all practitioners, genuine or otherwise. It is, therefore, in our interests, as well as in the interests of the general public, to involve ourselves with any attempts to legislate in this area. To this end, we are founder members of the former UK Standing Conference for Psychotherapy, now the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and provided the initiative behind the creation of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations which worked towards getting regulation with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Similarly, we maintain contacts with other individuals and organisations who, like we, are concerned to ensure that our profession is directly involved and consulted in framing any legislation relating to, say, training and registration in the UK and abroad. Hence our connection with the European Association for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Hypno- Psychotherapy, for instance.
The coalition Government (elected in 2010) announced that it was abandoning the previous Government’s plans to introduce statutory regulation of psychotherapy in early 2011. They then gave authority to the Professional Standards Authority to regulate a range of health professions on a voluntary basis. Both UKCP and CNHC have this status and thus we and our students do too.
The National College is well placed to play its part in promoting students’ interests in the face of any impending legislation if the situation were to change. The National College course blends practical and theoretical input, taught by experienced therapists, a student’s progress throughout the various stages being tested by a variety of conventional academic means (with help in acquiring, or reacquiring, the necessary academic skills being provided in the programme). During, and upon completion of training, students have the opportunity to expand or update their knowledge through the Continuing Professional Development scheme and have access to ongoing clinical supervision.
All persons enrolled on National College courses at Stages One or Two are automatically student members of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. All persons holding the National College Certificate in Hypno- Psychotherapy may apply to be members, and holders of the Advanced Diploma in Hypno- Psychotherapy may apply to be fellows of the NSHP&M. NB students on the UKCP pathway must belong.
Benefits for students:
Students are entitled to free trainee membership of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, and may join as full members on completion of the CHP.
Note: some enquirers have asked why the National College is not affiliated with certain “hypnotherapy organisations”. It is our policy that we will only align ourselves with organisations which have meaningful and verifiable means of accreditation. The profession has many organisations which will give you a certificate for a fee. We, as one of the oldest schools of professional hypnosis and psychotherapy, believe that we should take a leadership position with this and not support bodies which have only been created to give out meaningless credentials and to turn a profit for their owners.
Before engaging in any programme of training you owe it to yourself to be selective in deciding to whom that training is to be entrusted. Even if you propose to study only for general interest, your time, money and effort should be well-spent. Where the intended outcome is to obtain professional status within a profession serving the general public in ever greater numbers, your entire future career may well depend upon this one decision. (Whilst it is hoped that our arguments will influence your decision in favour of the National College, our position, of course, is not disinterested. However, you need not rely solely upon our assessment of the National College’s)
Most important of all, perhaps, are the views of the National College expressed by non-partisan, but specialist authorities. The fact of our United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy accreditation and the recognition of our training standards by the Open University, speak for themselves; they should confirm that you need not rely only on our assurance of the quality of the service we offer to prospective therapists and, through them, the public at large.
We have trained ethical Hypno-Psychotherapists since 1977 and as such are one of the oldest and most respected institutions for this type of training anywhere in the world!
Regardless of your present occupation, the fact that you have requested a copy of our Prospectus indicates that you have an interest in our specialist field, and would possibly like to pursue a career built around it. Our training may satisfy a general interest or lead to your establishing a successful and lucrative practice.
Study facilities are flexible, most trainees pursuing a fulltime occupation whilst studying with us on a part time basis.
Please take the trouble to read this Prospectus thoroughly. Should you meet one or other of the entry requirements, complete the Enrolment/Application Forms and return them today. Details of our forthcoming Stage One courses can be found on our website https://hypnotherapyuk.net/course-dates-and-fees/ .
Do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information on any aspect of our work.