Entry to Stage Three of the National College training programme is confined to those students who hold the Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy. Stage Three is the Diploma stage, at the completion of which students are required to submit a dissertation leading to the award of the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, with the designating letters DHP(NC), and enables practitioners to apply for Full membership of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. The aim of this Stage Three course is to further the students’ knowledge and ethical practice of hypno psychotherapy with the aim of encouraging not only competence but also confidence to be able to work with the complexities of practice.
Students are required to attend the five weekends of the course (70 hours’ attendance), usually at monthly intervals, and undertake a comprehensive programme of home study.
With regard to the dissertation submission, within the context of hypno-psychotherapy, there are various ways of conducting research. Many dissertations submitted by National College students involve secondary research, i.e. a review, or meta-analysis, of the literature and pre-existing research reports. As secondary research does not involve working directly with human participants it is not necessary for such research to be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee. However, students undertaking secondary research might wish to consider the social and moral implications of their work and whether the outcome of the research is likely to bring positive benefits.
Primary research, where first hand data or information is being collected directly from human participants, must be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee. Such research may be either experimentally or clinically based. For hypno-psychotherapists research will usually be clinically based with case studies forming the data/information base.
All dissertations must focus on an area within the theory and/or practice of hypno-psychotherapy and must include an exploration of the individual trainee’s psychotherapeutic framework and philosophy, demonstrating a master’s level of psychotherapeutic understanding and exploration including cross-referencing to other approaches at a psychotherapeutic level.
The National College Committee on Ethical Research considers primary research proposals put forward by National College students. The aim of the committee is to ensure that students and members are aware of the ethical implications of any primary research they undertake and that any such research conforms with generally accepted ethical and moral principles.
Stage Three students will be given copies of the ethical guidelines upon which their research proposals will be assessed. They reflect current thinking on the ethics of social science/psychological research and incorporate extracts from the British Psychological Society’s ethical guidelines.
Once the research proposal has been approved by the Ethics Committee the research for the dissertation can go ahead, with the work being submitted in due course for academic assessment in the usual way by the National College’s independent external markers.
Also, the student will be required (i) to warrant that the subject matter of the dissertation is his/ her original work and that he/she holds the copyright therein and (ii) to grant the National College an irrevocable free licence under the copyright to publish the document if it so wishes, provided that the National College undertakes to identify the author and his/her copyright.
Stage Three of the National College training builds upon the previous two stages and aims to further students’ knowledge and ethical practice of hypno-psychotherapy.
Ancient Standing Stone Technique
Theories from Transactional Analysis
360 degree feedback on Psychological Maturity
(In accordance with UKCP requirements and consistent with National College practice over many years, such topics as Ethics, Human Development and Sexuality are covered throughout the training.)