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Hypnotherapy Training UK – Psychotherapy Training UK

Stage 4 & Further Training

Stage 4 and Further Training

Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy and Registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Stage Four leads to the Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy and includes all the elements required for registration with UKCP.

If a student has taken stages one through three contiguously, it will have taken a minimum of 17 months. Therefore, stage four is the phase between this and the four year point from the start of training (or longer if the other requirements are not complete).

For example:

Start stage one in Oct 17, complete in Jan 18, start stage two in Feb 18, complete in Sept 18, start stage three in Oct 18 and complete in Feb 19…. stage four would then be the period from Mar 19 until Sep 21 or until all requirements are complete, whichever is the later.

Please note that for all UKCP trainings this four year period is compulsory. Our students are able to be in practice from the end of stage two (so from the end of Sept 18 in the above example). Normally, it would be expected that UKCP registration would be completed in a maximum of 7 years.

Students are supported by National College during stage four in the following ways:

  • supervision
  • on-going personal tutor support
  • membership of a tutorial group with access to
    • an online forum
    • a chatroom
  • provision of continuing professional development courses

Stage four is also available to people who have completed a UKCP recognised Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy but have not completed the requirements for UKCP registration.

Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy(ADHP(NC)

The National College takes the view that learning is an ongoing experience. Even when fully trained, therapists still need the opportunity to keep up to date with specialist approaches and developments in the profession.

To this end, the National College provides a regular programme of one and two day workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects and, where appropriate, distance learning courses. The workshops are run by specialist tutors. All current students and members of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness are notified of forthcoming training events.

Examples of past training events are:

  • Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Heimler’s Social Functioning
  • Hypno-Psychotherapy for Childbirth
  • Working with dementia
  • Healthy Weight Coaching

Online courses in Diversity and Equality, Human Development & Sexuality, Psychopathology, Research for Therapists in Practice and, recently, Certificate and Diploma courses in Ericksonian Hypno-psychotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming Psychotherapy are offered.

A range of advanced psychotherapeutic modules are offered, as part of the supplementary training required by UKCP for registration on their National Register of Psychotherapists. The weekends are also a very productive way of fulfilling CPD requirements and improving skills.

Ongoing supervision

Supervision is considered to be an essential part of an ethically-minded psychotherapist’s practice. All practising members of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness are required to be in, either, supervision (for Student, or full members) or peer supervision (for fellows) as part of their CPD requirement. On a practical level, this means getting together with your supervisor to discuss, in a confidential manner, your current case load and treatment schedules, and talk over any problems you may be encountering. Documentary evidence of all supervision sessions should be kept in your CPD Portfolio. The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness has a policy of random monitoring of supervision, as well as the five-yearly review of CPD Portfolios.

The therapeutic alliance is, perhaps, the most important aspect of any therapy, but it is all too easy for a therapist to be so involved in the therapeutic relationship that he or she cannot see it from a clear perspective. That is where supervision comes into its own, helping therapists to reflect constructively on their working relationships with clients. Details of supervision requirements are available to those applying to join the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness and, for students, in the student handbook. The training hours for the ADHP are made up of:

Training Element Classroom hours Self-directed learning Units Cost
Stage one 56 44 10 £720
Stage two 132 218 35 £1440
Stage three 70 60 13 £900
Human Development and sexuality 80 20 10 £120
Psychopathology 30 10 4 £80
Research methods 20 10 3 £80
Diversity 20 10 3 £80
Other classroom training 100 20 12 variable
Client hours 450 100 55 income generating
Supervision 75 25 10 variable
Self-development 250 0 25 variable
TOTAL 1283 517 180 £3420 plus variable amounts


1. the development and sexuality, research methods, diversity and psychopathology modules take place in online classrooms. No live attendance is required.

2. other classroom training could be attendance at the Annual Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference, the Annual Multi-Modality Psychotherapy Conference, Advanced Modules or other masters level, relevant, assessed training.

UKCP Standards of Education and Training

The UKCP is a registered charity which acts as the major regulatory body for psychotherapy training and registering organisations throughout the UK. UKCP recognition is becoming increasingly important for psychotherapists, whether they intend to follow a career in the public or private sectors or some combination of the two. National College is a member of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP. We are able to offer our graduates the opportunity to apply for registration with the UKCP, via the National College, subject to fulfilling their requirements.

Amongst the training requirements specified by UKCP are the acquisition of a critical understanding of the relevance of studies in human development, psychopathology, sexuality, ethics, research and social science. Consistent with any reputable psychotherapy training, National College has included such elements within its training even before the creation of UKCP. Psychotherapy is, itself, one of the social sciences. The study of human relationships is, of course, central to what we do in much of our training. Of necessity, therefore, human development and sexuality are addressed throughout training as well as through a discrete package as mentioned below. Similarly, the topic of ethics is addressed on numerous occasions, either within the course proper or through supplementary elements (e.g., ethics, the ethics of research – see below, the therapeutic relationship via interactive counselling skills, also below, ethics governing submission of dissertations via the Joint Committee on Ethical Research, and the Code of Ethics and Practice, p46, by which we are all bound).

Where we consider that our central training might usefully be supplemented, as for example in Research or Psychopathology, separate provision is made (see opposite).

UKCP Registration Requirements

  • Post graduate level of competence at outset of training. If you intend to apply for UKCP registration, you should ensure you have evidence that you are of a post graduate level of competence at the start of your training with the National College. (We do not wish to discourage applications from non-graduates – you are urged to apply, with supporting documentation such as a letter of acceptance onto an external postgraduate course or a letter from a suitably qualified person vouching that you meet a postgraduate level of competence.) Feel free to call the office to discuss this if your situation isn’t clear
  • Supplementary training elements completed or exemptions granted (please see p32)
  • Evidence of 18 months’ supervised practice with a supervisor on the UKCP Supervision directory or equivalent. (NB: Supervision is a discrete element. Neither self-therapy nor “pastoral care” should substitute for same.) At least one third of supervision should normally be with a supervisor who is qualified in the use of hypnosis.
  • Evidence of 250 hours of journaled self-development including a minimum of 48 hours of self-therapy with a UKCP registered (or equivalent) therapist with a successful outcome. Full details are in the student handbook
  • Submission of a fully documented, anonymous case study (which should include extensive psychotherapeutic content), via your supervisor
  • Four years having elapsed since commencement of National College training
  • Applicants also have to submit proof of having undertaken a minimum of 450 hours of clinical practice (supervised as above at a ratio of 1:6), prior to application, via a declaration from their supervisor. These hours (voluntary or paid), with clients/patients may be within a mental or social health setting or equivalent.

Supplementary Training

Advanced Classroom Training:

Students are required to attend a minimum of 100 hours additional live training during stage four. This can include topics such as Depression, Easibirthing®, Fertility, Dementia and Healthy Weight Coaching. The 100 hours can also include attendance at National College Annual Conferences. These are held on the second weekend of June each year with a masterclass (which also counts) the day before.

Human Development and Sexuality

A very substantial, assessed, on-line course which, along with National College regular course content, represents a thorough coverage. (80 hours)

Psychopathology (the scientific study of mental disorders)

This assessed, on-line course helps therapists develop a good knowledge of psychopathology in order to, for example, liaise with medical and psychiatric colleagues, be in a position to assess whether the client’s problem is within their limit of competence and create an effective treatment plan, avoiding contra-indicated approaches. (30 hours)

Research for Therapists in Practice:

An assessed, on-line course introducing the relevance of applied psychological research for practising therapists, focusing on the skills and abilities of the social science researcher, as well as outlining the ethical considerations of applied research. Very useful for Stage Three students working towards their final dissertation. (20 hours)

Diversity and Equalities

A substantial, assessed, on-line course which, along with National College regular course content, represents a thorough coverage. (20 hours)

This gives a total of 508 hours of classroom training over the four years, which together with 392 hours of self-directed learning and the other requirements giving a total of 1800 hours of training.

Higher Degrees from British Universities

Most British universities have systems whereby students who do not have a first degree are offered access to Master’s degree courses on the basis of recognised, non-degree, qualifications and professional experience. National College training is recognised by the UK Council for Psychotherapy as a master’s level of training and, as such, provides our graduates with a good basis on which to approach universities, with a view to studying at Master’s level, or above.

We have a direct arrangement with Bath Spa University whereby holders of the ADHP can apply for their MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice with 60 APL Credits.