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).
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:
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.
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:
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.
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|
|Human Development and sexuality||80||20||10||£120|
|Other classroom training||100||20||12||variable|
|Client hours||450||100||55||income generating|
|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.
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
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.
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 APL for all except the research methods module and dissertation.