Code of Ethics & Practice for NCHP Trainers

Code of Ethics for Trainers The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy

Guiding Principles

1. Protection of the Public/Client.

The purpose of this is to ensure that students are prepared in a manner that eliminates or reduces risk to the absolute minimum necessary.

2. Protection of the Student.

In this case the student is safeguarded and taught best practice to reduce the risk of their making errors that place others at risk.

3. Regular Assessment of Course Standards.

This is to ensure that the courses are continually developed by inclusion of the latest developments in Hypno-psychotherapy, and related fields.

Code of Ethics

1. The welfare of clients/volunteers is paramount, whether they are drawn from students or from the general public. No practical sessions are to be conducted without written consent from the subjects who are to be made aware of their right to withdraw at any point. They should also only be subject to procedures of whose rationale and practice the student practitioner has shown adequate theoretical knowledge. At any time that the supervising tutor has any reason to question the safety of the work in progress they shall halt the session, in a manner that protects the wellbeing of the subject.

2. The confidentiality of the work carried out by any student should be protected by a course contract. This should include any comments and assessments made by examiners, tutors or supervisors. Any comments that may help the student develop should be made known to them as soon as practicable, as with any comments of concern re the safety of their work or knowledge.

3. Assessment of skills and knowledge will be to the standards agreed by NCHP. These should also meet the highest standards available and be at least to the National Occupational Standards for hypnotherapy level and UKCP standards.

4. The development of knowledge and skills will be carried out in a manner that is progressive and encourages the students to be aware of their boundaries and the need for constant development throughout their career.

5. All exploitation is abuse. No trainer or course provider shall behave in a manner that shall give rise to the exploitation of any client/volunteer, student or graduate. This includes any inappropriate personal or exploitative relationship or activity inside or outside of the training environment. Should there be any indication that such an inappropriate relationship exists or is developing then the trainer/tutor shall make arrangements for the student to be taught in a way that severs the link between the relationship and the training environment. Trainers/tutors should be aware that the development of such a relationship may result in the termination of their contract, and that it may impact on their fitness to practice / registration as a psychotherapist.

6. The advertising of courses shall be restricted to factual material. All claims regarding standards and facilities available must be accurate and verifiable. There shall be no claims as to potential career opportunities, e.g. instant expansion of practice, ability to command higher fees. It is not acceptable to make reference in their advertising to specific outcomes that relate to efficacy of the treatment. This shall apply regardless of the media used.

7. Trainers shall not make inaccurate claims regarding qualifications that equip them or any person teaching, tutoring or supervising on their course, for such a role.

Code of Conduct for Training

This is developed from the same set of overall principles and is intended to control the actual delivery of the training programme.

1. Professional Indemnity Insurance.

As in practice as a therapist, there is a prerequisite for the Trainer to maintain cover appropriate to the training activity carried out and to a minimum level of £1million.

2. Relationship with the NCHP.

This covers the updating of information relevant to the accreditation of the Trainer, the Courses provided by them and any employee (including visiting lecturer or consultants). The following need to be reported:

a) Any change of personal details, e.g. name, address, contact details, trading name.

b) Variations in delivery, eg inclusion of extra material

c) Any criminal or civil judgements against any member of the training body or the company.

d) Any links or associations with any other training body, other professional bodies, associations, registrations or health-care practice (whether involved in the training provisions or not). This includes personal practice of trainers and tutors.

3. Relationships with Other Training and Health-Care Providers.

Trainers will respect the course provisions of other trainers in Psychotherapy and any other branch of health-care provision. They shall also respect the qualifications and boundaries of other such providers.

4. Supervision in Training.

Course providers shall ensure that there is ample provision of suitably trained tutors and supervisors for all trainees. Supervisors and tutors should ensure that they are able to meet NCHP expectations relating to their reasonable availability to trainees, as described in their contract as a tutor or supervisor. The standards for supervision shall be that as laid down by UKCP.

5. Training Venues.

All premises and venues used for training shall be of a good standard and respect the needs of all participants in the training process, including social, physical and psychological needs. They shall comply with all Health and Safety legislation requirements that are current.

7. Use of Credentials.

Only valid qualifications, registrations and accreditations relating to the courses provided (ie Hypno-Psychotherapy) and the training staff shall be used. Valid means academic and professional qualifications recognised in the UK.

8. Complaints and Discipline.

All associated with the course provision and training shall be subject to the complaints and discipline procedures of the NCHP. Any incorporated bodies shall be recognised as legal individuals and be treated as such and as such will be amenable to those procedures, as if they were individual persons.