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Which is the Best Hypnotherapy Training Course ?
Finding the best hypnotherapy training which meets your needs can be difficult. There are so many hypnotherapy courses, many claiming to be the best hypnotherapy course. Students looking to train in hypnotherapy are faced with so many options, with courses ranging from a couple of days hypnotherapy training to a couple of years, prices ranging from a few hundreds to many thousands and many different types of hypnotherapy approaches. Many students spend a lot of time and money on courses, never achieving what they want to achieve by learning hypnotherapy.
You can save time and money by understanding what you want and understanding what is available, then finding a match that will guarantee that you get the best hypnotherapy training to suit you. The following information is provided so that you can better understand about hypnotherapy training, so that you can make an informed decision when choosing your hypnotherapy training course.
Who are the ICCHP?
The ICCHP was established in 2010 as the International Community of Clinical Hypnosis Practitioners, with the idea of building an international community of hypnotherapy practitioners. The goal of the ICCHP was to share therapeutic hypnosis learning and practical knowledge globally and a free theory course was developed and made available on-line to promote hypnotherapy world wide. Many community members asked the ICCHP to offer practitioner training, so the ICCHP evolved into the International College of Clinical Hypnosis Practitioners.
The creators of the course teach clinical hypnosis in the UK medical schools and previously worked, for many years, in senior roles at the largest international hypnotherapy college based in the UK, they were also involved with the design and delivery of university MSc hypnotherapy courses. They decided to take what they learned and experienced, along with several years of student feedback on how to improve hypnotherapy training, then decided to design and build a course that no other provider could compete with, hence to make it the best value for money and the most comprehensive hypnotherapy course available anywhere. This vision continues today and the creators are constantly striving to improve the course, by actively responding to student feedback.
The ICCHP tutors have decades of experience practising and teaching clinical hypnosis to clinical and nonclinical students. ICCHP key staff are clinically trained practitioners and teach medical hypnosis in UK medical schools, no other hypnotherapy training provider can match this breadth of experience.
When choosing hypnotherapy training, you should ensure that the organisation is ethical, with trainers who have medical/psychological clinical training and experience to share with you. Many hypnotherapy training providers are teaching clinical hypnosis and have no clinical skills. Genuine ethical hypnotherapy training includes psychotherapy training and teaches you how to treat medical and psychological conditions, therefore your trainers should have a background and years of experience in a clinical or therapeutic field. Many hypnotherapy courses being taught today are being taught by people with none of the required skills. Many hypnotherapy courses are even being taught by stage hypnotists and people who have only completed a brief Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) course - you will not get genuine hypnotherapy training from these providers. Don't be tempted or caught out by gimmicks, those claiming to be the best training or the best hypnotherapist and charging lots of money. The ICCHP doesn't sell or promote personalities and egos, we offer real ethical hypnotherapy training backed up with years of scientific and clinical expertise and research evidence.
Also, be aware that you cannot learn hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in a short space of time. To become a fully qualified practitioner in the UK, you are required to have at least 120 hours of practical face to face training, this is in addition to non face to face training of a few hundred hours. It is reasonable to plan to complete your hypnotherapy training in a year - it will take that long for you to learn and practice all of the necessary techniques and develop the necessary skills. Imagine a medical doctor doing 5 years of medical training from a crash course lasting 5 weeks or 5 months, doing a hypnotherapy course in a short space of time equates to the same thing - you will not have the knowledge to support you as a competent and confident hypnotherapist, so invest your money wisely and avoid the short courses, you cannot short-cut learning hypnotherapy.
What kind of Hypnotherapy Does the ICCHP Teach?
The ICCHP teaches a complete range of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy approaches, unlike many hypnotherapy training providers, who only teach a single approach, or even worse, a single technique. You will see hypnotherapy courses offering the best technique or the best approach and charging many thousands to learn these limited, often dated and old fashioned techniques and approaches. Some hypnotherapy training providers have been around for many years and they are still teaching the same old fashioned approaches to hypnotherapy and psychotherapy that they were teaching 20 or 30 years ago.
You want to be sure that the training you receive is modern and the techniques and approaches are comprehensive and up to date with the latest research backing their use. It's worrying that many hypnotherapy training providers are still teaching problem based therapy techniques, like problem based regression, which has no evidence base to support it, in fact, most of the evidence indicates that it is potentially more harmful than other techniques and approaches.
The ICCHP teaches modern, up to date, solution focused techniques and approaches that are safe and ethical, with practice based evidence to support their use. Old fashioned problem based therapy approaches just continue to support and promote the problem, more modern solution based approaches to therapy promote positive health and psychological well being. You want to make sure that the course you choose isn't just teaching a single approach or a single technique and that the techniques are up to date and supported by practice based evidence.
The ICCHP hypnotherapy training includes the following approaches: direct and indirect conversational; psychodynamic and psychoanalytical; behavioural and cognitive behavioural (the more modern and elegant RECBH rather than the limited CBT approach); advanced hypno-psychotherapy and clinical skills; integrative and evidence based hypnotherapy. No other hypnotherapy training provider covers the breadth of hypnotherapy training that the ICCHP does. In fact, the ICCHP offers a money back guarantee that if a student can find a similar course for less, we will refund the difference.
Our basic definition of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is unique and will help you to understand how we teach complex concepts. Hypnosis is a variety of naturally occurring states of consciousness, that we enter into spontaneously on a daily basis. Have you ever taken a journey and reached your destination not remembering the journey? Have you ever daydreamed? Have you ever sat in a presentation and you were 100% focused on the presenter and the material being presented? Have you ever sat in a presentation and your mind drifted away from the presenter and the material being presented? Have you ever been doing something you enjoyed to the complete exclusion of anything or anyone around you, like watching a film, listening to music, reading a book or enjoying a hobby or pastime? Well, these are all hypnotic states that we experience every day.
When we practice hypnosis, we allow ourselves to follow instructions, given by ourselves or by someone else (the hypnotist), to enter into these natural states of consciousness with intention and through choice. In these states the subconscious part of our mind (who we are) becomes more accessible and more receptive to positive suggestions that we find acceptable to us. So if you have a desire to be more motivated or to have more confidence, then in these states when suggestions are given to support what you desire, they become more amplified, helping you to achieve what you desire. Hypnotherapy uses these natural states to deliver therapeutic suggestions and processes, which help you to achieve the positive outcomes that you desire.
There are many natural hypnotic states and many techniques to help a person enter these states, there are also many therapeutic techniques and psychotherapeutic processes to help a person achieve their goals and psychological well being. The ICCHP teaches you hundreds of these processes and techniques and how and when to use them, so that when a client comes to see you as a therapist you are able to make an accurate client assessment and tailor a treatment plan for them, ensuring success. Learning one approach or a few techniques will limit your success as a hypnotherapist, as you will be using the same approaches and techniques on everyone, this demonstrates poor training. Many training providers will teach you a limited number of hypnotherapy techniques, leaving you with a handful of techniques and no idea how and when to effectively use them. Be sure to understand exactly what you are going to be taught on your hypnotherapy course.
Are your courses certified, validated or accredited by any independent organisation?
Yes, Please check our Hypnotherapy Course Accreditations page for full details. The ICCHP Practitioner Certificate and Practitioner Diploma hypnotherapy training courses have been assessed and validated by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the International Certification Council (ICC), our training courses meet (and exceed) all of the requirements outlined by the UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was established with the support of the UK government Department of Health to be the ultimate representative independent body representing hypnotherapists, hypnotherapy training standards and other complementary healthcare professionals.
Validation is normally a process that universities or other educational establishments use to approve a course being taught under the approval of that educational establishment as part of its own programme of study. It means that you will receive an award from the educational establishment - for example a BSc or MSc degree. Courses can also be validated by independent professional bodies.
Accreditation normally means that the course has gone through a process set down by a university, educational establishment or professional body in order to fulfil specific requirements, such as the qualification of staff and teaching standards, minimum content delivery, grading and marking quality and standards, etc. Some universities and educational establishments will accredit a course and accept the course as part of their programme and award credit for students studying for a qualification with them. Independent professional bodies may accredit a course to show that it meets a minimum set of standards and training in order for their students to become members of these professional bodies. Certification is similar and it means that some organisation has set some standards that the course and course provider have met.
With regards to hypnotherapy training and practice, there are a vast number of different professional bodies and training providers who offer accredited, validated or certified courses. However, some of these can be misleading.
The government in the UK and many other countries do not regulate the profession and training of hypnotherapy; unlike the medical profession. Therefore anyone, with no training at all, can call themselves a hypnotherapist and go in to practice. Also, anyone can set up a training or professional organisation and claim accreditation, certification and validation. There is no control of this and what you will find is that most of the large training providers have set up their own professional organisations to represent their own students, and have claimed that the courses these students attended meet the accreditation of their own professional bodies.
There are very few truly independent professional bodies overseeing this industry and there is some government lobbying for legislation, however, at the moment it is a minefield for prospective students to understand, hence why we offer introductory courses and explain this to students so that they can make informed choices.
The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is the largest independent professional standards body, which overseas the UK government Working Group for Hypnotherapy regulation and ensures that the courses it validates meet a set of training standards. The GHSC validation allows ICCHP students and graduates to become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR). Full membership allows ICCHP graduates to become members of the UK Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The ICCHP programme and teaching standards have been designed to meet the standards defined by the UK Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). Outside of the UK, the International Certification Council (ICC) has set up an International Hypnotherapy Register (IHR), which accredits training programs which meet its strict policies, guidelines and standards. The ICCHP program meets and exceeds the ICC requirements and our international students are eligible to join the IHR.
Any independent body will require courses to meet a minimum number of training hours in order for them to be certified, accredited or validated. These hours usually are a minimum of 120 face to face teaching/practice hours. The ICCHP hypnotherapy courses have been designed and are delivered by staff who have completed thousands of hours training and teaching, and who are members of many independent professional organisations. In fact, the professional qualifications and teaching qualifications of the staff behind the design and delivery of our courses are of the highest quality and exceed many of the requirements associated with becoming certified, accredited or validated.
How does your programme differ from other hypnotherapy training programmes?
The ICCHP hypnotherapy training programme is designed to offer students total flexibility in fulfilling their training needs. Students can study the practise of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in their own time from the comfort of their home, office or on the move.
Because we have separated the theory component from the practical classroom sessions, students can spend their classroom time practising hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Because of this we are also able to reduce the number of classroom attendance days which shortens the learning cycle, so students can accelerate their learning, if they wish to do so. This also significantly reduces costs for students, as we do not have to provide staff to lecture students on the theory, which can be easily learned through our free student online learning portal. This allows us to deliver the programme at minimum cost, therefore keeping our fees at least 50% less than other hypnotherapy courses.
Another way that we reduce costs for our students is by using an education charity to provide venues for teaching our courses. ICCHP students take pride in supporting our efforts to promote local education initiatives
To ensure that students are given adequate personal hands on assistance to practice and help with all components of their learning, we provide individual and small group tutorial sessions, as well as individual mentoring and supervision for all student practitioners. More time is spent on hands on learning and practice, and less time sitting in lectures and writing lengthy essays.
The modern and dynamic delivery of our courses, which includes access to our prestigious on-line learning portal and exclusive access to the ICCHP OneNote application, along with our advanced stress free assessment processes, ensure that our students are successful and find learning easy and fun. Learning hypnosis and hypnotherapy is experiential, which means you learn by doing, the more you do the better you become.
Can ICCHP students obtain a university level degree?
There are currently two universities in the UK, offering university MSc degrees in hypnotherapy. These degrees are of value to students wanting to go into academic research and do not offer any special value to those just wanting to be a hypnotherapy practitioner. The ICCHP advises and encourages practitioner students to undertake only those academic courses and qualifications that will be of benefit to them, such as a course offering students registration as a qualified psychologist, as this would be the only way to obtain any recognised standing in the profession.
Our students are able to study and learn to become practicing hypnotherapists, without having to demonstrate and achieve the academic performance that a university programme requires. We do not require our students to write numerous lengthy theoretical essays which are required by other hypnotherapy courses and university programmes. We train students to become hypnotherapists as opposed to academic essay writers. We also have no final exams for students to stress about, research shows that students do not learn whilst stressed, students learn better when they are enjoying their learning.
There are no requirements in the UK for hypnotherapists to have a university degree to practice hypnotherapy. If one day it becomes a requirement, then those therapists already in practice will be allowed to remain in practice without having a degree.
Our quality and level of learning and teaching is the same as any academic university programme, but with more focus on practice and less on academic achievement; our students get the same programme, without the high costs, long theoretical lectures and extensive essay writing requirements. Those students wanting to demonstrate that they can perform at a higher academic level are able to do so through their participation and postings on the course discussion forums, which makes up part of the student learning portfolio. The student learning portfolio can than be submitted to other academic and learning institutions for any possible awarding of credit. This learning portfolio also supports the requirements of maintaining records for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
So Which is the Best Hypnotherapy Training Course for You?
The ICCHP can give you many reasons to believe that our courses are the best, but what matters is what you want from your hypnotherapy training. Do you want to learn as much as you can for the best price? Do you just want to say you have done a hypnotherapy course? Do you want to be the best hypnotherapy practitioner you can possibly be? There are many questions you should be asking yourself before you invest in hypnotherapy training. What do you want to get out of your hypnotherapy course? Once you can answer your own questions, then you can look at what hypnotherapy training is available and decide what course best suits you. In the meantime, you can join our free online hypnotherapy training course and start learning and understanding hypnotherapy, while you make up your mind. We also encourage you to talk to our current students and graduates, who will answer your questions honestly, they have been were you are and will be more than happy to share their experiences with you. You are always welcome to come and sit in on one of our training days to meet the trainers, the students and get a feel for what hypnotherapy training at the ICCHP is like.