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Clinical Hypnotherapy Training tutor Robert Shields      


What is Accreditation and how do I get it?     

I sometimes get asked who gives accreditation to Hypnotherapists?     Is it the Government or individual organisations?   Is accreditation recognised by a country's government and is accreditation  necessary to open a practice?

Let me say outright that the word 'Accreditation' is a powerful word used by most con merchants trying to sell their courses at ridiculously high fees ( One guy in London recently was charging UKĀ£5000.00 for a 12-day course.   He claimed to have been in practice for twenty years.  I found out later he had only qualified a few months earlier, and there are plenty like him advertising on the internet).  

Almost every Hypnotherapy (and N.L.P.) training organisation, claims to be an 'official' Accreditation Body and some even claim that they have sole right from the Government to give Accreditation to graduates (but only if you attend their courses).  

Don't fall for it! 

They are after your money and have nothing but self-interest at heart.  Of course, there are also genuine training organisations, but they do not try to convince you that you can only open a prractice if you train with them, and nobody else.     This equally applies to the many 'quango' Associations, Guilds and 'Governing Bodies' - money and, one of the three most powerful motivational instincts in your Unconscious Mind, power.  (The other two are self-preservation and sex).  Writers, Newspapers and anyone advertising know that putting together these three will always 'iinfluence' the reader.

In the U.K. there is no such thing as Accreditation for Hypnotherapists.     All Hypnotherapists in the U.K. practices under Common Law and that means, in effect, anyone can call themselves a Hypnotherapist.  There is no controlling body sanctioned by the Government.   To date, the Government have only asked the world of Hypnotherapy, to self-govern themselves.  The result of which is that organisation have sprung up all over the country claiming to have Government approval.  THAT IS NONSENSE!!! 

I was at the very first meeting of Hypnotherapy organisations, held in the U.K. being held at a London College circa 1990, when many Hypnotherapy training schools were represented.   It was a pantomime of self-interest and the organisers, sitting on a platform at the front, were torn apart by some of the representatives and their self-interest exposed.    I swore I would never go to another such meeting and leave it up to the Government to set something up.  To date they have not.   If you don't believe me, write to your local Member of Parliament and ask him for clarification, it will only take you a few minutes and a postage stamp.

Something else you should be aware of. Some Hypnotherapy training organisations run their courses in Universities of Colleges, especially in London.  They give the impression that their courses are endorsed and approved by the Universities and Colleges.   Again, don't fall for that.  Anyone, yes anyone, can hire rooms for teaching purposes in Universities and many Colleges.  You can even hire bedrooms (dorms) when they in recess.   Personally, I even hired a room to teach a course at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, but used them only once as I felt such a fake.

So the bottom line is that if you want to practice in the U.K., there is nothing to stop you and no need to waste your money joining the many 'dubious' organisations.     Your diploma and free Association membership on graduation is all you need.

In countries other than the U.K. there are various regulations, but generally there is none.   It is almost always left to local authorities to make bylaws governing the practice of Clinical Hypnotherapy.     In the U.S.A. there are some States who have strict regulations, but there are also many who do not.

My advice is that if you are in doubt, and live in a country other than the U.K., phone a local Hypnotherapist and ask about Government recognition and always contact your local Government Representative or Congressman etc. and ask for clarification. 

The College has been around for thirty years and we give you accreditation.   In the past 14 years when  the course has been available online, not one single feedback has been received saying accreditation was a problem or could not be resolved.

To the best of my knowledge, in the U.S.A. there are no restrictions in the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  (I am thankful to Steve Jones, a very trusted Hypnotherapy Training provider, for this information).

What are the advantages of Distance Learning?   

You can study in your own time at your own pace - take as long as you wish up to one full year.  After one year from joining, it is at the College's discretion if and when you take the Qualifying Examination.

As there is no live training, how do we practice?   

I advise all students to use friends and relatives to practice on   . This is often much better than live training in a classroom as in a classroom, students are often 'too kind' and not honest in their critiques.    However, with friends and family you almost always get honest individual feedback and, of course, you are also helping your friends and family members with their individual problems (the most common being helping to stop smoking or lose weight - either one worth the cost of the course)..

I also invite all students to send me recordings of their inductions etc. for an honest critique from myself.  This is easily done through a computer and email.  Just make a recording of a session through your computer/laptop microphone, and send it to me as an attachment.

Why no videos showing techniques etc?

Most videos teach you other people's methods and styles, including my own.   I don't always think that is a good thing.   I remember after graduating and suddenly realising when inducing hypnosis with my clients that I was standing with arms folded and supporting my chin.     I was shocked when I realised I was mimicking my course tutor.   I was also mimicking his voice - I have a Geordie accent and I am sure you don't want to talk like me:-)     Although I had the greatest respect for him, I had promised myself that I would be much better than him and mimicking his body language and voice would only hold me back.     

Everybody is an individual and must develop their own individual style.   That's what makes a great Clinical Hypnotherapist and separates him or her from the many Hypnotherapists who just carry on in the same way they left their training courses.  

When I ran live courses, I would shock my students by telling them at the very beginning of the courses, that, "I did not want them to become as good as me." 

I would then tell them that, "I wanted them to be much better than me and only that would make me feel proud of them and happy I had done a good job."    I think that alone encouraged most of my students to become leading Clinical Hypnotherapists.

Who will recognise the Diploma awarded?

The first question I need to ask to answer this question is, who do you want to recognise the diploma, an organisation or clients?  The second question is what is the benefits you are looking for by having the diploma recognised?

Personally I believe that It is your skills and knowledge that are important not pieces of paper.   However I understand that you may want to join an organisation to give your qualifications credibility and to give your clients confidence in you.

There are literally hundreds of organisations worldwide offering membership and support to Clinical Hypnotherapists.  Some of them ask for ridiculous, fees to join them and to add their membership to your qualifications.   Some are well established and genuine and others, far too many I'm afraid, are just  out to get your money and give little in return.

I have had too many sad experiences with some of the U.K. organisations and swore never to join another one, unless it becomes absolutely necessary.   The College was at one time a registered Hypnotherapy School with The American Board of Hypnotherapy and myself a registered trainer with them. The Governing Body changed and overnight my memberships were rescinded because my course did not include hands-on training.   I believe they have again changed their minds and I could apply again, but 'once bitten, twice shy' and I shall not be doing so.

So if you want recognition by an external organisation, there are many that will accept you for membership after graduating.  All you need do is look for one and be VERY careful you are joining the right one.

If you want recognition by your clients, and that is perfectly understandable, display your diploma in your waiting room, or in your consultation room, being sure a client can see it and read it without embarrassment.   Be sure to display your Membership Certificates also and most importantly, you Public Liability Insurance Certificate.  With those on display, your clients will feel reassured that you are a bona fide qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Incidentally, you will have no problems getting insurance after completing my Distance Learning clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma Course.   I have never had a graduate report back to me that they could not find an Insurance company that would accept them.  I also provide the name of a reasonably priced company that accepts my graduates.  (I recommend them because they are good and am not connected to them financially in any way).

Is there support given during the course and after graduation?    

You should be surprised to learn that regardless of the price you pay, you get all the support you require from me personally, both during the course and after you have completed it.    All it takes to get support is an email (my web sites all have contact details - I don't hide behind the Internet complexities) and I will give you the benefit of my experience and give you advice and guidance.    But let me say that my course is so comprehensive, it is not often that anyone needs clarification or help, with the course itself, but I do get occasional requests for help from graduates, sometimes as much as 10 years later, when they feel they have nowhere else to turn for advice with a difficult problem.  I answer ALL emails received.



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