How to become a certified hypnotherapist
So you want to know how to become a certified hypnotherapist? This Blog will tell you everything you need to know to go from the desire to become a hypnotherapist right up to being able to see clients.
Training to become a hypnotherapist
A hypnotherapists is only as good as their training. Here are 5 of the top things to be on the look out for when choosing a training course.
- How much classroom time? – Hypnotherapy is a practical skill and requires supervised classroom time to practice. Most courses won’t allow you to pass with anything less than 100+ hours of contact time. Anything less than this should make you suspicious.
- Is there any 1-2-1 or small group time? – Small groups and 1-2-1’s can be essential in preventing your learning needs from becoming lost. A good course will offer this, often with external tutors.
- What accreditation does the course have? – In the UK you should be looking for a statement of formal academic level (usually 3 or 4). Be careful; terms such as ‘Certificate’ can be deceptive as they may mean an in-house qualifications with no external validation.
- Is the course associated with a professional body? – Professional bodies exist to maintain standards after you have qualified. They deal with ongoing issues of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), ethics and legislative changes and professional conduct. If there isn’t a professional body associated with the training course then be very wary. Even if there is, some of these are attached to one school only and have little real value. In the UK Professional bodies should also be accredited with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNCH).
- Insurance? – Most professional bodies will be able to direct you to an insurer, such as www.holisticinsurance.co.uk. Insurance is important to protect you professionally. Although it is not often mentioned on websites a training provider should be able to tell you a little about insurance for the industry.
Matt Krouwel is the course leader for the West Midlands School of Clinical Hypnotherapy and has 14 years experience as a hypnotherapy teacher both in the UK and abroad . He also researches hypnotherapy for Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at the University of Birmingham.