SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
What are the advantages of Distance Learning?
You can study in your own time - take as long as you wish. If you pay weekly you can can get the full course at any time by paying the balance. On receipt of the full course you must study for a total of three months before taking the online Qualifying Examination. (For example, if you pay for the full course after receiving course material for six weeks, you must study for a further seven weeks) In effect, you can qualify within three months or take up to a year. After one year from the initial payment, 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 from my own experiences, in live training , those being practiced on are often 'too kind' and not honest. 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 stopping smoking or losing weight).. I also invite all students to send me recordings of their inductions etc. for an honest critique from myself. This is easily done online or email.
Why no videos showing techniques etc?
Videos teach you other people's methods and styles. 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 course tutor. 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 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 surprise my students by telling them 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, much, much better and only that would make me feel exceptionally proud of them and happy that my training was as of the highest standard." I think that alone encouraged most of my students to become leading Clinical Hypnotherapists.
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 it a necessity to practice.
Let me say outright that the word 'Accreditation' is a powerful word used by most con merchants trying to sell their courses at over inflated costs. Almost every organisation on the Internet, claims to be an Accreditation Body and some even claim that they have sole right to give Accreditation to graduates from Hypnotherapy courses, usually their own. Don't fall for it! They are after your money and have self-interest at heart.
In the U.K. there is no such thing as Accreditation. Everyone 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. held at a London College circa 1990, when many Hypnotherapy training schools were represented. It was called to try to put together an organisation with rules and regulations that the Government would accept as 'self-regulating'. It was a pantomime of self-interest and the organisers were intensely questioned and their self-interest exposed. They were trying to get backing to set themselves up as a regulatory body and, of course, have power over all other training establishments AND make a lot of money.
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.
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 (to show you have diligently studied) and Association membership on graduation (So a client has someone to fall back on if your Hypnotherapy is in question) 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.
My advice is that if you are in doubt, phone a local Hypnotherapist and ask about Government recognition. and always contact your local Government Representative or Congressman etc. and ask for clarification.
The The Robert Shields College has been around for 30 years and we give you accreditation. In the past 15 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).
Who will recognise the Diploma awarded?
The first question I need to ask you for me to be able 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 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.
The College was, not so long ago, a registered Hypnotherapy School with The American Board of Hypnotherapy and myself a registered trainer with them. Their 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
Frankly, the free membership of The Association of Ethical and Professional Hypnotherapists that all of my graduates are given, is, in my opinion, more than enough..
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.
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. I know it is extra work, but I actually enjoy helping. But let me say that my course is so comprehensive, it is rare that anyone needs clarification or help, with the course itself, but I do get requests for help from graduates, sometimes as much as years later. I answer ALL emails received.
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