The National College, formerly Blythe Tutorial College, founded in 1977, provides training in Hypno- Psychotherapy at venues in London, Oxford, Leicester, Manchester and Sydney, Australia. The National College is administered from its registered offices in London and Manchester by an Academic Board, details of which are given below.
Chairman – Keith Thompson, MA(Oxon), MEd, Emeritus Vice Chancellor, Staffordshire University.
Members of the Academic Board are responsible for the conduct of the National College exams, for the marking of all exam papers and for the issue of various awards to successful students. Such awards are confirmed by an external moderator.
Members of the Board include various persons who, although trained in their respective field and who have gained academic status, are not members of the staff of the National College. This external factor, combined with our accreditation by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy gives prestige and credibility to the awards gained by students of the National College. Further to safeguard student interests, a student member is invited to meetings of the Academic Board. Assessment is based upon conventional academic norms: continuous assessment by tutors, course work essays, case studies, dissertations and practical exams. Other than the continual assessment, all other assessment is carried out by appropriately qualified independent assessors, such as psychology lecturers in the state education sector, and externally moderated by appropriately qualified personnel.
Regulations concerning specific aspects of the National College training, such as the submissions of course work, standards to be achieved, and appeals procedures are indicated in the relevant documentation.
Complaints and/or criticism of any aspect of the National College training can be made via the Complaint, Grievance or Consultation Processes. In addition, students may request that such issues be brought to the attention of the National College in the tutor’s report which is submitted after each block of class contact. Whilst it is hoped that complaints may be resolved by negotiation with individual course tutors, students are entitled to raise issues with the Academic Board should they prove intractable.
The Academic Board is continually reviewing the course content to take account of developments in the profession, and expanding and amending material where necessary.
The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
All persons enrolled on National College courses at Stages One or Two are automatically student members of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. All persons holding the National College Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy may apply to be members, and holders of the Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy may apply to be fellows.
Benefits for students:
The UKCP, formerly the UK Standing Conference for Psychotherapy, was formed in 1989 with the aim of establishing the profession of psychotherapy with agreed common training standards and ethical requirements. Over 70 organisations involved in the field of psychotherapy, including the National College, currently belong to the UKCP.
In May 1993, the UKCP launched its National Register of Psychotherapists (NRP), and also produced Training and Ethical Standards Requirements for member organisations. The National College’s training programme has been confirmed as meeting UKCP requirements and the UKCP ethical guidelines are incorporated within our Code of Ethics and Practice.
Details of supplementary training for those wishing to fulfil the requirements for membership of the UKCP’s NRP are given on p31.
UKCP has been involved, and continues to be involved at the highest level, in various initiatives to legislate for, and regulate, psychotherapy, so confirming our professional status.
The European Association for Psychotherapy represents some 200 psychotherapy organisations from 36 countries throughout Europe including the UK. In terms of individuals this is perhaps 100,000 psychotherapists. The EAP’s award, the European Certificate of Psychotherapy sets the standard for mutual recognition of psychotherapists across Europe.
In November 2008, the National College was awarded European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute status from the EAP. This means that our students can gain the ECP directly. We are one of only two UK Psychotherapy Institutes with this status.
The European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy (EAHP) is a constituent member of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP).
At the time of writing National College is one of only two externally assessed UK based member organisations of EAHP. The National College is a member of EAP in their own right too.
At our initiative, the ICM established a Register of Hypnotherapists, subsequently British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Hypnotherapy), incorporating our recommendations concerning its general membership, “…who fulfil approved norms of training, professionalism and ethics, though tied to no single training institution or philosophy. They must have substantial clinical experience, undertake regular in service training, and accept the principle and practice of professional supervision and inspection of professional premises”. We have been, from the outset, an approved training faculty for the BRCP (H) and continued membership of a professional body, such as the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness, is a requirement for inclusion.
We have a direct arrangement with Bath Spa University whereby holders of the ADHP can apply for their MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice with APL for all except the research methods module and dissertation.
We are not aware of any similar organisations providing these levels of credit. At the time of writing we are the only UKCP Hypno-Psychotherapy organisation offering such credits.
The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.is a not-for-profit, educational corporation in the State of New Hampshire. Initially founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950, the Guild is a professional organization composed of dedicated individuals committed to advancing the field of hypnotism. We provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas concerning hypnotism. The Guild is a resource for members and a vehicle for legal and legislative action.
We were established in 1950/51 by an enthusiastic group of hypnotists and Dr. Rexford L. North, Director of the Hypnotism Center of Boston, MA. Within a short time, local chapters were formed and operating in many major cities throughout the US and Canada. Important resources through the years have been The Journal of Hypnotism and The Hypno-Gram, the very first publications devoted exclusively to the field of hypnotism.