Without regulation and statutory registration for our profession, our policy has been to seek meaningful external accreditation for our training. We first achieved such accreditation in 1993 and have continued to add to the organisations who accredit National College Courses. Whatever happens in the future with regard to regulation and registration, our external accreditation should be invaluable to our graduates. Meanwhile, it is an assurance to potential students bewildered by competing claims. Note to potential students: Some enquirers have asked why the National College is not affiliated with certain “Hypnotherapy Organisations”. It is our policy that we will only align ourselves with organisations which have meaningful and verifiable means of accreditation. The profession has many organisations which will give you a certificate for a fee. We, as one of the oldest schools of professional hypnosis and psychotherapy, believe that we should take a leadership position with this and not support bodies which have only been created to give out meaningless credentials and to turn a profit for its owners.
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), formerly the United Kingdom 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 of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NCHP) In May 1993, the UKCP launched its National Register of Psychotherapists, 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 all requirements for those wishing to fulfil the requirements for membership of the UKCP’s National Register of Psychotherapists are detailed in our full Prospectus. It should be noted that the UKCP’s Register, like our own National Society (NSHPM), is a voluntary body. For full details of UKCP Requirements click HERE UKCP is currently pursuing accreditation with the Professional Standards Agency which will add gravitas to this already well regarded accreditation
The EAP represents 128 organisations (28 national umbrella associations, 17 European-wide associations for psychotherapy) from 41 European countries and by that more than 120.000 psychotherapists. Membership is also open for individual psychotherapists. Based on the “Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy of 1990” the EAP represents high training standards for a scientifically based and stands for a free and independent practice of psychotherapy. The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy is a European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute with the EAP. The inspection was comprehensive which included inspection of course materials, organisational structure, faculty, and students. To become an EAPTI, an organisation must be accredited by both the National Awarding Body for Psychotherapy, in our case UKCP, and the European Wide Awarding Organistion, in our case the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy (details below). Currently, there are 45 such institutes throughout Europe, we are only one of two such institutes in the UK.
The National College is a founder member of the European Association for Hypno Psychotherapy (EAHP). The EAHP is a non-profit making organisation aiming to unite national Hypno-Psychotherapy training institutes and national Hypno-Psychotherapy organisations into a common association for Europe. The intention of the EAHP is the realisation of a European Wide Organisation (EWO) and a European Wide Accrediting Organisation (EWAO) for Hypno-Psychotherapy within the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) in Vienna, Austria (of which the National College is a member). The EAP represents some 200 psychotherapy organisations, including 16 national umbrella organisations, and 12 EWOs (representing various psychotherapeutic approaches). It aims to establish psychotherapy as an independent profession within Europe and, to this end, has created the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). The intention behind the ECP is the mutual recognition and equal conduct of various branches of psychotherapy throughout Europe. The EAHP anticipates that membership of EAP as an EWO would help consolidate our own discipline of Hypno-Psychotherapy within Europe and facilitate the award of the ECP to suitably qualified Hypno-Psychotherapists.
The National College has a direct arrangement with Bath Spa University. Holders of the ADHP(NC) can apply for their MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice with APL for all but the research methods module and dissertation
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark. Their phone number is 0203 668 0406. Info can be downloaded here. Graduates of the certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses will be eligible to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). For more information see www.cnhc.org.uk
The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members. The NATIONAL COUNCIL for HYPNOTHERAPY, the largest Hypnotherapy register mentioned in the recent Exeter University report on Complementary Medicine (Second Edition) is striving to meet ALL the guidelines suggested by this report for the regulation of Complementary Medicine. Via the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations, we are actively involved with the Foundation for Integrative Medicine and the future of the profession. There is an agreed Code of Conduct, an established Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure and all members are obliged to maintain comprehensive Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance.
We have been training professionals for 40 consecutive years (Longer than any other organisation in the UK). Many of the top therapists and trainers in the UK began their career at the National College.
Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 90 Credits APL).
We are 100% committed to the highest standards of training so that you are fully prepared for the challenges of professional practice
The National College is the only UK training organisation which is authorised the offer the European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis through the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. We are also one of only two European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes with the European Association for Psychotherapy We should really be the International College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy as we have graduates all over the world. We are an outward thinking organisation which looks out to the world for opportunities. Our Principal is the International Officer of UKCP and its representative to the Board of the EAP. We will continue to engage to ensure that our graduates have a future in a post-Brexit Europe.
Within the National College we have a philosophy that ensures that all tutors are full-time practitioners in addition to their training. By this we mean that they derive their primary income from seeing clients: this ensures that they "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk". You will find that we often have examples of current clients to tell you about that illustrate theoretical points. There are some trainers who set up a school because they can't make it as practitioners. Would you want to be trained by them?
We believe it is vitally important that you see demonstrations of techniques and also get to practice. This gives you the confidence to practice with "real people" as soon as (if not before) you qualify. We say before, because you will be given permission to work with certain issues at certain points in your training. Not all trainers demonstrate, and not all give you a chance to practice and build your confidence.(ALL ours DO!)
On completion of the certificate course (stage two), graduates can join a range of professional bodies: the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (our regulator), the National Council for Hypnotherapy (a members’ co-operative with high standards, of which both our Principal and Managing Director are former chairs) and our own National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness. All you need to set up in professional practice with great support!
The National College course leads to registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy; it is essential that important that your career is protected by being registered with a leading professional association like the UKCP (requirements for registration are laid out here). Our Managing Director is an Honorary Fellow of UKCP (approx. 1% of registrants) and is chair of the UKCP Education, Training and Practice Committee. Through this link you can be sure that we keep at the forefront of all developments in the field.
We believe in creating a friendly learning environment in which students feel safe to express themselves and learn while building supportive peer relationships with fellow students.
All our tutors are experienced teachers, as well as being, themselves, National College trained and experienced practitioners.
Support from a long established well-staffed organisation throughout not only your training but also your whole career!
We actively enforce all our policies, including equal opportunities. We will make any reasonable adjustments to ensure that anyone can take our courses, if suitable, and we do not discriminate on any grounds. Any special leaning needs will be catered to if possible. For example, a student with dyslexia would be able to provide portfolio evidence in recorded rather than written form if they wished to do so. The learning environment is safe, confidential and supportive.
We encourage students to ask questions or make comments about the training at any stage and will do our best to meet your needs. There is a student representative on the Academic Board.
Ethical considerations are all important in a field where one is working with vulnerable people. We cover these in depth. Check with other schools as to which, if any, code of ethics they subscribe. They should be bound by a training code of ethics as well as teaching you one for practice.
The National College embraces modern technology; we provide our materials on a Kindle so that you have all that you need at your fingertips. Additionally, we are one of the first institutes in our field to use "online directed learning" as part of our advanced training.
We know that you want to know exactly what you will be learning, so we publish all the details of the structure of our courses including detailed learning outcomes. We also publish our external accreditation reports from UKCP, you can read our latest one here We want you to be sure you have made the right choice!
We train small groups of students, which we believe is important so that you get individual attention. Some schools have as many as 50 students in a class! We are also not limited to training in one location. We currently run courses in London, Manchester, Oxford and East Midlands (Leicester) in the UK and the Gold Coast (Australia) and Phoenix Arizona (USA)
Past students are welcome to re-attend any stage of their training FREE OF CHARGE (subject to available space) in the ten years following their primary training. This is just one of the ways we support our students. We believe that we are the only school of our type to offer this opportunity free of charge.
National College Hypnosis Training and Hypnotherapy Training courses adhere to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy (the Principal and Managing Director were members of the working group who wrote these), and incorporate and Professional Occupational Standards produced by UKCP.
We do not take just anyone onto our courses. You will be interviewed to ensure that you are suitable for this profession of working with vulnerable people, and, very importantly, to ensure that the National College is right for you. If we feel that another course would be better for you (and this does happen), we will tell you, and advise you of who to approach.
Therapy is an "individual" process: we will encourage you to find your own way to be the best therapist you can be.
Our course also includes business/practice management. So often hypnotherapists and psychotherapists fall at the first hurdle because, while they may be wonderful at what they do, they don't know how to get the clients. The National College has a great depth of knowledge and experience in this area that you can draw on. All our tutors around the country are willing to share with you what works and what doesn't so that you can learn from our successes, and our mistakes!
Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 90 Credits APL.