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Course Structure Rationale

The National College courses are structured in accordance with the needs of two groups of people. There are:

  • People who wish to embark on a new career in adult hypno-psychotherapy, and require a recognised training to assist them to achieve their goal
  • People who, although not wishing to enter practice, may wish to pursue their serious interest in the subject within the context of a recognised training programme
Three further considerations have influenced the structure of the training:
  • The Academic Board is aware that many applicants, although having an interest in hypno- psychotherapy, have little experience in its use
  • Many applicants, although being able to meet the educational standards required to gain enrolment, may not have had the opportunity for many years to engage in serious study, and they will require a gradual re-introduction to a learning environment
  • Students who enrol on courses with the intention of embarking on a career in hypno-psychotherapy or hypnotherapy will prefer a course which trains them thoroughly in skills to work with simpler techniques while offering them internationally recognised accreditation for all phases of training they undertake, and recognition for the level of competence they achieve.
With these points in mind, the National College courses commence with practical instruction, the academic content of the course being introduced gradually. Therefore, once having gained enrolment, if a student is prepared to follow the training and instruction provided, then he or she will experience little or no difficulty in preparing to the level of accreditation and expertise they seek to attain.

The National College's course tutors act as trainers, rather than as therapists (whilst all are qualified as such). The training schedule does not allow for course time to be taken up with individual therapy. In the event that personal issues arise during training (including reluctance to participate in course practical work) which require therapeutic intervention, the course tutor will refer the individual concerned to the National College so that a competent therapist can be recommended. Where necessary, and as advised by the course tutor, training may be interrupted until such time as the therapist selected recommends resumption.

We hope that this policy is seen as demonstrating a proper concern for the individual, balanced by our contractual commitment to deliver courses of training as defined in our prospectus.

For full details of the National College download our Prospectus.