Our courses are structured around sound values

Our values include... 


Maturity

The National College looks to recruit from mature individuals, suitably qualified and motivated. Some experience of the world, and its ways, may usefully preface almost any course of higher education and subsequent career or career change. Such maturity may help ensure greater objectivity in choices with, consequently, more fulfilling outcomes. 


Value for money

Perhaps this is particularly true in the case of psychotherapy. Remorselessly following a conventional route - school/college, university, professional training - may produce a relatively youthful academic, trained at great expense, having little in common with, even alienated from, the great bulk of the population. To see a return against such a therapist's substantial investment in time and money, there may be a temptation to offer lengthy and expensive therapy to the wealthy.

Our course structure reflects this concern. Trainees do not pay in advance for the whole course (which can cause financial distress and difficulties should they subsequently wish to withdraw), but are able to budget by paying for the course stage by stage. 


Non-dogmatic

Because most of us are, at best, of modest means (which circumstances may, itself, cause or aggravate psychological distress), we need access to a popular therapy. This therapy should be non-dogmatic, comparatively short in duration, but with a long history of successful application. Its practitioner should be 'pups' (pragmatic, utilitarian psychotherapists) trained to the high standards which typify graduates of the National College.


Flexible


This eclectic-cum-integrative approach to training is prompted by practical and theoretical considerations indicative of the likely direction of psychotherapy in days to come. Whilst respecting all legitimate psychotherapeutic models, the National College believes that to adopt a single model does present problems. When central concepts of any particular model are challenged, even by 'insiders', a dilemma is faced by its adherents. They may choose to disregard this challenge, or adapt to the new thinking. Either route is open to criticism, and likely to lead to sterile in-fighting.

A further possible weakness of the single model approach is that it requires clients to be existing believers in, or effective converts to, that model. There would be little point in a client who does not believe in the concept of the 'unconscious' consulting a psychotherapist whose entire practice is built upon that concept; and the converse would apply. In either instance, an approach to a National College graduate should result in a flexible response, where the client's view is paramount, not the therapist's.

These are some of the considerations which have prompted the National College's approach to training, whether the potential graduate hopes to work in the public or private sector, or some combination of the two. 


Our professional reputation

Before engaging in any programme of training you owe it to yourself to be selective in deciding to whom that training is to be entrusted.  Even if you propose to study only for general interest, your time, money and effort should be well-spent. Where the intended outcome is to obtain professional status within a profession serving the general public in ever greater numbers, your entire future career may well depend upon this one decision.

We know of no other training organisation in Australia which can offer training from the oldest and most respected hypnotherapy and hypnp-psychotherapy education institutions in the world - training which attracts university credit at masters level, and is recognised and/or accredited by the leading institutions in the field in the world.



Quality

While the NCHP-A is launching in Australia in 2010, we are committed to precisely the same quality of training and ethical standards as our alliance partners the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in the UK (NCHP-UK). Accordingly the NCHP-UK is happy to supply examples of the kind of comments frequently made about us in specialist publications and the popular media. These are available in the news and Media page of this web site.



Standards


Most important of all, perhaps, are the views of the National College expressed by non-partisan but specialist authorities. The recognition of our training standards by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and our senior courses earning British Open University credit points speak for themselves; they should confirm that you need not rely only on our assurance of the quality of the service we offer to prospective therapists and, through them, the public at large.

Though our work is serious, our classes are always fun, yet thought provoking.

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