More and more people are choosing hypnotherapy training and Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP courses as a career move. Here, we look at ten things to consider before choosing a hypnotherapy or NLP course.
How to Choose the Right Course
When you first started looking into Hypnotherapy Training Courses, perhaps you were amazed by the vast array of potential choice? It can be a mammoth task sorting your way through the Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Ugly! You start scrolling down through the information and go into a trance…’I’ll decide later you say’ feeling dazed and confused.
Almost every day potential course delegates pose queries to me and express their concerns. The following guide grew out of the common concerns and desires that most people have. Don’t book your course until you’ve read my TOP 10 TIPS!
1. Approved & accredited
Ensure that the hypnotherapy course has been externally accredited and approved, preferably by one of the independent hypnotherapy bodies set up to ensure that standards prevail in the profession.
The following are professional bodies in this area and you should look for a course approved by one of these bodies.
- National Council for Hypnotherapy
- The National Hypnotherapy Society
- British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register
The National Hypnotherapy Society explains of its accredited courses:
An Accredited Course has been fully assessed and inspected and has fully demonstrated to the Society that they contain all elements necessary for professional practice. This means they demonstrate:
- Compliance with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) Learning Outcomes.
- High standards of course content and delivery.
- Development of students who are safe, competent and ethical to practice.
- A commitment to the HS Code of Ethics.
Graduates from Accredited Courses have fulfilled the training requirements for our Accredited Register of Hypnotherapists.
Note that some (but not all) hypnotherapy courses are aimed at qualified psychologists or healthcare professionals. You’ll need a relevant degree or professional qualification for these.
2. Established course
Many hypnosis schools come and go and you don’t want the course folding half way through your training! Find out how long the course has been running.
3. Comprehensive training
If you want to become a professional hypnotherapist, does the course cover everything you need in order to set yourself up in practice? Some courses just focus on smoking cessation or weight loss and don’t address the myriad issues that are presented to a practising hypnotherapist.
4. Class size
Some courses cram as many students as they can into a classroom. Are you just one of the crowd? Will the tutor be too remote to answer any questions you have? If you’re one of 50 or even 100 students, do you think you will get the support and feedback that you need?
5. Course content
Are the study modules carefully designed to ensure maximum comprehension of the theories presented and written by professional, practising hypnotherapists? Are the subjects then covered by more modern teaching methods such as presentation, demonstration, examples and practise or are you subjected to a boring lecture? Are the subjects covered wide ranging to include Positive Psychotherapy methods as well?
6. Free resources
Is the main Hypnotherapy Coursebook included in the price of your training? Do you have Free Membership to a resource library so that you can develop your learning fully? Hypnotherapy text books can be very expensive and if you are expected to pay for several, it can be an added cost that you hadn’t reckoned for.
7. Post graduate support
Does the training school offer good post-graduate support? Starting out in practise can be daunting experience and you want to know that you can count on your trainers to give you advice when you need it. In addition, you will want to choose a school that offers Hypnotherapy Masterclasses so that you can continue to develop and grow in your skills.
8. Friendly, helpful staff
First impressions count. It’s important to feel looked after right from the word ‘GO’. If the training establishment has a motivated team of staff then your calls, emails and requests for information will be responded to promptly.
9. Course fees
Price. Does the course seem good value for money? Remember, price does not necessarily correspond to value. Does it seem either very expensive or too cheap? Take a good look at what you’re actually getting on the course and ask yourself if it fulfils all your needs.
10. Access to course trainers
And finally, wouldn’t it be great if you could have a conversation with your tutors before you actually commit yourself? Have those questions that are really important to you answered personally?
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Originally for isiscentre.co.uk