Online training v Classroom training
When researching various training options for hypnotherapy there is a lot to think about. Fitting classes and learning around your life might be something you have to consider. It may seem very convenient to seek out training which is online and offers you ‘self-paced’ learning. Online courses are sometimes cheaper for all the obvious reasons but there are some drawbacks which are not always apparent before you start your training.
In our face to face classes, you will work closely with your tutor and fellow trainees and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers immediately. You will also learn from the interaction with your classmates and be able to benefit from any knowledge or experience they may have. We have found that great friendships are formed during the course of the training. Valuable conversations and the sharing of ideas take place in the lunch breaks and at tea time too. This relaxed interaction helps to create a bond between students and provides them with a peer support network so that no-one feels isolated.
Classroom style training allows you to experience how hypnotherapy works for yourself, both by being hypnotised by other students and also by hypnotising others under supervision. The tutor is always there to offer advice and encouragement. This style of learning, where you practise your skills and receive feedback, from your tutor and fellow students allows you to hone your skills and increase your confidence in a way which may not be possible when learning online from home.
If you are planning a career in clinical hypnotherapy, it’s worth bearing in mind that only those who have met the profession’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) will be eligible for entry to the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) register. The CNHC is an 'Accredited Register', for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) which was founded with government funding and support. The organisation’s key purpose is to act in the public interest and to enable accountability of all therapists on its register. One of the criteria for registration is that training has been completed on a face to face classroom course.
The UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) also refuses to acknowledge online training for hypnotherapists, as do most independent professional bodies such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) which is one of the longest established associations. There are a number of new associations springing up which may offer membership or accreditation to those who are ineligible to join the CNHC and other professional bodies. Some of these will have direct connections to schools offering distance learning.
Whichever route you choose to take, most colleges will invite you to have a chat on the phone before you enrol. At LHA we offer an opportunity to prospective students to join a real life class for a day. You can participate in practical exercises, watch demos and generally get involved so that you get an idea of what our training is like.