Fun with hypnotherapy training

Hypnotherapy with us is fun!

When Debs and Nic are in the classroom teaching their students how to help their clients using hypnotherapy, they have fun and there will be much laughter.

As David Newton, founder of CPHT, is always saying: “It needs to be fun” and he also says “We need to get on with it”.  So when it comes to training at CPHT Manchester we really do like to ‘get on with it’ and have fun.

Even in the interviews we like to laugh and this carries on to the course weekends themselves.  There will be a great deal of concentration too we hasten to add, especially in the early days as students get to grips with neuroscience and how the brain works.

So why are the words ‘we just have to get on with it’ frequently heard in the classroom?  Well, we know the subconscious mind is an absolute professional at procrastination, therefore gentle encouragement to get on and do something, or even simply start a process can be useful – especially when it comes to starting to write up the portfolio that is required at the end of the course!

Fun and laughter is good for the brain.

Many of CPHT’s courses are located within therapy centres and it’s not unusual for receptionists to comment “It’s not supposed to be fun you know”. But we suppose that’s where solution focused hypnotherapy is a bit different, both with the training and once the student graduates and takes a smile into the clinic when meeting a client.

In fact, we’ve had other therapy centre clients and therapists so intrigued they sign up for the course, as do quite a few of our clients from our own hypnotherapy practices.

So keep smiling, it is proven to be very good for you.  And if you want cheering up, then perhaps it is time for that change of career, so have a chat with us.  Our next course starts in February 2018 and we’re already interviewing and have students signed up – it’s going to be good! Check out the dates here: www.cphtmanchester.co.uk/dates.

Manchester CPHT Course M8 (2017) Dates Announced

Starting in February 2017 (so plenty of time to recover from Christmas!) our 8th Hypnotherapy HPD Course will run for the usual 10 months, graduating in November. There will be a maximum of 20 places and the course will likely be the only opportunity for Manchester students to take one of our courses in Manchester in 2017.

The course represents fantastic value for money. Manchester HPD Hypnotherapy graduates have a 2 year retention rate in excess of 90%, some make substantial inroads into making their fees back whilst still on the course, and nearly all have made their fees back within a few short months of graduation, moving quickly into an operating, and then outright, profit.

If you have been considering career change, or another string to your bow, then give Course Leader Alan Wick a call on 07872 968 227 for a friendly, unpressured chat.

Manchester Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma Courses, 2016, Dates In!

Hands on from Day One
Hands on from Day One

Dates (see relevant page on site) are in for Manchester’s first Hypnotherapy HPD Courses for 2016. Once again we are advertising a weekday course alongside the weekend course and hope that in time this will become the permanent model, on a bi-annual basis. CPHT has an unbeatable record for post graduate success, and even many of our students who choose not to take the HPD option still go on successfully into business, and remain so.

It’s the hands on nature of our training, combined with focusing on a particular mode of practice, rather than trying to deliver ‘everything hypnotherapy’ in the basic practitioners course, that allows our graduates to feel confident to deal with whoever walks through their clinic door from day one….and what better base from which to develop your broader interest/s in Hypnotherapy than from the perspective of a successful Hypnotherapy Practice?

Ring Course Leader, Alan, now on 0161 820 8135….. and secure your Early Bird discount!

 

Weekend and Weekday Manchester Courses Announced

The ‘dust’ is now settling on course M3, the portfolios are waiting to be sent off to NCH and NCFE, and the graduates are at various stages of establishing their practices. M4 are moving along nicely, bagging their first volunteer stop smokers, producing websites and practicing for practical assessments. M5 got off to a lovely start earlier this month, a small but perfectly formed group…lots of laughter, mostly at Alan, but he’ll get his own back!

What an ideal time to announce the dates for our next Weekend Hypnotherapy HPD Course and what we hope will be our first, of many, Weekday Hypnotherapy HPD Courses. Both course will start in September, and the Monday Tuesday course will run off the back of the weekend course in terms of dates, so Sat Sun/Mon Tue.

Both weekend course and midweek course will lead to the same quality of qualification, which will be the Clifton Practice Diploma in Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy (DSFH), and the externally verified (NCFE) Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD), which accreditation as level 4 on the National Careers Framework  (NCF) makes it a nationally recognised qualification, fully qualifying you to work as a Hypnotherapist.

Beware, only accept qualifications with bonafide external verification from NCFE or C&G, with accreditation on the NCF, if you want a substantive, meaningful and recognised qualification! If they’re not, ask why they’re not.

Early Bird discounts are running on the September Courses until July end 2015, after that only postcode discounts will apply.  BOOK NOW.

 

Congratulations to our Latest HPD Hypnotherapy Graduates !

Graduation Day, Well Done

Course M2 Graduated in October and whilst they continued to build their already developing practices, the hard work of verifying their Portfolios for their HPDs began. Alan was impressed, but of course the value of external verification is that it’s not up to Alan…….so Portfolios were sent off to the National Council for Hypnotherapy verifier, and then on to NCFE. The verifiers concurred with Alan, and were so impressed with the standard of work they commented…….

“…….the work was of an excellent standard, and the students should be very proud of all the hard work that they put into this.  It was a pleasure to read.”

Alan (Course Leader) says, group “M2 should be proud of themselves, they have excelled and it has been noticed, and of course that is nothing new for CPHT…it seems that the people who are serious about Hypnotherapy as a Career realise that CPHT is the place to come…..

….It takes a little while to go through the Hypnotherapy HPD verification process, and I find myself focussed on working with group M3 towards their graduation now, but overall, what I find most impressive, is that with Manchester’s first group having completed in December ’13, we remain in a position that every person who has completed the HPD course with us remains in full or part time practice, nearly 18 months on from our first graduates, and it is that, more than anything else, that we are all about.”

Why not sign up to the next CPHT Hypnotherapy HPD course in Manchester, starting in May 2015.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.

Next Manchester Hypnotherapy HPD Course

CPHT will start their next Weekend Hypnotherapy HPD Course in May 2015. Running for the usual 10 months, the course will graduate in February 2016. Dates are now available on this site, and the course venue will the the popular and friendly Castlefield Hotel, off Deansgate, Central Manchester. A high proportion of the candidates for course M4 (now under way) were from outside Manchester, and were grateful for the postcode discount which has helped offset their travel and accommodation costs, see ‘fees’.

The CPHT Manchester HPD Hypnotherapy course M5, 2015/2016, will carry a 10% Early Bird discount for candidates applying before the end of 2014, so that’s a £236 saving for booking early, and if you live outside Manchester you could benefit further (above). Maximum allowable discount is 20%, or £472.

CPHT’s reputation keeps on growing and growing, and one of the reasons for this is the sense of inclusivity. We’re not training competitors, we’re training people to be a part of our whole inclusive family of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioners, and the more good, confident, modern therapists there are, the more work there will be for all of us.

Give Alan a ring on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at alanwick@cpht.co.uk

Only The Best is Good Enough!

Several years ago Hypnotherapy/ists failed in their attempts to bring about Voluntary Self Regulation (VSR). At the time it was broadly agreed that if we managed VSR, that the gateway entry to Hypnotherapy, for those who wished to practice under the regulated ‘umbrella’, would be the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma, or HPD.

The quality mark of  the HPD was (and remains) that it could only be delivered by schools externally accredited by an independent arbiter such as NCFE or C&G, and the standards of work by the students would be audited by the same.

Since the dissolution of those efforts (and some would say that the increasing profile of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council [CNHC] suggests not all was lost) we have seen a proliferation of short, or cheap, or correspondence, or bargain (Groupon) courses in Hypnotherapy, which of course are appealing to people who are short on cash, or in a hurry to qualify, and of course, CPHT have had to respond to this, and we have…..

Please welcome the highest qualification currently available in Hypnotherapy…the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) granted level 5 equivalence by NCFE, and available to all HPD graduates of CPHT.

Faced with a dilution of standards, this is the way a serious Hypnotherapy School should react, and if you’re serious about a career in Hypnotherapy, and would like to find yourself still practising a year after graduating, then we would hope that this lights the way for you.

Be the best you can.

Dates Announced for ‘BITE SIZE’ Hypnotherapy HPD Course

CPHT Manchester are proud to announce the dates for our ‘bite size’ Hypnotherapy HPD Course starting in Manchester from January 2015.

Instead of whole day blocks, the Hypnotherapy HPD course has been broken up into more frequent, smaller 3.5 hour units, which will be held on Tuesday evenings, except Tuesdays that follow Bank Holiday Mondays, either in Central Manchester or Sale, (TBA).

If time off work is a problem, or if you have been daunted by the idea of whole weekends studying at a time, this is the course for you, and the Hypnotherapy HPD you graduate with will be every bit as credible and recognised as the weekend course qualification.

All the usual CPHT features are there, the emphasis on ‘hands on’, the inclusive ‘price included’ HPD, all course leaders and contributors are graduates of CPHT and in practice as Hypnotherapists, and of course we continue to offer a monthly payment option, ‘as you go’.

If you’re looking for a new start as a Hypnotherapist in Manchester, you couldn’t do better than CPHT and now there’s yet another way of doing it.

Ring Alan Wick on 0161 820 8135, or e mail alanwick@cpht.co.uk for more details or apply from here.