We won’t miss our Graduates!

Having just waved goodbye to our lovely students who’ve just graduated in November, we know that we won’t miss them too much as we’ll be bumping into them again.  This will either be via Continual Professional Development events or simply because we’ve made friends with them and they’re still emailing us and commenting on our posts on Facebook.  

The Diploma course has been carefully structured to ensure the students have built momentum with their new businesses by the time they qualify.  This means, as they graduate, they move smoothly from being a student to a part-time or full-time therapist depending on what they want as a career.  

Because we’re a very hands-on practical course, our graduates are confident about seeing clients with a very wide range of issues.  They will have also selected a Supervisor to touch base with for advice and guidance when needed.

We’ve been rather impressed with how resourceful our graduates have been in finding a location to practice from.  Some have rented rooms at a therapy centre, one at a GP surgery and another at a spare room in a hair salon.  Luckily, in this profession, we can also work from home if that suits us. Whatever the location, we can be sure they will all provide a professional, caring environment, enhancing their clients’ experience of the therapy.

As we move forward towards our next course, we are smiling at the feedback we’ve received from this last course. Feedback such as:

“I really cannot thank you enough for leading me down this exciting path in life and teaching me the skills to help so many others it is so rewarding.”

Through to “Thank you both for being the most amazing lecturers, your knowledge, your humour and the wonderful way you impart information has made the course thoroughly enjoyable and I think you have been absolutely fantastic. When ever I have asked for guidance you have responded promptly and given expert practical advice which I have valued enormously. I have loved the course and would recommend it to anyone as being of the highest standard”.

 No doubt it’ll seem like theblink of an eye before we’re reading some good feedback on our next course!

First steps towards a solution

What is the first step towards change?

Recognising that something needs to change!

We are always interested to hear what has prompted clients to seek help in the first place.  Sometimes a client will book an appointment to help them overcome a recent event, maybe a relationship break-up, a redundancy, or an accident of some sort.  More often than not, clients tell us they’ve been struggling with anxiety or low mood for a while.

We know that human brains are designed to register change as a threat, so they often cling to old habits and mindsets.  We have a built-in preference to repeat patterns of behaviour and thought, even if they are negative, rather than use more brain energy in order to change those patterns.  In other words, our brains would prefer to stay in an uncomfortable situation, rather than do anything to improve it.

In light of this, we don’t underestimate the level of insight required for clients to recognise that something needs to change.

Small steps to big change
Small steps to big change

Realising that things can change

Frequently, clients will say something like: ‘I’ve always been anxious and I’m probably too old to change’  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Science has shown us that we can influence the structure of our brains, and hence our thought patterns, by consciously directing our thoughts in a more helpful direction. We do this by focusing on solutions and developing positive behaviours.  But as Neuro-leadership experts David Rock and Jeffery Schwartz point out, this requires energy and effort.

Clients need to understand that they do have to apply some effort to elicit change – hypnotherapy is something we work on together, it’s not something we ‘do’ to them.

Understanding how to change

We also have to understand how brain functions are fundamental to moving forward.  During every session with clients we place a great deal of emphasis on the explanation of the functioning of the brain. It can be a huge revelation for clients when they understand why they are feeling the way they do, and of course, what they can do to change unhelpful, habitual patterns of thought.

After that, sessions involve guiding clients towards their preferred future.  We do this using solution focused techniques designed to overcome the brain’s default desire to maintain the status quo.

With the emphasis on solutions and positivity, change happens naturally, one step at a time.

What’s even better?  Well, you can learn all about this on our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course and then work with this fascinating area of work to help improve your clients’ lives!  No previous qualifications or training required – we train students who have good common sense and a personality that is suitable to work with members of the public.

Get in touch via info@cphtmanchester.co.uk or call Nicola on 0773 866 5172 for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nic and Debs

Hypnotherapists’ Small Steps

Small steps help!

Nic and Debs, as course lecturers, guide our students to develop skills in a structured way and, in the same way as we encourage our clients, we do this by encouraging small steps.  If you bite off more than you can chew, we may end up in a place where we are putting too much pressure on ourselves.  Whereas by looking at the next ‘small step’ towards our overall goal, we’re much more likely to achieve that goal.

Sometimes we may tell our clients a story to get a point across.  One such story about ‘small steps’ is that of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon!  We regale how he didn’t just take one giant leap for mankind all in one go.  No, he originally had to take the small step of learning how to fly way before he even applied to NASA, and imagine all the small training steps in between first deciding to become an astronaut and going on to land on the moon?

Working out how to get to a goal is almost as important as the goal itself, especially if a client is anxious or depressed.

Solution Focused Techniques

Using Solution Focused techniques, we help our clients adopt a positive attitude towards life and we get our students to adopt a positive attitude towards their training/portfolio etc. We encourage them to focus on what is possible and achievable, rather than mulling over perceived problems.

The results are usually rather impressive!  Our client therapy sessions and student course weekends are positively oriented, uplifting and fun. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to comment on the amount of laughter emanating from our training rooms. One student on Nic’s CPHT Belfast course even asked if all courses were this much fun, to which Nic replied very happily “Yes”!

Small steps include laughter!

So if you would like a career that changes your life for the positive, as well as the lives of your future clients, then do get in touch!  After all, getting in touch is only one small step, isn’t it?

We are starting our next course in February!

Nic and Debs

CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training

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.

Weekends a Problem?…never quite sure when you’ll be given days off?

CPHT Manchester are piloting a ***HPD Hypnotherapy midweek evening course for just this reason.

Many applicants struggle to get weekends off, and recently, after we had advertised a Thu/Fri course, we were contacted by a hairdresser who pointed out that Friday and Saturday are her two busiest days in work, so neither course worked for her.

As a result of the above, we will shortly publish dates for a Tuesday evening course (Tuesday seemed to be the least likely day to encroach on any other commitments), which will run on a weekly basis, dividing the usual weekend module into four, and even managing a couple of Tuesdays off!

The qualification from this course will be every bit as credible and recognised as the weekend course…so, if this approach appeals to you, give Alan a call on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at alanwick@cpht.co.uk

***Dates for the course will begin in January, 2015, and will be posted in the next week or two. Go ahead is subject to reaching a minimum number of applicants.

 

CPHT Manchester post dates for our next HPD Hypnotherapy Course

Your next opportunity to embark on the Hypnotherapy HPD qualification in Manchester with CPHT will be in November 2014. Commencing in November Sat 15/Sun 16 the course will operate over one weekend a month for 10 months, graduating in August 2015.

Graduates will be fully qualified to practice as Hypnotherapists for all presentations, and will have the unique confidence that only comes from working extensively with members of the public throughout their training.

Course Leader, Alan Wick, himself a CPHT Graduate from 2008, says;          “…it was this practical work during my training, that gave me the confidence to know that I was doing the right thing once I had qualified….. that, and the second to none post grad. supervision experience from CPHT…..”       If you are considering a career in Hypnotherapy in Manchester, or considering Hypnotherapy as part of a ‘portfolio’ approach to self employment, you won’t be better prepared for a successful career than by CPHT.

For any information about Manchester HPD Hypnotherapy training, ring Alan on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at alanwick@cpht.co.uk

Change of Dates – CPHT HPD Course in July

Thanks to Castlefield Hotel who warned us of a clash between the first weekend of our next HPD Course and a large concert being held on the Canalside Plaza, opposite.
The first weekend of our next Hypnotherapy Training Course in Manchester will now be 3rd to 6th of July, inclusive, and we can be assured of a peaceful time.
Special thanks to those who’ve already booked, and were able to change around for us.

Next Opportunity for Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) in Manchester

With the 2013 group graduated and practising, and the January 2014 group well under way, CPHT are starting to become established in the North West, and the next opportunities to take your Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) with CPHT Manchester will come in July.

We realise that weekends aren’t always possible or popular, and so, as well as a weekend course there will be a Thursday/Friday course running concurrently, the choice of Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) course is yours, and of course, whichever you choose, with CPHTs unique focus on practical hands on training, you’ll be landing in Spring 2015 with a fully fledged Hypnotherapy business up and running.

Ring Alan at CPHT Manchester on 0161 820 8135 or email at alanwick@cpht.co.uk