Creating Therapists Who Are ‘Fit For Purpose’

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The UK and internationally based Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training schools pride themselves on providing what is one of, if not the most practical courses available. So many formal courses, regardless of topic, place the main emphasis on theory, leaving students to gain live experience at the very end of the course at best, or at worst, post-graduation. At CPHT, we firmly believe that that is not good or safe enough when working with the emotional and mental health needs of customers. Our expectation is that our students go on to work full or part-time as solution-focused Hypnotherapists and so our exceptionally high standard of training ensures you leave the course confident and competent to practice, with a growing therapy business already in place. So how do we do it?

Relevant, up to date and useful research and theory.

We ensure that you leave us with the very latest, research-based theory so that you understand what you are doing and why. We teach you how the brain works in terms of our emotional and mental health and because we understand that the brain learns through repetition, you hear this a lot and get to know it really well! You will learn the research underpinning the solution-focused hypnotherapy approach and how sessions ‘should’ look in the ideal world. We don’t live in an ideal world though.  Our customers haven’t read our textbooks and course notes and even if they had, no two people are the same, so there is far more than theoretical teaching built into CPHT’s Hypnotherapy Diploma course.

Practise, practise, practise

At our CPHT Training Schools, we focus heavily on practical experience with real-life clients right from the start of training. In fact, we take this so seriously that our students will not graduate if they do not have enough. Senior lecturers, observe students during practical group work and students leave from weekend one ready to practice on their own with family and friends. Soon, they are honing their practical skills in our bread and butter areas of anxiety and depression and have student insurance in place to do so. Of course, support from senior lecturers is available whenever needed in-between course weekends. We use a layering approach to our teaching, so students build their skills and importantly their confidence bit by bit. Feedback from students during each course weekend ensures that successes and lessons learned are shared – you may not have worked with anger issues during your training for example, but you will certainly know someone who has and will have learned from their feedback.

Setting up and marketing your Practice

Ok, so you have the theory and you know how to apply it. So now what? Well, at CPHT, we know that that really isn’t much use if, like most of our students you haven’t the faintest idea how to set up and market your own private practice. All the theory and practice in the world isn’t going to help you if you have no clients and don’t know how to get them. Because our students begin to practice with real clients right from the start and because we ensure that they are confident to leave each weekend ready to practice what they have learned, word of mouth starts spreading quickly and their reputation grows. In this way, by the time our students qualify they already have a growing business. From month seven, we expect our students to be charging people at a student rate and it is not unheard of for some students to have recouped much of their course fees by the time they qualify! On top of this, we provide a marketing module and in addition, during the feedback sessions each month, discussions often turn to setting up a practice and sharing ideas on how to do this and what traps to avoid. 

So, you see, we really do ensure that graduates from CPHT are ‘fit for purpose’. Happy, confident, qualified and competent therapists with happy and well customers.  What more do you need?!

Here is what one of CPHT’s graduates, has to say about her training:

“Being encouraged to start practising at the earliest opportunity seemed a bit daunting at first, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Practice gave me confidence in the success of the techniques I was taught and the confidence to start charging as a student after 7 months of training. By the end of the course, I had already earned my course fees back and within 12 months of qualifying I’m running a successful practice, working as many hours as I want and earning more money than I was before I embarked on my new life as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.”
Emma Triplett DHP, HPD, LAPHP, GQHP, MNCH(Reg)

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