Without regulation and statutory registration for our profession, our policy has been to seek meaningful external accreditation for our training. We first achieved such accreditation in 1993 and our latest re-accreditation was in 2014.
In the event of regulation and statutory registration, our external accreditation should be invaluable to our graduates. Meanwhile, it is an assurance to potential students bewildered by competing claims.
Note to potential students: Some enquirers have asked why the National College is not affiliated with certain “Hypnotherapy Organisations”. It is our policy that we will only align ourselves with organisations which have meaningful and verifiable means of accreditation. The profession has many organisations which will give you a certificate for a fee. We, as one of the oldest schools of professional hypnosis and psychotherapy, believe that we should take a leadership position with this and not support bodies which have only been created to give out meaningless credentials and to turn a profit for its owners.
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), formerly the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy, was formed in 1989 with the aim of establishing the profession of psychotherapy, with agreed common training standards and ethical requirements. Over 70 organisations involved in the field of psychotherapy, including the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NCHP) currently belong to the UKCP.
In May 1993, the UKCP launched its National Register of Psychotherapists, and also produced Training and Ethical Standards Requirements for member organisations. The National College’s training programme has been confirmed as meeting UKCP requirements and the UKCP ethical guidelines are incorporated within our Code of Ethics and Practice.
Details of supplementary training for those wishing to fulfil the requirements for membership of the UKCP’s National Register of Psychotherapists are, in brief: Interactive Counselling Skills; Psychopathology; Research Methodology; Ethics; Human Development & Sexuality. Other requirements are as detailed in our full Prospectus. It should be noted that the UKCP’s Register, like our own National Society (NSHP&M), is a voluntary body, and continued membership of a UKCP approved professional organisation, such as the NRHP, is a condition of membership of the UKCP’s Register.
UKCP has worked with Lord Alderdice to produce his Psychotherapy Bill; if successful, the new Act will create a Governing Psychotherapy Council, so confirming our professional status.
The National College is a founder member of the European Association for Hypno Psychotherapy (EAHP). The EAHP is a non-profit making organisation aiming to unite national Hypno-Psychotherapy training institutes and national Hypno-Psychotherapy organisations into a common association for Europe.
The intention of the EAHP is the realisation of a European Wide Organisation (EWO) and a European Wide Accrediting Organisation (EWAO) for Hypno-Psychotherapy within the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) in Vienna, Austria (of which the National College is a member).
The EAP represents some 200 psychotherapy organisations, including 16 national umbrella organisations, and 12 EWOs (representing various psychotherapeutic approaches). It aims to establish psychotherapy as an independent profession within Europe and, to this end, has created the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). The intention behind the ECP is the mutual recognition and equal conduct of various branches of psychotherapy throughout Europe.
The EAHP anticipates that membership of EAP as an EWO would help consolidate our own discipline of Hypno-Psychotherapy within Europe and facilitate the award of the ECP to suitably qualified Hypno-Psychotherapists.
The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members.
The NATIONAL COUNCIL for HYPNOTHERAPY, the largest Hypnotherapy register mentioned in the recent Exeter University report on Complementary Medicine (Second Edition) is striving to meet ALL the guidelines suggested by this report for the regulation of Complementary Medicine. Via the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations, we are actively involved with the Foundation for Integrative Medicine and the future of the profession.