The Hypnotherapy Accreditation Con
Following on from yesterday’s post, I have decided to look at an issue which has been a professional frustration for me. All professions have some form of accreditation. In the statutory world, there is one organisation which represents the profession. In the non statutory world there is a free for all when it comes to practitioner and course accreditation. Some professions do well with this. For example, the psychotherapy profession has the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytic Council which are the guarantors of good practice and training in the profession.
Hypnotherapy on the other hand has some very good bodies, like the National Council for Hypnotherapy, which sets solid standards for the training and practice of hypnotherapy. However, anyone can set up an accrediting body for their school. I have seen the practice for years, it is unacceptable. The public are not to know, the potential student is not to know. Indeed the only way to know sometimes is to check the whois database to see that the same person owns the training and accrediting websites. The deception is that the owner does not disclose the dual ownership. Why would they, when in actuality they are saying, I accredit my own training. No profession should put up with this shoddy practice, it is time for the profession to make it clear that these con tricks are not acceptable in our profession.