Qualifications

Every Full Member of the NCH is bound by a comprehensive NCH Code of Conduct, Performance & Ethics and is subject to disciplinary action if found guilty of malpractice.

Full Members of the NCH are entitled to use letters after their name, reflecting on their level of qualifications and experience.

Full members of the NCH are asked to show that they have the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a competent, ethical and caring professional hypnotherapist.

All joining Full Members are therefore required to evidence their qualifications and skills to a level which is equivalent to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy, and preferably which meet the standards of the externally verified Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD).

If you would like more information on becoming a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy or would like to upgrade your existing membership, please contact the NCH Administrator.

1. FULL MEMBERSHIP:

Full membership has three grades:

A) Registered

The letters MNCH (Reg.) are awarded to those practitioners who meet the following requirements: All applicants at this level must have:

a) Gained the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma via a NCH accredited school

Or

b) Practicing or non-practicing therapists that either trained at an external school who are CNHC members or members of an equivalent professional organisation or can meet CNHC requirements, and can provide details of hypnotherapy training and additional information as requested.

c) By submission of a written portfolio using an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD

d) By undertaking a Professional Discussion or Viva with an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD

Applicants Must:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Provide 2 references, one from an actual or potential supervisor
  • Commitment to CPD of 15 hours per annum (minimum)
  • Adhere to the code of ethics
  • Be able to produce two case studies of 1000 words each (minimum) if requested
  • Provide a copy of up to date insurance (or commitment to have it)
  • Demonstrate commitment to the NCH supervision requirements
  • A declaration of good character and no criminal record
  • Be prepared to discuss their application with a member nominated by the committee
  • Give details of any disciplinary action that has been taken against them
  • Accept that the committee’s decision is finalS
  • Supervision requirements: For the first 3 years of qualified practice and 300 client hours, the NCH requires a minimum of 30 minutes per month, or an average of 6 hours per year of contracted supervision with an NCH accredited supervisor.

It is at the supervisor’s discretion to agree an amount and frequency of supervision which is proportional to the volume of clients seen, if this is above the minimum requirement.

At the end of the first and second years of practice the supervisor will conduct a review of practice development. After 3 years of practice and a minimum of 300 client hours, a request for upgrade to Accredited membership must be supported by a supervisor’s report demonstrating the degree of professional competence expected at that level of membership.

If, after 3 years of practice and 300 client hours, the therapist does not wish to upgrade to Accredited membership, they are not required to continue contracted supervision, although evidence of continued peer supervision and support should be documented in the member profile.

B) Accredited

The letters MNCH (Acc.) are awarded to members who have gained the HPD either through an accredited school or via the Individual Portfolio Route (IPR) All applicants at this level must also:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Have been in practice for a minimum of three years
  • Have completed a minimum of 300 client hours
  • Have your NCH Accredited Supervisor produce an Upgrade Report to demonstrate the degree of professional competence expected at this level of membership, or in the case of long service, upgrade will be at the discretion of an appointed member of the committee.
  • Be able to produce two case studies of 1000 words each (minimum) if requested
  • Provide a copy of up to date insurance (or commitment to have it)
  • A declaration of good character and no criminal record
  • Be prepared to discuss their application with a member nominated by the committee
  • Give details of any disciplinary action that has been taken against them
  • Accept that the committee’s decision is final
  • Supervision requirements: There is no requirement for contracted supervision at accredited level, (unless practicing as an NCH Accredited Supervisor, in which case you will be need to be in formal supervision with another NCH Accredited Supervisor), but evidence of peer supervision of some sort should be provided to the NCH upon request.

C) Fellow

The letters FNCH cannot be applied for and may be awarded, at the National Council’s discretion, to those Accredited members considered to have made a significant contribution to the profession of Hypnotherapy.

2. STUDENT:

Student membership of the NCH is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited hypnotherapy training course. Students are bound by the NCH Code of Ethics & Practice, and are therefore subject to the Complains and Disciplinary procedures of the Council as would any other level of member.

Being a Student confers full voting rights, but does not allow the use of the NCH name, logo or any membership grade letters.

Students may apply for insurance through the NCH Members’ Insurance scheme at the same rates as other members. Students may only use the techniques and work only with issues for which they have been given express permission by their course tutor, following formal assessment and monitoring of skill development.

Some other restrictions on practice apply:

1. Students may work with friends and relatives (subject to usual restrictions due to boundary issues) on a voluntary basis with supervision.

3. Student members must ensure that all clients are fully aware of their student status.

Student members will be covered by the supervision arrangements of their training school.

3. ASSOCIATE:

Associate membership of the NCH is available to anyone not practicing, and not qualified to NCH standards, with an interest in Hypnotherapy. The only exception would be anyone who has been previously expelled from the NCH or who is deemed by the executive committee to be likely to bring the Council into disrepute.

Being an Associate does not imply endorsement, confer voting rights, nor allow the use of the NCH name, logo or any membership grade letters. Qualified therapists who are qualified to NCH standards and in practice are expected to join as full members.

Supervision requirements: There is no formal requirement for supervision for associate members.