Full Members of the NCH are entitled to use designatory letters after their name reflecting their level of qualifications and experience.
Full Members of the NCH are required to demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a competent, ethical and caring professional hypnotherapist.
Applicants for Full Membership are required to provide evidence of their qualifications and skills to a level equivalent to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy, and preferably to hold or undertake to complete the externally verified Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD [NCH]).
If you would like more information on how to become a Full Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy or to upgrade your existing membership, please contact the NCH Administrator
1. FULL MEMBERSHIP:
Full Membership has three grades:
The letters MNCH (Reg.) are awarded to those practitioners who:
- Have gained the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma via an NCH-accredited school, or:
- Trained at an external school who are CNHC members or members of an equivalent professional organisation or can meet NOS requirements, providing details of hypnotherapy training and additional information as requested, or:
- Submit a written portfolio using an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD, or:
- Undertake a professional discussion or viva with an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD.
Applicants to join the NCH must:
- Complete the online application form;
- Provide two references, one from an actual or potential supervisor or course tutor;
- Commit to continuing professional development (CPD) of at least 15 hours per annum ;
- Adhere to the code of ethics;
- Be able to produce two case studies of at least 1000 words each if requested;
- Provide a copy of up-to-date insurance or commit to obtaining it;
- Be of good character with no criminal record;
- Be prepared to discuss their application with a member nominated by the Committee;
- Give details of any disciplinary action taken against them;
- Commit to the NCH supervision requirements, which are that for the first three years of qualified practice and 300 client hours, the NCH requires a minimum of 30 minutes per month, or an average of six hours per year of contracted supervision with an NCH-listed supervisor. It is at the supervisor’s discretion to determine the amount and frequency of supervision proportionate to the number of clients seen and which may be above the minimum requirement;
- Accept that the Committee’s decision is final.
At the end of the first and second years of practice the supervisor will conduct a review of practice development. After three 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.
After three years of practice and 300 client hours, if 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.
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 their NCH-Accredited Supervisor produce an Upgrade Report to demonstrate the degree of professional competence expected at this level of membership
- be able to produce two case studies of at least 1000 words each if requested;
- be prepared to discuss their application with a member nominated by the Committee;
- give details of any disciplinary action taken against them;
- agree that the Committee’s decision is final.