Supervisory training

The importance of regular supervision for the new Hypnotherapist. If you are a newly qualified please read on.

As it stands today there are no UK laws to compel a practising hypnotherapist to join any professional organisations or bodies as there is no official regulation in place, nor is there any laws that indicate the level of training a therapist must perform each year.

However, it is good preparation to join a professional body to ensure you work to a high standard of professionalism and compliance, a professional body such as the CNHC, IHA, ACCPH, GHSC & GHR.

In the early stages of your career, on many occasions you will find that you will need to seek advice from your supervisor and there are several different types of supervision that you can engage in as a practising new hypnotherapist. The guidelines for supervision in professional organisations not only protect the individual but they serve to ensure that the therapist acts in the guidelines of moral, professional, and legal standards.

The supervisee, and the supervisor must develop an ethical working relationship, and the trust of the supervisor is paramount to the supervisee. As stated, different membership organisations have different policies, but they all have a code of ethics to save guard the clients welfare.

Confidentiality should always be included in the working agreement between the supervisee and the supervisor, as the supervisor should be able to help the supervisee uphold their code of ethics, professional standards, and ensure correct therapy is promoted.

The early stages of your career

Therefore, in the early stages of your career, having ongoing supervision is of paramount importance for the development of the therapist and having regular supervision will provide the following benefits:

  • Ongoing supervision will provide you with all the knowledge, confidence and skills to maintain your practice as being a competent, successful and confident hypnotherapist
  • You will receive high standards of support and content with delivery to ensure that you are competent, safe, compliant, ethical and have an in-depth understanding of clinical hypnotherapy to apply your skills with confidence.
  • Your supervisor will ensure you maintain compliance in therapy is achieved in line with The National Occupational Standards (NOS) learning outcomes for Hypnotherapy.
  • Your supervisor will support you with marketing skills to enable you to establish your own hypnotherapy practise.

Initial and ongoing Supervision for the new Hypnotherapist

Most hypnotherapy bodies have a code of ethics where new therapists undergo supervision and training for a specific period, and different bodies have different rules on supervision times.

In the early stages of your career, you may find that you will seek advice from your supervisor on many occasions, and there are several different types of supervision that you can engage in as a practising new hypnotherapist.

The guidelines for supervision in professional organisations not only protect the individual; they serve to ensure that the therapist acts in the guidelines of moral, professional, and legal standards.

The supervisee, and the supervisor must develop an ethical working relationship, and the trust of the supervisor is paramount to the supervisee. Different membership organisations have different policies, but they all have a code of ethics to save guard the clients welfare.

Confidentiality should always be included in the working agreement between the supervisee and the supervisor, as the supervisor should be able to help the supervisee uphold their code of ethics, professional standards, and ensure correct therapy is promoted.

Extract from the GHR regarding Supervision requirements

Supervision requirements

Newly qualified Registrants are expected to engage in this beneficial process for a minimum of 2 hours in any 3-month period during their first 2 years of practice. Thereafter, although on-going supervision is encouraged, it becomes a voluntary process.  Whichever method is employed, Registrants are advised to maintain a personal log of all such activity as they may be asked to provide suitable evidence of the previous 12 month’s participation at the time of their annual re-registration.

To facilitate this you may download samples of the approved One to One Supervision Record Slip (which may also be used for Group Supervision) and Peer Support Group Record Slip.

The location of both One to One Supervisors (who may also provide Supervision Group facilities) and local Peer Support Groups can be obtained via the GHR website hypnotherapist search facility but any Registrant experiencing difficulty in making suitable supervision/peer support arrangements may contact the GHR head office for assistance at admin@general-hypnotherapy-register.com

Registrants who undertake supervision as a condition of their membership of other healthcare professions may apply to have this taken into account providing that it is compatible with and relevant to the practise of hypnotherapy.

Source: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/supervision-cpd-policy/

The benefits of joining or establishing a therapy Peer supervision support group

There are many advantages for joining a local Peer Support Group, nonetheless, unfortunately as an existing hypnotherapist you may have no support groups around you, whereby the only option is to set one up for the benefit of yourself, and others.

However, to set up a peer support group, we first need to establish a mission statement that outlines the vision and goals for the Group.

We would also need a structure of individuals to facilitate and implement the structure of the meetings. It cannot be conveyed enough that Peer groups are a vital commodity for the practicing Hypnotherapist and provides support from people who are equal to you.

  • Peer groups can share personal experiences and discuss client cases where one may or have needed support in helping the client
  • Therapists can explore solutions to overcome client challenges and feel supported by others
  • Able to exchange the different therapy techniques that people are using
  • Exchanging marketing ideas to improve our client and income base
  • The meeting will count towards CPD criteria
  • As a group, it can help motivate therapists as our profession can be a lonely occupation
  • A peer group makes therapists feel like they belong to some place and that they have someone to support them
  • It helps motivate members, as all our clients have some form of negative issues which can have a major impact on the therapist
  • It’s a great source of wealth and knowledge all in one room, which is so valuable, especially for newly qualified therapists
  • Meetings enable the provision of guest local speakers, for instance GP’s, mental health professionals and other various organisations

Other areas to consider are – Importantly, it would be unethical to set up the peer group solely for the main intension of your own needs.

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