Understanding the field you wish to enter is an important step towards choosing the right training provider. The government does not currently regulate Hypnotherapy or the training companies that feed the profession. As a result of this lack of regulation, there are a great many providers who will claim legitimacy, but are simply not recognised by local associations, health funds, or the insurance providers.
May we say from the outset that practicing as a hypnotherapist without the appropriate insurances is ill- advised.
In the short term the key to recognition in this industry is recognition by an established Australian Association. If your training allows you to join an Australian association like the Australian Hypnotherapists Association on completion of your studies, then you will be automatically be granted access to Malpractice Insurance, and be able to put yourself on an association approved list that goes to the health funds so your clients can claim back a proportion of your fees.
As we see it there are basically three segments to the hypnotherapy training field:
Many overseas associations, particularly American associations, are private companies, many of whom you can join over the net without proof of qualifications. These courses are typically short (2-7 days), and will provide you with grand sounding qualifications like “Master Hypnotherapist”. Unfortunately many of these qualifications are simply not recognised in Australia, and you run the risk of spending a lot of money and have absolutely no recognition for your effort.
N.B. A number of these organisations are run by “Doctorates”. It is worth asking them where they got their doctorate from, and in what? There are a number of people claiming to be “Doctors” who have received their qualifications through correspondence in the Bahamas. Some of these people have been exposed in the Australian media but have continued to call themselves “doctors” to this day.
We would like to say that the courses are not necessarily bad. They do however, in the estimation of virtually every expert in the field, lack the necessary depth to prepare you for a career as a therapist.
At the other end of the scale government accredited courses. Accreditation is a process of government approval.
• On completion, automatic acceptance to Australian Associations, health fund rebates and full insurance cover
• More thorough trainings that adhere to the Australian Quality Framework
• Legitimacy: Government accredited qualifications are recognised more readily by tertiary institutions and the public generally. There is absolutely no doubt that the world is heading down the accreditation line, and this is why we have pursued the accredited pathway. Some health funds have started to ask for government accredited training qualifications and it is only a matter of time before it is the norm. Hence, our course 10450NAT will guarantee you longstanding certainty in a changing field.
• RTOs are held to a strict standard of advertising and corporate governance and should provide you a measure of security that non RTOs cannot.
• Most government accredited courses extend over 12-18 months despite a relatively low 12-16 days of face to face training. We consistently heard from students of these schools that this interfered with any momentum gained in the face to face trainings. Hence we have scheduled our course over 40 weeks with a 22 day face to face component extending over 6 months.
• Admittedly government accredited courses are generally more expensive because the administrative demands of compliance and continuous registration are onerous and expensive to maintain. For example, we have to maintain your records for 30 years.
In between these two options there are the courses that are recognised by the associations as acceptable, but have not gone down the government accreditation line.
• These courses can be much cheaper an RTO courses but do not offer long term security in the field. Many existing practitioners who have entered the field through this pathway are now looking to secure government accredited qualifications to shield them from potentially career ending new regulations anticipated over the coming years.