The National Hypnotherapy Society recognises the experience and skills that each individual can bring to our profession and this is reflected in our application process.

Whether you have just started on a course to study hypnotherapy, have further developed your skills or are an experienced practitioner — you will be assessed individually for the appropriate membership level. If you are already a member of another professional body holding an Accredited Register we may be able to recognize your existing membership and offer you a similar grade with ourselves.

 

Individual Membership Grades and Criteria

The National Hypnotherapy Society holds a register of practitioners of counselling which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Registers scheme. It is important to note that some of our Membership grades include Registrant status while others do not. 

Many members who currently hold non-registrant grades may be working towards registrant status. They may also be working in an allied vocation and want to demonstrate their professionalism by their commitment to our Code of Ethics and Complaints procedure.

We are aware that some practitioners may have been in practice for some time and that their training route may have been different from current requirements. We are able to refer such applications to our Professional Standards Committee for an individual review, so that applicants who meet the relevant standards for safe, competent and ethical practice need not be excluded.

 

Registrant Grades

Only Registrants of the Society are able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority's robust standards.

 

Registrant Member (MHS) – A hypnotherapist who has met the standards to practice.

Accredited Registrant (MHS Accred) – A hypnotherapist who has met the standards and has an additional, more advanced relevant qualification.

Fellow Registrant (MHS Fellow) A hypnotherapist who, in addition to the above, is considered by the Society to have made a significant contribution to practice, and has been in practice for at least 7 years.

 

Non registrant Grades

A non-registrant is not considered by the Society to have met the appropriate standards for professional practice and will not be listed as available to the public on the Society’s website.

 

Associate Member 

Associate Membership of the Society is awarded to individuals who have achieved initial qualifications in hypnotherapy and are working towards registration. Such members may practice only as part of trainee supervision and within the context of further training. Their membership means that they have agreed to be bound by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedures. Associate members are not Registrants on the Society’s Accredited Register.

Associate membership is awarded to an individual who has completed a Society Quality Checked Course in hypnotherapy skills or equivalent and is working towards registration 

Honorary Fellow (FHS)

This awarded to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the Society or to the profession of hypnotherapy, at the discretion of the Chair or Society Council. It is not connected with the Society’s assessment of the individual’s professional practice. Honorary Fellows are not on the Society’s Accredited Register unless they also hold a Registrant grade of membership.

Companion

A Registrant of the Society who wishes to retire, or who has taken a break from practice in excess of three years, can opt to become a Companion of the Society, in order to continue to receive newsletters, updates, and invitations to Society events.

Companions of the Society are not on the Society’s Accredited Register.

Student

Student membership is open to a student of any hypnotherapy course which would be compatible with the Society’s Code of Ethics, irrespective of whether such a course is Accredited by the Society.

  

Criteria

Registrant (MHS) 

Registrant status is awarded to a practitioner who:

  • Has successfully completed a Society Accredited Course OR
  • Has successfully completed an Ofqual Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy Practice or equivalent, which complies with the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy OR
  • Holds an equivalent membership grade already attained via another Accredited Register or equivalent.

Accredited Registrant (MHS Accred)  

Accredited status is awarded, in addition to meeting the requirements for Registrant status, to a practitioner who:

  • Has completed a National Hypnotherapy Society Accredited Course at Ofqual Level 4 or equivalent OR
  • Has successfully completed a suitable Ofqual Level 4 Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Counselling or Psychotherapy Practice, or equivalent OR
  • Holds an equivalent membership grade already attained via another Accredited Register or equivalent.

Fellow Registrant (MHS Fellow)

Fellow Registrant status is awarded, in addition to meeting the requirements of a Senior Accredited Registrant for a further three years’ continuous practice, to a practitioner considered by the Society to have exceptional merit in their contribution to hypnotherapy practice.

 

Non registrant Grades – criteria

A non-registrant is not considered by the Society to have met the appropriate standards for professional practice and will not be listed as available to the public on the Society’s website.

Associate Member 

Associate Membership of the Society is awarded to individuals who have achieved initial qualifications in hypnotherapy and are working towards registration. Such members may practice only as part of trainee supervision and within the context of further training. Their membership means that they have agreed to be bound by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedures. Pre-Professional members are not Registrants on the Society’s Accredited Register.

Membership is awarded to an individual who:

  • Has completed a Society Quality Checked Course in hypnotherapy skills or equivalent and is working towards registration 

Honorary Fellow (FHS)

Honorary Fellowship of the Society is awarded to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the Society or to the profession of hypnotherapy, at the discretion of the Chair or Society Council. It is not connected with the Society’s assessment of the individual’s professional practice. Honorary Fellows are not on the Society’s Accredited Register unless they also hold a Registrant grade of membership.

Companion

A Registrant of the Society who wishes to retire, or who has taken a break from practice in excess of three years. Companions taking a break from practice may apply to be reinstated on the register.

Student

Student membership is open to a student of any hypnotherapy course which would be compatible with the Society’s Code of Ethics, irrespective of whether such a course is Accredited by the Society.

 

 

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