A Unique and Flexible Approach to Membership and Accreditation

The National Hypnotherapy Society is a not for profit organisation whose primary purpose is the advancement of hypnotherapy, and of course the support and encouragement of all our members.

We believe that membership of a professional association is essential as it gives confirmation of your professional standing to both your peers and clients - and gives you a voice in the future of our profession.

In recognition of the different training and experience levels of a hypnotherapist we offer the following levels of membership.

MEMBERSHIP GRADES

A member of the Society may be a Registrant or a non-registrant member.

A Society Registrant is listed publically on our website and is recorded as a Registrant in our Accredited Register. The Society allows Registrants to progress through different levels of membership depending upon qualifications and experience, but all Registrants have met the Society’s standards for practice

The different kind of Registrants are:

Registrant Member (MHS) A practitioner who has met the standards for registration.

Accredited Member (MHS Accred) A practitioner who has met the standards for Registrant membership, and has further qualifications and/or experience.

Fellow Registrant (FHS) A practitioner who has met the standards for Accredited membership and has significant further experience and qualifications.

All registrant members must agree to abide by the Society Code of Ethics, terms and conditions of membership, as well as maintaining annual insurance, at least 30 hours of varied CPD in a 12 month period, and 1 hour 30 minutes supervision per month if in full time practice. These are the current requirements in force as set by the Society.

Non-Registrants are not listed on our website and can be:

Associate Member

A non-registrant member with initial hypnotherapy qualifications which are not yet sufficient for registration and who is working towards registration.

The criteria for Associate Membership are:

  • To have gained initial hypnotherapy qualifications below the level needed for registration, for example, an online hypnotherapy course or hypnotherapy skills course.
  • To demonstrate that they are enrolled in and actively studying on a course which is a route to registration.

Associate Members cannot advertise their membership and insofar as they are seeing clients may only do so as part of their on-going studies under the supervisory arrangements specified by their trainer. They must agree to be bound by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Student Member

A non-registrant member who is on a training course to become a hypnotherapist. The criterion for student membership is to demonstrate enrollment on any hypnotherapy training course which is compatible with the Society’s Code of Ethics. This does not have to be a course recognised by the Society.

Student Members cannot advertise their membership and insofar as they are seeing clients may only do so as part of their on-going studies under the supervisory arrangements specified by their trainer. They must agree to be bound by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Companion

A non-registrant person who wishes to maintain an association with the Society unconnected with professional practice. Members who no longer meet the conditions for registration may become Companions to retain an association with the Society and receive Society publications.

Companions cannot advertise their membership as companionship is unconnected with professional practice. They must agree to be bound by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Honorary Fellow (HonFHS)

This Special Award may be given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Society or 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.

ROUTES to REGISTRANT MEMBERSHIP

Registrant Member (MHS)

There are 2 routes to Registrant Membership

(1) Training and Qualification

Under this route membership is awarded to a member who has successfully completed one of the following

  • A Society Accredited Course
  • an Ofqual RQF Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy Practice or equivalent, which complies with the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy

Complex applications

Applications which contain complex information; for example, from long standing practitioners where historical training routes show a marked difference from current training routes, may be referred to the Professional Standards Committee for a complex case review. The committee will ensure that the application meets the Society’s published standards and decide at what level to place the successful applicant on the register; unsuccessful applicants will be assisted with clear guidance about suitable routes for registration.

(2) Equivalent Register

Under this route, Registrant Membership is awarded to a practitioner who holds an equivalent membership grade already attained via another Accredited Register.

Accredited Member (MHS Accred)

There are 3 routes to Accredited Membership:

(1) Training and Qualification

Under this route, Accredited Membership is awarded to a practitioner who, having met the requirements for Registrant Member status has completed one of the following

  • A Society Accredited Course at minimum Ofqual RQF/FHEQ Level 4 or equivalent
  • a qualification in hypnotherapy practice at minimum Ofqual RQF/FHEQ Level 4 which complies with the Society’s currently published standards of training

(2) Post-Qualification Experience & Training

Holders of a practitioner qualification in counselling or psychotherapy at Ofqual RQF Level 3 (or one deemed equivalent by the Society) can gain Accredited membership by:

  • Maintaining membership and registration as an Registrant Member (MHS), or equivalent membership and registration elsewhere, for 3 years

AND

  • Completing 100 hours of post qualifying clinical experience supported by a satisfactory Case Study, supervisor’s report, references and evidence of 30 hours of CPD

Complex applications

Applications which contain complex information; for example, from long standing practitioners where historical training routes show a marked difference from current training routes, may be referred to the Professional Standards Committee for a complex case review. The committee will ensure that the application meets the Society’s published standards and decide at what level to place the successful applicant on the register; unsuccessful applicants will be assisted with clear guidance about suitable routes for registration.

(3) Equivalent Register

Under this route, Accredited Membership is awarded to a practitioner who holds an equivalent membership grade already attained via another Accredited Register.

Fellow Registrant (FHS)

Practitioners who have met the requirements for Accredited membership and have significant further experience and qualifications may apply for Fellowship by submitting their CV to the Professional Standards Committee.

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