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UK College of Holistic Training

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This page explains the background to professional registration of private therapists in the UK and gives details of the societies that our graduates may apply to join.

 

Introduction

The UK has remarkable common-law freedom when it comes to the talking therapies and many other complementary therapies. Basically, unless you are actually working with the body or giving remedies, anyone may practise legally as a counsellor or psychotherapist, as long as you are not diagnosing or giving medical advice. UK colleges in the private sector offering therapy and personal development courses are often linked to just one professional register or society. Frequently, this society or register is not independent and is owned by the school or founded by its principal. This means that graduates of other schools are not allowed to join the society.  The result is an ever increasing number of professional societies which is confusing to the general public. Health and New Age magazines, websites and media often focus on a few societies and ignore the rest, giving the misleading impression that only the societies they list (or advertise) are available.  Attempts at setting up profession-wide registration bodies or umbrella bodies have only added further to the confusion as there are quite a few such bodies competing against each other, each claiming an important role in establishing a definitive public register.

There are several government-accredited awarding schemes for vocational qualifications.  However though these are commendable there is no universal agreement on their acceptance by the professions themselves, and they are ignored by the top therapy organisations whose training courses are lengthy and expensive and cannot be done by distance learning.  They also tend to be ignored by the National Health Service when it comes to recruiting therapists.  Moreover, sometimes these vocational qualifications are not specifically designed for admission to independent professional societies, which still leaves schools with the need to set up their own associations or to find associations to join! 

For years there has been debate about more regulation of complementary therapies within the UK. However though certain physical therapies have or are becoming regulated, there is widespread professional opposition from all levels of the talking-therapy professions to state regulation and it is a very contentious issue. The current  government appears to have no plans to regulate the talking therapies. We will publish reports from time to time but the latest assessment is that freedom of practice for talking therapies will probably continue in the UK for the foreseeable future.

The public sector does not accept distance learning courses for employment purposes but because it is biased towards CBT, therapies with other trainings tend to find it hard to establish a niche no matter how well-qualified they are, and so most become self-employed. The cost of top therapy trainings is prohibitive and students often have to work on a voluntary basis to gain experience. Many argue that traditional therapy training has become elitist. Distance learning courses in the UK provide the opportunity for people to acquire knowledge of helping skills at low cost and without an onerous time commitment.

Certain disciplines are likely to stay outside any regulatory framework whatever may happen politically, and these include NLP, Life Coaching, Stress Management, Relaxation Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques/ "Energy therapies". Those disciplines tend to be unregulated overseas too, and are good choices for those who wish to use talking therapies with people in countries that have strict control over the traditional "labels" of counselling, psychotherapy and sometimes hypnotherapy.  

Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists

The Guild is a professional peer support and development group for stress management and trauma therapists. It also accredits training bodies and has granted accreditation to UK College of Holistic Training.

The Guild provides a membership directory, links to information, opportunities for networking, a blog and business development information. For more details visit their website at http://gsmts.co.uk/

Guild for Smoking Cessation Specialists and Therapists

This new Guild is a membership network for hypnotherapists and other specialising in smoking cessation. It has already attracted much support and provides valuable summaries of research in this fast-growing field and news of products and both the tobacco and smoking cessation industries. Practitioners in this field must keep up to date with latest trends and research to answer client queries, create well-informed presentations and adapt their techniques. Therefore the Guild is an indispensible source of knowledge. The Guild's website is at http://gscst.co.uk/

UKCHT is about to offer a Guild-accredited certification in Smoking Cessation Therapy which is being featured on this website. If it has not yet appeared, you are welcome to contact us at contact@ukcht.uk to express your interest.

Our previous linked professional association - The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy and Associated Complementary Therapies (Inst. M.P.)

The Inst.M.P. was originally totally independent from us.  The opportunity arose for the Institute to change hands and it was acquired by by our Principal.

The membership of the Inst.M.P. was very small when we took it over and due to the recession, it has not been possible to grow the Institute sufficiently to ensure long-term survival. The Institute's new plan was started with a lifetime fee arrangement which we hoped was attractive, but that hardly meets running costs.

After much deliberation it was decided to negotiate a transfer of members to the Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists (see above). Institute members are being informed about the benefits of this move and how the transfer will operate. No new memberships of the Inst.M.P. are being accepted.

Other professional societies

As well as potential membership of the Inst.M.P., we believe in giving our students and graduates the opportunity to apply to other professional bodies that can take into account not only their training with us but their whole background in relevant skills and qualifications.

Our Principal, Morris Berg, is a member or fellow of various professional bodies and can advise on applications to the following:

Counselling (a registered UK charity) http://www.counselling.ltd.uk (UK only)

Counselling is an organisation that offers UK residents the chance to register as counsellors if they have any counselling-related certificate, from introductory standard onwards, that is acceptable to the organisation. Counselling has no connection with The National Counselling Society (see below).  Any of our qualifications bearing the word "counselling" in the title may be used to apply to Counselling for membership.  This is an ideal step onto the professional recognition ladder if you are beginning your formal counselling practice, whether voluntary or in a paid capacity. Counselling has a code of professional ethics and can recommend a professional indemnity insurance scheme. A certificate of registration is also available.

The National Counselling Society (UK and also overseas subject to restrictions) http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.com 

The National Counselling Society is a prestigious private UK body for independent counsellors and psychotherapists from diverse backgrounds.  The NCS will consider all relevant qualifications from any suitable college towards eventual accredited counsellor status and you will be advised what further education to take to meet the required standards.

The National Hypnotherapy Society  (UK and also overseas subject to restrictions) http://www.nationalhypnotherapysociety.com  

Although we do not offer a basic professional qualification in hypnotherapy at present, we encourage hypnotherapists from any background to apply to the HS. The HS will consider all relevant qualifications from any suitable college towards eventual accredited hypnotherapist status and you will be advised what further education to take to meet the required standards.  The HS does not accredit any of our courses at present because it only accredits courses with a substantial component of classroom study. However our courses (especially our professional development courses) can be included in your portfolio of qualifications when applying to the HS. (Note: the initials HS here are used as an abbreviaton for the National Hypnotherapy Society to avoid confusion with the NHS which is the UK's National Health Service.)

Certain professional organisations (for example the National Guild of Hypnotists, USA) will accept a wide range of certificates for their continuing education requirements, and our course certificates and diplomas in psychological, personal growth, therapy-related and metaphysical fields may be submitted for such purposes.

Our courses are recognised for degree credit, via Calamus Extension College Ltd., by Calamus International University (an overseas university), which offers distance degrees - please visit http://www.unicalamus.org  (CIU is a non-UK, non-government-accredited, distance learning university).

Further specialist professional organisations you should know about

The societies below do not accredit or approve any UKCHT courses at this time but they are recommended for helpers with appropriate qualifications and/or expertise. In particular, we recommend that any person providing intuitive or psychic services consider joining the SWA, which will consider applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds on their merits.

The Spiritual Workers Association http://www.theswa.org.uk/

"The Spiritual Workers Association is a UK based Guild of Spiritual Workers and Spiritualistic Service Providers as well as an international umbrella group for all spiritual minded people." (SWA home page).

We recommend that anyone providing spiritual, intuitive or psychic services join the SWA or at least browse their website for important information on UK consumer protection regulations. The SWA can also offer a professional indemnity insurance scheme for suitable practitioners.

Association of Holistic and Complementary Practitioners http://www.ahcp.org/

The AHCP will consider applications from practitioners of a wide rage of holistic therapies taught by various training schools. See their website for further details.

IMPACT (International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches, & Trainers) www.impactforcoaches.org  IMPACT will accept applications from practitioners with relevant qualifications, and UKCHT graduates are welcome to apply.

Statement

UK College of Holistic Training is a private distance learning school of further and adult education and is not within the UK state education system. It does not itself teach national or government-recognised qualifications but instead caters for independent professionals, workers in the private sector and other students world-wide seeking distance learning for professional and personal development. In the UK, there is no compulsory recognition, accreditation or licensing system for private adult education. UKCHT/Kadmon certificates and diplomas are fully legal and 100% genuine United Kingdom qualifications. Our independence means that we are able to offer courses in unconventional subjects.  

From May 2013 our collaboration with a major developer of nationally accredited qualifications means that we began to offer a range of nationally-accredited courses to our students (the awarding body for most of these is presently Focus Awards, an Ofqual-regulated body). Further details are appearing on this site as courses become available.

If you are intending to use one of our qualifications outside the UK, you must make local enquiries regarding appropriate qualifications and any necessary licences and types of accreditation needed. Regulations differ from country to country and it is necessary to enquire with authorities and professional bodies in the country or state where you want to work. We cannot make these enquiries on your behalf and we cannot maintain accurate details of all worldwide requirements for all fields of study that we offer. 

This page last updated February 2015

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This page is part of a major website update - references to the organisations on this page are being inserted in all relevant pages. Please bear with us if information on any page appears incomplete until all our update work has been performed.

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