Well we’re now over halfway through our first Solution Focused Hypnotherapy training course in Leeds. We can’t believe how quickly the course is going. Prior to the start of the course, we spent months assisting at CPHT Bristol. This allowed us to make sure that structurally, our course would be the same as all the other CPHT courses in the UK. It was an honour working with the founder of the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy approach that we use today, David Newton. This structure gives us our students the reassurance that if they cannot attend one module, they can attend one of our sister schools to catch up. It also ensures that CPHT Leeds benefits from the externally accredited, level 4 award from NCFE.
Every potential student is interviewed by us to ensure a good fit with the Solution Focused approach. Some of these interviews are held at Leeds Trinity university, the venue for the course. However, when attendance in person is not practical, interviews can be carried out via Skype. During the interviews, potential students are made aware of the need to practice their skills between modules. We make it clear that we want students to be ‘fit-for-purpose’ and to do that practice is a must!
Prior to every module, we spend time rehearsing the content for the weekend. We get all the paperwork together, discuss case studies we will use and tie down the timings. The work is shared out equally between us and it’s great that we can rely on each other. The modules build the students’ knowledge carefully. It’s important to us that the foundation knowledge is in place before we add additional skills. We carry out demonstrations for the students before we ask them to copy what we’ve done with each other. Students are then encouraged to practice on the general public, free of charge. This gives them the skills they need to grow in confidence and skill.
A typical CPHT Leeds Training weekend
I drive up to Leeds on the Friday afternoon before each CPHT Leeds course weekend. The M6/M62 traffic can sometimes be quite a challenge! Along with Caron, the other senior lecturer, we set up the equipment at Leeds Trinity University before finally checking into our hotel. Then we look forward to a nice meal before having an early night and a good night’s sleep. On the Saturday morning, we arrive nice and early to check for any last-minute glitches. Our students generally start to arrive from 9:15am ready to start at 10am. After an amusing, informative and occasionally tiring day, we occasionally hold interviews for the next training course. After this we make our way back to the hotel and indulge our love of good food again, before another early night.
Sundays tend to be a little easier, with more practical exercises. As the course progresses, we film students as they carry out their practical assessments. At 5pm on the Sunday, we pack up our equipment and make our way home. We are always aware that the following day our own very successful hypnotherapy practices will need to be attended to. However, rehearsing material for the next module is always a priority.
Training students in hypnotherapy for CPHT Leeds makes for a busy life, but we both enjoy it. The lovely, positive feedback from our students makes it all worthwhile. If you would like to find out more about training to be a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, contact us on 07748 511841 (Jenny). Maybe you’ll soon be looking forward to a new career as a hypnotherapist?