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The GHR NATIONAL SURVEY of HYPNOTHERAPY PRACTITIONERS

Research Paper compiled by William Broom FNCP (Hon)

 

The GHR National Practitioner Survey on Supervision and Continuing Professional Development ---- (Circulation: 4,817)

Glossary:

Qu. = Question

Res. = Response

 

RESULTS

 

Section 1 – SUPERVISION

Qu. "Are you in favour of regular Supervision for practising hypnotherapists?"

Res. In favour: 84% Not in favour: 14%N.B. 2% would not commit

 

Qu. "If Supervision were compulsory, which would be your preferred format?"

Res.

  • One to one: 38%

  • Peer group: 30%

  • Peer: 21%

  • Co-counselling: 8.5%

  • Other: 2.5%

Qu. "If compulsory, please indicate your opinion on who should undergo Supervision?"

Res.

  • All practitioners throughout their working lives: 60.5%

  • Newly qualified practitioners only: 14%

  • For 2 years following qualification: 14%

  • For 3 years following qualification: 4.5%

  • For 4 years following qualification: 0%

  • For 5 years following qualification: 7%

Qu. "If compulsory, please indicate with what regularity you feel Supervision should be undertaken?"

Res.

  • In direct ratio to client hours: 14%

(ranging from 1 hour to 200 client hours to 1 hour to 4 client hours, with the majority favouring, on average,1 hour to 20 client hours)

  • Once a week: 1.5%

  • Once a fortnight: 2%

  • Once a month: 33.5%

  • Once every 2 months: 1.5%

  • Once every 3 months: 24%

  • Once every 6 months: 2.5%

  • Annual Review: 5.5%

  • Only when considered necessary: 13%

N.B. 2.5% felt telephone support would either be adequate or could be utilised within any chosen scheme

 

Section 2 – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Qu. "Are you in favour of hypnotherapists being required to update their skills and knowledge by occasional attendance at relevant workshops and / or seminars?"

Res.

  • In favour: 95%

  • Not in favour: 5%

Qu. "If CPD were compulsory, please indicate your opinion on who should attend?"

Res.

  • All practitioners throughout their working lives: 86%

  • Newly qualified practitioners only: 4%

  • For 2 years following qualification: 3%

  • For 3 years following qualification: 2%

  • For 4 years following qualification: 1%

  • For 5 years following qualification: 4%

Qu. "If compulsory, please indicate your view on total number of required hours on an annual basis?"

Res.

  • Maximum of 10 hours annually: 41%

  • Max. of 10 to 20 hours annually: 40%

  • Max. of 20 to 30 hours annually: 11%

  • Max. of 30 to 40 hours annually: 4%

  • Max. of 40 to 50 hours annually: 2%

  • More than 50 hours annually: 2%

CONCLUSION

 

Section 1 – Supervision:

84% of respondents were in favour of some sort of formalised Supervision with 38% preferring "one-to-one" (i.e. with a "trained" supervisor), 30% preferring a "peer group" arrangement and a combined total of 29.5% preferring "peer / co-counselling".

 

60.5% felt that Supervision (of one type or another) should be undertaken throughout their working lives.

 

33.5% felt that Supervision should be undertaken once a month and 24% once every 3 months. (N.B. This averaged 1½ hours for one-to-one, peer and co-counselling and 2 to 4 hours for peer group).

 

Section 2 – Continuing Professional Development:

95% of respondents were in favour of the concept of Continuing Professional Development with 86% believing this should be undertaken throughout their working lives.

 

41% felt that a maximum of 10 hours annually would be appropriate, whilst 40% favoured 10 to 20 hours.

 

QUALIFYING COMMENTS

 

Section 1

 

Supervision:

 

Many respondents felt very strongly that any system should be both "flexible" and "affordable", (peer groups, for example, could be "self-financing at minimum cost for all involved"). The notion of flexibility was typically expressed by the suggestion that "a one-to-one arrangement was more suitable for recently qualified therapists, whilst the more experienced would find peer groups more appropriate". Additionally, a significant number felt that "newly qualified therapists should have more Supervision than experienced practitioners" and that "quality of Supervision was more important than quantity".

 

Some minority views expressed were that: "Medical Doctors, Dentists and Clinical Psychologists (and presumably other professionals in comparable situations) might have the existing supervision requirements of their respective professions taken into account"; that there was "a need to take account of different client workloads, e.g. those working predominantly with smoking cessation might require less Supervision than those working with the terminally ill"; that "special arrangements may be required for disabled therapists or those with no car or on low incomes"; and that Supervision was, in any event, of "questionable effectiveness".

 

A significant number, whilst supporting the concept, believed that Supervision should be "voluntary" rather than "compulsory", with some expressing the view that "any competent therapist should be capable of recognising when they were in need of it"

 

Section 2

 

Continuing Professional Development:

 

Here again, many respondents were concerned with issues of flexibility and cost. The most frequently expressed comments were that "a high degree of flexibility should be allowed with regard to choice of subject matter"; that "the fees charged for CPD should be affordable" and that they should "not just become a money-making exercise for workshop providers".

 

Additionally, there was a commonly held view, typically summed up by the notion that "CPD should not be wholly defined by personal attendance at venues but should include (particularly for more experienced practitioners) personal study, Internet research and time spent at Health Fairs etc" and that such activities could be "recorded by the practitioner in the form of an annual log to be made available to the Registering Body for scrutiny".

 

As with Supervision, a significant number, whilst supporting the concept, disliked the notion that CPD should be "compulsory", whilst a minority view was that it would be "far more important to concentrate on better training programmes in the first place".

 

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