Adam had a thread on the old Forum where people could ask questions or add useful tips for starting/ working on the Hypnotherapy Course.
I know some of the information on it certainly helped me with my training.
So here is the place where you can ask questions (No such thing as a stupid question!), post useful tips and advice and generally support each other.
Top Tip 1 - Get involved from the start, don't hold back.
Top Tip 2 - Complete each Module's Homework and submit it before the next Module begins.
Top Tip 3 - Ask questions
Top Tip 4 - Be on time
Top Tip 5 - When doing practicals put your notebook on the floor and just 'go for it'.
Concur with Helen-
Ref Homework- get it done asap, don't think Oh I have 10 months, I'll do it it in the Easter/ Summer holidays! There is quite a lot to do initially and it may seem quite daunting, but break it down and pace yourself. It is much easier to complete it as you go along, whilst the information is still fresh in your mind :-)
If you don't understand something, please ASK- you may incur sarcasm or critism if you later say I didn't understand :-) Only slightly joking- There will be a lot of friendly banter and no one is made to look stupid.
Ref Practicals- As Helen says, put your notebooks on the floor and go for it! There is a temptation when we are learning something new to hang onto our security blankets (notebooks), but then we end up reading from the book/ worksheet and not concentrating on our "client". You will all be in training and no one expects you to be perfect :-)
Please be on time- both at start of day and after breaks/ lunch. There is a lot to get through each day and you don't want to miss anything. You have paid a lot of money to do this course-so get your money's worth :-)
If you are ill or have to miss a day- let Adam/ assistants know asap. We can help you to catch up IF we know about it. We understand that sometimes Life gets in the way- but tell us so we can work out a catch up plan.
Form home groups- if you know that you live near to a couple of other people on the course then get together in between sessions to discuss and support each other. Or contact by Skype/ text/ phone.
Adam and the assistants will occasionally bring in books of interest when various topics come up each month. Adam will have already given you a book/ reading list, so don't think you have to buy everything in sight. Again, talk to each other or assistants to discuss if extra books are necessary. If you intend to work in this field and want to specialise, then there may be extra reading material that may be of help. If you are not to precious about your books, then lend/ swop to each other.
Right that is all I am going to contribute for now- I don't want to spoon feed you:-)
Start posting your queries.
There is a lot of work, don't under estimate how much there is, however - Don't Panic! I agree that the best way forward is to do all the homework before you get the next modules work, but sometimes we just cant do that, you all have other things to be doing and yes, life gets in the way.
You will all be allocated a course assistant to help you, if you are worried then get in touch with them and we will be only too happy to help - that's what we are there for. We've been there ourselves and we have helped many students too, if you need help with where to look up resources, plan your study, techniques to focus your mind or to stop that procrastination, we will help. We won't know you need help unless you ask though.
Fantastic tips ladies , very much appreciated, thank you.
I guess my uncertainties relate to the potential effectiveness of hypnosis. I am very keen, and sincerely hope that hypnosis can provide measurable results but my actual exposure to hypnosis to date is limited and I don't know where to pitch my expectations. I would like to think that there may be some amazing outcomes using hypnosis but I am tempering this expectation by thinking that there are very few' magic bullet' solutions to life's problems.
I wonder if anyone is happy to share any of their personal experience (successes/disappointments)with clients that may help me
To Jill A-
Don't panic about case studies yet. As Lindsay says it is not until March/ April that you start them. However I agree with Lindsay in that it is really good if you can practice on anyone and everyone with your inductions so that you are confident with delivery and comfortable with dealing with people.
I am quite happy to share my sceptism when I started on the course. I had never experienced formal Hypnosis until I went on the course. Although once I found out what it was, I realised that I had experienced hypnosis before-I just called it something else. It can be tough to experience hypnosis in your pairs when there are another 10-12 pairs around you talking etc, but once you have done it a couple of times, you get used to blocking the others out. And in real life there are often noise distractions, which we have to deal with (or utilise). When you deliver hypnotherapy with your case studies/ as a professional, it is usually just you and your client, so you do not have to worry about the other people around you. I know as a student, I often felt self conscious and worried that I was not using the right terminology or doing it wrong! Even more so when Adam or assistants are walking around near you. BUT please be assured we are not doing it to catch you out, but to help, encourage, praise you. We cannot comment on your feedback forms if we do not see you in action.It really is a case of "get over yourself and do it" :-) I used one practice session to help with my spider phobia- we only had 20 mins and since that day my phobia has gone from 9/10 (really bad) to 4/10 (tolerable). I have "suffered" with this for around 45-50 yrs so this is fantastic! I also discovered a reason for some emotional blocks in my life, which stemmed from an incident when I was 7-8yrs, when we did another practice session on "timeline" stuff. The exercise lasted around 20-30 mins and has had lasting effects. Yes it was somewhat emotional at the time, but the benefits have been huge. And both times I received hypnotherapy from another student not a fully trained professional (around month 4/6 I think)!
Don't try to "pitch your expectations", just come with an Open Mind and be prepared to be amazed!
Thanks Jill H - that is really helpful.
I have got a really good feeling about the positive (yet provoking) support that the team are likely to provide to the new students. I am certainly determined to get as much out of the training as possible - as you indicated earlier, it is a significant investment of time and money - I owe it to myself and my family to get the most out of the whole experience.
I will certainly come with an open mind and and I excited at the prospect of being amazed!