Professional Development Hypnotherapy Training
Recently I was a speaker at a training day for the members of the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists. I am currently the Vice President nzaph.co.nz
The day was highly enjoyable and covered topics and techniques of interest to professional hypnotherapy.
After my presentation, the next speaker talked about a method of soul restatement, a therapy she has developed to deal with the sources of people's unhappiness. She outlined her theory. Then led the whole room on a journey of visualization. It is long time since I was on a guided visualization. I had forgotten how powerful it can be. I enjoyed it immensely and learned a great deal.
Part of the membership requirements of NZAPH is to undertake professional supervision. The afternoon was given over to discussing the role of supervisors for practicing hypnotherapists. It was good to learn from the experience of other supervisors about what the relationship entails.
Professional development also included marketing. There was talk on the role of social media in marketing for hypnotherapy businesses. The technology changes all the time. You need to keep up with how young people use the internet if you want to reach them.
The final part was training in the use of physical metaphor in therapy. The first exercise was to choose a toy from an assortment and then to justify the choice of that toy, and to explain what it revealed about each person.
This was followed by a fun exercise with playdough. Each person was asked to close their eyes and then model something out of the Playdough. The first task was to represent an incident when they felt angry about something. Most people created something spiky.
Then we were each asked to model something that represented how we felt the last time our hearts were really touched by something wonderful. We created those models and discussed what they meant metaphorically.
Then we were asked to combine both models. The resulting change in feelings was quite spectacular.
Training day can be great fun. Make sure that you take every opportunity to attend anything on offer by your professional association.
He is highly regarded in the hypnotherapy community and is regularly consulted for advice by other hypnotherapists around the world. He is known for the quality of his published scripts. He presents at international hypnotherapy conferences and has published on hypnosis and advanced hypnotherapy.
He lives in Wellington New Zealand with his wife Trish and a cat called Parsnip.