"I have taken many hundreds of hours of training in hypnotherapy from a wide variety of training programs in the US and abroad. From first-hand experience, the training program offered at HTI with Randal Churchill and Cheryl Canfield is the best hypnotherapy training program available today.
"From the academic standpoint, both Randal and Cheryl are authors of outstanding textbooks related to hypnotherapy and emotional healing, and both teach from these original sources. In terms of efficacy of the therapy being taught, the training at HTI carries on the great school of Gestalt-based hypnotherapy begun by Boyne, and extended using contemporary age regression approaches developed by Randal, along with an intense focus on ideomotor signaling to allow for further communication with the subconscious mind. This type of approach provides the finest and most effective means possible to allow for behavioral change.
"Most importantly, HTI students get the unsurpassed opportunity to see these two masters of the hypnotherapeutic process use age regression, emotional cathartic therapy, and many other hypnotic techniques to work on real clinical cases each day. Following these clinical demonstrations, students immediately get to practice the components of these same hypnotic approaches, under close supervision. For the individual seeking to learn effective hypnotherapy from beginning through advanced levels, with immediate applicability to hypnosis practice, there is no better school than HTI."
-Kenneth A. Kern, MD, MPH
San Diego, California
Director Randal Churchill, "The Teacher of the Teachers"™
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Clearing Confusion About Professional Hypnosis Training
We at HTI have worked very hard over several decades to help mold and develop the field of Hypnotherapy. As a result of the therapeutic, teaching and political efforts of us and others, tremendous strides have been achieved in the range, depth and recognition of our profession. Also, a revolution is occuring via the integration of hypnosis within other healing arts professions. Achievements have included generally recognized training length and standards for licensed schools, as pioneered by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.
We receive calls and emails frequently from persons who are having difficulty sorting through the mass of claims and confusing, sometimes conflicting information about professional hypnotherapy training. There is a movement in recent years that threatens to damage our beloved field of Hypnotherapy. The internet has spawned an explosion of illegal schools with extremely brief programs, including some which are mere DVDs. Such programs, including all "distance learning" courses, are by themselves far insufficient for competency and success in this profession.
Many schools giving career training in hypnosis offer "certification" which is "approved" by national organizations with seemingly impressive credentials and names, but have never received a license to operate by the appropriate state agency, which is required by law in most states throughout the United States. The A.C.H.E. is the only major Hypnosis Certification organization in the US that requires it's approved schools to have the necessary state license. Being a lawful school has enormous ramifications regarding quality, responsibility, diplomas, various student protections, etc.
There are also, unfortunately, various exaggerations and misleading claims being made by many who offer hypnosis training and "certification." Some great exaggerations, for example, especially common among non-licensed schools, can include instructor's length of hypnotherapy and teaching experience, length of school operation, number of graduates, etc.|
Beware of Hour Inflation. Many schools not approved by the A.C.H.E. include a lot of homework hours in their claimed length of training. Sometimes the vast majority is homework hours! For the sake of yourself, consumers and the profession, please get your initial professional training from a state-licensed school that meets or exceeds A.C.H.E. standards of 200 hours of instruction that is almost entirely in the classroom.
What makes HTI a world leading hypnotherapy school?
The quality of our trainings.
Here are some facts and manifestations reflecting the quality of our trainings...
1. HTI was a pioneer, as one of the original four licensed hypnotherapy schools when Randal Churchill founded it in 1978. Each year we continue to pioneer new developments in the field.
2. We have thousands of graduates, the largest alumni of any licensed hypnotherapy school. Furthermore, we have given advanced training to thousands of hypnotherapists.
3. We are a truly global hypnotherapy school, with people from many states and countries filling our classes to capacity each semester. Yet we continue to emphasize friendly, personalized attention in an intimate, supportive setting.
4. Major legislation for the first direct State-Certification of Hypnotherapists in the USA went into effect in 2000. Per published figures two years later, more than half of all State-Certified Hypnotherapists received their training from us at that time.
5. HTI founder and lead instructor Randal Churchill is called "The Teacher of the Teachers" partly because so many of our graduates have gone on to become the primary instructors of state-licensed hypnotherapy schools.
6. The legendary Ormond McGill, The Dean of American Hypnotists, taught for HTI for 25 years until he passed on in 2005. In the field since 1927, he was never on the staff of any other school.
7. HTI instructors have written many influential books, including some of the leading texts in the field. Randal Churchill has written award-winning teaching texts specifically designed for our classes. Cheryl Canfield has written the award-winning Profound Healing and co-compiled a spiritual classic with over 500,000 copies in print.
8. Randal Churchill has 45 years of experience in the field and 40,000 hours of experience doing hypnotherapy. Cheryl Canfield has 20 years in the field.
9. We are world renowned for transformational live demonstrations in
class, with quality not found anywhere
else. Our teachers have a strong
range and depth of expertise, and find
exceptional ways to integrate
Gestalt and other modalities into
hypnosis when appropriate.
10. Many of our graduates are making a successful, rewarding living as hypnotherapists in many countries.
11. Randal Churchill was the first President of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and completed his most recentt term in 2012. This is the original Hypnotherapy Certification organization, has over 9500 members, and has led the way in setting high standards.
12. Through demonstrating our innovative, powerful therapy methods and through teaching many of the leaders in the field, we are significantly influencing our newly emerging profession of hypnotherapy, which is transforming many aspects of the health and counseling professions.
It comes down to the professional, emotional and spiritual quality of our training and the consistent tradition of profound student satisfaction. Our highly experiential program includes incomparable live demonstrations. We provide our heartfelt individualized attention in class and during practice sessions, encouraging your wealth of creativity and healing capabilities in our intimate, supportive setting. Take a look at our website or brochure for feelings behind the statistics, the samples of tremendous enthusiasm of our graduates. We have over a thousand glowing testimonials on file.
Regarding Distance Learning
We highly recommend avoiding distance learning (DVD or correspondence courses) claiming to train you to be a hypnotherapist. The overwhelming majority of those who receive their training through distance learning are not able to make a living in the profession, no matter what grand claims are made by some of those offering such programs. Think about it. If you found out that someone who claims to be a dentist, physician, marriage counselor or hypnotherapist got his or her training through a brief distance learning course, would you want that person to be your professional? And how would you feel if the school that taught this person was not even legal?
To properly learn to be a hypnotherapist, very important aspects include experiencing numerous group and individual hypnotism processes and giving and receiving feedback about your subjective experiences; live demonstrations followed by questions and answers; and supervised practice sessions with feedback from client and supervising hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy training solely through distance learning is by itself far insufficient, no matter how impressive-sounding are the names of some affiliated approving or "certifying" organizations. There are various large hypnosis certification organizations that are eager to give their stamp of approval to non-licensed schools to get money from their graduates who join their organizations. Few distance learning courses have even applied to their state Department of Education for the license necessary to legally operate.
The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners is the largest, oldest and most important Hypnotherapy Certification agency, with 9500 members in 35 countries. It is only major hypnotism certifying organization that requires all its schools be state-licensed as required by law throughout the United States. (For example, here in California all vocational schools are required to be licensed by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.) All correspondence courses fall far short of ACHE standards to become a Certified Hypnotherapist. Consumer beware.
masters of reaching the underlying issues
"You certainly covered a broad range of modalities in your classes, but I was most impressed by your depth, especially during the therapy demonstrations. You are both masters of reaching the underlying issues and working through profoundly challenging problems. You are so skillful, sensitive and supportive, I would send anyone in the world to you!|
"I continue to be amazed at the results of my hypnotherapy clients, and have found much to integrate into my chiropractic practice. And the positive effects of your training on my personal life have been truly dramatic. Thank you for giving your all to create such a beautiful program!"
- Dr. Victoria West, Chiropractor, Fremont, CA
thank you for imparting your enthusiasm
"I feel tremendous personal understanding has resulted from your teaching. I also feel an excellent understanding of the subject has been gained, both in terms of theory and practice. And thank you for imparting your enthusiasm for hypnotherapy to me!"|
-Peter Crisson, Certified Hypnotherapist, Pembroke, Bermuda
I will be forever grateful
"I've never fully told you what an effect that HTI has had on my
life. The moment I arrived at the Corte Madera Inn, I knew this was it.
This is what I've searching for for over three decades. The next few months
were some of the happiest of my life because each day some new magical,
rewarding, wonderful thing happened, whether I was in class or between
classes. I was literally bursting with excitement, experiencing new worlds
with each new lesson...|
"Suffice it to say that this was an exceptional experience in my
life and one for which I will be forever grateful.
"Randal, many of my classmates voiced similar thoughts and we were,
besides being charmed by your personality, somewhat in awe at the magnitude
of the energy that we felt radiating from you.
"I felt that this classroom was a sanctuary - once inside its walls
I was safe. Suddenly all the hurt and worries of the outside world were
shut out, and a huge weight lifted from me. I've never had such feelings in
a classroom before, and to have trusted enough to have opened up to the
experience, this is saying some rather phenomenal things about the school.
"In the year that I've been working as a hypnotherapist I've met
many others in the same field. What arrests my attention is that although some of
these people have attended excellent schools they have not the broad range
of knowledge that I have acquired from my studies at HTI."
-Mary Caldwell, Certified Hypnotherapist, Charlotte, North Carolina
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