Depending on how a therapist plans to structure their business other laws that could have further implications and should be considered are the Child protection Act, Vulnerable persons Act and the Education Act. Also, there are a number of professional bodies that a therapists and hypnotherapists may join which have Codes of Ethics that registrants are required to abide by.
Clinical Supervision is something that is required by most professional bodies which stipulate that a therapist or hypnotherapist should meet with an acknowledged Supervisor on regular on-going bases to discuss cases and any issues they feel they are experiencing in their practice. It serves as a way of protecting both the client and the therapist by ensuring therapy is conducted in an ethical and professional manner.
As a registered member of the GHR the hypnotherapist will be required to undertake two hours every three months for the first two years after which supervision becomes a voluntary basis, but still highly recommended. It is also advised that you record a log of all supervision as the GHR may require this upon annual registration.
One-to-one Supervision may take part on a face to face basis however can also be conducted over the phone, email or skype. This will be conducted by a professional hypnotherapist with many years of experience within the field. I like that one-to-one supervision is a more personal and intimate affair where you get to discuss the problems you are experiencing without the interruption that a group setting may present. However, having the view of only one person might be limiting in a sense that you may not agree with their opinions or just might feel your personalities don’t mix.
Structured group supervision to me might have slightly more advantages as you get to learn from the experiences of others, things which you might not have come across yet in your practise. On the other hand, I find group settings can often be “overrun” by certain individuals who enjoy talking too much and not giving time for others time to contribute. Also, within group settings there tends to be complex dynamics between individuals which can cause anxiety for some. However, I do still feel collective opinions and views from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds allows for you to view things within a new light that you might not have considered before. Also being part of a group has other personal social benefits which I do enjoy.
Peer supervision is also a form supervision could take. This would mean meeting another Hypnotherapist (probably one you studied with) to discuss issues within your practise. On the course, I met some lovely people and formed some great friendships. While this would have many benefits especially because you more likely to discuss these matters with a “peer of your choice” and therefore likely to agree on or view their opinions more valuable because of the relationship you have already formed. However, these kinds of meetings can often be distracting as people tend to go off the agenda onto their own personal issues and which has little or no benefit at all.