Supervision & CPD Policy

Supervision Policy

Practitioners within the various branches of healthcare feel that it is important to meet with a colleague (or colleagues) to discuss, in confidence, on-going cases and issues arising from them and to work through any personal matters that might affect their own position or ability as practising therapists. Such arrangements can take various forms, the most usual of which are either personal One to One Supervision with an acknowledged Supervisor or participation within a Supervision Group led by an acknowledged Supervisor. (N.B. Should neither of these facilities be available in your area, then participation within a Peer Support Group may be acceptable. Also, where specific circumstances dictate, supervision may be conducted via an online platform e.g. Zoom,  telephone or e-mail arrangement with an acknowledged Supervisor).

Newly qualified Registrants are expected to engage in this beneficial process for a minimum of 2 hours in any 3 month period during their first 2 years of practice. Thereafter, although on-going supervision is encouraged, it becomes a voluntary process.  Whichever method is employed, Registrants are advised to maintain a personal log of all such activity as they may be asked to provide suitable evidence of the previous 12 month’s participation at the time of their annual re-registration. To facilitate this you may download samples of the approved One to One Supervision Record Slip (which may also be used for Group Supervision) and Peer Support Group Record Slip.

The location of both One to One Supervisors (who may also provide Supervision Group facilities) and local Peer Support Groups can be obtained via the GHR website hypnotherapist search facility but any Registrant experiencing difficulty in making suitable supervision/peer support arrangements may contact the GHR head office for assistance at

Registrants who undertake supervision as a condition of their membership of other healthcare professions may apply to have this taken into account providing that it is compatible with and relevant to the practise of hypnotherapy.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy

We define CPD as a range of learning activities through which professionals grow and develop throughout their careers to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice. It is the method by which practising hypnotherapists may keep abreast of new developments and techniques within the field. Effective CPD should ensure that you stay up-to-date and safe to practise. The GHR bases its requirements on the premise that registered practitioners are professionals capable of making their own decisions about what best serves this purpose in relation to their own practice. As a result, we do not ‘approve’ or ‘validate’ specific activities but allow you to choose for yourself that which best meets your needs.

N.B. A regularly updated list of CPD courses is posted on the CPD for Therapists website.

CPD can therefore include a range of activities which contribute to your learning and which help you to learn and develop as a practitioner. You are able to choose how and when you complete your CPD. You are also able to select the types of activities you think will be of most benefit to you. A wide range of activities are recognised which you can count towards your CPD. These could include, for example:

Personal attendance at seminars & workshops (which may include workshops at conferences); Advanced training courses; Reading or writing articles; Internet research; Participation in research; Receiving supervision or mentoring which enhances learning and development; First aid and health & safety instruction; Marketing training and business development etc.

When deciding what to include in your CPD you need to consider how the activity will enhance your work as a practitioner and how you can demonstrate that. Some questions which may help you to decide which type of activities would be of most benefit to you might be:

  • What do I need to learn to improve the treatment or service I provide to my clients?
  • How can I keep up with current trends, new techniques and good practice?
  • Where and how could I do things better?
  • What do I need to know more about, should things go wrong?
  • What can I learn from observing other practitioners?
  • If I want to specialise in a particular area of practice, what types of activities would be most useful?

Whichever activities you decide to participate in, however, you will need to structure them to comply with the following:

  • You must aim to ensure that your CPD enhances your professional practice and improves the service provided to patients and clients.
  • You must complete a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year.
  • At least 15 hours CPD must be directly related to hypnotherapy.
  • You must complete a range of CPD activities, with no more than 8 of the total CPD hours spent on any single activity in one year.
  • You must keep an up-to-date log of your CPD activities with evidence to demonstrate your participation in each activity. (N.B. Registrants may be asked to provide suitable evidence of the previous 12 months CPD involvement at the time of their annual re-registration and to facilitate this you may download samples of approved, user-friendly CPD Data Sheets Pack.
  • Registrants who undertake CPD as a condition of their membership of other healthcare professions may apply to have this taken into account, providing that it remains compatible with and relevant to the practise of hypnotherapy.

N.B. A regularly updated list of CPD courses is posted on the CPD for Therapists website.