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The National Register of Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists

Rules of Membership

1. The NRHP recognises and regards all UKCP registered and accredited hypno-psychotherapy training Member Organisations as its main training and post-graduate training establishments. However, the NRHP also recognises as equivalent: the training leading to the Salford College Joint Award Post Qualifying Diploma in Psychotherapy (NCHP) and advanced Certificate in the Theory and Practice of Hypnotherapy (CENTRA).

2.  Students who have successfully completed an appropriate course of training (as given in No. 1 above) and fulfilled any other conditions which the Board of Directors may from time to time establish, may apply for admission to the relevant section of the NRHP. Such applications will be considered by the Board of Directors, or its appointee. The Board of Directors reserves the right to decline to admit any applicant to the relevant section of the NRHP and to decline to renew any membership without in any such case having to assign its reasons for doing so.

3. In order to ensure the highest professional standards amongst the membership, all regulated members of the NRHP are required to undertake necessary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is to be recorded over a five year cycle. This will comprise of formal supervision/peer supervision (peervision), as outlined below, and a minimum of 50 hours of other CPD activities.


All NRHP regulated members must adhere to these requirements and failure to comply with the CPD and supervision regulations may result in disciplinary procedures. All practising members of NRHP will be required to undertake supervision in line with the current regulations. Full members may opt for peervision. Supervision/peervision must be undertaken with a suitably qualified person, namely a Full Member of the NRHP, or retired former Full Member of the NRHP retaining Non-practising Membership, or a UKCP registered psychotherapist or a BACP approved supervisor. (Where a supervisor is not a fully qualified hypno-psychotherapist, the member should make an ad hoc arrangement with a fully qualified hypno-psychotherapist for supervision of the hypnotherapy aspect of his or her practice, as and when required.)  Supervision requirements are:

a. NRHP regulated and UKCP registered members seeing more than seven clients per week must have minimum of 20 hours of supervision sessions per year (or current UKCP regulation).

b. NRHP regulated and UKCP registered members seeing fewer than seven clients per week must have at least five x two hour supervision sessions per year (or current UKCP regulation).

c. NRHP regulated members who are working toward UKCP registration must have met UKCP supervision criteria for 18 months prior to application for registration being submitted.

d . NRHP regulated non-UKCP registered members must have one hour supervision for every eight client contact hours, up to 20 hours per year.

Therapists must take responsibility for their own supervision and CPD and must ensure that supervision always takes place when required with case histories forming the basis of the discussion. Supervision can be either one to one or in small groups. The Board of Directors of the NRHP considers that face to face supervision is ideal. However, remote supervision by real-time audio link, such as telephone or webcam, is permitted to a limited extent. (NB: non-vocal electronic links, e-mails and faxes are not permissible.)

Where remote supervision is undertaken, face to face supervision should take place a minimum of four times per year. In exceptional circumstances, such as severe disability preventing travel, a minimum of one face to face supervision session per year would be acceptable, with the remainder of supervision being by remote means; in such cases, the full reasons and supporting evidence should be submitted to the NRHP for verification.

Other CPD Activities The 50 hours of ‘other CPD activities' can include:

  • attendance at workshops/courses/conferences;
  • research activity, either clinical or in a related academic field;
  • active study and personal reflection.

This list is not exclusive and any relevant professional development activity which can be justified and verified will be considered. CPD need not be restricted to hypno-psychotherapy, or closely related courses, but, in line with UKCP policy, will allow the individual to develop knowledge and competence in a variety of modalities, as well as supervision, teaching, research and management skills. The 50 hours of ‘other' CPD can be undertaken at any time during the five year cycle.

Quinquennial Review Members will keep a full and clear record of all supervision and other professional development activities in a CPD Portfolio, which will be audited every five years.

NB: Supervision is a discrete element. Neither self-therapy nor “pastoral care” should substitute for same.

4. Those members who offer their services to the public shall only do so from premises which are appropriate to the therapy being practised and such premises shall be available for inspection by a person appointed by the Board of Directors to inspect on its behalf.

5. Any person seeking admission, or re-admission, to the NRHP, whose training was completed or whose previous practising membership lapsed more than three years prior to his/her application, will be required to:

a) re-take his/her last stage of training and/or

b) provide full written details of his/her career and Continuing Professional Development, to the date of application, as the Board of Directors shall decide.


The NRHP considers its membership as belonging mainly to those persons who are engaged in the practice of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, and comprise either:

  • Those regulated by NRHP
  • Those not regulated by NRHP


This category of members regulated by NRHP consists of practicing members who have undertaken a training equivalent to that of a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Hypno-Psychotherapy Section. They are obliged to meet all the rules and regulations of NRHP including the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice and the Guidelines for Supervision and Continuing Professional Development. They will be members of one of the following classes of membership.

Student Membership

Application is open to those who are currently students on approved and accredited training courses. Student membership provides students with reduced premium insurance to enable them to practice the techniques learned. Student members are not included on any public register and may only practise on volunteers, such as family and friends, on a non-commercial basis. (NB: Student members who are actively involved on a NCHP course at Stage One, Two or Three are deemed to meet the supervision requirements with the NCHP course tutor. Otherwise, Student members must undertake supervision on a pro rata basis of one hour supervision for every eight hours client contact. The reduced premium insurance is invalidated if the student accepts money or services in return for therapy.)

Associate 1 Membership - designating letters NRHP(Assoc 1)

Associate 1 Members have completed the initial stages of training towards the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy of a UKCP registered training Member Organisation and have achieved the necessary standards in the required examinations. Associate 1 membership is dependent upon continuing participation in training. The length of time a person may remain an Associate 1 member of the NRHP is limited  to a maximum of the year of joining and two full years renewal of membership. At the end of that period, membership of the NRHP will cease, unless the person has successfully completed further  training and passed the relevant exams. Associate 1 members must confine themselves to practising only those hypnotherapeutic techniques in which they have been trained.

Note: The opportunity for membership of the NRHP at so early a stage should not be construed as a recommendation to set up a professional practice prematurely. Students who simply need an opportunity to practise hypnotherapy techniques with volunteers, such as family members and friends, are directed to apply for Student membership. However, those who have an existing medical, nursing or therapy qualification may wish to use the hypnotherapeutic techniques they have learned as an adjunct to their existing professional skills. This being the case, it is appropriate that such therapy be conducted under practising membership of the NRHP.

Associate 2 -  Membership - designating letters NRHP(Assoc 2)

Associate 2 Membership is open to those who have completed the intermediate training towards the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy of a UKCP registered training Member Organisation and have achieved the necessary standards in the required examinations and are continuing in training.

Associate 3 - designating letters NRHP(Assoc 3)

Associate 3 Members have completed the Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy (DHP) taught training of a UKCP registered training Member Organisation and have achieved the necessary standards in both written and practical examinations but have not yet submitted their final dissertation which is a prerequisite for the award of the DHP.

Full Member  - designating letters MNRHP

Application of this class of membership is open to individuals who have been awarded a Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy (DHP) by a UKCP training Member Organisation.

Fellowship (designating letters FNRHP)

Fellowship may be conferred upon members who have given distinguished service to the profession or to the NRHP. The award of the Fellowship shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors with a maximum of two Fellowships being awarded in any one year.

Honorary Life President

This award by the Board of Directors of NRHP is to an individual who has offered distinguished service to the profession of Hypno-Psychotherapy and to the NRHP. Their work will have enhanced and furthered the work of Hypno-Psychotherapy, nationally and internationally, over an extended period of not less than 20 years. The Honorary Life President of NRHP shall be a non-executive of the organisation and the award is gratuitous for life, subject to the conditions described in the rules of membership.


This category comprises of members who may be retired, non-practicing, overseas or not fully entitled to be regulated members of NRHP. They are not monitored by NRHP in areas of practice such as Insurance Liability Cover, Continuing Professional Development and Supervision. The public need to be aware that they may not be fully covered by the NRHP Complaints and Reconciliation Procedure.

Honorary Membership (designating letters NRHP(Hon)

Honorary Membership may be conferred by the Board of Directors on any persons who are not members of the NRHP but who are genuinely associated with the profession and the work of the NRHP.

Student Registrants

Students who are actively undertaking a UKCP accredited Diploma training may be designated student registrants for a period of 12 months plus the time elapsing up to the next NRHP subscription renewal date. Those students who undertake membership at this point will not have to pay the joining fee. The student registrants do not have any voting rights, are not eligible to stand for office and do not have the status of members in regards to the Articles of Association of the NRHP. They will be entitled to attend CPD events at discounted rates, receive copies of the Newsletter and have access to advice from the NRHP office.


Membership Fees

Note: It is the responsibility of each individual member to ensure that he/she complies with the conditions relating to the payment of fees and premiums as given below, and contacts the NRHP in the event of non-receipt of renewal information by mid December in any given year.

1. The membership fee shall comprise three sections:

  1. a) An initial joining fee
  2. b) An annual subscription
  3. c) A contingency fee

Also, all members who are treating patients, whether on a full-time or part-time basis, are required to have appropriate insurance.

If a member's annual fee is more than 30 days overdue (i.e., the end of January in any given year), he/she shall be automatically suspended from membership. If the membership fee is subsequently presented, such membership may be accepted at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the suspension may be lifted upon payment of the annual fee/rejoining fee.

Note: It is also stressed that should a member not have appropriate insurance, their membership of NRHP will be void.

2. Fellowship of the NRHP carries membership fees equivalent to that of an ordinary NRHP member, subject to the conditions described elsewhere herein.

3. Honorary Membership of the NRHP shall be gratuitous for life, subject to the conditions described elsewhere herein.

4. The annual membership subscription and initial joining fee shall be decided upon by the Board of Directors from time to time. The insurance premium and conditions, and the method of payment, are available direct from the insurance brokers.

Contingency Fee

It is not the intention of the Board of Directors to establish a level of membership fee which results in an unnecessary surplus of funds. The Board of Directors does, however, recognise the need to have adequate resources to meet any contingency which may arise which could affect the stability of the NRHP.

In order to provide such a resource, and yet not place any immediate demand on the membership, all members will be required to pledge a certain sum of money (at the time of applying for, or renewing, membership) on which the Board of Directors can call if necessary. (The current amount can be seen on the membership application/renewal forms.)


All monies received in membership fee, donations, profits from seminars etc., or by any other means, shall be devoted entirely to the administration of the NRHP and to maintaining the aims for which the NRHP is established.

The funds will be kept in an account, or accounts, of an established bank.

The NRHP will pay all expenses and/or professional fees properly incurred by those appointed by the Board of Directors in the execution of their duties, or when travelling on the business of the NRHP.

The Board of Directors will appoint accountants and auditors to perform such functions and duties in relation to the accounts and the balance sheet of the NRHP as may be desired, and the charges of the accountants and auditors in this respect will be paid for by the NRHP.


Any matter arising which is not dealt with in this Statement of the Purposes, Functions, Ethical Principles and Structure of the NRHP will be referred to the Board of Directors who will then adjudicate on it or deal with it as appropriate. Similarly, the Board of Directors is empowered to vary this Statement of the Purposes, Functions, Ethical Principles and Structure of the NRHP from time to time as may appear to be appropriate to the Board of Directors in all the circumstances.


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