Hey Scott & Richard,
Here are some of my thoughts on the course for you to use how you wish.
Being at the halfway mark of the HPTI course, I am taking a mindful moment to reflect on the past 6 months and wanted to drop you a note. So where to start?
Firstly, I have attended many courses, seminars, retreats of all shapes and sizes, some being better than the others but I have always managed to get at least a small nugget of wisdom out of them. When I heard of the HPTI course and who was running it, I was very excited and knew I wanted to be part of it. I had very big expectation from the course as the curriculum made many lofty claims of delivering a well-rounded and comprehensive education on the subject of people helping. The aim was to not only teach you comprehensive methodologies on a multitude of subjects but most importantly prepare you to actually practice. There are so many 3-5 day courses that claim they are the best in the world, that leave a huge void with regards to actually putting the tools into real life practice.
What attracted me the most was the simplicity of the approach, we will teach you and provide you exposure to a “whole” range of protocols, techniques, thinking, theories, practice, and won’t be preaching from one sermon only. This approach is refreshing and without bias, making it a welcomed first for me.
So, has it lived up to its claims?
There are many levels to this answer so will break it down into the most important categories for me:
There are “THIRTEEN” modules for this course, ranging from Law and Ethics to Anatomy and Physiology – from NLP to Regression to Cause. The content is created and delivered by individual and specialist instructors in that field. Therefore the content ranges tremendously according to the subject, the instructor and the delivery method.
The content has minimum requirements of video, direct interaction with instructors either through webinars, email and some instances phone, there is usually reading assignments that can vary from manuals, online reading or books, quizzes, exams, projects and reading assignments.
The biggest challenge is keeping up with the material but having it available 24/7 makes it much easier.
As mentioned above, each instructor is an expert in their field, like Roy Hunter and Regression to cause/Parts Therapy, Richard Nongard on Contextual Hypnotherapy, Michael Watson on NLP, Michael Ellner on history of hypnosis, Scott and Richard on Introduction to hypnosis and many more. It’s not just a video course and reading that you get access to. It’s direct access to the instructors as well, each module has allocated time slots for conference/webinars to discuss and interact with them which makes it invaluable as there has been so many time previously that I have seen a video or read something and needed clarification but there was no one to ask.
One of the great things about this approach is that our projects, exams and quizzes are created by each instructor and are marked by each instructor. The questions we ask are answered by the instructor of the module who is the expert on the subject.
There has been a lot of thought gone into putting this school together. Scott and Richard have definitively thought long and hard as to what would create a well-rounded practitioner.
The quality of the material has varied throughout the course from module to module. If I had to rate it from a 1-10 (where 10 was brilliant), I would have to say that the majority so far was above 7-8.
This is not to say that I didn’t disagree with some of the content or that there isn’t room for improvement but with regards to getting a multilevel view of what’s available, it’s unmatched.
One of the concepts that Scott and Richard discussed from the very beginning was about being unbiased towards protocols, methodologies and practices. And that they would allow the student access to the information for them to decide what was appropriate for them or not.
With this in mind they have included pretty much every modality within the realm of hypnosis practice. From Critical Thinking to Contextual Therapy, from Mindful meditation to Pain Management. The only thing I think they are not covering in great detail is stage hypnosis.
Imagine doing a weekend still life drawing course versus an arts degree. There is so much great content within each of the modules that I will need to refer back over and over again to gain further insights.
The feedback around some of the modules is we need more time to learn to use the ingredients to fully savour the dishes. Some of the modules were 2 weeks in length which was way too short. I believe this has already been rectified for the next year.
Support and Resources:
I think that Scott and Richard have bend over backwards to support and help the students. Knowing that they both run full practices and yet they always put in so much time for us.
The main mode of communication has been through the forum and email. Although skype and telephone is also available. During the module the instructor is available for any question or query and these are typically addressed in the webinars for the benefit of all.
The students for this year’s course come from all walks of life. Yet there has been a wonderful bond created in our common spirit to improve ourselves to become better people helpers. We have supported each other in many ways and it’s amazing to see that HPTI is fostering this kind of learning environment where students can discuss, disagree, share insights, share worries, share disappointments and inspirational stories.
This is really quite outstanding. If they charged 3-4 times more, I still belief that it would be the most valuable asset that you could have as a people helper.
This is an outstanding endeavor by Scott and Richard whose fruits we as students have been privileged to be part of. It really is a great foundation for any individual wanting to excel at his/her craft. The reason I say foundation is not because it’s basic but because each engineering feat required a solid foundation to sprout it’s wings and sour high into the air.
I am humbled to be part of this school and very proud for what it’s trying to achieve. To provide the utensils and ingredients to make us into Master chefs as well as tell us how to run a kitchen. It’s up to us to decide what type of restaurant we would like to open, what type of food and service we provide.
Thank you for making this school possible and would recommend it to anyone.