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Will I be able to get personal Practitioner insurance through ISPA?

All ISPA Members can use their ISPA membership number to secure affordable malpractice and public liability insurance. This, along with a solid understanding of what is an ethical and legal practice, is all you need to protect your psychotherapy business.

Why does ISPA have Colleges and which Colleges can I join?

ISPA has colleges because the strategic approach can be employed in a number of ways. It can be used in coaching, a range of psychotherapies, and hypnotherapy. Each college has its own membership criteria, and its own emphasis, and at the same time, many have crossovers. For instance, if you are a Clinical Hypnotherapist, you are also eligible for the College of Strategic Psychotherapists without further study.

The easiest way to determine which colleges you can join is to read the entry criteria on the college page. You are allowed to join a maximum of three colleges with your standard membership fee.

Two colleges are held exclusively for those who have done specific trainings.
The two colleges are:
1. The College of Strategic Hypnotherapists
2. The College of Gordian Therapists

Membership in these colleges affords you the right to use these trademarked terms to distinguish yourself from other therapists.¬† It also means you will be legally protected from competing therapists claiming they “do the same thing” as you.

Will I have my own member portal where I can manage my membership status?

The ISPA board is determined to make membership renewals, the calculation of CPD, and supervision points as easy as possible. You will have your own member portal where any CPD hours at ISPA workshops will automatically be allocated to you. If you do CPD workshops elsewhere, you can upload certificates as evidence directly into your portal.

Is ISPA a member Organisation of the peak body of hypnotherapy in Australia?

Yes. The Hypnotherapy Council of Australia was established as the Peak Body for Hypnotherapy back in 2010. ISPA is a member organisation of the HCA. Barbara Craven (ISPA’s representative) is in fact the HCA Treasurer, and Gordon Young (ISPA Advisory Board) is the current President of the HCA.

What supervision framework does ISPA operate?

ISPA has its own supervision framework with one-to-one and group supervision available.

In addition, as ISPA is a member of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA), supervisors with other member associations of the HCA are recognized by ISPA.

Non-ISPA supervisors with other HCA associations need to be approved by the ISPA board. Members are required to complete ten hours of supervision per year. Depending on your level of experience this may include both group and one on one supervision.

What kind of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and events does ISPA offer?

ISPA offers a range of online and in-person events, training, and workshops throughout the year. Where appropriate, attendance will be recognised in the allocation of CPD points. Members must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year.

ISPA has two focal points when it comes to ongoing development. The first is developing you as a therapist, and the second is developing your practice. The ISPA CPD programme includes international experts in strategic psychotherapy, as well as business-focused development in areas like digital marketing, web design, and social media.

We want any training we offer to be of high value to you as a practitioner. Your success is our success.

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