Julia Vaughan-Griffiths: Hi Julia, we welcome your feedback, so please tell us what sort of comments and questions you are receiving since becoming ‘our UK contact, workshop leader, and mentoring provider?’
Julia Clegg: I have been given a very interesting insight as the School’s UK Contact, because potential SNHS students email me with a variety of questions. A frequent question that comes up time and again is “do these courses provide a ‘professional’ qualification?”
Julia V-G: Well, our Accreditation Page is well located on our website. As you are a trained practitioner and Therapy Practice owner who studied with us, is that not in itself the highest reference to our training?
Julia C: Without a doubt! And I explain that to those who contact me, as I have been running ‘Reflexions’ now since September 2013. From my own personal experience, I can (and do) recommend membership of the International College of Holistic Medicine (ICHM), and the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) for Professional Body membership. (BHMA does not accredit courses, but they encourage therapist membership and provide excellent publications). I use Towergate Professional Risks for my Public Liability Insurance policy. As you say there are alternatives on the accreditation page, but I found these suited my own personal situation. I also recommend the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) as another excellent Professional Body.
Julia V-G: How would you recommend our graduates decide on an insurance company to cover for their work as therapists?
Julia C: To anyone setting up their own Practice, I would say “do your research” with the companies listed on the Schools accreditation page. It will very much depend on the therapies the student qualifies in, and how they choose to operate their own work practice. The personal indemnity insurance can differ depending on whether one is working for an ‘umbrella’ company, working as a mobile therapist (requires extra car insurance), or working from home (requires extra home insurance) etc., which can all be incorporated into their ‘Practice’ insurance … and each student will have a different scenario as to their future work practice. Students should contact at least two different insurance companies and ask for quotes for their particular circumstances. Bear in mind that the cheapest is not necessarily the ‘best’ cover!
Julia V-G: We have been training practitioners from beginner level since 1997, so is our accreditation something we need to emphasise more on our website?
Julia C: It would help certainly. Whilst SNHS operates with the highest degree of excellence, and has done for the past 19 years, we are in an age of internet scams, and most people are aware that there are a lot of charlatans out there who do not necessarily deliver on what they promise. Prospective students visiting the school’s website for the first time need re-assurance, which is why they contact me!
Julia V-G: I am delighted you can give everyone the confidence to move forward to enrol with SNHS. That is great Julia.
Julia C: Thank you! I am happy to say that most prospective students find that, by speaking to someone who has made it work, they feel re-assured. I have also stressed to people that the School is incredibly supportive after qualification as well, as you have proved with me – I think that makes a great difference too. No one wants to feel as though they have studied for a qualification but are unsure what to do with it, or how to move forward as a professional therapist. I also refer individuals to your Graduates Page so they can see how others have made a great success with their careers as Professional Therapists after undergoing training with the School.
Julia V-G: Let’s talk for a minute about your Workshops … how are they going? You are currently providing Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.
Julia C: Yes – and I think ‘your’ students are finding them helpful, at least I’m told so! I personally believe Indian Head Massage as a therapy is not quite as involved as Reflexology and students are more comfortable about what they are doing practically. The students who have done workshops with me on Indian Head Massage have actually proved to be up-to-speed with what they’re doing … just a few tips and pointers and reassurance more than anything.
Reflexology ‘in practise’ however is more advanced to begin with and (as I have found) the results are usually more definitive. An Indian Head Massage is ‘therapeutic’ but, with Reflexology, I’ve told people about physical things they’d forgotten!
I have always found there’s a little bit of ‘magic’ in Reflexology – also the reason why I think I do more of it – it’s more of a challenge and I find it incredibly therapeutic for me too. But of course the theory has to be put into practice, and the techniques are quite precise. Also, as we know, every ‘body’ is different, and understanding the effects and outcome of therapy in an individual setting cannot be taught. That has to come from the practitioner.
Julia V-G: Yes, I agree. Whilst we provide all the training required, it is really down to the individual and what they can bring to their treatments, the attuned energy and ‘the feel’ which bring the best results. A lot of the work comes from within the practitioner and how they provide their treatment. That, I believe has always been the key.
Julia C: That is so true! I don’t think I’ve ever met a therapist who does not have some underlying little query about just how effective they are, as the one thing that cannot be taught is ‘feel’. Some therapies just fit better with some individuals and, of course, one only gets out what one puts in!
However, I have to admit that a lot of the workshops that I undertake are reassurance for students more than anything, confirmation or detailed advice that they are approaching the therapy in the right way from a technique perspective – and the rest is simply ‘practise and more practise’! Putting ‘Therapy into Practice professionally’ is one of my mantras, as there is no point in having knowledge, understanding, and learning of a subject, if you do not utilise it to help others.
Julia V-G: Thank you for your time Julia, it has been most enlightening.
Julia C: It has been my pleasure … SNHS has given me so much more than I thought possible when I first enrolled five years ago, not only in terms of the work I now do, but in terms of being of help to others and their families. Thank You SNHS, and thank you personally Julia for your continued interest and support.
Julia V-G: Everyone will gather from the above, they have an excellent and ‘professional therapist’ to call on should there be any questions about what we provide here at the School.
Julia, we respect and feel honoured to have you as our Contact Representative in the UK and Workshop leader.
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