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Is the P.S.H. training program conducted anywhere except Queensland?
Can I do the course by correspondence or 'distance learning'?
Do I have to pay the full course fee up front?
Do I have to commit to the full course when I apply?
Do I have to experience sessions of P.S.H. before I can join a course?
Would I receive a refund if I decided to discontinue?
Is the course recognised by any Government authority?
Is the course recognised by any professional associations?
Can I continue later if I have to leave the course I start?
Can I speak with past students about the course before I decide?
Will I have to wait until the end of the course before I start a practice?
How long does the course run for?
Are there any 'hidden' expenses associated with the course?
Is there a lot of 'homework' necessary during the course?
When I learn P.S.H. can I use it to help members of my family?
When I learn P.S.H. can I use it to help my own problems?
As a P.S.H. therapist, would I be able to work for someone else?
Do I need to rent or have an office outside of home to run a practice?
Would I need (and can I get) professional indemnity insurance?
Could I expect to earn a living from a P.S.H. practice?
Can I receive 'credits' for other professional training I have completed?
Can I use P.S.H. as part of my established health-care practice?
Can I expect to establish a practice as I live in a very remote part of the country?
Do I need to have tertiary education, training or experience in another therapy to learn P.S.H.?
Is P.S.H. just another trendy 'fringe' or 'alternative' therapy without a scientific basis?
Is P.S.H. just another name for hypnotherapy?
Is the P.S.H. training program conducted anywhere except Queensland? [TOP]
I.C.S.T.R. (QLD) conducts the course from our venue in Kenmore, which is an outer Western suburb of Brisbane, Queensland. Beginning in 2019 training is also available in Canberra with I.C.S.T.R. (AUST). See the Course Outline for details.
Can I do the course by correspondence or 'distance learning'? [TOP]
No. The course is very 'practically orientated', and you need to attend the training modules to take advantage of the considerable amount of practical exercises during class. In addition to this there are several written assignments to be completed at home between training modules. There are some websites that claim our course can be studied through distance methods. This is not so.
Do I have to pay the full course fee up front? [TOP]
Generally, yes. Occasionally, under special circumstances, a student may register for Module One only. (See the next item). In this case the Module One fee only is paid. This fee doubles as a deposit for the remainder of the course and if you wish to continue beyond Module One the balance is paid by the due date which is set prior to commencement of Module Two. If you apply to join a course more than 4 weeks prior to commencement, the school will accept a 'securing deposit' to hold a place for you. This fee is deducted from the balance of the remaining fees.
Do I have to commit to the full course when I apply? [TOP]
Generally, yes. However, when places allow, and after consultation with the school, students with other specific training and experience may be considered for Module One only. When they decide to continue, they are registered for the remainder of the course upon payment of the fee balance. At this time they will have made a sincere commitment to complete the remainder of the full program. Our experience has been to find that almost every student who completes Module One, is keen to go on and complete the full program.
Do I have to experience sessions of P.S.H. before I can join a course? [TOP]
No. If you have issues you think could be helped with P.S.H., we suggest you seek help from an independent P.S.H. therapist before you commence your training. If not, there would be no advantage in doing so. Some schools demand prospective students experience their therapy before starting a course. We can think of only three possible reasons for this: One, they believe their therapy (or the therapist) can magically heal or change you in some way whether you want it, ask for it or need it or not. Two, they want you to experience what your future clients will experience or three, they simply want to take money from you.
The facts are that no therapy or therapist can 'heal' or change anyone. Clients heal and change themselves - when they want to and with a therapist's help. Secondly, no individual ever experiences something the same as another - most certainly not the experience of subconscious-mind therapy. We can only hope they don't believe either of these, which leaves just the money option.
Would I receive a refund if I decided to discontinue? [TOP]
Refunds are only given for the remainder of the course if you give notice and discontinue after Module One. Once Module Two is commenced no further refunds are available. The school requires 4 week's notice of your intention to withdraw. If we receive less than 4 week's notice, an admin fee may be retained. Our refund policy and amounts are all detailed in the application package which is posted to those who apply. We are also happy to supply this information by phone if required.
Is the course recognised by any Government authority? [TOP]
Due to the practical structure of the program, much of its benefits would have to be jeopardized in order to comply with most 'Government approved' training schemes. The structure of our program has evolved over many years (since 1990) and the course enjoys a very high level of success, due largely to the way it is designed and conducted. We prefer to keep the integrity of the course intact rather than degrade it in order to gain Government accreditation, which does absolutely nothing to produce better therapists. See the next item on this list.
Is the course recognised by any professional associations? [TOP]
Yes. Far more important than any Government recognition is that of the professional organizations who understand the subtleties and underlying principles needed to produce high quality therapy. The I.C.S.T.R. (QLD) P.S.H. Practitioner Training Program is accredited by the Australasian Subconscious-mind Therapist's Association (ASTA), as the training requirement necessary for membership. All members of that Association (regardless of other affiliations) are trained P.S.H. therapists. Due to some similarities in the subconscious elements of P.S.H., our course is also recognised in a similar manner by the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association, the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists and others.
Can I continue later if I have to leave the course I start? [TOP]
In most cases, yes. Wherever possible, the school will arrange for you to join the next available course at the appropriate module, in the event you can't continue with your entry course. In some cases, there may be some slight fee adjustments required.
Can I speak with past students about the course before I decide? [TOP]
Absolutely. And we suggest you do. We are happy to put you in touch with past students and encourage you to speak with them. You will get an honest and unbiased view of the course and everything associated with it. We also suggest you read some of the testimonials in this website (they have all been written by genuine, past students).
Will I have to wait until the end of the course before I start a practice? [TOP]
Although students are not considered qualified until they have satisfied all requirements and graduated, they are required and encouraged to begin using P.S.H. (and charging a fee) from the completion of the second training module. Working with clients is an important part of the training program. Following graduation, they are deemed fully qualified and encouraged to start their professional practice. Students receive all the support and backup they require, throughout the training period, and for as long as needed following graduation. Some students start working with clients, using simple techniques (not P.S.H.), after completing the first module.
How long does the course run for? [TOP]
The formal training period (the four in-house, face-to-face modules) are usually scheduled to be completed within a period of twelve months, or slightly less. Most students require a further six months or so, to complete the necessary post-course practice and be eligible for graduation.
Are there any 'hidden' expenses associated with the course? [TOP]
No. The fees cover all tuition and training materials for the entire program. Students are responsible for their meals, any accommodation costs and travelling expenses. Some students obtain reference books from local and/or university libraries, and others buy books of their own. Purchasing your own books would add to your overall expenses. Students sometimes lend books to their classmates during the course of their training.
Is there a lot of 'homework' necessary during the course? [TOP]
There is a number of written assignments and some audio recording to do during the course. Most students need an average of approximately the equivalent of one, to one and a half days per week to complete assignments. There is usually at least two clear months between training modules, so providing a genuine effort is applied there is plenty of time to complete the required homework.
When I learn P.S.H. can I use it to help members of my family? [TOP]
In theory, yes. However, the school strongly discourages students from working with family members and close friends, except as 'practise subjects' during the training period. The reasons for this will become abundantly clear during your training.
When I learn P.S.H. can I use it to help my own problems? [TOP]
This would be very unlikely. Most of our students have gained benefit from having help with P.S.H. at some time, however it is not something you can formally 'apply' to yourself.
As a P.S.H. therapist, would I be able to work for someone else? [TOP]
There are very few instances where a P.S.H. therapist would be employed as such by someone else. Most therapists establish their own practice. Part of Module Three is devoted to teaching various aspects of conducting your own business/practice. Some assistance is available with various advertising materials supplied by the school at no cost to students.
Do I need to rent or have an office outside of home to run a practice? [TOP]
Not necessarily. Most of our students work from home (especially in the beginning) and save the expense of renting premises outside of their home. It is not uncommon however, for therapists to 'share' professional premises with other practitioners working in different (and perhaps related) fields. You may need to check local by-laws if intending to work from home.
Would I need (and can I get) professional indemnity insurance? [TOP]
This is an issue for each person to decide for themselves. The school can help students obtain professional indemnity and public liability insurance at very low rates, upon completion of the second module of the course. Some professional organisations require their members to have insurance.
Could I expect to earn a living from a P.S.H. practice? [TOP]
Most people need some time to establish themselves in a practice that will support itself financially - the amount of time depends on the entrepreneurial and professional skills of the individual. Every effort is made by the school to assist students with referrals, advertising ideas (and some material) wherever possible. A section of module three is devoted to the 'business side' of establishing and running a practice.
Can I receive 'credits' for other professional training I have completed? [TOP]
Students who complete whole modules of another recognised P.S.H. training program may receive credit for those modules. However, P.S.H. is a therapy model that stands alone in the field and we know of no other training or therapy models that are related closely enough to be deemed appropriate in this regard. Having said that however, many of our students have been trained in various modalities that have similarities in some areas and make their learning somewhat easier.
Can I use P.S.H. as part of my established health-care practice? [TOP]
Yes, with caution. P.S.H. does NOT lend itself to 'mixing and matching' with other health modalities and should always be used 'on its own' with any particular individual. Most clients benefit from having a decent 'break' from other therapies, before commencing P.S.H. This is a very important issue and is carefully covered in detail during the training.
Can I expect to establish a practice as I live in a remote part of the country? [TOP]
Due to the very gentle, private and effective nature of P.S.H., people are more inclined to recommend it to their friends, than is the case with other methods. Therapists in remote areas, who are consistently doing good work, draw clients from a very wide geographical area. The principal trainer of this course regularly works with clients from all parts of Australia and other countries who come seeking the benefits of P.S.H.
Do I need to have tertiary education, training or experience in another therapy to learn P.S.H.? [TOP]
No. In fact many of the most successful P.S.H. therapists had no training or experience in any other methods at all, prior to learning P.S.H. You do have to be genuinely committed to applying the time and effort necessary, and be able to absorb new ideas and understandings. Our course is structured with the assumption that you have no other experience or training in any therapeutic modality. See further important information on the Who Can Learn page.
Is P.S.H. just another trendy 'fringe' or 'alternative' therapy without a scientific basis? [TOP]
No. P.S.H. is securely grounded in the most up-to-date scientific understandings regarding the ways humans cause and solve subconsciously generated problems. The underlying principles and philosophies of P.S.H. are fully supported by the most contemporary neurobiological scientific understanding about subconscious processes and how they function. It is a gentle, non-invasive and thoroughly 'tried and tested' method of helping people permanently resolve these kinds of issues. The model of therapy taught in this course has been continuously and successfully used since 1983 by the principal trainer. His practice has maintained itself solely by client-referrals since approximately 1994. P.S.H. is becoming a most sought-after form of therapy for problems of a subconscious nature.
Is P.S.H. just another name for hypnotherapy? [TOP]
No. This misconception sometimes occurs for two main reasons. Firstly, there are some similarities with some modern forms of hypnotherapy in so far as we help clients with subconscious-level methods. P.S.H. however, is based on a very different foundation of principles and is carried out in quite a different manner. It has been developed to truly empower clients and help them resolve the underlying causes of their problems, rather than analyse or try to 'suggest away' the symptoms. Some confusion can also result where P.S.H. therapists advertise under the category of hypnotherapy in phone books and various other media. This is usually due to these publications not having a separate category for P.S.H. As a model of therapy however, P.S.H. stands alone in the field and should not be confused with any other method. P.S.H. is a very 'client-centered' therapy model rather than a 'therapist-centered' one. If for any reason you are not completely certain of the credentials of anyone advertising as a P.S.H. therapist, contact the owners of this Website and we will advise you accordingly.