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You don’t have to have a mental health difficulty to discover that a National Colleges trained mentor or talking therapist can be life changing. Indeed, many successful people use our graduates to maximise their confidence and efficiency, rather than because they feel they have a ‘problem’.

But, in any one year, 1 person in 4 will feel that they need advice and support from a professional, in the same way that they would need advice and support if they had a physical illness.

Too many people are forced to wait for long periods for that support - delays that would cause an outrage if they had a heart condition or cancer. Currently, only a third of people with mental health challenges get mentoring or therapy.

The National Colleges Initiative is a campaign to train qualified and aspiring health, social care and HR professionals to provide affordable support quickly and effectively. To the good of the client, health services, employers and society as a whole, all around the world.

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  • Counsellors
  • Dental Surgeons
  • Dental therapists
  • Ecotherapists
  • Endocrinologists
  • GPs
  • HR Professionals
  • Hygienists
  • Hypnotherapists
  • Hypno-psychotherapists
  • Midwives
  • Mindfulness-based therapists
  • Mindfulness teachers
  • Mindfulness trainers
  • Nurses
  • Osteopaths
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Care Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Yoga teachers
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  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Childbirth
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
  • Depression
  • Dichotomous behaviours
  • Excess-stress
  • Fertility
  • Size and weight conditions
  • Performance anxieties
  • Phobic behaviours
  • Post-slow-stress fatigue
  • Sleep-related symptoms
  • Stress in pregnancy and effects on child development
  • Support programmes for people affected by dementias (family, carers, friends and colleagues)
  • Vascular dementia
  • Wellbeing of older people, their families and carers
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The National Colleges Initiative is supported by:

The ELK-Health Foundation began in 2000 as a research institute looking for ways to tackle stress and the trauma of targets of paramilitary violence. Since then, ELK-Health has grown into a powerful advocate of evidence-based, integrated healthcare for many of the major challenges to our wellbeing – including size and weight issues, stress, anxiety and dementia prevention. The Foundation has made a clear case for studying the body and the mind simultaneously and its staff are leaders in Systems Psychobiology.

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NCHP) has been offering respected, evidence-based and independently accredited psychotherapy (including specialist clinical hypnosis) training since 1977. Importantly, it is an organisational member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority – the watchdog for all mainstream medical, dental, social care, nursing, midwifery and many other clinical organisations in the UK.

The National College of Applied & Clinical Mindfulness trains qualified clinicians, and those hoping to take up working in the health professions, in the clinical applications of mindfulness-based interventions.

Professionals working, or planning to work, in medicine, dentistry, nursing and therapy receive world-beating training in delivering integrated programmes of care that incorporate mindfulness with other NICE accredited interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Clinical Hypnosis and Biomedical Monitoring.

Named for the same man who is honoured in the title of The ELK-Health Foundation, this college is quietly fuelling a revolution in the delivery of talking therapies and mindfulness-based interventions.

With many clinicians believing that the future for mental health solutions is to train people in addressing specific presenting symptoms, rather than in particular types of therapy, a new training philosophy was inevitable. The ELK National College provides just this. No longer do student health professionals receive training as, for example, a Jungian or Freudian analyst, a Constructivist or Existential therapist or a hypnotherapist, they can now choose an area of healthcare where they think that their skills can make a real difference in an integrated programme of care and support that is delivered one-to-one, one-to-two, in small groups and in large groups – depending entirely upon the patient or client’s symptoms.

The College is currently offering training programmes to become a Registered Consultant in the following areas: Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Biomedical Wellbeing in Pregnancy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Size & Weight, Pain and Relationships.

The National Society for Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness (The National Society) has, for over 30 years, protected and guided the public. It provides advice and direction in choosing therapists, group teachers and coaches, improving the nation’s wellbeing and productivity by providing cost effective support to individuals and organisations of the highest standards. As well as services to the public, including a transparent complaints procedure, The National Society has a long history of efficiently managing the complexities of not one, but 7 professional registers – making sure that those on the registers maintain their standards and undertsanding through regulation and education.
Registers are for hypnotherapists (people trained specifically to safely and effectively administer clinical hypnosis to members of the public), hypno-psychotherapists (psychotherapists also qualified to use hypnosis where indicated), psychotherapy supervisors, mindfulness teachers, mindfulness-based therapists, mindfulness-based coaches and supervisors for mindfulness teachers and supervisors for mindfulness-based therapists.

The 5-Way Mindfulness-led Clinical Programmes are open to members of the public – who are sometimes referred by their doctor, and sometimes come to us privately. “5-Ways” integrate biomedical profiling, cognitive behavioural therapies, easy, light movement exercises and clinical hypnosis around a core programme of mindfulness. We believe “5-Ways” provide second-to-none support to you:

  • If you are in pain often
  • If you have successfully change your size and weight (up or down) but then reverted
  • If you believe that you will be stressed or anxious more often than some people during your pregnancy or that of someone in your family or close circle
  • If you feel you are concerned that you might one day, have issues with your memory – or you already are
  • If you feel stressed or anxious more than you would like.

NICRS helps clinics to undertake research by paying the very best one-person, partnership, small-group and larger clinics, as well as hospitals – or by subsidising care & support programmes provided by them, thereby making the cost of care less to the patient or client. NICRS advises creators of training programmes of the conclusions reached by this research, which concentrates on anxiety and depressive moods.
NICRS believes that there is no more effective way to teach health and HR professionals about the conditions that they have to deal with everyday, than to involve them in research. NICRS encourages excellent clinics to become involved by providing support with statistics and write-ups – indeed in all aspects of publication and having hugely experienced teaching scientists available to new researchers. Clinics in the scheme report increases in volume and quality of clients regularly.