Report on Professor Denis Ryan Presentation

Sat 1st April 2017 in the Maldron Hotel, Dublin Airport

The full day presentation by Professor Ryan on two separate subjects was well attended, both in-person and online. Professor Ryan was simultaneously teaching his under-Graduate students in Limerick as well as the ICHP Graduates Association members online and those attending in person in the Maldron Hotel.

Professor Ryan began his presentation on the diathesis model of stress by discussing what stress is and the many conditions which predispose us to become stressed.

Various life events bring on stress in people, and Professor Ryan emphasised that people’s individual understanding, interpretation and appraisal of events is what is important, rather than the event itself. 

Professor Ryan discussed primary and secondary appraisal of threat, and how we can appraise the various situations/encounters/events in different ways. Stressful appraisals are characterised by threat, challenge or harm/loss.

The term “threat” used in the context of stress usually refers to a threat to a person’s wellbeing rather than threat of physical harm.

The paradigm shift in the understanding of illness from the biological model to the biopsychological model was also discussed, and the importance of mind/body rather than just body. The importance of evidence-based practice was also emphasised, as well as the importance of stress as a contributory factor in illness.

Professor Ryan’s engaging style of presenting was a blend of delivering the course material with powerpoint slides, personal and professional anecdotes, and the opportunity for questions from the audience.

Professor Ryan didn’t finish his presentation in the half-day allotted so he has kindly offered to deliver the rest of his presentation online in the near future.

The afternoon session was for ICHP Graduates Association members only, and Professor Ryan spelled out the current stage of government registration and regulation and the role of government and CORU. 

Professor Ryan explained that regulation protects a specific title, not a profession, and this is mainly for the protection of the public.

At the moment the only two titles which are under review for regulation in the first round are Counsellor and Psychotherapist, so the title of Hypnotherapist will not be protected or recognised for regulation at this time. 

The designated professions of Counselling and Psychotherapy will be sent to the Dail for registration after Easter, with a separate register for each title. Regulation of these professions is expected to come into effect by later this year or early 2018.

The initial status of hypnotherapy will be as an unrecognised occupation not a profession, so not accepted under current government registration and regulation.

Hypnotherapy will only be recognised as a form of psychotherapy, with training to recognised QQI standards. It is possible that existing ICHP Hypnotherapists can be grandparented in by upgrading their qualifications within the expected two-year window of opportunity after regulation comes into being.

Our ICHP qualification has been classified as level 6 and to be recognised as having a counselling qualification needs to be level 8, or level 9 for psychotherapy.

Professor Ryan is making the opportunity available for ICHP Hypnotherapists to take a one year full-time or two year part-time upgrade to Masters level course, CBT or Counselling and Psychotherapy being the most relevant qualifications for Hypnotherapists. 

The courses are offered by the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences as blended learning (a mix of online and in-person training) with the in-person training held in Griffith College. Further details can be obtained from Ian Epstein ICHP GA Chairperson.

This route elevates Hypnotherapists’ current training to Counsellor or Psychotherapy equivalent and on that basis the Practitioner could be included on the relevant register and be recognised as being part of that profession.

We have no definitive further information at this time about what may happen in the future. It is possible that there may be a second round of regulation for other occupations with lesser qualifications and the title of Hypnotherapist may fall under that. 

Your Graduates Association will continue to pursue all avenues of possibility, lobby on your behalf, and keep you updated with any information from CORU and government, so that further developments will be made known as soon as they are finalised.     

Professor Denis Ryan Presentation 1st April 2017