New Zealand School of Professional Hypnotherapy - News and Updates

NZSPH - COVID-19 Response and Contingency Plans

We have contingency plans based on the Government Alert levels. We are using these as a guide in the interests of clarity and consistency:

Alert Level 1

  • Face-to-face courses go ahead as planned
  • Students who are in self-isolation or feeling unwell stay at home
  • Sign in sheet and contact register kept for all attendees

Alert Level 2

  • Face-to-face courses go ahead as planned
  • Students who are in self-isolation or feeling unwell stay at home (students over 70 may also need to do the same)
  • Sign in sheet and contact register kept for all attendees
  • Physical distancing in the classroom
  • Increased hygiene practices (hand washing, sanitiser provided, regular venue cleaning etc)
  • Students who travel from outside the area may not be able to travel if local/regional lockdowns are in place

Alert Level 3

  • Face-to-face courses postponed and additional online resources put in place in the interim

Alert Level 4

  • Face-to-face courses postponed and additional online resources put in place in the interim

Alert Level 2 - Detailed Guidelines

Social Distancing

Students and trainers must stay 1 metre away from each other at all times. Practical sessions will be done with this in mind.


If you are sick

Anyone who is sick is required to stay at home. IF you have any Covid-19 symptoms you must not attend the course. Students will be able to attend a later course in this eventuality. Anyone who shows symptoms during the course must leave immediately (and will be able to complete the course at a later date.)


Hand Hygiene and Venue Cleaning

Hand sanitiser is to be provided by the school and students asked to use it on entry.

Any tables and chairs will be disinfected by the venue.


Attendance Register

All students must sign the attendance register on entry and also include their phone number to meet the criteria for contact tracing.


At risk people

If you are in the at-risk category (eg over-70, underlying health condition, immuno-compromised) it is up to your own discretion whether you participate in the face-to-face classes at this stage. If you do not wish to attend the course that you are booked for you may postpone to a later course as usual.


Morning and afternoon tea

Unless otherwise advised, these will still be provided, students to maintain social distance when getting refreshments.


A few notes

Courses may still have to be postponed at Alert Level 2 if for example:

  • A high number of students postpone and it leaves us with unviable numbers
  • A trainer is sick or unable to travel from their home to the training location due to a local/regional lockdown, and we are unable to find a suitable replacement in time
  • A venue is closed or unable to accommodate us (for example due to restrictions on numbers) and we can’t find a suitable replacement in time

As these situations can change rapidly there may be other scenarios which we haven’t considered. We will address these as they arise and communicate promptly with you.


A reminder of our guarantee and commitment to our students

Our terms and conditions and guarantee remain unaffected, ie if any student misses a training day or weekend then they are welcome to attend it again as many times as they wish within the next 4 years (extended from 3 years), and at any location.

If any face-to-face courses cannot take place then they will be postponed to later dates (or students transferred to later existing courses). We will NOT be replacing the in person element of the course with online training and 19 days in person training will still be required and delivered, but if the in-person courses are put on hiatus we are looking at providing additional online support and resources to continue students’ learning and development in the meantime.

We will also be taking advice from the UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts & Sciences and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (who we are associated with) so we are consistent with their approach and policies.

Any student at any point is able to choose not to attend if they prefer, and the option to postpone to later course dates in line with our guarantee still applies.

We are committed to continuing to deliver the training as we have done for the last 12 years, and working with all students and graduates to help them through with what they need, during any short term disruption :-)