FHT Annual Training Congress attracts big crowds at Holistic Health

After a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend, it’s nice to look back at all the amazing people we met and moments we experienced.

Our thanks also to FHT Fellow Linda Jacobs, and FHT Members Nadeen Buchanan and Carol Brown, for providing much-appreciated taster treatments on the FHT stand. It was great to see so many members and visitors to our stand enjoy a little ‘me time’ at this busy event.

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Linda Jacobs, FFHT, giving a taster treatment.

And if you joined FHT on the Sunday or Monday – a warm welcome aboard! You’re all the proof we need that it’s people that make the difference in this business.

The show offered professional therapists the opportunity to learn, shop, network and relax, all under one roof.

Our Training Congress was nestled in among the Holistic Health show, which was held on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd May at the NEC in Birmingham. We packed the schedule with experts on a wide range of topics, from marketing to massage, with hundreds of delegates enjoying 32 talks by leading therapy and business experts across both days. We had lots of people snapping up the few remaining tickets on the day, and even had to turn some people away so make a note for next year to book early!

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Topics included cancer care, Emmett Technique, reiki for beginners, essential oils, reflexology, WaveStone, dry needling, crystal therapy, auricular diagnosis, aquamassage, Ayurvedic facelift massage, supporting individuals with autism, age and exercise, the Chrysalis Effect, building a successful salon, building a tribe on Facebook, and more.

We also offered exclusive deals on shop stock, with many browsing in between talks, and three dedicated therapists working our stand offering Indian head massage and reflexology.

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FHT Vice Presidents and Training Congress speakers Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason.

Help us to plan future education events…

If you attended the training congress and are yet to provide us feedback about the talks you attended, please email your comments to education@fht.org.uk writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.

Similarly, if you’d like to suggest specific topics or speakers you’d like to see at future FHT training events, please complete our short survey at fht.org.uk/learning

What you had to say about FHT’s Training Congress speakers…

[About Nick Flanagan’s talk – Age and exercise]

‘Great session. Loved the dancing!’

[About Jackie Winters’ talk – Understanding crystal therapy]

‘Excellent, inspiring and interesting seminar – very uplifting.’

‘Good workshop to start the weekend with. Jackie is great!’

[About Adrian Jenkins’ talk – WaveStone cellulite reduction massage]

‘Amazing workshop and fantastic product. Further training now planned.’

[About Martin Thirwell’s talk – Working alongside reiki guides]

‘Very interesting. Good speaker. Incredible insight.’

[About Elaine Wilkins’ talk – The Chrysalis Effect]

‘Very interesting – there is hope for people with fibromyalgia. I will be passing information on, as a nurse and therapist.’

[About Alison Battisby’s talk – Growing your social media audience]

‘Awesome workshop.’

[About Carol Samuel’s talk – Reflexology for stress and anxiety]

‘I have been coming here for years. This is the most informative session I have ever been to – thank you.’

[About Cameron Reid’s talk – Manipulative therapy]

‘Enjoyed the session. Found the content engaging and helpful for my practice. Thank you.’

[About Rennie Gould’s workshop – Release your WOW]

‘Marvellous! Have booked workshop in Birmingham and looking forward to it.’

[About Penny Price’s workshop – Are essential oils anti-ageing?]

‘Excellent presentation. Lots learnt in a small amount of time. Very informative.’

2017 FHT Training Congress: tickets are selling fast!

There is just 5 weeks left to go before the FHT will be celebrating all things holistic at the Holistic Health UK show!

Tickets for the 2017 FHT Training Congress are selling fast, with over 100 delegates already booked to attend a variety of seminars from 32 industry experts. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Seminar topics include: 

  • Holistic well-being in the beauty salon
  • Dorn Method/Breuss Massage for Back and Joint Pain
  • Working with people living with and beyond cancer
  • Salon etiquette
  • Age and exercise
  • Five golden rules to increase your revenue
  • Holistic therapies to support autism
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • A social media strategy for your business
  • Auricular diagnosis
  • WaveStone cellulite massage
  • Reiki energy and working alongside reiki guides
  • Aromatherapy and the skin
  • All about the Emmett Technique
  • Facial acupuncture
  • Reflexology for stress,anxiety and pain
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Examination and treatment for the sacroiliac joint

And much more…

To see the full range of seminars on offer click here.

The FHT will be at stand A32 introducing our membership to attendees and selling discounted FHT shop stock. FHT therapists will also be on hand, offering treatments to guests to showcase the benefits of complementary therapy.

 

Have you bought yours yet?

The 2017 FHT Training Congress tickets are now live and selling fast! Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Training Congress.

The 2017 FHT Training Congress will be taking place within the Holistic Health show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 21 and 22 May 2017. The Training Congress will be separated across two days with 30 informative CPD sessions for you to attend. 

The FHT Training Congress not only caters for practising therapists, but students and the public who want to learn various topics from specific therapies, to general business advice.

Seminars include:

  • The Chrysalis Effect
  • Salon etiquette
  • Age and exercise  
  • How to attract clients who value you 
  • Understanding crystal therapy 
  • Ayurvedic facelift massage 
  • Auricular diagnosis (ear reading)
  • A social media business strategy
  • Happy, harmonious living 
  • Facial acupuncture

Where can you purchase your ticket?

All attendees will need to register themselves for a free ticket at the Holistic Health website in order to gain entry into the NEC.

Once you have done this, you can book your Training Congress tickets here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members, book yours now!

The FHT’s top tips

  • Don’t forget to bring a notepad and pen
  • The FHT stand is A32, come and visit us to purchase FHT products, chat to staff and try a taster treatment
  • CPD points are valuable for expanding your knowledge

FHT’s Julie McFadden featured in Holistic Therapist magazine

FHT, Register and Compliance Manager and salon owner, Julie McFadden has been featured in issue 21 of Holistic Therapist Magazine, offering her advice on continuing professional development (CPD).

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In the informative article, Julie talks about how CPD not only benefits the therapist’s knowledge and business growth, but it helps their clients too. 

“(CPD) is the hallmark of a true professional and in line with what is expected of statutory regulated health professionals”.

Are you choosing the best course provider?

There are many course providers offering CPD and finding one that suits your needs can be difficult; you have to make sure that the course is relevant to your practice, of a good standard and cost effective.

Julie explains the importance of doing a little research and how being prepared in advance can go a long way. When looking for a training provider, “Look at their website or training brochure and ask yourself whether you feel confident that they are experienced. Are there testimonials from happy therapists and is their course accredited or recognised by a professional organisation?”.

FHT Hosted courses

The FHT provides a range of CPD courses around the UK and online.

To view our courses, click here

Taking the fear out of CPD

Here at the FHT we know that CPD can be daunting for our members, there has been confusion over why cpd is important and how can members attain CPD points. Today’s blog is aimed at taking the fear out of CPD.

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What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.

In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your skills and knowledge in the therapies you currently practice. 

Why is CPD effective?

CPD keeps you in touch with current practice – knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective.  Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.

The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2016, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2017.

CPD is good professional practice for the FHT, CPD is a mandatory part of good professional practice as well as a fundamental principle of professional ethics.

For the public, service users and employers, CPD provides the reassurance that as individuals, and as a profession, the FHT members are committed to upholding standards.

The FHT places the responsibility on each member to decide what their professional development needs are and how to address them through a variety of CPD activities. Members are asked to focus on the quality and outcome of CPD activities, as opposed to the time spent on these.

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CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of methods:

  • Work-based learning

This may include:

Case studies, reflective practice, in-service training activity and supervising or mentoring (other therapists or being mentored)

  • Professional activity

This may include:

Writing an article for publication, preparing and delivering a lecture, preparing and delivering a full-day seminar,  attending a Local Support Group meeting, organizing a Local Support Group meeting and attending a committee meeting on behalf of FHT or another professional group.

  • Formal/educational

This may include: 

Further training seminar or workshop (day), further training seminar or workshop (half-day), new therapy qualification (under 50 hours study/teaching contact) and New therapy qualification (over 50 hours study/teaching contact)

  • Self-directed activities

This may include:

Reading journal/technical articles and reflecting on these, creating a business plan, developing a marketing plan, International Therapist spiral quiz.

For more information about CPD, please visit www.fht.org.uk/cpd