This past weekend (November 22-23) marked the conclusion of my first professional certification class. As of now, there are twelve newly-certified professional hypnotherapists ready to start offering their services. I didn't ask permission to name them, so I won't, but if any of them want to announce themselves, either in comments here or somewhere else, I'll help spotlight them.
I have to say, the class was a lot of work. Each of the 25 instructional units had to be designed and planned from scratch, and I've been making notes since the first day on how to do it better next time. The group was incredibly patient as we worked through our technical glitches and always ready to offer suggestions and to bring new things to the table for everyone's benefit. That all by itself was a magical thing.
With all that work done and improvement ideas noted, it would be a shame not to make use of it. So there will definitely be another online professional certification class in the spring. It will probably start in April, after NEEHU 6, and run through June.
I'm unspeakably proud of everyone in this group. Some of them had a lot of prior hypnosis experience from doing erotic mind play and had to make some adjustments to adapt their style to vanilla hypnotherapy. They all made that adjustment well, and the sometimes-grueling final exams (they had to do a live hypnotherapy session with a volunteer client) proved to me that these are some fine hypnotists in and out of the dungeon. It's an honor to be their teacher.