Healing & Regulation|
As healers, we are living in interesting times. New legislation, much of which is coming out of Brussels, will be requiring us to be more and more regulated in the way we work. It is very difficult to keep up with the changes, as they are coming from several different bodies. Currently, there are a number of new recommendations in anticipation of legislation that may be introduced over the next few years.
For the time being, continue to follow the guidelines laid out in the ATH Code of Conduct and Ethics, as these are still relevant. We will do our best to keep members up to date as new legislation comes in.
If you are just starting your training, it is now a requirement that training is a minimum of two years, and that it includes both anatomy and physiology, and counselling skills (sometimes referred to as listening skills). Continuing professional development (CPD) and regular supervision are also stipulated for all practitioners.
The recent repeal of The Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951 has left spiritual healers more open to litigation. Many healers are now asking clients to sign a disclaimer form before treatment, stating that they understand that their treatment is “for entertainment purposes only”. As most ATH members are qualified in other therapies, and all are covered by our block insurance scheme, members should not need to take any action.
Below are some organisations that may be able to provide more information on legislation as it occurs. Please note that clicking on a link will take you to another website.
Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC)
83 Victoria Street
Phone: 0207 653 1971
British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)
P.O. Box 5122,
Phone: 0845 345 5977
General Natural Practitioners’ Guild (GNPG)
Phone: 01162 837305
Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO)
PO Box 5119,
phone: 07970 885157
web address: www.the-cho.org.uk