We'd really welcome you running a support group if there isn't one in your area. Be sure to ask your mentor for help and guidance and check with them on any issues that may arise from your meetings. Contact Central Office for guidelines.
Each tutor sets their course fees according to the costs they incur. Tutors aim to keep course fees at a reasonable level. Use the Healing Trust website to find the course nearest to you and look around the country and see if there are any courses available to you at a different cost. You may attend training courses anywhere in the country with any tutor and you do not need to do all parts of the course with the same tutor.
The Healing Trust encourages a student to go forward for Healer status at around two years. There may be circumstances when this is not appropriate and your mentor will advise and guide you.
Spiritual Healing is the same whether given to humans or animals. To demonstrate your ability as a Healer and your suitability to become a Healer Member of the Healing Trust it is necessary to have feedback from people. However, you may include one animal when requesting patient testimonials (through the owner of course!).
Training courses Part 1–4 make up approximately 60 hours (+any homework). This leaves approximately 40 hours of training, with log book being maintained and signed, as follows:
a minimum of 6 hours with your mentor, face to face OR 20 hours within a group or Healing Centre or Development Group etc with a group leader qualified to act as a mentor and prepared to do so, including signing the log book. Your mentor must observe you giving Healing at least 3 times and your last observation must be no later than 3 months in advance of your Panel application.
The rest of your hours can be made up as follows: giving Healing in a Healing Centre or at exhibitions, attending a Development Group, or giving Healing privately e.g. with your family, friends or the public (patients need to sign your log book). Make sure you record every meeting in your log book!
The current logbook is very user friendly and is a handy A5 size which makes it easier to fill in. Earlier versions of the log book are a different size; if you would like to change to the A5 version, they are available from Central Office for £2.50. But equally you can continue with the one you have if you prefer.
Mentors are volunteers but may ask you to contribute towards expenses incurred on your behalf, e.g. if they have to travel to see you, hire rooms for support groups etc. Some mentors also offer additional activities or services, perhaps at their development groups, for which there may be a charge. As you choose your mentor you decide whether to pick someone you pay or not.
The role of the mentor is to support you through your training. However, your mentor may not live near you, especially if you are in a rural area, so the important thing is to spend a minimum of 6 hours in meetings with your mentor e.g. 3 meetings of 2 hours with your mentor. Make sure you record EVERY meeting in your log book. The other method of working with a mentor is through a group; this might be in a mentor-led development group or through a Healing Centre; in this case, specific one to one sessions are not essential, but you must attend that group for a minimum of 20 hours during your training period.
As long as your mentor is a full Healer Member and you have regular contact with them, they do not have to be in your Region.
During your two years as a student your mentor may change, move, retire, become ill, or decide they no longer wish to mentor. Although you will need to find another mentor, all meetings and written observations count as part of your student period and are on-going. Your Regional Student Liaison Officer or Chair has a list of members willing to help as mentors.
A Mentor is a Healer Member willing to mentor you through your student period. Normally your mentor will have been a Healer Member for one year but occasionally someone with less time than this is acceptable.