Is Fast-Track Holistic Training Healing Or Harming Complementary Healthcare

Why The Holistic Training & Complementary Therapy Training Industry May Be Struggling To Be Taken Seriously Here In The UK

holistic training industry harming or healingDespite having to rely mostly on holistic well-being for over 27 years and have studied in this area myself for 25 years. It saddens me to the growing lack of professionalism and standardisation in many holistic training here in the UK. Although I believe very strongly in holistic and complementary medicine.  I can also understand why some aspects of the healing and therapy industry is viewed  with suspicion.  And not because of I don’t think it is powerful, believe me i do. But because of the increase in poor ttraining, fast-track training. Training that leaves even the most dedicated practitioners with a huge gap in knowledge, awareness and skills they are unaware of.  As  I say to many students you don’t know, what you don’t know. t

Coaching & Holistic Training Schools

More training schools than ever are popping pushing out Diploma’s and Certificates in anything and everything.  In many areas they have little or no expertise in. And the problem is the students buying these courses don’t realise.  It is very hard for new students and consumers to recognise the professionals from the opportunists. And even harder for genuine training schools to survive. Sadly I see so many therapists and coaches invest in thousands of pounds in poor training many fast track, that is not worth the paper written on. Which leads to so many therapists having to retrain or completely give up their dream career.

On one hand  we have many top coaching, nlp and hypno training schools who charge crazy prices for a one or two day course. Who send out hundreds and thousands of ill-equipped students naively believing they will be making thousands of pounds right away.  And then newbie healers or therapists setting up unregistered training schools giving out certificates in whatever they fancy.  Sadly I speak to too many one day coaches and hypnotherapists who soon face the stark reality of running a business. And after coming across a few vulnerable or not straight forward clients realise they are not as skilled as they were hyped out to believe. Sadly thousands of coaches and therapists with the right motives and intensions, invest in the wrong training. They invest so much in the wrong training, many have no money left to actually market or start their business. Or do the training they need to be fully qualified or safe to do no harm to their clients.

Lack Of Ethics In Coaching & Holistic Training Industry

I have lost count of the amount of Coaches, NLP and Hypnotherapists who have came to me feeling sorely disappointed. Some shell shocked by the reality and lack of after support after training. Some spent all their savings, retirement naively thinking theses course would change their life quickly and easily. Only to be left a very large hole in their bank account and a realisation that they could have had a full years intensive training in all the skills they needed with a true expert at the same or less price. Or that they should have kept 50% of that investment for their actual business start-up. Most of them even a few years on have only ever got a handful of clients.

This is just one tiny example of lack of ethics in holistic and coaching industry.  I have witnessed many shocking practices within the holistic industry some extremely dangerous, manipulative and many very ego driven. This is quite prominent in the reiki industry where lack of standardisation and the naturally passing down of attunements and teachings has become watered down, distorted and open to a huge lack of respect. Where teachers with no understanding of what they are actually teaching are firing through students on conveyor belts and allowing their students to view them as some great spiritual master. Encouraging co-dependency or power issues.

Lack Of Standardisation In Coaching & Holistic Training

Lack of standardisation of education, ethics and regulations in the coaching and holistic industry in the uk is a big problem. Lack of standardisation leaves the holistic and healing industry open to all sort of serious issues and a open door to heavy criticism. I am perfectly aware that standardisation is someone else’s rules and opinions which comes with it’s own set of issues. But I also know it is supposed to be a sector where we DO NO HARM FIRST.

Would you want to be treated for your health by a dr, nurse who only had a few hours, few days or weeks training?.So why would you put your health in the hands of such a therapist?

Through the years I was contacted on numerous occasions by training schools wanting to hire me as a lecturer/ tutor. But ethically I had to refuse, as many were delivering training over 1- 2 days that would normally delivered over 200 hours. I used to employ therapists for contract work and more than one admitted they got certificates from colleges for classes they didn’t complete. One actually therapist I know actually asked me years ago how she could get a false therapy certificate so she could do a specific type of work.  I have been in classes where lecturers openly admitted they were taking a class for something they weren’t fully qualified in.  It is not only very, very sad, even worse dangerous for the clients and consumers.

Bad News For Many Dedicated Coaches & Therapists In The Holistic Industry

Now in many ways the holistic medicine saved my life and gave me some of my life back. I spent a large part of seven years house and bed bound. Fortunately I have met many truly dedicated coaches, healer & therapists.  But also been on the receiving end of what could be deemed as very serious harm. Several situations were shoching, especially the one that  nearly cost me my eye.  It only takes a few bad practices,  to have a knock on effect on the complementary and holistic industry as a whole. For this reason I think the holistic sector has to wake up and step up, especially if they want to be taken seriously.

How To Choose Suitable Holistic Training For Your Needs

Do your homework, find out more about the normal accepted standard requirements of specific fields. Think about your own business needs. Is it just extra tools for your coaching or therapy tool box or do you require full training? Find out how qualified the trainers are at the holistic training school you are thinking about attending. And find out what their certificate or diploma actually means.

An example I trained in stress management for many years and went on to training to university level level. A young girl contacted the organisation I was working for stating she was more qualified as myself and had a diploma in stress management and was looking for work. The girl got an interview after my colleagues assumed it was a post graduate diploma at university she had. It turned out after further investigation. She had only attended a few evening classes, the course was not accredited at all by the college. The lecturer had simply designed a short course ( not qualified in stress management herself)  and just gave out a diploma certificate that wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. It wasn’t even equivalent to a standard grade or higher or lowest grade SVQ. And the organisation nearly mistook she had done Stress Management at Post Grad Level.

I see this type of confusion too many times. Too many coaches and therapists believing their fast-track qualification is the exact same as something that normally takes a few years. Or that mindfulness weekend training, suddenly makes them a mindfulness teacher. No wonder consumers are confused about who to choose, who to trust.

First Do No Harm Is Supposed To Be The Healing Motto Of All Healing Practices

Our clients are not simply cash cows to be manipulated or experimented on. Many are vulnerable, naive and trusting, the least they can expect is no harm. I do believe many in the industry doing such don’t even realise the damage they are doing, as they say ignorance is bliss. They are only coming from the state of awareness, education or training they have been given. But I would urge you if you are a newbie client or therapist in the coaching, healing and therapy industry. Do your homework to ensure you have a happy, healthy enjoyable and satisfactory holistic training.

An aware and confident coach or therapist attracts far more happy satisfied clients.

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Eileen Burns
Owner of Spiritual Marketing Club and Stress Coach Training. Eileen built her own business up for the last 20 years mostly through online marketing. A coach, healer and therapist she knows the difficulties many coaches and therapists have in business and marketing. Other than her online Stress Coach Training school which offers stress management, meditation and relaxation therapist training for therapists and coaches. She offers a wide range of spiritual marketing courses and mentoring for holistic and spiritual business owners.


  1. All you say is very true, the fly in the ointment is the standardisation being brought to bear by government bodies who have no idea what half of what is available does, or how it works. Most coming from the opinion that it’s New Age hippy dippy stuff. Now I myself have no problem with hippy dippy stuff I find it most illuminating and relaxing on the whole – however there are a few who really are out there and to some extent that is when the client’s own common sense and radar comes into play. Even with Doctors and Nurses there are some who just don’t ‘feel right’ to a patient – and actually when it comes to surgery etc. the ‘See one, do one, teach one. ethic still exists the difference is their patients are asleep and they depend upon a bevvy of support staff who will hopefully see them straight. With a big cynical head on one’s shoulders one could say – well if it walks like a duck etc… and so those who have spent the money on quick fixes have only themselves to blame. However, we are daily bombarded with success stories from the US with very little back up – so it is not surprising it happens a lot. As far as the Holistic side is concerned I am appalled when I see Reiki attunement weekends from 1st to Reiki Master when if you read the literature – even on Wikipedia – you know there is a 21 day waiting period for energy shifting just between first and second degree. There are many people hungry for easy money or so they think the holistic /spiritual world is. We know differently and it is usually left up to the rest of us to mop up the casualties who may even be worse off for seeing one day wonders, and have to be re-educated in order to begin to heal.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Leslie the issue isn’t a straight forward one. And totally agree standardisation from government bodies is not the answer either. I think there are many great teachers who haven’t went down the traditional area but often they are few and far between

  2. Very true. Even having gone the ‘proper’ and long-winded route to completing my training I have still at times felt out of my depth when working with clients who have particular health challenges and have had to ask for advice from my tutors or carry out my own research to ensure my treatment is correct. I can’t understand how anyone can be qualified to offer treatments after a day or so’s study.

    1. I know Anna it amazes me how little is included in very important topics like anatomy, health & safety, ethics, co-dependency etc Over 20 years ago I had to do a full year of anatomy before I was allowed to even be considerred to undertake my aromatherapy training.

      1. I appreciate what you’ve shared, Eileen.
        I’m still on that long and winding road. I was only required to do 6 months of anatomy & it was intense but still worry it wasn’t enough. That was a few years ago so not sure if more is required now. I’ll be starting more aromatherapy training and other classes again in a few weeks. I want to learn all I can and want to be the best.
        I hadn’t thought about what you’ve shared until I met you and started reading what you have shared and am pushed to dig deeper now.
        Here in Iowa and maybe other parts of US , holistic treatment can’t be practiced in many ways. I know many go to Minnesota several hundred miles away for some treatments. Aromatherapy is acceptable, and some other treatments.
        Iowa and some states in US are simply anti-alternative anything. Is it because of irresponsible training and providers I wonder now or at least in part. And put that with putting 100% faith in medical doctors, dentistry and the like where there seems at least as much irresponsibility of proper training and treatment of patients.

        At any rate I’m challenged to be very sure I get the proper training and move on if I am not!

        1. I am glad you have found all this helpful. Like everything it all depends on your role and what you are using your knowledge and training for. The biggest problems is therapists treating clients they aren’t qualified or experienced enough to treat. Or people teaching who aren’t qualified enough to teach, sadly many people are very lazy and want to put them self out as experts after very little training. As a seller as long as you keep to the ethical guidelines Cindy your doing everything right.

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