Since the current recession began to bite a strange phenomenon has been emerging, which can only be described as a retrograde movement affecting parts of complementary medicine. Quite a few certificated practitioner courses have been shortened from a couple of years to a few days; courses where hands on experience and tutor led tuition are essential, are now available via correspondence. It is possible to set up as a practitioner after a day or two of instruction and qualified therapists who want to add other therapies to their expertise, can do this in some instances in a matter of days rather than years.
Just imagine if conventional medicine would follow suit and cut medical training standards down to a year or so? This could of course create a huge amount of work for undertakers and possibly compensation lawyers and it would definitely address the issue of over population. Who knows, it could also bring an increased demand for complementary therapies. On the other hand, however, we would risk reverting to the dark ages. Then again some folk could well perceive this as a good thing and as we know from day to day experience, virtually anything can be justified with a bit of blarney.
So why is this all happening? It is fact that since the recession, less people are inclined or able to spend time and money for courses, and it may well be that some individuals feel that offering shorter courses can help attract the proverbial ‘bums on seats’. It is also possible that not everyone is an expert in what they teach and maybe some do not take the whole industry seriously. My astrology friends have mentioned to me that at present the Neptunian qualities of illusion and delusion are very much at the forefront of things, which could be another reason for this development. The difference between those who have attended years of training and days of training is considerable, so perhaps the term ‘recession therapy/therapist’ could be a good way to honour this difference and then prospective clients would at least be aware of what they can expect.
Rather than paying a therapist who has attended a day or two of training, they could take the option to qualify in such a therapy themselves and subsequently ‘treat’ others or come to the realisation that quality is preferable to quantity, especially where health and well-being are concerned! Dark humour apart, what is the bottom line here?
In my view there is a current risk that some of the therapies in question will be taken less seriously than they already are, therapists who have done the serious training will understandably feel cheated and clients will lose out. It is perfectly OK to join short courses as long as it is done for personal interest, but to practice professionally is in my personal view only appropriate after a decent amount of training.
If you want to work professionally as a therapist please do not take shortcuts; if you run certificated courses please try and improve upon existing standards rather than the opposite in order to ensure the best care available for those who need it. If you need a therapist, do your research and make sure you do not end up with a ‘recession therapist’ and if you are too unwell to do this yourself, ask a relative or friend to do it for you.
‘Recession therapies’ will ultimately disappear for the simple reason that the proof is always in the pudding and common sense, even if a long time coming, usually prevails. Lets just hope that not too much harm is done in the meantime…
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