Duncan Little meets Matthew Cahill to discuss the benefits of being part of the AfSFH’s continuing research project into the positive effects of SFH.
Seeing positive change in a client’s demeanour is, perhaps, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner.
A client’s development can often be seen in leaps and bounds, over a period of a number of sessions, and to be able note improvements in all aspects of their lives is, frankly, amazing.
In 2013, SFH supervisor and trainer Matthew Cahill, a trustee of AfSFH and also a director of UKCHO, set out to establish a research project which would deliver hard data to support our work. Three years on and his project is yielding results.
The development of his research was named CORP which simply stands for Clifton Practice Outcome Research Project.
“It is a brief measuring tool designed to measure seven key elements of wellbeing and mentally healthy behaviour. In order of importance those central elements to our lives are: thoughts, interaction, activity, confidence, strengths, achievements and happiness,” explains Matthew.
“They are the key elements in the Initial Consultation for brain therapy and if these key constituents can be established then we should see a good flow of serotonin.”
“So, if we can get positive thinking, interaction and activity then we will continue in a positive way. As confidence improves then so we can take on more and more challenges.”
“An awareness of strengths, together with recognition of achievements then allows the client to move forward and be able to cope as a happy, brave little soul.”
The programme allows the practitioner to be able to track the progress of each of their clients during the course of each and every session.
It means you build up a clear picture of evidence to show how effectively your practice is working. It also helps to provide an important confidence boost for existing clients who can chart their progress. The anonymised results can also be useful in showing your effectiveness for perspective customers.
So far 100 fully qualified SFH practitioners have been taking part in the project which has received substantial financial backing and support from CPHT.
It has been a complex undertaking with the ‘best of the best’ technical minds making up the main programming team. Used to working on multi million pound contracts, they have produced a programme which CPHT graduates can use at a rate of just £36 a year (which includes a 40% discount).
Matthew’s academic background (he has a Masters’ in Business and Administration) meant his research project for his MBA at the University of St Mark and St John was to deliver a sophisticated outcome measuring tool.
A huge amount of Matthew’s work has involved delving into the mathematics of statistical analysis and research.