The FHT’s first Virtual Congress took place from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 June 2021 and boasting over 640 attendees and 50 expert speakers, it proved to be FHT’s largest educational event to date.
The Congress is one of FHT’s educational highlights each year, as it’s a chance for everyone involved to network in person and immerse themselves in the world of therapy practice. However, forced to do things a little differently as a result of the pandemic, FHT took to the web, feeling excited for the new challenge but naturally concerned that the event wouldn’t achieve the same ‘feel’ as a face-to-face congress.
The overwhelmingly positive feedback received from delegates suggests that the event went above and beyond everyone’s expectations by providing a more accessible learning model and the ability to watch more talks than ever before. Originally set to last for two days, demand meant FHT had to extend the event for a further four days so that attendees had more time to watch the pre-recorded seminars.
FHT members and non-members also enjoyed the live webinar sessions, the ability to network via a Facebook group and access to one-time offers through an online shop.
Below are comments from just a few Congress delegates:
‘This was my first year with FHT and I have thoroughly enjoyed being offered informative, varied and well-organised training in the comfort of my own home! It’s been really valuable for my continued learning.’
‘Thank you – the event re-enthused me completely. Have felt quite isolated during lockdown. This was the perfect pick me up.’
‘I wouldn’t have been able to travel to England to a physical Congress. From the comfort of my own home I could take my time, take notes, drink tea, reflect. I feel it was a 100% success and I hope you can do it again for next year. I learned a lot.’
Many delegates also commented that they enjoyed the option to attend seminars covering topics that they might not have tried if paying on a ‘per seminar’ basis, and that taking part in a virtual event created not just cost savings in terms of travel and accommodation expenses, but it also helped to reduce their carbon footprint.
The event consisted of over 50 pre-recorded seminars and four live webinars covering a broad range of topics from some of the most well-known and respected speakers in the industry. Just a few of the interesting topics included trigger point therapy, aromatherapy for sleep, pregnancy massage, supporting clients recovering from post-viral fatigue, reflexology, hypnotherapy, posture, and a look at the anatomy of the foot and ankle.
Practical business advice was also available, with speakers offering tips on growing your business online, self-care in the workplace, and heart-centred growth.
Following the huge success of the 2021 Virtual Congress, the FHT is considering hosting virtual learning experiences in the future while of course keeping in mind the benefits of face-to-face events.
The 2021 FHT Virtual Congress was sponsored by Gateway Workshops, Hypnosis Courses, Hypno TC, International Clinical Aromatherapy Network, Power Diary and VRT Online.
To discover more training opportunities through FHT’s hosted courses and accredited course providers, visit www.fht.org.uk/education