* This addendum might be of assistance in understanding the research of the journalists 10 years ago.
TQ: leaves school without high school equivalency or in Irish terms a Leaving Cert.
He studies by distance learning for a doctorate in Hypnotherapy.
Next he comes up with a Masters of Science Degree from the University of East London (UEL.)
Again after that we hear from Quinn that he is working for a doctorate in the same area he claims he already has a doctorate in?
Normally if you do not have secondary education qualifications you can apply to do an undergraduate degree as a mature student. He moves to a Masters of Science Degree without a primary degree. Does University of East London (UEL) allow students without a primary degree do a post graduate degree? More questions than answers and when the University of East London (UEL) is asked to clarify Quinn’s status there is a general silence.
These issues were raised as you will see 10 years ago. We have a student who is not very clear, and when asked for an interview he is nowhere to be found.
* [Archive edited 13/04/2011 - We understand that the title of Doctor used by Sean Collins in this instance refers to a Doctorate of Clinical Hypnotherapy awarded by the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. The American Institute of Hypnotherapy was, at the time of the award being granted, an approved school in the state of California. An approved school in the state is recognised as being an operational business that provides teaching materials and assesses student work in exchange for fees. The state does not assess the content of the teaching materials or scrutinise student work. An accredited educational institute does have its teaching materials and student work assessed for standards by a government body.
In an accredited institute such as most universities, the international standard for obtaining the award of a doctorate entitling a graduate to use the title Doctor, requires a primary degree (B.A., B.Sc. etc) in the subject, followed by on average 3 years' full-time or equivalent part-time original research under the supervision of a professor of the subject, to be tested by the production of a written thesis and a viva voce examination by a panel of experts in the subject. It is customary for a graduate to have published a number of research papers in peer-reviewed journals which are considered along with the thesis, or incorporated into it.
We understand that the Doctorate of Clinical Hypnotherapy as awarded by the AIH involved the study of distance learning materials and the production of a series of essays, and that the time required to complete it could be less than one year.
In a number of states in the USA, it is illegal to use the title "Doctor" unless it has been awarded by an accredited institute. This restriction does not apply in the Republic of Ireland or in the UK.]
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