Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy and NLP

There has been a lot of discussion on various sites about the legal requirements of being a Hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner/Coach; and there is a lot of conflicting advice being given at the moment.

Some people seem to be focusing on what they think has brought us to this point. I think the problem stems from the fact that currently anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist/coach etc and begin practicing without having had any training at all – there aren’t any guidelines (rules) in place to regulate us which has probably led to people attending a very short course in Hypnosis/NLP/Coaching or one of the other lesser knows “therapies” and think to themselves now I can change my career and set up my consultancy.

However it doesn’t really matter how we got here, surely its more important that we move forward and find a way for us to continue with the great work that we have begun whilst finding acceptance and dare I say it acknowledgement from the powers that be.

The Hypnotism Act of 1952 regulates the demonstration of hypnotic phenomena for the purpose of public entertainment; and there is legal guidance in the use of hypnosis for the Crown Prosecution Services but nothing so far for the Hypnotherapist etc. Well nothing explicit but we are governed by International Law in that we have a duty of care towards our clients and need to follow the guidelines set out by the Advertising Standards Agency when marketing.

When I first started my studies back in the 90’s there was a lot of discussion within the various Hypnosis Societies regarding government legislation that we would have to abide by; and even now those Societies have pulled together to take part in a Government Review of Hypnosis within the UK. Various rules being discussed that we will probably need to adhere to at some point, and will mean that any training taken will need to follow a certain path.

Those already established will find that we need to have so many hours each year of continuous personal development training as well as supervision once a month to name but a couple of regulations that have been discussed. These regulations are already in existence within a few of the Hypnosis Societies in the UK already in readiness for the changes.

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