Code of Ethics
The International Society for Hypnotherapy Certification
The following code of ethics must be signed for certification as a hypnotherapist:
- Professionalism, Safety and Welfare: I make the physical and emotional well-being of each client my main consideration. I treat each client with whom I work with respect and with positive regard, and in accordance with the NLP Presuppositions. I will not engage in intimate social contact with my clients for a period of two years from the client's last session with me. I maintain the privacy of my clients, and hold the content of my work with them confidential. I keep the client’s map of the world and goal in mind at all times, and strive not to impose my map on them.
- Appropriate Practice: I adhere to the laws of my state or country regarding the legal limits of my work or practice. I maintain a working knowledge of the legal limits of my hypnosis work, and I use hypnosis strictly within the limits of my training and skill levels.
I disclose my credentials and training to each person with whom I work, keeping a signed copy on file, and I give a copy to the client.
- Advertising: I am honest in my advertising; I only make claims that are within the scope of my ability and that are within the legal limits of my practice.
- Referred Practice: I provide hypnotic work with a client regarding a medical or mental disease only on written referral from an appropriately licensed medical or mental health professional, except when otherwise provided for by state or national laws. I have identified licensed providers to whom I can refer when necessary.
- Reasonable Practice: I shall withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client's behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional. I shall provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional.