There IS a Code of Ethics for Hypnotherapists to
For those who just don't seem to have a clue (nor integrity or morals)
HypnosisReality.com, Feb 5, 2020
Despite the outrageous number of hypnosis abuse cases and debauchery listed on this website, it needs to be noted that there are guidelines for all hypnotherapists to follow. The problem arises when the hypnotherapist dismisses these out of hand and summarily wishes to follow his own (im)moral compass. The ethical guidelines below are just that... "guidelines." There really is no teeth behind these to threaten an immoral hypnotist with. The only real legal authority is the law. With that said, here are some of the major hypnosis associations and their ethical guidelines.
The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
In fact, the second guideline mentioned falls under the category of Client Safety. It reads, "Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client and shall not discriminate against any client on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. With all due respect this should be split into two separate guidelines because sex abuse and discrimination are 180-degrees from each other. They are wholly different issues unto themselves and as such need to be expressed with the respect they deserve, so as to give proper gravity and due deference to each concern. (Read more...)
The International Society of Hypnosis (ISH)
This organization says nothing at all about sexual assault or client abuse whatsoever. Perhaps the only two rules offered would be the following ISH guidelines:
1.1. All ISH members are
professionals in their own right, and, in their use of hypnosis, they
should adhere strictly to the standards required of them by their own
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Another organization that essentially says nothing about sexual abuse or improper sexual relationships with a client. The only caution that appears in the ASCH guidelines seems to come in the form of a moral suggestion on responsibility:
Members accept responsibility for, and when
necessary the consequences of, their behavior;
An organization that does take note to prohibit any client sexual relationships in their ACHE rules:
12. I will not engage in intimate social contact with a client until a period of at least two years from the final session with that client.
The National Hypnotherapy Society (NHS)
Here is an organization that lays their guidelines out explicitly. The NHS ethical guidelines under the section of Client Welfare states:
Refrain from using their position of trust and
Touch the client in any way that may be open to misinterpretation. N.B. Before using any touch as a component of hypnotherapy, both an explanation should be given and permission received.
The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)
Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) is dedicated to the
clinical and scientific utilization of hypnosis at the highest
professional level. The history of hypnosis and its use call for some
basic principles to maintain high standards for responsible professional
workers. In addition, the multidisciplinary character of the professional
membership of SCEH requires an explicit statement of the ethical
guidelines to which members of SCEH are required to subscribe and adhere.
The code of
ethics states the following:
The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
The UK's National Council for Hypnotherapy makes no explicit mention of sexual assault or even sexual relationships with clients. The following ethical guidelines are probably the only guidelines that might apply...
3. You must
maintain high standards of personal conduct.
If you are convicted of a criminal
case or have accepted a Police caution, the NCH must be informed. Each
case will be considered individually and a decision made in the light
of the circumstances of the case. Your membership may be at risk if
you are convicted of a criminal offence that involves, for example,
one of the following types of behaviour:
14. You must behave with
integrity and honesty.