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Diplomas from our State Licensed School
Diplomas as a Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist with the embossed seals of our state-licensed school, are awarded upon completion of the Level 3 and Level 4 courses.
In addition to HTI's Certification, upon completion of the Level 4 course, the student qualifies to receive further Certification as a Hypnotherapist by the original and primary hypnotherapy certifying agency, the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. That Certification is $175 for two years, including a one-time initial application processing fee.
Further diplomas are awarded for Levels 5 and 6, and the graduate is eligible for A.C.H.E. Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification upon completion of six levels.
The Primary Certification
HTI offers diplomas through our state-licensed school. There can be additional advantages to further Certification with an appropriate organization.
The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, with over 9500 members, is the oldest and most important hypnotherapy certification agency in the United States. It was not the first hypnotist organization, but it was the first to initiate Registration, the first to initiate Certification, and the first to initiate significant educational requirements for its members. It has always been a leader in setting and raising training standards, and is still the only major hypnotherapist certifying organization in the United States that requires its approved schools are state-licensed where required by law.
The A.C.H.E. is recognized by various state and federal government
agencies. A hypnotherapist who is not licensed in the health or counseling professions will sometimes have a better chance to receive insurance reimbursement for clients if A.C.H.E. Certified. Also, members have various choices for reasonable professional liability insurance, including with the American Professional Agency. This is the primary professional liability insurance carrier in the United State for licensed psychologists, marriage counselors and social workers.
http://www.hypnoschool.com/downloads/6-2013 HTI catalog.pdf
http://www.hypnoschool.com/downloads/2013 Fact Sheet.pdf
The A.C.H.E. has done crucial work for 3 decades in many legislatures throughout
the United States, more than all the other certifying organizations
combined, to protect and strengthen the profession.
Many of the values of A.C.H.E. Certification are also relevant to licensed therapists. The A.C.H.E. holds annual International Hypnotherapy Conferences, with classes and workshops given by leading
hypnotherapists from around the world. Valuable information is
disseminated to members in monthly newsletters. The A.C.H.E. has the highest
educational standards of any major hypnosis organization, only
accepting schools which have satisfied exhaustive requirements of all
appropriate state agencies, and as well as its own stricter standards.
HTI Director Randal Churchill was the first President of the A.C.H.E. and completed his most recent term in 2012.
After the Summer 2013 semester, we are only accepting students who are members of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. For those prospective students who are not already ACHE members, we can help you through the process of joining at minimal cost. We will have further information about this in December. Meanwhile, please contact us if you have any questions.
Other "Certifications," etc.
Most state-licensed hypnosis schools and most hypnotherapists we know of are A.C.H.E. Certified. But many
organizations with impressive-sounding names, including proprietary (in
house) ones, have in recent years claimed to offer "certification." Most have few if any of the advantages described above. In
fact, many have damaged the profession by approving illegal programs and
schools in recent years, thus seeming to give them legitimacy. Especially
avoid any non-state-licensed schools, and schools which claim hypnotherapy 'certification' for less than 200 hours of instruction that is primarily in the classroom. Many hypnosis "certification" organizations are eager to give their stamps of approval to non-licensed schools to get money from their graduates for membership. Consumer beware.
Unless you are already an established hypnotherapist,
avoid distance learning (DVD or correspondence courses). They have the same legal requirements as classroom courses to be state-licensed, but very few are. Hypnotherapy training solely through correspondence courses is by itself far insufficient.
Essential aspects of hypnotherapy training leading to an effective, successful practice include: experiencing numerous group and individual hypnosis processes and giving and receiving feedback about your subjective experiences;
live demonstrations and commentary followed by questions and answers; and supervised practice sessions with feedback from client and supervising teacher. Correspondence courses are very
limited in their potential for training persons to become hypnotherapists,
just as they would be for training persons to become counselors, dentists
or massage practitioners.
Any school which claims the state directly gives its students certification or licensure through its program is wrong. States license or approve schools, not hypnotherapists. No state except Indiana gives State Certification directly to individuals to practice hypnosis, and that is applied for after graduation from a state-licensed school such as ours. (Per the most recent published figures we've seen, most of the Indiana State Certified Hypnotherapists are our graduates!)
There are a few schools that advertise controversial "degrees" in hypnotherapy, with programs that are entirely or almost entirely correspondence courses. These "degrees" are not accredited, and have been highly criticized in the media and by many professional organizations.