The IAEBP is one of the most, if not THE most, exciting, professional and supportive hypnotherapy organisations for its members: it has online support groups for students, practitioners and members; the Council of Management are democratically elected by the membership provide professional email and telephone support; and there is a strong sense of identity that has been built up amongst the IAEBP’s members via its very active calendar of on-going training and events. This means that practitioners always have support advice and guidance at the point they need it.
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In order to be eligible to join the IAEBP, hypnotherapists must demonstrate that they have a reached a certain standard of expertise and proficiency. There are three main criteria which have to be met:
- They have undertaken, and passed, the Successful Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, which is run by the Hypnotherapy Control Board (HCB). For info, the IAEBP is currently the only hypnotherapy organisation that trains its own members: many other organisations are simply registers or lists of therapists who have paid to join.
- In addition to completing the Successful Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, they have successfully attended and participated in a specified amount of hand-on training.
- They have successfully undergone their own hypno-analysis training therapy (another example of how unique the IAEBP is). This is to minimise the potential for a therapists’ anxieties or emotion to be passed onto their clients, and vice versa.
In the same way that professionals such a medical doctors and social workers have to keep up to date with latest research and techniques, every practicing member of the IAEBP is required to keep their knowledge and skills up to date by undertaking relevant ongoing study and training (also known as Continual professional Development – CPD) each year.
All members of the IAEBP are required to have a supervisor with whom they can discuss issues that arise from their work on a regular basis. The purpose of this supervision is to raise any particular challenges or difficulties within their work (anonymising client information at all times); to gain a greater understanding of their professional selves to ensure they do not bring their own worries or stress into their work with their clients and to discuss their skills and identify future training needs.
A research project into the efficacy and outcomes achieved using pure hypnoanalysis is currently being established to run for the next year.
All Members of the IAEBP are bound by a Code of Practice and Ethics that requires them to behave professionally and ethically at all times during their work. For example:
- All Members are required to have professional indemnity insurance.
- They will discharge clients, or refer them to another reputable practitioner, at the earliest opportunity to maximise client care.
- They will be fully appreciative, and comply with, their duty of care to all presenting for treatment.
- The will preserve a client’s right to anonymity and privacy in accordance with the law.
- They will be aware at all times of issues of transference and counter-transference.
- They will develop self-awareness and insight into their own personality, their strengths and weaknesses.
- They will not bring hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnoanalysis or the IAEBP into disrepute.