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Hypnotists, NGH and Union Stand Together in Connecticut

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I want to report that hypnotists are standing up along side the National Guild of Hypnotists, the National Federation of Hypnotist Union to get the facts out about our profession, after bad press in Connecticut regarding sexual abuse allegations. If you haven’t yet joined, or if you have let your membership expire, read this story and get your memberships in order. No one is doing more to protect your right to practice hypnosis.

Hypnotists Meet in Hartford
Monday January 23, 11:31 am ET
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire


Close to one hundred professional members of the National Guild of Hypnotists met yesterday in Hartford regarding proposed legislation affecting the hypnosis community and profession in the state of Connecticut. In welcoming the attendees, Dr. Dwight Damon, president of the fifty-five year old professional organization, emphasized that as they have become international in scope, with members in 56 countries, they have also upgraded their criteria for membership as well as their standards of practice and code of ethics. However, he points out, there is no sure-fire way to regulate the morality of individual practitioners in any profession.

Citing statistics, Damon explained that there does not appear to be other national published cases involving sexual assault and hypnotism in the past five years. However, in the same period of time there have been hundreds involving medical, legal and teaching professions. Damon continued, “We, as an organization have to keep our standard of practice and code of ethics high and continue to immediately weed out any ‘bad apples’ we become aware of. Sexual assault is a crime and we stand firm with law enforcement that it should be treated as such.”

“Obviously, the word hypnotism in conjunction with the recent Connecticut sexual assault case gave rise to many of the old myths about a hypnotists having ‘control’ over the person who is hypnotized. Yet, in this enlightened age we know that this is not true — that the person being hypnotized is actually in a state of heightened awareness — able to refuse any suggestion – – and can terminate the session at any time. It would appear then that this case was an abuse of trust rather than an abuse of hypnotism.”

Also speaking on the program was the Reverend C. Scot Giles, a minister and Board certified chaplain from Wheaton, Illinois, who is the Legislative Liaison Officer for the National Guild of Hypnotists and the National Federation of Hypnotists, Local 104, OPEIU, AFL-CIO. Giles conducts a medically sanctioned hospital-based program utilizing hypnosis for cancer patients, and is a recognized authority on medical hypnotism. Giles mentioned that hypnotists have practiced in Connecticut since 1840 without incident until the recent Johnstone case.

He further said that NFH local 104 would have no problem with a basic registration law similar to those already existing in some states, which require a strict code of ethics, such as the National Guild of Hypnotists already has in place, and, possibly awareness training in issues of sexual harassment and multiculturalism.

John Olson, of the Connecticut AFL-CIO also spoke to the group emphasizing that they back the union members who also are members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world. He pointed out that the standards of practice and code of ethics of the organization are stringent and designed to protect everyone who uses professional hypnotism services.

A discussion and question and answer session closed this meeting and it was noted that there are 281 professional hypnotists listed by NGH in the state of Connecticut who, he estimates, have helped an estimated 125,000 citizens with hypnosis during the past 12 months.

Contact Dr. Dwight Damon and tell him and the others “thank you for helping to protect our profession.” Call or click, (603) 429-9438 or ngh@ngh.net

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