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DCH & Hypno-PhDs – Not Good Enough for the Banyan Hypnosis Center

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Hypnosis Training GraduateFrom time to time I run into hypnotists who want to take our advanced course, the Week of Power and want to know if a Doctorate in Hypnotherapy or a PhD in Hypnotherapy would suffice to get into our course. It is sad that I have to tell them that it simply isn’t good enough from our perspective, and that those "degrees" should be avoided. Here is an exchange I recently had with one such person.

Identifying information has been changed and the message from this individual has been paraphrased.

Message with Question about Acceptance of DCH

Hi Cal,

I would really like to attend your upcoming Week of Power course. But according to your website I need to be certified as a hypnotist or hypnotherapy by a reputable organization such as the National Guild of Hypnotists in order to enroll. I have a DCH from ______________ (in the USA). Would you accept that rather than a certification by an organization?

Name withheld

My Response

Hello Name withheld,

Thanks for your message. From our perspective the DCH is worthless. It is not a real degree with "regional accreditation". And we do our best to recommend that hypnosis professionals do not become associated with such non-academic programs.

I recommend that you have a look here to learn more about the kinds of problems that these "degrees" can cause.

I understand that such programs can require you to read many books, even attend lectures, and require one to write a paper/thesis/dissertation, etc. But they are still not real, and do not meet regular academic standards and as such, should be avoided. I understand that one can learn a lot from reading all those books etc. but still the degrees are not real.

With this in mind, we cannot recognize your DCH, and would have to decline your request unless you can show that you have had previous certification in hypnosis or hypnotherapy by a reputable organization such as the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Here’s to your success!
Cal Banyan

Hypno-SheriffWell, there you go. I am certainly not the hypno-sheriff. I can’t keep anyone from becoming involved in this kind of thing. But, I do want to put it out there. Don’t be fooled by these "degree" programs.

What do you think of these degrees? Do you have one? Were you thinking of getting one? I believe that they are deceptive and that when one holds that "degree" out as a qualification to the public, individuals seeking services will think that it is real. This is unfair, because an individual with this degree is not necessarily more qualified than anyone else offering hypnosis or hypnotherapy services. As a matter of fact, the hypnotists and hypnotherapists practicing today may be much more qualified and not have the degree.

Do you want a degree? Good! I’m all for education. I have both a BS and MA in Psychology. But they are certainly not required in order to be qualified to do this work.

4 Reader Comments to DCH & Hypno-PhDs – Not Good Enough for the Banyan Hypnosis Center

  1. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH March 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Today I received a response… (Paraphrased again…)

    Everything that you said is true.
    I learned a lot from the course,
    but the DCH “degree” doesn’t really
    mean anything. That is why I never
    tell anyone that I have the “degree”.
    I was just wondering if it held any
    weight with the Banyan Hypnosis Center.
    Fortunately, I am certified by a
    reputable organization that qualifies
    for National Guild of Hypnotists
    recognizes. Please let me know if I
    qualify to take your Week of Power course.

    Name withheld

    I will now happily let this individual know that he can enroll in the course and take his training, skills and confidence to a higher level.

  2. Steve R. March 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Thank you Cal! I think every hypnotist who cares about this field should proactively educate consumers about this issue. The public responds very positively when they recognize they are being told the truth!

    I think those degrees are WORSE than worthless, are in fact highly damaging to the field and also to the individuals who claim them. For example, I was watching an NGH video of an instructor who kept referring to herself as a “Doctor”, because she had a DCH. This instantly caused me to devalue everything she had to say because if she’s dishonest about that (or perhaps self-deluded enough to sincerely believe that a DCH is meaningful), then I will not trust anything from that kind of source.

    I cannot think of a worse way to promote mutual respect and cooperation between hypnotists and licensed mental health or medical people than the existence of these misleading degrees. Sure, some portion of people in the licensed realm will always dislike hypnotists, that will never go away; but these fake degrees provide a legitimate reason to target hypnotists in general, because then it becomes an issue of consumer protection from misleading trade practices.

    These degrees are the epitome of foolishness, insecurity, lack of respect for the public, and anyone who promotes themselves with such nonsense must either be:

    1. an uneducated rube who is ignorant of what it takes to become an actual M.D. or earn any higher educational degree


    2. purposely deceitful

  3. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH March 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Steve – Why don’t you tell us how you REALLY feel!

    Just kidding. 😉

    I believe that you are right on.


  4. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH March 9, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Just got a call from a hypnotist a couple of hours ago who wanted to know if he could work out of our center. He said that he had a DCH and so he had the best training in the world. I told him “sorry, you have to have 5-PATH to work at our center.”

    Here is the funny part… I asked what he was doing now… He said he was selling insurance!!!

    Kind of makes you think doesn’t it? 🙂 Sounds like something is missing in his training or something.

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