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Hypnosis Training Video Podcast #256: How to NOT Practice Medicine without A License, and Some Changes Coming from the National Guild of Hypnotists

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Hypnosis Trainer Cal Banyan

How to NOT Practice Medicine without A License, and Some Changes Coming from the National Guild of Hypnotists

Happy Hypno Friday and Happy New Year! May 2012 be your most successful year ever.

Here we go with an All-Cal episode. Next week, Meredith will be with us for her first episodes of the year.

In this episode, I’m going to talk about why the National Guild of Hypnotists is working on tweaking their Code of Ethics and Recommended Standards of Practice. When that process has been completed, I’ll be sure to let you know how those documents have been amended and provide you with a link to the finished work.

Also, I’m going to talk to you a bit about what practicing medicine without a license is, and I’m going to offer you some suggestions on how to avoid doing so. Remember, I’m NOT a lawyer, and I have never even played one on TV. It is ultimately up to you to know the laws where you practice hypnotism.

Today’s topics

  • Why you should consider Kindle readers, books and apps.
  • Insider Info: Why the NGH is tweaking it’s Code of Ethics & Recommended Standards of Practice.
  • What does “practicing medicine without a license” mean? 

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4 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video Podcast #256: How to NOT Practice Medicine without A License, and Some Changes Coming from the National Guild of Hypnotists

  1. Cynthia Thurman December 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Hi Cal,

    I am looking forward to seeing the new NGH guidelines and wanted to thank you for your contributions and work with the ethics committee.

    So far as practicing without a license, what about licensed nutritionists? When working with weight loss clients, I am very careful not to recommend any particular nutritional program, or even supplements, because not knowing a person’s medical condition, they could surely be harmed by taking the wrong thing or using the wrong approach. However, some hypnotists recommend certain diets or products. Would you speak to that?

    Also, I think we should consider getting rid of the term hypnotherapist and only using the title hypnotist. As you mentioned, it varies from state to state as to whether we can use the term “therapy,” and I am in one of those states, North Carolina. It seems to me that it would cause less confusion among the general public if we all kept the same title, in my humble opinion. It can be awkward when people ask you what is the difference between the two. Just throwing that idea out there. What do you think?

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
    Cynthia Thurman

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH December 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Hello Cynthia!

    It is always good to get one of your very thoughtful comments here on the Hypnosis, Etc. program blog.

    As far as serving on the NGH Ethics Commitee goes, I’m just honored to do it. I’ve also learned a lot along the way. The expected upcoming changes in the code will be small in size, but can have a tremendous impact on the profession. I’ll let you know what they are as soon as the changes have been published.

    Like you I stay away from making specific dietary recommendations. I like to ask clients what has worked for them in the past, and if they would like to use that diet plan again? If they say “yes” then I work on helping them to start and be successful with that program. If they don’t have a diet plan that they want to use then I suggest that they do some homework and perhaps consult a dietition or their physician. Another plan that works really well is to imply work on portion control, reducing snacking and reducing “empty callorie” intake. Also, as you know I’m a big fan of Isagenix and full body cleansing.

    Regarding you thoughts about the use of different titles in our profession, the NGH has taken the lead by suggesting that hypnosis proffessionals adopt the title of “Consulting Hypnotist”. If you go to, one of my main websites you will see that we have photos of our staff, and all of our hypnosis professionals are identified as “Consulting Hypnotists”. If you read more on the site you will also find that we use the title “Hypnotherapist” as well. This is because in California “Hypnotherapist” is by far the more common term, and is also perfectly legal to use. The NGH says that the two titles are interchangeable and I agree.

    Wiping out the title “Hypnotherapist” will be difficult to do in California as long as it is legal to use it. Right or not, it is the perception by hypnosis professionals in California that the title “Hypnotherapist” is more desireable and suggests a higher level of professionalism and/or training. When one takes the position of calling him/herself a “Consulting Hypnotist” some respond by feeling like they are positioning themselves in a disadvantageous way. However, I can tell you that we have have used the title “Consulting Hypnotist” for some time and we just completed our most profitable quarter ever. So concerns about not using the title “Hypnotherapist” are probably unfounded.

    I hope you will be able to make it out to the NGH Solid Gold weekend in February. I’d like to talk with you more about this. Also that would be a great time to learn the Ultimate Recognitions if you have not already learned them.

    Here’s to YOUR success,

  3. Giselle Gianella January 3, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Thank you Cal for the clarification and reminder about practicing Medicine without a license, it’s important to know what words we can or can not use.

    It will be great to see these videos coming in Spanish! let me know how we can go about it 🙂

    Have a FABULOUS 2012~


  4. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH January 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Hello Giselle – Thanks for you comment. So far 2012 HAS been fabulous.

    You are welcome, but a Spanish version of these videos are not something I’m going to be able to do. Perhaps you should start your own video blog and help get the message out to the Spanish speaking community around the world.

    With you on the Path,

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