What does "Board Certified" in Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis really mean?
Answer: It means that a person in the Medical, Mental Health, Health Care Practitioners and Pastoral Counselors profession, has earned a graduate-level degree in any of the full spectrum of appropriate academic disciplines from a regionally accredited educational institution. They are medical and mental health practitioners who hold an appropriate Master or Doctorate degree as such. When a person claims to be "Board Certified" in Hypnotherapy, this means that they have completed six (8) hour days or 50 hours of hypnotherapy/hypnosis training, in addition to the subject of their degrees.
In truth they are actually "Board Certified" in their medical and/or mental health training and education. But there is a loop whole that allows them to claim that they are board certified in hypnotherapy and hypnosis also, by taking a single class in hypnosis, equivalent to 50 hours.
Sometimes there will be an unscrupulous medical and/or mental health professional, who will try to mislead the general public by advertising that they are "Board Certified". They are purposely trying to make themselves sound more educated in hypnosis and hypnotherapy, than they really are. This is an extremly misleading statement to the general public, who is most often completely unaware that the person boasting the term, "Board Certified" has in fact the LEAST amount of, and minimal amount of hypnotherapy training, far less than the average professional Hypnotherapist.
Categories of the types of professionals who use this misleading "Board Certified" statement regarding Hypnotherapy include (listed alphabetically & non-inclusive): Addictions and substance abuse counselors, chiropractors, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, psychiatric nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, social workers and medical doctors. Their primary training, education and degrees are all in these subject matters, and are not actually in hypnotherapy or hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy training requirements in order for the above listed professionals to be able to use the term "Board Certified": All applicants must acquire a total of 50 contact hours of classroom instruction. Hypnosis courses of at least 18 hours, which include in-class supervised practice, are needed as part of accumulating the minimum 50 hour requirement. That is six (8) hour days of education in hypnotherapy.
Board Eligible status requirements are: Application may be made prior to gaining the 50 hours of hypnotherapy/hypnosis training, as long as the applicant has acquired at least 30 hours (4 days) clinical hypnotherapy training, and all other current requirements (Refering to their actual degrees in their medical or mental health subject matter) are met. Board eligible status will be documented in the NBCCH records, but is not a substitute for actual Hypnotherapy Certification.
For further details and facts refer to - http://www.natboard.com/index_files/Page358.htm
NOTE: Claudia Weber does not agree with the term "Board Certified" being used regarding hypnotherapy and hypnosis, as it is being used as a misleading and misrepresentation by individuals claiming to have more education then they actually possess. Claudia is merely answering this question, since she has been asked more often in recent years.