What is Certification?
Certification offers non-statutory voluntary credentialing in Clinical Hypnosis and provides recognition of the advanced clinician who has met educational qualifications and required training in clinical hypnosis. The ASCH Certification and Approved Consultant Program is gaining national recognition as a standard for the practice of hypnosis. Anecdotal evidence suggests that hospitals and third-party payers are beginning to recognize the importance of such standards and view ASCH Certification as a basic requirement for promoting hypnosis as a treatment modality.
About the Individualized Consultation Requirement
Individualized Consultation (IC) is offered for those health and mental health care practitioners interested in enhancing their knowledge and expertise in the use of hypnosis. This 20-hour intensive meeting is designed to fulfill the requirements for attaining ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis or to obtain the hours of consultation necessary to become an Approved Consultant.
Individuals attending this program must have completed an ASCH-ERF-approved Basic and Intermediate Workshop and should be using hypnosis in their professional practice.
This workshop is unique among ASCH’-ERF's educational offerings. Participants meet and consult in a small group setting with fellow practitioners and Faculty who are ASCH Approved Consultants. This model encourages participants to learn from one another, to have their own expertise affirmed and expanded, and to network with other professionals in the clinical hypnosis community. During the twenty hours of consultation, the focus is on issues unique to each practitioner’s clinical practice. Consultation occurs in full group and small group sessions that are comprised of no more than 4 people. The groups are heterogeneous as to discipline (medicine, psychology, dentistry, social work, etc.). This diversity in group membership encourages participants to focus their attention on refining techniques and skills in the context of interdisciplinary learning about the mind/body considerations in the application of clinical hypnosis to a wide range of presenting concerns using a multiplicity of intervention strategies.
Each small group remains together during the 20 hours with the occasional opportunity for a self-selected group based upon topic. In such groups, participants will have the opportunity to enhance utilization techniques and to address specific uses of hypnosis in behavioral medicine, pain management, obstetrics and gynecology, children and adolescents, trauma, DID, chronic illness, and/or palliative care. Actual topics discussed will be determined by attendee learning contracts.
The depth of learning in the Consultation model of training is directly related to the level of involvement of the participants. Participants are required to submit the following to the ASCH office prior to their attending the workshop:
- A minimum of two work samples (Recordings [video preferred] of work with clients using clinical hypnosis)(appropriate standards of practice or confidentiality are expected); and
- A completed ASCH-ERF Learning Contract with learning objectives.
IC Consultation/IC Workshop Description
IC Consultation/IC Workshop Application
These materials are used to explore and deepen the participants’ understanding and application of hypnosis in their existing practices. There is no test of competence, but rather this is an opportunity to receive constructive feedback, input, and creative suggestions from facilitators and professional peers. Many participants have described the Individualized Consultation experience as the best training they had received in hypnosis.
For more information about the IC Workshop or the certification process, contact ASCH at 410-940-6585 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How ASCH Certification Differs
ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis is distinct from other "certification" programs in that it ensures that the certified individual is a bona fide health care professional who is licensed in his or her state or province to provide medical, dental, or psychotherapeutic services. ASCH believes that persons trained only in hypnosis lack the diagnostic and therapeutic skills as well as the licensure required to safely and responsibly treat medical, psychological, or dental problems with hypnosis. ASCH Certification distinguishes the professional practitioner from the lay hypnotist.
Certified professionals are encouraged to work toward attaining the highest level of advanced specialty certification in hypnosis through obtaining Diplomate Status from either the American Board of Medical Hypnosis, the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, the American Board of Hypnosis in Dentistry, or the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work.
What Certification Indicates
Certification does not automatically imply competence or guarantee the quality of a practitioner's work. Certification does indicate several things that fellow professionals, consumers, third-party payers, managed care programs, hospitals and clinics are all interested in knowing about individuals who incorporate hypnosis in their practices. Certification indicates that the practitioner:
Has undergone advanced training in his/her profession to obtain a legitimate advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
Is licensed or certified to practice in his/her state/province;
Has had his/her education and training in clinical hypnosis reviewed by qualified peers and approved consultants and such training has met the minimum requirements established by a Standards of Training Committee of qualified peers;
Has been determined to have received at least the minimum educational training that ASCH, the largest such interdisciplinary organization in North America, considers as necessary for utilizing hypnosis.