National Guild of Hypnotists ACHIEVEMENTS AND FIRSTS
Leading the Way, Setting the Standards
Established the first full edition magazine, Journal of Hypnotism, to serve practicing professional hypnotists started 1950 with Dr. Rexford L. North, editor/publisher, with contributing editors Harry Arons, Dwight Damon and Bernard Yanover; continuing today as the premier publication for the profession.
Launched the Hypno-Gram in 1987 as a timely 4-page newsletter, which has evolved into the current 24+ pages with columnists and guest articles (Dr. Dwight Damon, Editor, Publisher).
1999 Hypnosis Today – our magazine for consumers was launched (Dr. Dwight Damon, Editor, Publisher).
Publications that have merged with NGH publications are: Hypnotism (est.1956-merged 1986), Hypnotic Education Bulletin (est.1942-merged 1990), HEC International Newsletter (est.1963-merged 1990), DEEPENING (est.1983-merged 1997)
Initiated a series of East Coast seminars in 1987 for professional hypnotists (first with Ormond McGill and Arnold Furst), which today are annually offered nationwide under the direction of NGH Vice President, Don Mottin.
Assisted start-up of the Philippine Hypnodontic Society
NGH helped charter and contributed seed money to Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations (COPHO)
Three Spanish-language instructional videos were recorded for NGH by Jacob Bimblich. A Spanish-language version of Henry Bolducs book Auto Hipnosis – Creando tu Propio Destino translated by Angelina Ahumada was published by NGH. Numerous Spanish-language CDs, and books by leading hypnotists such as Reny Varas made available.
1990 – First professional hypnotism organization to require continuing education credits of 15 hours for active certification status.
1991 – Train the Trainers Program and core curriculum launched – Minimum number of training hours raised to equivalent of two college semesters: 100 hours (minimum of 75 hours in class plus 25 hours independent study.)
1992 NGH continuing-education workshop program for NGH members developed and initiated by Don Mottin.
1990 – 2004 National Guild of Hypnotists Week proclamations by successive governors of New Hampshire.
1990 – 2004 Declarations and Resolutions by NH Senate and House of Representatives.
1986-2004 Partial list of media which featured NGH: Readers Digest Family Guide to Natural Medicine; Grolier Book of Knowledge; Bottom Line; Personal; Business Week; Consumer Reports; Redbook; Womens Week; Womans Health; Newsweek; Astra Opua (Greece); NY Times; PBS TV; TVs 20/20; Dateline shows; British Royal Free & University College Medical School CD-ROM.
2008 The Wall Street Journal Personal Finance page featured an article and interview with Jacob Bimblich re: “A Hypnotic Answer To Financial Angst,” which resulted in articles and interviews in many publications about the profession.
1993 – Legislative kits developed and distributed to NGH Chapters and State Committees
1994 – National Federation of Hypnotists Local 104 chartered by OPEIU, AFL/CIO, CLC
1994 – Established NGH Legislative Liaison Officer, C. Scot Giles, for NGH/NFH
1994 – NGH Ethics Committee appointed and protocol developed.
1999 – Produced a video instruction kit to help NGH Chapters do legislative and lobbying work.
2002 – Florida – Began financial support of groups seeking to pass a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Laws.
2002 – California – Financially supported passage of a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law
2003 – Iowa – Gave seed money for a local committee to seek a Complementary & Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law.
2003 – Georgia – Gave financial support of effort to pass Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law in that state.
2004 – Financial support was given by the Guild to national and state groups in support of Health Freedom Legislative efforts.
2006-2011 – Continued financial support was being given by NGH and NFH 104 to Health Freedom Legislative groups.
1993 – Effort begun to amend Illinois Clinical Psychologist License Act which had been transformed into a practice protection act restricting the practice of hypnotism to licensed health care professionals. Launched first round of corrective legislation that failed by a single vote.
1994 – NFH 104 union activities include: Legislative action in: California, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington. Represented our profession at Union Trade Shows in: Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, a National Health-Care Conference in Washington, DC, and OPEIU, AFL/CIO/CLC Conferences in: Chicago and Fort Lauderdale.
1994 – New Jersey Hypnocounselor Law enacted thru the efforts of members Tony DeMarco and John Gatto with assistance of NFH, OPEIU/AFL.
1996 – NH, ME and VT Registration Bills introduced with union assistance.
1998 – New Hampshire – Introduced Registration Bill in NH with union assistance.
1996 – Renewal of Florida Hypnotist Exemption in Mental Health and Psychology License laws passed. The bill renewing the exemption was the final bill passed on the last day of the legislative session, after intense union and NGH lobbying.
1997 – Illinois – Passed PA 90-473 which amended the Psychologist License Act to permit hypnotism to be practiced by unlicensed persons. This bill was passed after four legislative attempts.
1997 – California – Defeated attempted legislation restricting the practice of hypnotism unfairly in a way that benefited only certain organizations.
1998 – Legislation to protect the right of professional hypnotists to practice introduced experimentally in MA, VT, NH and ME.
1998 – The Honorable James Edgar, Governor of Illinois, congratulates hypnotists on protecting their right to practice.
1998 – Exemption for hypnotists inserted in pending restrictive psychology legislation in Iowa.
1998 – State of Mississippi agrees with NGH not to consider hypnotism a regulated psychological practice.
1998 – NGH picks up pieces of failed legislative efforts by other organizations in Tennessee and Georgia and organizes its own legislative teams in those states.
1998 – State of Nebraska agrees not to consider hypnotism a regulated psychological practice.
1999 – Blocked hostile legislation in New York that would have restricted the practice of hypnotism to licensed professionals.
1999 – Killed reintroduced legislation in Iowa that would have restricted hypnotism to licensed professionals.
1999 – Indiana – Intervened to halt abuse by the state Hypnotist Committee which oversees the certification of hypnotists. Eventually we would file and win two lawsuits against the Committee, one filed jointly with the American Civil Liberties Union. These legal victories resulted in a restructuring of the Committee with several members replaced and rules rewritten. Law was eliminated in 2010.
1999 – Illinois – Filed an experimental license law for hypnotists which passed the Senate before being blocked in the House by the medical society.
1999 – Georgia – NGH legislative team blocks a restrictive license law for counselors that would have limited the practice of hypnotism to only state licensed professionals.
2000 – Iowa – Once again defeated a restrictive regulatory law (HB285) that would have prevented hypnotists from practicing.
2000 – Georgia – Defeated a restrictive counselor license law (HB271) that would have limited the practice of hypnotism to persons licensed under that law.
2000 – Kentucky – Defeated a restrictive hypnotism certification law (SB 283) that would have allowed only graduates of specific schools to practice.
2000 – Illinois – met with the Illinois Medical Association to explore ways hypnotists and physicians could work cooperatively.
2001 – Georgia – Arranged veto of a restrictive law (SB 119) that would have limited the practice of hypnotism to persons licensed to practice mental health care.
2001 – Illinois – Introduced a bill (SB 79) that would require all hypnotists to practice in accordance with NGH Standards of Practice.
2001 – Louisiana – Defeated a license law for hypnotists that would have allowed the local Chapter of the NGH to appoint the regulatory body. It is the policy of the NGH to oppose all self-serving legislation, even if beneficial to the NGH at the expense of other organizations.
2001 – New York – Defeated a restrictive license law (AB 9214) that would have limited the practice of hypnotism to physicians, psychologists, counselors and social workers.
2001 – Ohio – Negotiated with the Psychology Board for an understanding that hypnotists practicing within NGH Standards of Practice would not be considered to be in violation of that state’s Psychology License Law.
2001 – Rhode Island – Supported a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law.
2002 – Texas – Retained local lobbyists and assembled a legislative committee that was successful in blocking enforcement of Cease and Desist Orders that had been distributed to some hypnotists in that state.
2002 – Florida – Obtained an Attorney General ruling that hypnotists who practiced within NGH Standards did not violate Florida Law and used that ruling to issue a Cease and Desist Order to the State of Florida demanding it not enforce Cease and Desist Orders it and issued to some hypnotists. The government agreed.
2002 – Florida – Negotiated with the Psychology Board to clarify the nature of our exemption.
2003 – Indiana – Blocked a proposed change in legislation that would have restricted hypnotism to physicians, counselors, psychologists and social workers and banned further credentialing of hypnotists.
2003 – New York – Began work to control the interpretation of provisions of a recently-passed mental health license law.
2004 – Hawaii – Defeated a bill (HCR 22) that would have restricted the practice of hypnotism to psychologists, physicians, social workers and counselors.
2004 – Minnesota – Negotiated protective legislation (Ch 146a) to protect the right of hypnotists to practice after the repeal of the Unlicensed Mental Health Provider laws.
2004 – New York – Negotiated an agreement that hypnotists practicing within NGH Standards and Terminology would not be deemed in violation of a new license law for counselors.
2004 – Texas – Reorganization of a legislative team to prepare to launch exemption legislation in the next session of the legislature was initiated.
2006 – Connecticut laws concerning the practice of hypnotism which the NGH oversaw and contributed to, became effective. NGH president, Dr. Dwight Damon, was one of the first to register and receive his certificate.
2008 With the assistance of NFH Local 104, OPEIU, AFL, CIO, CLC a lobbyist was secured in Ontario, Canada, and a positive outcome resulted regarding the impact of Mental Health Bill (171) on practicing hypnotists in that province.
2009 The United Nations accepted the National Guild of Hypnotists as a non-governmental organization in The Civil Society Organization System from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
2011 NFH 104 OPEIU Lawyer/Lobbyist Robert Levy protected Florida members in legislative threat.
2011-2012 NGH & NFH Local 104 OPEIU came to the aid of a Florida member charged with practicing hypnosis with students. NGH, with member donations, helped decrease his financial burden.
2014 NGH and NFH Local 104 Legislative Liaison officer Scot Giles assisting Nevada hypnotists in Psychology Board conflict.
ORGANIZATIONS MERGED OR AFFILIATED
International Hypnological Association founded in 1953 merged 1959.
Hypnosis Educational Council International founded in 1980 merged 1990.
National Board of Hypnosis Education & Certification founded in 1989 affiliated 1996.
National Association of Clergy Hypnotherapists founded in 1983 merged 1997.
Hypnosis Information Network founded in 1990 merged 2001.
American Society of Research & Clinical Hypnotism founded in 1953 merged 2005.
National Society of Hypnotherapists founded in 1984 merged 2006.
HypnoBirthing Institute, founded in 1989 affiliated in 2008.
Institute for Advanced Studies in Hypnosis & Holistic Sciences, IASHHS, founded in 1990 merged 2009.
Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis, AAEH, founded 1956 merged 2009.