Hypnotherapy requires mastery of a body of knowledge and skill gained through professional education and experience. It requires also recognition of the limitations of present knowledge and skill and of the services we are now equipped to give. The end sought is the performance of a service with integrity and competence. Each member of the profession carries responsibility to maintain and improve Hypnotherapy service; constantly to examine, use and increase the knowledge on which practice and theory are based; and to develop further the philosophy and skills of the profession.
This Code of Ethics embodies certain standards of behaviour for the Hypnotherapist in his professional relationship with those he serves, with his colleagues, with his employing agency, with other professions and with the community. In abiding by it, the Hypnotherapist views his obligations in as wide a context as the situation requires, takes all the principles into consideration and chooses a course of action with the code’s spirit and intent.
These principles are intended to aid Hypnotherapists individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct. They are not laws, but standards by which a Hypnotherapist may determine the propriety of his conduct with clients, with colleagues, with members of allied professions and with the public.
– Principal objective of the Hypnotherapy profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of man. Hypnotherapists should merit the confidence of clients, rendering to each a full measure of service and devotion.
– Hypnotherapists should strive continually to improve Hypnotherapy knowledge and skill, and should make available to their clients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainments.
– The Hypnotherapy profession should safeguard the public and itself against Hypnotherapists deficient in moral character or professional competence. Hypnotherapists should observe all laws, uphold the dignity and honour of the profession and accept self-imposed disciplines. They should expose, without hesitation, illegal or unethical conduct of fellow members of the profession.
– A Hypnotherapist may choose whom he will serve. In an emergency, however, he should render service to the best of his ability. Having undertaken a professional relationship with a client, he may not neglect him and unless he has been discharged, he may discontinue his services only after giving adequate notice.
– In the practice of Hypnotherapy, a Hypnotherapist should limit the source of his professional income to Hypnotherapy services actually rendered to him, or under his supervision, to his clients. His fee should be commensurate with the services rendered and by the client’s ability to pay. He should neither pay nor receive a commission for referral of clients. The Hypnotherapist, provided it is in the best interest of the client may supply books, tapes or other educational aides.
– A Hypnotherapist should not dispose of his services under terms or conditions which tend to interfere with or impair the free and complete exercise of his professional judgement and skills or tend to cause a deterioration of the quality of the service.
– A Hypnotherapist should seek consultation with other professionals upon request, in doubtful or difficult situations, or whenever it appears that the quality of service may be enhanced thereby.
– A Hypnotherapist may not reveal the confidences entrusted to him in the course of professional service, or the deficiencies he may observe in the character of clients, unless he is required to do so by law, or unless it becomes necessary in order to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.
– The honoured ideals of the Hypnotherapy profession imply that the responsibilities of the Hypnotherapist extend not only to the individual, but also to society where these responsibilities deserve his interest and participation in activities which have the purpose of improving both health and the well being of the individual and the community.
– A Hypnotherapist should avoid dual relationships with clients, which might impair professional judgement or increase the risk of client exploitation.
– The Hypnotherapist should keep himself informed on matters affecting the practice of Hypnotherapy in his community and nation, so that he may be able to contribute responsibility to public thinking on such matters.
– In justice to those who place their interests in his care, the Hypnotherapist should endeavour always to be informed regarding laws, proposed legislation, governmental regulations, public policies and current fee structures in order to be in a position to advise his clients and potential clients properly.
– It is the duty of the Hypnotherapist to protect the public against exploitation or misrepresentation and unethical practices in hypnotic services. He should endeavour to eliminate in his community any practices which could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the Hypnotherapy profession. The Hypnotherapist should assist any governmental agency charged with regulating the practices of Hypnotherapists.
– The Hypnotherapist should conduct his business so as to avoid controversies with other Hypnotherapists.
– In the best interests of society, of his associates and his own business, the Hypnotherapist should willingly share with other Hypnotherapists the lessons of his experience and study for the benefit of the public, and should be loyal to the UK Guild of Hypnotherapist Examiners.
If you feel that your hypnotherapist member of the UKGHE has not behaved according to the ethical guidelines described here, then write to the Administration Office at Green Lane Farm, Green Lane, Pennington, Ulverston, LA12 0JX where your complaint will be considered with the utmost seriousness by the Ethics Committee.