The National Guild of Hypnotists requires its members to conform to the
following ethical principles, and shall hold members accountable for any
departure from these principles.
- Client Welfare: Members shall make the physical and mental well-being of
each client a prime consideration.
- Client Safety: Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual
abuse of any client.
- Practice Limits: Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of
their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state.
- Advertising: Members shall be truthful in their advertising.
- Referred Practice: Members shall engage in hypnotic work with a client
regarding a medical or mental disease only on written referral from an
appropriately licensed medical or mental health professional, except when
otherwise provided for by state law.
- Reasonable Practice: Members shall withhold non-referred hypnotic
services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a
reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a
licensed health care professional. Members shall provide services to such
clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health
- Colleagues: Members shall treat hypnotist colleagues without public
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