National Guild of Hypnotists
The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) is a non-profit, membership-based, international organization for professional consulting hypnotists. In 2015 the organization is headquartered in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The NGH has 114 member chapters worldwide, with greater than 14,000 members in 80 countries. It sets standards for hypnotherapy practice. In 2015 the President of the National Guild of Hypnotists is Dr. Dwight F. Damon, who is also a founding member.
On May 11, 1993, the National Guild of Hypnotists was recognized by the 103rd Congress of the United States for their efforts toward establishing and maintaining a high code of ethics, as well as educational resources regarding hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
In 1994, The NGH chartered a union chapter through the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), the National Federation of Hypnotists, Local 104, OPEIU-AFL-CIO, CLC, in order to provide additional legal and political assistance to NGH members by providing access to an official, unionized organization.
In 2000, the organization represented its members in discussions with the state of Indiana, which had set up a committee to license hypnotists.
In August, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick awarded the National Guild of Hypnotists a Governor's Citation, in recognition of their 63rd anniversary. Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant declared August 10, 2013 to be National Guild of Hypnotists Day in the city of Marlborough, Massachusetts in recognition of contributions made to the city, state, and country.
On December 11, 2014, Representative Steve Stockman of Texas recommended the NGH as "one of two organization from which to seek referrals" for hypnosis
Certification training programs
As part of ongoing services to the member community, the National Guild of Hypnotists has produced several certification, education, and training programs. In 1990 NGH set requirements of 15 hours of continuing education credits for active certification status; in 1991 the minimum number of training hours was raised to 100, with 75 class hours and 25 hours independent study. That year a Forensic Hypnosis curriculum and the Train the Trainers Program and core curriculum were introduced. In 1992 a continuing education workshop program for NGH members was organized.
In 1995 the Registered Hypnotherapist designation was replaced with the Certified Hypnotherapist designation. In 1998 the NGH Certification Board was created, and a Pediatric Hypnotism curriculum was developed. In 1999 Medgar Evers College – City University of New York began offering a NGH Certification course, an Emergency Hypnotism curriculum and a Complementary Medical Hypnotism curriculum were added.
In 2000 the NGH core curriculum was translated into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Spanish and Polish. In 2003 and 2004 three new programs were added: Sports Hypnotism, and a 12-month Clinical Hypnotism curriculum, and a Hypno-Coaching program.
The NGH also maintains an updated guide to state law and legal issues regarding hypnotism for public and member education.
Beginning in May, 1951, the NGH established a magazine called Journal of Hypnotism. Founder Dr. Rexford L. North served as editor and publisher, with contributing editors and authors including current President Dwight Damon, Harry Arons, and Bernard Yanover. This publication serves as a trade journal for practicing professional hypnotists.
The National Guild of Hypnotists has also acted as book publisher for some members, including NGH President Dwight Damon.
- Inside Secrets of Stage Hypnotism - Jerry Valley
- You Have Been Here Before: A Psychologist Looks at Past Lives - by Edith Fiore
- Raising Your Children with Hypnosis - Donald J. Mottin
- The Illustrated History of Hypnotism - by John C. Hughes
- Consumer Guide To Hypnotism - by Dwight F. Damon
- Hypnosis the Induction of Conviction - John C. Hughes
- The Crash Course In Selling Hypnosis - John Weir
The first annual National Guild of Hypnotists Annual Convention was held in 1988 in Danvers, MA. The 1989 convention was held in New York City, NY.
From 1990-2004 the convention was held in Nashua, NH.
From 2005 to 2015, the convention has been held in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
The theme of the 26th annual convention held in 2013 was "A Legacy of Excellence". It featured both stage and consulting hypnotists, and was reported to have nearly 1,200 attendees. The 2014 Convention was held from August 8–10, with the theme of "Building Our Profession".
The Guild also organizes presentations aimed at educating the public about the uses of hypnosis.
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- Marie Beach (2003). Lighten Up! Lose Weight!: A 10 Week Self-Hypnosis Program. Trafford Publishing. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-1-55395-706-5.
- "Repeat after me…". MOneySense, Rob Gerlsbeck, February 1st, 2009
- C. Roy Hunter (13 May 2010). The Art of Hypnotherapy: Mastering Client Centered Techniques: 4th edition. Crown House Publishing. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-1-84590-452-4.
- "Hypnotist helps woman quit smoking". Click2Houston, By Aaron Wische December 03, 2015
- Jackson, Loretta (October 21, 2011). "Read & relax". Merrimack Journal. The Cabinet Press.
- Damon, Dwight (2006). The Amazing Stone-Deaf Hypnotist - Dr. Rexford L. North. Merrimack, N.H.: HypnoClassics. ISBN 1885846096.
- R. Emmett Murray; T. Elaine Bernard (14 February 2011). The Lexicon of Labor: More Than 500 Key Terms, Biographical Sketches, and Historical Insights Concerning Labor in America. ReadHowYouWant.com. pp. 298–. ISBN 978-1-4587-3164-7.
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- "Hypnotist Committee needs new member ". NWI Times, Aug 29, 2000.
- "Congressional Record - Extensions of Remarks, December 12, 2014" (PDF). p. E1802–E1803. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- Deirdre Barrett (2010). Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. ABC-CLIO. pp. 131–. ISBN 978-0-313-35632-2.
- "Can hypnosis help you lose weight?". LINDSAY PUTNAM New York Post. August 13, 2015
- "When Hypnotists Duel, Who Blinks First?". Los Angeles Times, May 23, 1995|SCOTT HARRIS
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- Mark B. Woodhouse (1996). Paradigm Wars: Worldviews for a New Age. Frog Books. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-1-883319-42-7.
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- "Hypnotist convention begins Friday in Marlborough". The MetroWest Daily News. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- "The power of hypnosis...". New Hampshire Gazette, Fran Ryan March 08, 2016