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The principle of informed consent says that we, before doing professional hypnosis:
1.) Get consent
2.) define the services we offer
3.) Accuratly represent the limitations of our techniques or training
4.) Inform clients of other options.
I use a specific form with all of my clients, and have posted a .pdf of that form in the www.ICBCHForum.com group.
Many licensed mental health professionals are REQUIRED to have this written form. I think, licensed or unlicensed, required or not, it is good policy to have this on file.
in the recent case of the High School principle charged with practicing therapeutic hypnosis, such a form (signed by a parent) would have solved all of his problems.
If you live in a state with strict regulation of terms or that limits the scope of practice unlicensed hypnotists can engage in, this type of form is ESSENTIAL.
As always, Richard, you are extremely generous. Thank you for all your helps!
In Washington State, a hypnotherapist must either be a Registered Hypnotherapist (with the Department of Health, Division of Professional Licensing), OR he/she must be a licensed health care practitioner practicing within his/her scope of practice.
The Registered Hypnotherapist is required to provide a disclosure form that includes specified language, including your training, experience, fees, etc This form must be signed by BOTH client and hypnotherapist, with a copy given to the client.
However, I believe such a consent and disclosure form is the professional thing to do; and should be done regardless of whether your local law requires it.
I think it shows responsible behaviour on our part to be honest. It is also a back up if you get a funny client who wants to try and sue people !!
I use a client intake form and give them a welcome letter that explains all that you mentioned. I also ask if they are ready to be hypnotized before I start.
Thank you for the information and the copy of your form. Thank you most of all for the generosity of spirit and quality of mind you share.
Thank you for the info and link. It is very similar to the one I use in my practice, and even with those I do skype sessions with.
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