Raising the Standards of Hypnotherapy

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As the first hypnotherapy school licensed by the Florida Department of Education and certified through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy has been very active in the topic of Florida Hypnosis Law.  Matthew Brownstein, CHT our School's Director and Lead Instructor is the official Florida representative of the Hypnotherapists Union Local 472 and has worked hard to protect the free and open practice of Hypnotherapy in the State of Florida.


Florida Hypnosis Statutes were written in 1961 as an attempt to limit the practice of hypnosis to proper "licensed practitioners of the healing arts."  The law did not ban anyone from doing hypnosis, it only worked to regulate what hypnosis can be used for depending on who is using it.  For instance, a dentist can use hypnosis for dentistry, but not psychology and a psychologist can use hypnosis for psychology, but not dentistry.  For someone to use hypnosis for a purpose in which they do not have the appropriate credentials then that person needs the prescription, referral, supervision or direction from the proper "licensed practitioner of the healing arts."


For those who are practicing hypnotherapy without being one of the listed "licensed practitioners of the healing arts", then that person needs to be aware of scope of practice assessment to ensure that he or she is not practicing medical or therapeutic hypnosis without a prescription, referral, supervision or direction.  When hypnosis is used for non-therapeutic and non-medical purposes, such as in motivation or test performance, then no prescription, referral, direction or supervision is needed.


Florida Hypnosis Law is not clear about what is therapeutic and what is not.  At the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy students are trained in scope of practice assessment protocols to know when a licensed practitioner of the healing arts is required and when a client or prospective client needs to be referred out.

 

For a more complete explanation and FIH/IAIH law and legislative work, please visit: http://tfioh.com/IAIH-Law-and-Legislative-Efforts.html


Florida Hypnosis Law - Santa Rosa County

Published on Tue, Jun 3, 2014
Email stream with IAIH President Matthew Brownstein and the County of Santa Rosa, Florida. Dear Amy, I sincerely appreciate your response and your willingness to make this change which allows our graduates to truly make a real difference in people’s lives within the actual confines of Florida Hypnosis Law. Kind Regards, Matthew Brownstein, CHT CEO, Anahat Education Group, Inc. President, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists Executive ...

Florida Hypnosis Law - City of Fort Lauderdale

Published on Mon, May 19, 2014
5/19/2014 City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Business Tax Receipts By Matthew Brownstein, CHT It had recently come to our attention that the City of Fort Lauderdale was requiring that any “hypnotist” applying for a business tax receipt (formerly known as an occupational license) would need a signed letter from a physician to be able to practice. I called the city offices and spoke with Ms. Bridget Patterson, Senior Customer Service Representative for the ...

Florida Hypnosis Law - Sarasota

Published on Wed, Nov 13, 2013
IAIH and the County of Sarasota, Florida A current student checked in on getting a Business Tax Receipt from the City of Sarasota and was told that they would not offer this to her as she was not a “licensed practitioner of the healing arts” according to the Florida Department of Health. This is true, yet they were denying her right to practice a federally acknowledged occupation as a graduate of a State-Licensed Hypnotherapy school, where she has earned her right to practice. ...

Florida Hypnosis Law - Orlando

Published on Tue, Aug 13, 2013
8/13/2013 From FIH Graduate and IAIH Member – Kim Croft, CHT “I wanted to tell you my experience in Orlando obtaining my business license from the city. The clerk first thought a Hypnotist needed to be licensed because it is listed as a profession in the FL statutes. I insisted we did not. When she did more research she discovered the Florida Hypnosis statues which all TFIOH graduates know well. She printed them ALL off and asked me if I planned to provide therapy, ...

IAIH Basics

Published on Sat, Jul 13, 2013
IAIH Mission The mission of the International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists is to set the standard for the education and ethical practice of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists worldwide. Through the efforts of Board and Association Members, IAIH intends to continue to raise the standards of Hypnotherapy training in a way that nourishes the unique qualities of an Interpersonal Hypnotherapist. Through public awareness, high ethical standards, compliance with Federal and State ...
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Florida Hypnosis Law

Published on Sat, Jul 13, 2013
As the first hypnotherapy school licensed by the Florida Department of Education and certified through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy has been very active in the topic of Florida Hypnosis Law. Matthew Brownstein, CHT our School's Director and Lead Instructor is the official Florida representative of the Hypnotherapists Union Local 472 and has worked hard to protect the free and open practice of Hypnotherapy in the State ...
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Florida Hypnosis Law - City of Melbourne

Published on Sat, Jul 13, 2013
Florida Hypnosis Law To further explain the stance of the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy on Florida Hypnosis Law, please read the following letter written by Institute Director, Matthew Brownstein, who came to the aid of a graduate who was not being allowed to receive his business license based upon a misinterpretation of Florida Hypnosis Law (The student’s name is removed for confidentiality.) The very day that the City attempted to keep this student from having his ...
Anahat Education Group, Inc., The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, the International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists and Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples are pleased to announce another victory in the free and open practice of Hypnotherapy. It was recently brought to our attention that Collier County, Florida had a misinterpretation of Florida Hypnosis Law, in that they were requiring Hypnotherapists to have a physician sign a sworn affidavit to supervise a Hypnotherapist ...
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