Back in the early 1970’s a group of well-respected Hypnotherapists decided to protect the practice of hypnosis by engaging in law and legislative efforts on a federal level.  These early pioneers worked with the United States Department of Labor to create the occupational title of Hypnotherapist as it appeared in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.  One of these people was the late Mr. Gil Boyne, the founder of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE).  Mr. Boyne worked tirelessly to raise the standards of Hypnotherapy training by honoring that Hypnotherapy was now a legitimate profession. Therefore, he required that all ACHE schools had to be State-Licensed by their respective State’s Department of Education.

The ACHE laid a foundation for a Certified Hypnotherapist to have a minimum of 200 hours of training and for a Clinical Certified Hypnotherapist to have a minimum of 300 hours of training from a State-Licensed school.  This movement was an attempt to lay basic foundations for protecting the “free and open practice of Hypnotherapy,” since many other professions, like psychology and medicine, were trying to have exclusive rights to the use of hypnosis.  However, because of the dedicated work of the early and current leaders in the field, Hypnotherapy is still an occupation that can be practiced in all 50 states.  These standards have protected our profession and have provided for it more legitimacy and more respect.

As an ACHE Certified Hypnotherapist I knew that I was very well-trained and after 10 years of successful private practice I called Mr. Boyne and asked about being an ACHE approved school.  He informed me that I needed to become State-Licensed first and foremost.  Upon calling the Florida Department of Education I was shocked to find out that they did not know how to open a Hypnotherapy school since none had ever been legally established.  When I mentioned that there were other schools in the State their reply was, “These schools are operating illegally in that it is not legal to offer certifications or diplomas in an occupation without a license to do so.”

I learned quickly of the importance of State-Licensure in education.  The Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education works to protect the consumer by carefully regulating postsecondary vocational institutes and colleges.  They ensure that if a diploma/certification is offered to the consumer that the consumer is protected in many different ways.  State-Licensure ensures fair admissions, grading and refund policies.  It ensures that locations are safe, that owners are free of criminal charges and that they are financially stable.  The process of licensure takes about 6 months to 1 year and costs thousands upon thousands of dollars.  The consumer seldom ever knows about this process, yet many schools choose to operate “under the radar” when they realize the standards that are required to be met and the expense in doing so.

To this day the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy remains that first and currently only school in Florida licensed to offer true career diplomas in the fields of Hypnotherapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy.  We continually work to raise the standards of Hypnotherapy Education by offering over 500 hours of State-Licensed ACHE approved training. 

With such a strong emphasis on high standards, the Institute has also worked quite hard to keep the heart of Hypnotherapy alive.  We are proud of our profession having seen the lives of countless numbers of people transformed.  Each and every interaction with a client or student of Hypnotherapy is a blessing and a chance to honor sacred traditions that truly touch the hearts, minds and souls of those who are fortunate enough to experience such a profound and transformational relationship.

Those of us at the Institute wish to invite all who are serious about an education in Hypnotherapy to give us a call, to visit the school or to attend our free Monday night classes to see the difference of attending a true postsecondary vocational institute that continually works to protect the integrity of our profession, to keep high standards, to protect the consumer and to offer the world the blessing of Hypnotherapy in a way that graduates can truly be proud of.