About The International Hypnosis Association

The International Hypnosis Association provides worldwide credentialing and certification for Hypnotherapists, NLP Practitioners, and NLP Master Practitioners.


We have high standards based upon knowledge and skill level.  Each member and IHA Approved Course must meet requirements that ensure the knowledge and competence to warrant our certification.


In addition to offering individual hypnotherapy and NLP certification, course facilitators may submit courses for IHA approval.  An IHA Approved Course will have demonstrated adherence to our standards, and ensure that any student of that course will meet IHA membership requirements.


The IHA supports the practice of hypnosis and NLP for Licensed Mental Health Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians and those with quality hypnosis and NLP backgrounds.


All IHA members must adhere to the Code of Ethics and Conduct.


History


The IHA was formed by a small group of people who recognized the need for a worldwide credentialing organization that placed an emphasis on ethics and competency.


This group consisted of Licensed Mental Health Therapists, Certified Hypnotherapists, and NLP & Hypnotherapy trainers.


J. C. Ban was the instigator.  Working as a psychotherapist for one of the largest health organizations in the world, she realized the need for a dynamic, standards-based, legitimate hypnosis and NLP credentialing body. 


International Hypnosis Association members are committed to fulfilling the need for a higher standard of ethics, knowledge, and competency around the world.  Many countries have no regulation or minimum standards for practitioners, and the IHA is dedicated to helping provide practitioners who can be trusted to do their jobs well.


Director Of Operations:  Keith Livingston


Keith Livingston has been involved in the formation and development of the International Hypnosis Association, and is currently the big man on campus.  The leadership team is happy to have him at the helm. 


Keith brings over 25 years of experience training hypnotherapists and NLP Master Practitioners to the table, as well as experience leading professional hypnosis organizations and a large network of hypnosis and NLP professionals.


Keith was president of the Washington Hypnosis Association (one of the oldest hypnosis organizations in the US, started in 1969), and was 2005's president of the Washington State chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists (now known as the Charles Tebbetts chapter).


Philosophy


In credentialing hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners, the IHA believes that skill level is the most important criteria. We do not believe that certification should be based solely on the number of hours of study.


While there is a controversy in the field between those with advanced degrees and those who have concentrated their education/training on hypnosis and NLP, the IHA supports the practice of both groups as long as they stay within their respective scopes of practice. The IHA provides guidance in staying within scope of practice.


Our Mission


  • Promote a high level of professionalism in the field of hypnosis and NLP.
  • Provide certification, support, training, and networking opportunities for NLP and hypnosis professionals.
  • Advocate for the valid and therapeutic uses of hypnosis and NLP through increased public awareness around the world.