Conference Session LCA- 2010 New Orleans: Hypnosis

23 Sep

Hypnosis is a very misunderstood subject.  Originally, I attended the hypnosis session out of curiosity.  This was my first LCA conference, and I’m still a graduate student so the CEU’s I persued were not geared toward any specific area.  I do need CEU’s for my graduate portfolio, and frankly even if I didn’t…on going education is a part of counseling.  It’s better to get adjusted sooner rather than later.

Hypnosis is mainly thought of in terms of scary movies like stir of echos in which it is used to “make someone do something” or opens some mental door that should have remained shut.  In actuality, a persons brain waves register as similar to deep levels of meditation.  It is different from meditation in that instead of focusing on remaining open/in a prayer like state, the individual focuses on a specific message.  And, just like meditation, if the individual would rather ignore the message…he/she can.  That is why not everyone experiences deep hypnosis immediately.  Rapport is important in establishing mutual goals and developing trust so that the client can be receptive to the hypnotic therapy.  This therapy is geared at setting aside the conscious mind to talk directly to the subconscious mind.  This prevents the conscious mind’s defenses from actively preventing continued growth and development (in theory).  Hypnosis is also used as anesthesia for patients that can not receive drugs/interactions.

The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH) was organized in 1991 as an educational, scientific, and professional organization dedicated to professionalizing the mental health specialty of hypnotherapy.  The Board is committed to reflecting the diversity of its constituents and providing information to the public.

Personal Concern: There is no standard for liscensure/certification that requires practitioners to maintain a specific standard of education in most states (including Louisiana).  This means researching the credentials of a practitioner is ESSENTIAL for patients (although they likely don’t realize this) because…well…anyone can claim to be one?  ummm…yeah…

Thoughts:  I am very interested in learning more about hypnosis.  However, even with lax standards, I feel it would be important to gain certification through the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).

(To learn more about hypnosis, click on the block text quote above and it will bring you to the NBCCH website.)

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