ICBCH Code of Ethics

International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists

ICBCH – Code of Professional Ethics

  • promote client autonomy
  • respect clients and promote what is healthy for clients
  • do not engage in behaviors that cause harm to clients or that exploit clients
  • value continuing education and seek opportunities to continue to grow in knowledge
  • recognize both the benefits and the limitations of clinical hypnosis
  • promote hypnotherapy with demonstrated efficacy rather than pseudoscience or modalities of hypnosis that are merely speculative
  • accurately represent their educational experiences to clients
  • recognize the need for psychological and medical referrals to other professionals and build relationships with other disciplines of helping
  • provide clients with informed consent at the outset of hypnotherapy
  • keep client information confidential, except when required by law, or with the client’s written consent prior to release of confidential information
  • avoid dual-relationships and sexual contact with clients
  • provide services in the context of professional business arrangements, and establish fees and payment arrangements clearly understood by clients
  • recognize the need to adhere to the principles of respecting others and publicly demonstrating hypnosis in non-clinical settings
  • accurately represent credentials
  • promote public awareness of hypnotherapy
  • do not solicit other members or clients about joining multi-level marketing programs