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About the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH): 


  • Founded in 1951, the NGH is the world's largest and most prestigious hypnotism certification organization with members across the U.S. and in thirty countries. The NGH certifies hypnotists and hypnosis instructors, provides continuing education, maintains a bookstore and resource center, provides liability insurance programs and enforces a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.


  • The NGH has a political and legislative arm, the National Federation of Hypnotists, Local 104 of the AFL-CIO. The Guild was recently honored by the 103rd U.S. Congress, and a tribute to it was included in the Congressional Record.


  • The NGH holds two annual educational conferences with over 250 hypnosis related presentations and a minimum of 1500 participants.

The Code of Ethics of the National Guild of Hypnotists

The National Guild of Hypnotists requires its members to conform to the following ethical principles, and shall hold members accountable for any departure from these principles.

Client Welfare: 
Members shall make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration.

Client Safety:  Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client.

Practice Limits:
  Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state.

Members shall be truthful in their advertising.

  Members shall always be honest about the nature of their titles and degrees when referring to them to the general public, the media, and within the confines of our profession.

Referred Practice:
  Members shall engage in hypnotic work with a client regarding a medical or mental disease only on written referral from an appropriately licensed medical or mental health professional, except when otherwise provided for by state law.

Reasonable Practice
:  Members shall withhold non-referred hypnotic work with a client services if a client's behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional.  Members shall provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional.

Members shall treat hypnotist colleagues without public defamation.

National Guild of Hypnotists
Leading the Way, Setting the Standards


Established the first full edition magazine, Journal of Hypnotism, to serve practicing professional hypnotists (started 1951 with Dr. Rexford
L. North, editor/publisher, with contributing editors Harry Arons, Dwight Damon, and Bernard Yanover; continuing today as the premier publication
for the profession).

Launched the Hypno-Gram� in 1987 as a timely 4-page newsletter, which has evolved into the current 24+ pages with columnists and guest
articles. (Dr. Dwight Damon, Editor).

Began Hypnosis Today in 1999 - our magazine for consumers was launched. (Dr. Dwight Damon, Editor, Publisher).

Publications that have merged with NGH pubs are: Hypnotism (est.1956-merged 1986), Hypnotic Education Bulletin, (est.1942-
merged1990), HEC International Newsletter (est.1963-merged 1990), DEEPENING (est.1983-merged 1997).

Initiated a series of East Coast seminars in 1987 for professional hypnotists, (first with Ormond McGill and Arnold Furst) which today are
offered nationwide.

Assisted start-up of the Philippine Hypnodontic Society.

NGH helped charter and contributed seed money to Council of Professional
Hypnosis Organizations (COPHO).

Three Spanish-language instructional videos were recorded for NGH by Jacob Bimblich. A Spanish-language version of Henry Bolduc?s
book Auto Hipnosis - Creando tu Propio Destino translated by Angelina Ahumada was published by NGH. Numerous Spanish-language
CDs and books by leading hypnotists such as Reny Varas.


1990 First professional hypnotism organization to require 15 hours of continuing education credits for active certification status.
1991 Train the Trainers Program launched.
1991 Core curriculum launched - Minimum number of training hours for Certified Hypnotists raised to equivalent of two college semesters:
100 hours (70 hours in class plus 30 hours independent study).
1992 NGH continuing-education workshop program for NGH members developed and initiated by Don Mottin, DNGH.
1995 CH (Certified Hypnotherapist) designation replaces Rhy (Registered Hypnotherapist).
1998 NGH Certification Board created to improve professionalism of practitioners.
1999 NGH Certification course accepted at Medgar Evers College - City University of New York with Ed Hightower, CI.
2000 NGH core curriculum has been translated into: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Spanish, Polish, and Japanese.
1991 Forensic Hypnosis - developed by George Baranowski, CI, FNGH.
1998 Pediatric Hypnotism - developed by Don Mottin, CI, DNGH.
1999 Emergency Hypnotism - developed by Don Mottin, CI, DNGH.
1999 Complementary Medical Hypnotism - developed by Rev. C. Scot Giles, CI, FNGH.
2003 Sports Hypnotism - developed by Bob Reese, CH.
2003 Clinical Hypnotism (12-month curriculum) developed by Don Mottin, CI, DNGH.
2004 Hypno-Coaching developed by Lisa Halpin, CI, BCH.


1989 August 18 proclaimed NGH Day in New York City by Mayor David Dinkins.

1993 NGH honored by the 103rd Congress of the United States with a tribute published in the Congressional Record.

1990 - 2004 National Guild of Hypnotists Week proclamations by successive governors of New Hampshire.

1990 - 2004 Declarations and Resolutions by NH Senate and House of Representatives.

1986 - 2004 Partial list of media which featured NGH: Readers Digest Family Guide to Natural Medicine; Grolier Book of Knowledge;
Bottom Line; Personal; Business Week; Consumer Reports; Redbook; Women?s Week; Woman?s Health; Newsweek; Astra Opua (Greece);
NY Times; PBS TV; TV?s 20/20; Dateline shows; British Royal Free & University College Medical School CD-ROM.


International Hypnological Association founded in 1953 merged 1959.

Hypnosis Educational Council International founded in 1980 merged 1990.

National Association of Clergy Hypnotherapists founded in 1983 merged 1997.

Hypnosis Information Network founded in 1990 merged 2001.

American Society of Research & Clinical Hypnotism founded in 1953 merged 2005.

National Society of Hypnotherapists founded in 1984 merged 2006.

National Board of Hypnosis Education & Certification founded in 1989 affiliated 1996.

NGH 2009 Annual Convention, Educational Conference & Exhibition 71


1988  Danvers, Massachusetts.
1989  New York City, New York.
1990-2004  Nashua, New Hampshire.
2005-present  Marlborough, Massachusetts.
1999-present - Solid Gold Weekend - Las Vegas, Nevada.


1988 Earliest to establish audio and video cassette archives.

1991 Introduced professional written ads, columns, and brochures for use by members.

1992 Member Video Rental Library as another first for any hypnotism organization.

1993 Professional Liability Insurance becomes available to NGH Members from A++ company.

1997 NGH produced and distributed the Extend Your Horizons video for public awareness.

1998 NGH produced and distributed the Women and Hypnosis video to honor the women practitioners in our profession.

2001 Client Bill of Rights (CBOR) developed and presented for member use. NGH Standards of Practice established.

2002 Professional Terminology established.

2004 National P.R. program reached a readership of 1,426,652 in six months.

2005 January 4th officially becomes known and promoted as World Hypnotism Day. Website is:

2005 Two new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were formed in the NGH: 5-Pathers and Division de Hypnotizadores Hispanos.

2007 CEs available for Licensed Health Professionals.

2008 Canadian Professional Omissions and Errors Insurance available.

2008 Health Insurance available.

Local NGH chapters formed: Alabama; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Iowa; Illinois;
Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New Hampshire; New Mexico; New York; North
Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington State; Washington, DC; Wisconsin; Ontario,
Canada; British Columbia, Canada; Ottawa, Canada; Hamilton, Canada; Toronto, Canada; China; Denmark; England; Hong Kong; Italy;
Kuwait; Malaysia; Netherlands; France; Spain; Switzerland; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey.


1993 Legislative kits developed and distributed to NGH Chapters and State Committees.

1994 National Federation of Hypnotists Local 104 chartered by OPEIU, AFL/CIO, CLC; Dr. Dwight Damon elected president.

1994 Established NGH Legislative Liaison Officer, C. Scot, Giles, for NGH/NFH.

1994 NGH Ethics Committee appointed and protocol developed.

1999 Produced a video instruction kit to help NGH Chapters do legislative and lobbying work.

2002 Florida - Began financial support of groups seeking to pass a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Laws.

2002 California - Financially supported passage of a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law.

2003 Iowa - Gave seed money for a local committee to seek a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law.

2003 Georgia - Gave financial support of effort to pass Complementary and Alternative Medicine Freedom of Access Law.

2004 Financial support was given by the Guild to national and state groups in support of Health Freedom Legislative efforts.

2006 Continued financial support was being given by NGH and NFH 104 to Health Freedom Legislative groups.