The National Hypnotherapy Society holds the first and only current hypnotherapy register to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Voluntary Registers (AVR) scheme.
An Accredited Voluntary Register is the result of a new scheme set up by the Department of Health, and administered by the Professional Standards Authority who are an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The Professional Standards Authority accredits voluntary registers of people working in a variety of health and social care occupations. The Authority also oversees statutory registers such as the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The scheme was set up to provide assurance on the standards of voluntary registers, and is the best way to promote quality within the field of Hypnotherapy.
Being accredited under the AVR scheme offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for Hypnotherapy services which includes:
• Members of the public seeking an Accredited Therapist
• Qualified Hypnotherapists seeking Accreditation
Hypnotherapists on our register, also known as registrants, (i.e. our Professional Members, Accredited Members and Fellows) will be able to display the AVR quality mark, as a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Authority's rigorous standards.
Members of the public will, from now on, be encouraged to choose a practitioner who belongs to a register which has been vetted and approved by the Authority. The AVR scheme was set up by the Department of Health to ensure that the public are able to choose safe, ethical and competent professionals for their health and social care needs.
The Society’s official position is that hypnotherapy should be considered as part of psycotherapy and counselling. Without a hypnotherapist having a knowledge of psychotherapeutic or counselling practice, skills, development, ethics, boundaries and diagnostic skills, there could be the potential for an increased risk to public health due to a lack of knowledge of mental or emotional illness.
We therefore campaign for hypnotherapy to be seen, not in isolation, but as a form of psychotherapy and counselling. Only then will hypnotherapy be treated as seriously as it deserves, and the standards of the profession reach the heights they deserve.
Leading up to this moment, the Society has been represented at numerous meetings over the years including at the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, Skills for Health, and others. We co-founded the Working Group for Hypnotherapy Regulation and were central to the establishment of National Occupational Standards. We also have a cooperation agreement with the Royal Society for Public Health.