I decided after some time thinking about it to look into getting training in Clinical Hypnosis. In May I will be going to a week-long seminar on Clinical Hypnosis with Steve Gurgevich at the Kripalu Center. It will be half training and half vacation. Why? Because hey, I deserve it!
When I am done with the training, I will have completed the basic training in hypnosis. I am using the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis as a certification path, so here is what that means. They have 3 levels of training: basic, intermediate, and advanced. To be certified by ASCH as a clinical hypnotist, I will need to complete the basic and intermediate training (40 hours of training) and have 20 hours of supervised work as a clinical hypnotist. Advanced training is for people who want to teach clinical hypnosis to other professionals. When I finish my basic training, I will be able to do clinical hypnosis, and I plan to get supervision in it until the 2 years have passed and I have completed my other training to become a “certified” hypnotherapist.
What is nice about doing the ASCH certification process is that it is a well-recognized professional organization that has rather strict certification requirements. In other words, I will be trained in clinical hypnosis, not snake oil peddling.
There are some interesting links out there about clinical hypnosis–what it is, what it isn’t. See:
I’ll be sure to let you know how the training goes.