International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH) 

Welcome to the official web site for the International Board of Hypnotherapy. The International Board of Hypnotherapy has set rigorous requirements for certification so that consumers, health and counseling agencies, clinics and hospitals can rest assured they are getting a qualified practitioner when employing an IBH Fellow.

Some Services IBH Provides to the Community:

Support to IBH Members Includes:
Annual Symposium
  • The next Annual Symposium will take place in Albuquerque, NM, Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 7, 2014. Special Post-Symposium Workshop, Monday, December 8.

    The 2013 International Board of Hypnotherapy's Annual Symposium was held in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8, 2013, and included a Special Post-Symposium Workshop, Monday, December 9.

    Special Presenters for 2013 included:

    Robert Dilts
    Mr. Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) -- a model of human behavior, learning and communication -- since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Robert also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson. Recognized internationally as one of the foremost developers, trainers and practitioners of NLP, Mr. Dilts has done consulting and training throughout the world for a wide variety of professional groups and organizations.

    Judith Acosta, LISW, CCHt
    Brains, Babies and Verbal First Aid
    What You Say Is As Critical As What You Do
    This is true of adults, but even more so with a child. Ms. Acosta is trained in Crisis Intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management and was published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health after 9/11.

    She has appeared on both television and radio and is a regular lecturer throughout the continental United States, presenting to fire and police departments, emergency medical personnel, nurse organizations, EAP's, corporations concerned with security, hospitals, mental health organizations and school districts.

    She is the co-author of The Worst is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts and Verbal First Aid for Children.

    Click on the Annual Symposium button above to see other topics that will be presented and for instructions on how to make reservations.

Other Support for Members

  • Support and Conduct Research in the application and
    efficacy of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

  • Continuing Education for member support including:
    IBH physician consultation
    Registry placement for Fellows
    Monthly teleconference
    Bi-annual peer reviewed journal
    Annual symposium

Hypnotherapist assists patient with anxiety and
pain associated with dental procedure

What is the International Board of Hypnotherapy?

As an ever-increasing body of research lends greater scientific credence to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to assist patients in accelerating their healing, controlling pain and facilitating recovery from medical procedures, more and more patients and medical professionals are looking for ways to incorporate these benefits in the health plans they are designing. Yet, with no governmental oversight, and a broad variance in training and even the theory behind the practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, a caveat emptor approach to a field that has long been misrepresented by the media makes hypnotherapy seem unapproachable to many patients and healthcare providers.

IBH exists to regulate and maintain a demonstrated level of professional training, ability, reliability and ethics in the hypnotherapy community, so that healthcare providers and their patients can make use of the power of the subconscious mind with the guidance of competent professionals who know how to work with the healthcare system.

Consumer Alert

How do you know if a hypnotherapist has adequate training to deal with your issues? How do you know if they are competent to get involved in your health?

There are some certifying organizations for hypnotherapists that require only filling out an online application (and the payment of a membership fee). Also, some professional organizations allow certification without proof of training, and with as little as 100 hours of education in hypnosis.

In contrast, IBH members are required to pass our written examination, provide proof of number of hours of training, from an approved school and at Level 3, "Fellow" provide tangible proof of their ability to work with clients by providing a video or DVD of an actual session, and actual scripts.

For added peace of mind, IBH members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and scope of practice. (See Code of Ethics Page.)

Many of our Fellows have between 500 and 600 hours training in hypnotherapy techniques.


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