Code of Ethics for Certified Instructors of the National Guild of Hypnotists
The purpose of this code is to give CI’s guidance of what is expected of them as ambassadors for the National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.
Code of Practice and Ethics for National Guild of Hypnotists Certified Instructors
Protection of the Public and Client
In order to protect the public from improperly trained practitioners, Certified Instructors shall teach students the entirety of the National Guild of Hypnotists Core Curriculum. While instructors may add material of their own, nothing shall be taken away from the curriculum or dropped. Certified Instructors shall use the latest version of curriculum materials.
Protection of the Student
Students shall receive instruction in all aspects of the hypnotic arts and sciences covered in the National Guild of Hypnotists Core Curriculum. Certified Instructors shall provide opportunities for remedial training to any student who feels that his or her mastery of the material is incomplete. Certified Instructors shall take all reasonable steps to insure that any training sessions and practicum be conducted in a manner that safeguards the physical and emotional welfare of the student. All courses of instruction shall emphasize the need for students to be aware of their personal boundaries, and the need for ongoing development.
General Good and Welfare
The welfare of clients/volunteers is paramount, whether they are drawn from students or from the general public. At any time that the Certified Instructor has any reason to question the safety of the work in progress they shall halt the session, in a manner that protects the well-being of the subject.
The confidentiality of the work carried out by any student should be protected by a course contract. This should include any comments and assessments made by the Certified Instructor. Any comments that may help the student develop should be made known to them as soon as practicable, as with any comments of concern regarding the safety of their work or knowledge.
Freedom from Abuse and Exploitation
All exploitation is abuse. No Certified Instructor shall behave in a manner that shall give rise to the financial, emotional, physical or sexual exploitation of any client, volunteer, student or graduate. This includes any inappropriate personal or exploitative relationship or activity inside or outside of the training environment. Should there be any indication that such an inappropriate relationship exists or is developing then the Certified Instructor shall make arrangements for the student to be taught in a way that severs the link between the relationship and the training environment.
The advertising of courses shall be restricted to factual material. All claims regarding standards, outcomes and facilities available must be accurate and verifiable. Regardless of the media used, there shall be no claims as to potential career opportunities (such as instant expansion of practice or the ability to command higher fees) unless such claims are factual and can be verified. While testimonials from successful students may be used, all testimonials must also be restricted to factual material and make only true and verifiable claims. The Certified Instructor shall be responsible to determine the accuracy of any claims made in testimonials. Certified Instructors shall make full disclosure regarding qualifications that equip them or any person teaching, tutoring or supervising (e.g. CI, Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists).
Certified Instructors shall always be ethical and honest in their financial dealings with prospective or enrolled students. Full financial disclosure should always be made and adhered to with students. All financial arrangements for National Guild of Hypnotists based core-curriculum instruction should be able to meet the scrutiny and requirements of local and state regulations.
NOTE: In fairness, any fees that will be assessed the student in addition to the advertised tuition must also be disclosed prior to student’s enrollment.
Certified Instructors should be aware of and comply with any and all local or state regulations regarding postsecondary school accreditation. Instructors should also ensure that every one of their students is made fully aware of National Guild of Hypnotists Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and Recommended Terminology, as well as local and state laws pertaining to the professional practice of hypnotism.