March, 2019



For Individual members of CAHA.

As the board of Directors of the society, we adopt the Code of Ethics revised by ISH in July 2018 in accordance with the laws of our country.

As in the constitution of the Society, like the most of the international hypnosis societies, CAHA is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards in the practice of hypnosis for clinical, teaching or experimental purposes and in the dissemination of information concerning hypnosis.


1-       Professional Conduct with Patients or Subjects

a)     All CAHA members are professionals in their own right, and, in their use of hypnosis, they should adhere strictly to the standards required of them by their own profession.

b)     When using hypnosis, CAHA members should always give priority to the welfare of the patient in clinical settings, as well as of the subject involved in scientific research experiments.

c)     Proper safeguards should be maintained whenever a clinical patient or experimental subject is exposed to unusual stress or other form of risk. When stress or risk is involved, the patient or subject should be informed and give consent. When in doubt regarding the ethical principles and risks involved, the practitioner should consult with appropriate qualified colleagues who are also experts in hypnosis.


2-      Applications of Hypnosis to Professional Work

a)     For every CAHA member who intends to use hypnosis for clinical or experimental purpose, attendance at a training course that meets the standards of ISH training is advised.

b)     By virtue of their membership, CAHA members are responsible for using hypnosis within the limitations of their professional work and only for those purposes for which they are qualified, licensed and/or certified by the Ministry of Health. This implies that those members who use hypnosis for clinical or therapeutic purpose should have undertaken, or be undertaking, a professional qualification in that kind of therapy recognized by the Health Service, Social Services or Department of Education of their country.

c)     Members’ use of hypnosis in their professional work should be fully compatible with the professional standards and duties of their work and the related expectations of their superiors, employers and professional association.

d)     Exceptions are made for students in training in the appropriate sciences or professions. If the law permits any future changes, CAHA recognizes that hypnosis may be appropriately used by nurses or paramedical assistants under the constant and direct supervision of a person whose credentials and training would permit membership in CAHA and who has an agreed commitment to its code of ethics..


3-      The Undertaking of Private Therapy

a)     Members may be approached by the public for private consultation and therapy by virtue of belonging to CAHA. If an CAHA member, so approached, intends to see such a person as a private patient, he or she must first ensure that the person is fully aware of the treatment facilities available to them within the Health Service and through the Education Department.

b)     CAHA members should only undertake private therapy if it is compatible with the rules and ethics of their professional association and the professional standards and duties of their work. They should restrict their private work to those problems which they are qualified to undertake within the Health Service, Social Services or Department of Education.


4-      Teaching of hypnosis and its application in non-professional work

a)     A member of CAHA should not support the clinical or experimental practice as well as the teaching of hypnosis by those without hypnosis training that meets the standards of the ISH and the laws on this subject in our country.

b)     A member of CAHA shall not give instruction involving the teaching of hypnotic techniques to individuals or groups which include persons currently ineligible for CAHA membership. Lectures informing lay persons about hypnosis are permitted only when they do not include demonstrations or didactic material involving hypnotic induction techniques. Lay people are those who are considered to be ineligible for CAHA membership.

c)     Consultations with lay representatives of the press or another communication media are permitted in order to benefit the knowledge and understanding of the public in matters pertaining to hypnosis. Talks with lay representatives of the press and radio or TV appearance are welcomed so long as these are consistent with the aims of the CAHA and its Ethical Guidelines.


5-      Use of the Association’s Name

Only current individual CAHA members may use the initials and the logo of CAHA after their names. However, wherever it is possible, members must specify the full name of the Clinical and Applied Hypnosis Association, for the purpose of informing and educating the public.


6-      Hypnosis and Entertainment

a)     No CAHA member should offer services for the purpose of public entertainment or collaborate with any person or agency engaged in public entertainment.

b)     If an CAHA member transgresses these Ethical Guidelines and is brought to the attention of the Board of Directors, then the Chair of the CAHA Committee on Ethical Practices will contact that member for an explanation and investigate the transgression. The outcome of that investigation will determine if the person may retain membership in the CAHA.


7-      Ending remarks

It is recognized that no Code of Ethics can cover all the practices considered ethical. Thus, it is expected that clinicians, teachers, and researchers in the field of hypnosis should abide by their own Professional Codes of Conduct and the Laws and Statues of their own Country.