The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) membership includes psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, medical doctors, masters-level nurses, dentists and chiropractors.
ASCH is considered the governing and licensing body for health care professionals practicing clinical hypnosis. ASCH provides workshops for training clinicians in this field.
To be eligible for training and certification through ASCH, one has to be a certified health professional.
There are many “schools of hypnosis” that people can attend, but they do not have the strict requirements that ASCH does.
In contrast to ASCH, people attending these “lay schools of hypnosis” can be truck drivers, computer programmers, etc.
Now, there is nothing wrong with truck drivers or computer programmers! We each contribute to society in our own way.
And, I believe that people with medical and mental health training bring something to the table that people who are not trained in these healing professions cannot.
For more information about ASCH, please visit ASCH.net.