Standards of Practice

The purpose of Results Therapy International (RTI) Standards of Practice is to define the scope of practice for its members.

RTI realizes that a certain percentage of its members work with hypnosis as their primary vocation and others work with hypnosis as an adjunctive modality or “blend” with other professions such as: Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Psychotherapy, Medical Professions, Dentistry and Holistic Healing, etc.

In order to clarify the standards of practice for our RTI members, we have established seven categories titled Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3, Scope 4, Scope 5, Scope 6, and Scope 7, which are described below.

RTI encourages its members to be clear about their scope of practice, as it is important to present hypnotherapy in an ethical and professional manner. These RTI members are to follow the rules and regulations that are required for their profession(s) by their province and/or governing organisation.

SCOPE I

Scope I refers to the RTI Associate Member who does not practice hypnotherapy. Members are not licensed or certified in the field of hypnotherapy. These individuals are not facilitators of hypnotherapy however they wish to help grow the field of profession.

SCOPE 2

Scope 2 refers to the RTI Student Member who is in the process of learning to become a hypnotherapist. Members are not licensed or certified in the field of hypnotherapy. These individuals are students of hypnotherapy and their primary function is to acquire the proper training to become a licensed and certified hypnotherapist.

Students are required to complete practicum sessions. It is recommended that all practicum participants sign a “Consent to Receive Hypnotherapy” form. It is recommended that the student have a “Disclosure/Consent” form that includes the following:

  • The student does not diagnose any condition or illness.
  • The student is a facilitator of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and is not practising any other profession that requires a license, registration or certification under the laws and regulations of the Province or State in which they practice.
  • Hypnotherapy is not a replacement for medical treatment, psychological services or psychiatry. Should the student suspect that a client undergoing hypnotherapy is suffering from an undiagnosed illness or condition, they immediately refer the client to their primary care physician.

These students are being trained to work independently and also in a complementary manner with physicians, counsellors and health care professionals. When working with other professionals, the client is to sign and date a “Records Release” form that gives the student and complementary care professional(s) permission to discuss the client’s case. Anything beyond the student’s scope of practice will be referred to a professional.

SCOPE 3

Scope 3 refers to the RTI Certified Hypnotherapist (CHt) whose sole practice is hypnotherapy. Members are not licensed or certified in any other profession and are trained to work independently in the field of hypnosis. These individuals are facilitators of hypnosis and their primary function is to assist clients.

It is recommended that the client sign a “Consent to Receive Hypnotherapy” form. It is recommended that the hypnotherapist have a “Disclosure/Consent” form that includes the following:

  • The hypnotherapist does not diagnose any condition or illness.
  • The hypnotherapist is a facilitator of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and is not practising any other profession that requires a license, registration or certification under the laws and regulations of the Province or State in which they practice.
  • Hypnotherapy is not a replacement for medical treatment, psychological services or psychiatry. Should the hypnotherapist suspect that a client undergoing hypnotherapy is suffering from an undiagnosed illness or condition, they immediately refer the client to their primary care physician.

These hypnotherapists are trained to work independently and also in a complementary manner with physicians, counsellors and health care professionals. When working with other professionals, the client is to sign and date a “Records Release” form that gives the hypnotherapist and complementary care professional(s) permission to discuss the client’s case. Anything beyond the hypnotherapist’s scope of practice will be referred to another professional.

SCOPE 4

Scope 4 refers to the RTI Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt) who works with hypnosis as a blend with other disciplines.

In the event that the RTI member has achieved educational training and has met the professional requirements that qualify him/her to practice other alternative or complementary modalities that do not require licensing, or to be registered or certified in his/her province. The practitioner must be very clear about which modality he/she is practising and when he/she is practising it and that their blending of modalities must be in accordance with the professional guidelines of each modality they use in the treatment protocol of their clients.

It is recommended that the Practitioner have a “Statement of Disclosure” form that presents to clients an explanation of the various techniques that he/she is qualified to practice and the restrictions (if any) that may apply to the blending of modalities agreed to between the client and practitioner. All non-hypnosis treatment protocols must be limited to less than 49% of the total treatment of any client.

SCOPE 5

Scope 5 refers to the RTI Certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (CCCHt) whose practice is Advanced Counselling-Hypnotherapy. Members are not licensed or certified in any other profession and are trained to work independently in the field of Counselling-Hypnosis and encompass Scope 3. These individuals are facilitators of the client’s journey and their primary function is to assist clients to accomplish their goals.

RTI members who are Certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapists by RTI have advanced training in the areas of Clinical Assessment, Crisis Intervention, Suicide Assessment and Prevention, Skilled Helper Counselling Process, Grief and Loss Support, Working Knowledge of the DSM-TR-IV, Hypnoanalysis, Parts Mediation Therapy, Inner Child Work and Regression.

These Certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapists are trained to work independently and also in a complementary manner with physicians and mental health care professionals. When working with other professionals, the client is to sign and date a “Records Release” form that gives the Certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist and complementary care professional(s) permission to discuss the client’s case. Anything beyond the Certified Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist’s scope of practice will be referred to another professional. Also, Testimonials of advanced treatment “client success”(Hypnoanalysis, PMT, Inner Child Work, Regression etc.) must not be used in advertising or as part of the marketing and promotion of an RTI member’s private practice.

SCOPE 6

Scope 6 refers to the RTI member who is licensed, registered or certified in his/her province or state to practice medicine or psychotherapy or other health care service as a professional including alternative and/or complementary modalities.

SCOPE 7

Scope 7 refers to the RTI Approved Instructor who is teaching the College of Professional Hypnotherapy curriculum through a College of Professional Hypnotherapy Licensed School.