Codes of Ethics
For the maintenance of good practice, the promotion of
unity and the encouragement of continuing development
within the profession of Hypnotherapy, all members of
Hypnotic World International Academy of Hypnotherapy
(HWIAH) undertake to:
Always maintain standards of the highest professional
Conduct themselves at all times in accord with their
status and do nothing that might bring Hypnotherapy or
the HWIAH into disrepute.
Provide a service to clients only in those areas in
which they have trained and demonstrated competence, and
for which they carry full professional indemnity
insurance that is acceptable to the HWIAH.
Disclose full details of all relevant training,
experience and qualifications to clients upon request.
Make no claim that they hold specific qualifications
unless such claim can be totally substantiated.
Explain fully to clients in advance of any treatment,
fees, terms of payment, session length, and any charges
levied for non-attendance or cancelled appointments.
Be aware of their own limitations and experience and
whenever appropriate, be prepared to refer a client on
to another more suitable practitioner (whether or not
that practitioner be a member of the HWIAH) who might
reasonably be expected to offer suitable treatment.
Ensure that clients seeking therapy for the relief of
physical symptoms are advised to contact a registered
Medical Practitioner, unless they have already done so.
Refrain from offering advice to a client which conflicts
with or is contrary to that given by the client’s
registered medical advisor/s.
Accept that any client referred to them by a registered
Medical Practitioner (or other relevant agency) remains
the clinical responsibility of the Medical Practitioner
(or agency) and therefore to agree to keep that Medical
Practitioner (or agency) suitably informed of the
Ensure that client notes and records are kept secure and
confidential and that the use of computer records
remains within the terms of the Data Protection Act
Always obtain written permission from the client (or
client's parents/guardians if appropriate) before
recording client sessions by any method other than
Confidentiality must be observed at all times unless:
(a) It is in the best interest of the client/patient to
disclose relevant information;
(b) the client/patient has given their permission to
(c) where the law requires disclosure;
(d) when sharing information with fellow professionals.
In the latter case, client anonymity must be guaranteed;
(e) in the event of a complaint being made against them,
subject to the complainant providing written consent for
their notes and records to be made available, members
may be required to provide this information to the
Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the
client and any person who may be accompanying them
Ensure that their workplace and all facilities offered
to both clients and their companions will be in every
respect suitable and appropriate for the service
Refrain from using their position of trust to exploit
the client emotionally, sexually, financially or in
other way whatsoever.
Refrain from commencing any sort of relationship with
any client, past or present, other than a therapeutic
one. Clients must remain solely as clients. Members are
strongly advised against working with friends or family
for anything other than simple relaxation work or other
Terminate treatment at the earliest moment consistent
with the good care of the client.
Not permit considerations of religion, nationality,
gender, gender preference, disability, politics, or
social standing to adversely influence client treatment.
Where there is a potential for this situation to exist,
i.e. where a therapist is not at ease with some aspect
of the client's 'way of being', then it is part of that
therapist's duty of care to refer the client on to
another suitable practitioner.
Notify the HWIAH, in writing, of any change in practice
name, contact address, telephone number or e-mail
address, at the earliest convenient moment.