The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association, providing the endorsement of your hypnotherapy skills that clients are looking for.
Not just another professional body
The AHA is the National Registration Body for hypnotherapists and has been the premier association for hypnotherapy and hypnotherapists since 1949, it is the oldest and largest hypnotherapy organisation in Australia. Registration with such a professional body reflects a hypnotherapist’s willingness to demonstrate to the public a strong desire to be accountable. Registration is the only formal process that members of the public can rely on in relation to standards and accountability.
Therefore, if you are looking for a professional Hypnotherapy Association to join… then this is the one. Not only is the AHA the oldest Hypnotherapy Association in Australia, it is also the largest independent Hypnotherapy Association in Australia. The AHA is the voice for professional hypnotherapists.
The functions of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association Board include:
- overseeing the registration of hypnotherapists;
- the development of the hypnotherapy profession standards;
- the handling of notifications and complaints in relation to the profession; and
- the assessment of overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia.
- offering Strategic Leadership. As the governance body of the largest national hypnotherapy association in Australia, the AHA Board has an important strategic leadership role. It is the body that the various Federal Government departments and other national bodies have historically turned to when seeking the collective views of Australia’s professional hypnotherapists.
What is the AHA?
The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association came about by a small group of clinical hypnotherapists who had already been practicing for a number of years and who came together because they were determined to set high ethical and professional standards for the hypnotherapy profession in Australia. They searched each other out to support each other and share their knowledge. That happened in 1949 and AHA members have been continuing this practice of sharing their knowledge ever since….
The AHA is administered by a Board of Directors, elected each year by the members. The Board includes professional hypnotherapists, counsellors, registered nurses, health care workers and psychologists who are actively involved in clinical hypnotherapy. The AHA has steadily grown in membership and now has members in nearly every state of Australia and as far a field as New Zealand; Russia; Thailand, Hong Kong and London.
Members of the AHA come from many nationality backgrounds, making a wide range of languages available for clients seeking hypnotherapy. The range of languages spoken include: Afrikaans, Arabic, Egyptian, French, Cantonese, Dutch, Greek, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mauri, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
The AHA is in complete agreement with the medical profession in its opposition to the type of ‘hypnotist’ who makes wild and exaggerated claims. A Hypnotherapist who is a member of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association is governed by a sworn code of ethics to take the deepest possible interest in every patient, to be at all times conscientious, persevering, kind, patient, thorough and trustworthy and to treat all information acquired during treatment as highly confidential.
How can you become a member of the AHA?
To be a member of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association, it does not matter where you learnt – what matters is that you are able to show the Board that you are properly trained and know your hypnosis. Prospective members are examined in the relevant areas of hypnotherapy including, psychology and counselling as well as the clinical applications of hypnotherapy.
Prospective members also need to pass a psychological assessment to protect the public by ensuring that they are suitable persons to carry out therapy. Prospective members now need to provide the AHA with a clean Police check and / or Working with Children Check. Then once accepted as members, they are required to enter into a supervisory relationship with an experienced supervisor throughout their period of membership. All members are sworn to uphold the professional and ethical standards of the AHA as they are set out in the Association’s Code of Ethics.
See the AHA Prospectus and Application Form for further information.
The Department of Health and Aging, has actively encouraged the AHA and some of the other associations to continue its work together towards promoting the status of Voluntary Self-regulation (VSR) for the hypnotherapy profession. In this regard, the AHA is currently participating, along with other professional bodies, in establishing a Working Group for Hypnotherapy Self-Regulation. The WGFHSR purpose is to explore ways in which the industry may progress towards Voluntary Self-regulation.
The AHA’s primary responsibility is for the ongoing registration of individual practitioners and setting the criteria for the validation of Recognised Training Courses. The AHA is proudly independent and does not have a direct relationship with any one particular teaching institution.
So what does that mean? It means that we evaluate our members by their academic output and not just because they have done a course by the school that has established an association just to accredit its own students. Therefore as the oldest and largest independent Hypnosis Association in Australia, if you are an Australian or International hypnotherapist (or a school looking for a professional Association for your students) and wish to become a member please contact the national membership secretary Rachel Ford on the AHA Free Advisory line 1800 067 557.
AHA members are trained, examined and sworn to maintain the highest standards and ethics. The Australian Hypnotherapists Association’s membership includes: Professional Hypnotherapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and many other Health Care Professionals.
We invite you to explore this site and discover more about the AHA and professional clinical Hypnotherapy.