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Post Illinois
on: July 8, 2011, 19:49

The clinical psychology law has been amended to give psychologists practice protection in Illinois. However, the legislature has passed a broad exemption for hypnotherapists as part of the psychology law, with the consent of the Illinois Psychology Association and the Illinois Medical Society. This exemption forms a "cut out" in the scope of practice for the medical and psychology acts. Provided a hypnotist does not attempt to diagnose or independently work with a medical or mental disease, and stays within the general description of hypnotism in authoritative textbooks, the hypnotists may practice in Illinois without needing to be licensed as a physician or psychologist. This exemption was passed as the result of five years of work by a union legislative team. The exemption was signed into law on August 28, 1997 and is PA 90-473 and is a match to the Guild Standard although it does not require the use of a Client Bill of Rights. Most hypnotists in this state conform to the Guild Standard voluntarily.

Periodically the hypnotists in this state introduce legislation intended to insure their visibility in the state capital, and did so in 2004. They also do informational lobbying even while there is no bill pending. The NGH Legislative Team keeps itself visible to all state hypnotists by participation in the local “non-denominational” hypnosis conference, the Mid-America Hypnosis Conference.

Approval by the Illinois Department of Education is required to teach courses intended to prepare persons to practice hypnotism as a livlihood. There are currently two state-approved hypnotism schools in Illinois.

Guild state-approved hypnosis schools in Illinois. They are:

Alternative Practitioner Academy/Leidecker Institute
273 E. Chicago Street
Elgin Illinois 60120
(847) 760-5000

Inner Awareness Hypnosis Center
113 Fairfield Way, Ste.204
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Mitchell Institute of Professional Hypnosis
2700 W Lawrence Suite J4
Springfield, IL 62704

Glad to help
Scot Giles
Legislative and Governmental Concerns Liaison, NFH 104
Advisory Board, National Guild of Hypnotists
Diplomate and Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists
Council, Order of Braid

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