The British Institute (BIH) was established in 1984.It’s two primary aims today, are to offer information for the public, who are searching for help with health and well-being issues and looking for a suitable practitioner to help them.Secondly, to organise and monitor a register of practitioners; those who are qualified, insured and competent to use a range of skills primarily Hypnotherapy and NLP, in an ethical and professional manner.
Professional Hypnotherapy Provision in UK today
As a registering organisation, the BIH is a member of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)formed in 1997.UKCHO established guidelines for standards and worked toward Voluntary Regulation from 2000-2010.
The profession of Hypnotherapy in the UK today, is now independently regulated by the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council(CNHC).BIH practitioner members are qualified, insured and committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional competence.Accordingly, the BIH Code of Conduct & Ethics together with the Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures are in place to ensure the Public have recourse if necessary.
BIH Practitioner Membership -
The criteria for membership with the BIH, depends upon the quality and level of training to practitioner status.For the newly qualified practitioner, supervision is also required for at least the first 3 years so that the nature of the work with clients can be monitored, (maintaining confidentiality of clients).All BIH members hold Professional Indemnity Insurance in place as a condition of their membership.Many offer their Professional Profile and this really helps in the process of finding a suitable practitioner.The CNHC stipulates regular Continued Professional Development as a condition of membership with them, so does the BIH.