The purpose of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) Standards of Practice is to define a scope of practice for its members. The organization realizes that a certain percentage of its members work with hypnosis and other modalities in conjunction with practices that include; Clergy, Medical Practitioners, Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Stress Consultants, Nurses, NLP Practitioners, Licensed Massage Therapists, Hypnotists, Hypnotherapists Biofeedback Specialists, Nutritionists, Educators, Mental Health Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors and others.
It is recommended that the member use a "Disclosure/Consent" form.
It is recommended that the client sign a "Consent To Receive Treatment' form that includes an explanation of the various techniques that he/she is qualified to practice.
It is recommended that the member not treat, prescribe for, or diagnose any condition outside of their educational qualifications.
It is recommended that the practitioner not use alternative techniques as a replacement for medical treatment, psychological services or counseling.
It is understood that anything beyond their scope of practice be referred to another professional.
It is recommended that if the member is solely a facilitator of hypnosis, that he not perform in any capacity that would require a license under the laws and regulations of the state or province in which they operate.
It is recommended that when working with other professionals, the client sign and date a "Record of Release" form that gives the member permission to discuss the client's case.
It is recommended that member follows the rules and regulations that are required for their profession(s) by their state or province.
If the member has achieved educational training and has met the requirements that qualify him/her to practice other modalities, he/she must be very clear about which modality they intend to practice and when they are practicing it.
IACT encourages its members to be clear about their scope of practice, as it is important to present their services in an ethical and professional manner.