Download Guidelines

The Purpose Behind These Download Guidelines:

These guidelines were designed to let members create and share hypnosis downloads. This may include website presentations, DVDs, CDs, YouTube videos or websites. The entire purpose behind these guidelines is to let members promote their presentations without setting rules about what they create.

Compliance: Only members are bound by the guidelines of the IACHT. If you are a member, it is recommended that you follow the guidelines, although the only mandatory requirement is to follow the first and second guidelines.

Target Audience: The recordings that are mentioned in these guidelines are intended for the use of consumers and self-hypnosis. They are not intended to by didactic training to amateur hypnotists.

Information That Must Be Given to Consumers

1. Liabilities and Responsibilities: IACHT members can create and market their recordings, but the IACHT does not review, approve or edit these recordings. It is the responsibility of the creator to ensure that the recordings are monitored and edited. The IACHT does not take any responsibility for the recordings and is not liable for any damages incurred through them. The creators indemnify both societies for any known or unknown damages that may occur.

2. Purpose and Use: These recordings are intended to educate or teach about self-hypnosis. Any other purpose is not allowed.

3. Credentials: Please provide us with information about your credentials, experience, licensure, professional association affiliations and any other relevant information.

4. Recordings Versus Consultations: A recording does not replace a face-to-face consultation. It is not a substitute for care from a licensed health professional.

5. Purpose of the Recordings: Make sure to address the goals that will be covered in the recording and what the consumer can expect.

6. How the Recordings Are Used: Provide the consumer with guidance about how they can use the recording. Include cautionary information about what the recording can and cannot help with. Recordings should provide guidance on how to deal with distractions and any other recommendations for the consumer.

7. Research Information: If there is research available about the topic, inform the consumer about the present state of the field.

8. Self-Hypnosis Descriptions: Let the consumer know what self-hypnosis is, how it works and what they can expect. This may be done through a description of self-hypnosis and how it changes medical conditions, thought patterns and habits.

9. Conquering Unreasonable Expectations With Facts: Discuss the expectations that are reasonable from hypnosis. At the same time, address any fears or myths about how hypnosis works. These could be falsehoods like “it cures cancer” or a fear that the consumer may lose control.

10. Unfounded Claims About Hypnosis: Do not make claims that are not backed by research. Also, do not state or imply that hypnosis is a way to control other people.

11. Working With Therapists: Members should recommend that consumers speak with their therapist before listening to any hypnosis download. If the consumer is in psychological treatment, their therapist should discuss any contraindications or problems that the consumer should be wary about.

12. When to Stop: Let the consumer know that they should stop using the recording if they do not see results or if they are having problems. Instead, the consumer should seek treatment from a mental health professional.