British Association of Medical Hypnosis (BAMH)
The British Association of Medical Hypnosis is primarily a medical organization. Full membership of the BAMH is open only to holders of a medical or dental degree (e.g. MBBS or BDS).
Advanced Practitioner Graduates from the LCCH or graduates with equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply for affiliate membership. Affiliate members are required to have completed at least one full year's membership of their own appropriate hypnotherapy society/association. In addition, they must be proposed by two members of the BAMH.
Affiliates will be requested to submit two case histories each year - taken from their own practice - outlining the presenting condition, the hypnotherapeutic method used for treatment, and the clinical outcome. The format for submission of case histories will be as directed by the Executive Committee of the BAMH. Associate membership will be available after a period of three years' affiliation.
The LCCH believes that a medical body with strict educational and postgraduate educational requirements, a code of ethics, and a complaints and disciplinary procedure is the way forward for the hypnotherapeutic profession in countries which currently lack formal legislation. The BAMH also accepts non-medical members and therefore does not restrict the criteria of associate membership to any discipline other than clinical hypnosis. A dialogue between the UK government and such an organization may well lead to overdue legislation to regulate the activities of hypnotherapy practitioners.