Citations Affected: IC 25-20.5; noncode.
Synopsis: Hypnotist school accreditation. Amends definition of
hypnotism. Provides that no two members of the committee may belong
to the same professional hypnosis association. Provides that the hours
of hypnotism education completed by an individual who applies for a
certificate as a hypnotist must be from an Indiana school or program of
hypnotism approved by the Indiana commission on proprietary
education or from any other state approved school or program that the
commission finds has requirements as stringent as those necessary for
the commission's approval of an Indiana school or program of
hypnotism. (Under current law the hours must be from a school or
program of hypnotism approved by the Indiana medical licensing
board.). Prohibits practices regarding hypnotist advertising and
Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2000.
January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
January 20, 2000, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 24, 2000, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
January 25, 2000, engrossed.
January 27, 2000, read third time, passed. Yeas 40, nays 8.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
professions and occupations.
SECTION 1. IC 25-20.5-1-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 4. As used in this
chapter, "hypnotism" means a temporary condition of altered or
intensified attention induced in an individual by a person who professes
to be a hypnotist, in which the condition is characterized by a variety
of phenomena that appear spontaneously or in response to verbal or
other stimuli, including the following phenomena:
(1) Alterations in consciousness and memory.
(2) Increased suggestibility.
(3) The production of responses and ideas unfamiliar to the individual in the individual's usual state of mind.
The term includes neurolinguistic programming, transformational imagery, guided imagery, and visualization.
SECTION 2. IC 25-20.5-1-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 7. (a) There is created a six (6) member Indiana hypnotist committee to assist the board in carrying out this chapter regarding the qualifications and examinations
of hypnotists. The committee is comprised of:
(1) three (3) hypnotists;
(2) one (1) physician licensed under IC 25-22.5;
(3) one (1) licensed psychologist who has received a health service provider endorsement under IC 25-33-1-5.1; and
(4) one (1) individual who is a resident of Indiana and who is not associated with hypnotism in any way, other than as a consumer.
(b) The governor shall make each appointment for a term of three (3) years. Each hypnotist appointed must:
(1) be a certified hypnotist for at least three (3) years under this chapter;
(2) have at least three (3) years experience in the actual practice of hypnotism immediately preceding appointment; and
(3) be a resident of Indiana and actively engaged in the practice of hypnotism while a member of the committee.
(c) Not more than three (3) members of the committee may be from the same political party. A member of the
required to be a member of a professional hypnosis association.
However, no two (2) hypnotist members appointed to the
committee may belong to the same professional hypnosis
(d) A member of the committee may be removed for cause by the governor.
(e) The board shall appoint a chairman from among the members of the committee.
SECTION 3. IC 25-20.5-1-11 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 11. (a) An individual who applies for a certificate as a hypnotist must do the following:
(1) Present satisfactory evidence to the committee that the individual:
(A) does not have a conviction for a crime that has a direct bearing on the individual's ability to practice competently;
(B) has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual was not able to practice as a hypnotist without endangering the public; and
(C) has at least three hundred fifty (350) hours of hypnotism education from
a an Indiana school or program of hypnotism
that is approved by the board that includes Indiana
commission on proprietary education (referred to as "the
commission" in this clause) under IC 20-1-19 or from any
other state approved school or program that is found by
the commission to have requirements as stringent as
necessary for the commission's approval of an Indiana
school or program of hypnotism, including the following:
(i) At least one hundred fifty (150) hours of supervised practice of hypnotism with a qualified supervisor, with not less than one (1) hour of personal supervision for every fifteen (15) hours of supervised practice.
(ii) At least one hundred fifty (150) hours of classroom instruction in the practice of hypnotism. A classroom hour may not be less than a fifty (50) minute period of instruction with both the instructor and student in attendance. Classroom instruction does not include video tape correspondence courses or other forms of electronic presentation.
(iii) At least fifty (50) hours of video tape instruction in the practice of hypnotism. Video tape instruction may be used as a home study assignment.
(2) Pay the fee established by the board.
(b) An individual may not enroll in a school or program of hypnotism to satisfy the requirement under subsection (a)(1)(C) unless the individual:
(1) is at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
(2) has graduated from high school or received a:
(A) high school equivalency certificate; or
(B) state of Indiana general education development (GED) diploma under IC 20-10.1-12.1.
SECTION 4. IC 25-20.5-1-24 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 24. A hypnotist may not use, advocate, teach, or condone the following practices while engaged in the practice of hypnotism or advertising hypnotism services:
(2) Satanic rituals.
(4) Spirit or demon depossession.
SECTION 5. P.L.175-1997, SECTION 8, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: (a) The governor shall make the initial appointments to the Indiana hypnotist committee established by IC 25-20.5-1-7, as added by this act, before July 1, 1997.
(b) Notwithstanding IC 25-20.5-1-7, as added by this act, the initial terms of office of the members of the Indiana hypnotist committee are as follows: