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June 2023, Quarterly Message

Joni Brewer, Speaker, June 24 OHA Presentation

Joni Brewer, OHA President

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June 24, 2023 OHA Journal

While preparing for our upcoming Board meeting, I read our Mission Statement and thought that we might look at it a little closer this month. After all, this is what OHA is all about – when our focus is on our mission statement, we know we’re going in the right direction.

Provide a forum for free exchange of ideas, techniques, and occupational discussions concerning hypnotherapy. This is such a powerful area for us. Whenever we get together as a group .and share ideas and techniques it quickly becomes obvious the breadth and depth of knowledge that’s in our organization. There has never been a meeting where I haven’t learned something – not just from the presenters but also from our members.

The diversity of the training and the pushing-of-the-boundaries sometimes, without fear of censorship, is what makes this a great organization; the willingness to entertain and explore new ideas, perhaps tweak what we already do, is what keeps us sharp and allows us to help our clients more effectively and efficiently.

Provide a referral resource for securing quality training in hypnotherapy in the Pacific Northwest. There are talented trainers in our area and it’s great that we’re able to confidently send people interested in learning hypnosis to those trainers.

Offer educational resources pertinent to the professional exercise of hypnotherapy. OHA has a Standards and Best Practices page on the website. Recognize hypnotherapy as a separate and distinct profession. It appears that hypnosis is gaining traction with the general public as a distinct profession and a viable solution for many issues.

Provide quality continuing education resources for members and the communities in which members offer their services. When you attend an event that OHA holds, you receive 5 CEU’s. If you register for the event but then can’t attend, you can watch the replay and get the CEU’s that way.

Books are a great educational resource and Tish Paquette leads a book club that meets every month to share what people have learned from the chosen book. And yes, you can get CEU’s from reading the books to apply to your required 15 CEU’s per year.

If you have a specific question, you can ask it on the Facebook page and receive an answer from one of your colleagues.

Offer referral services for Hypnotherapist members. All members can have their information on the OHA website if they desire.

Offer the public a source of accurate information about hypnotherapy. The FAQ page has lots of great information.

Acknowledge and promote Hypnotherapy as a valid professional complement to licensed medical and psychological services. Making sure that we get referrals and have ongoing contact with the other professionals that our client is working with, we can promote hypnosis as an effective method of helping their patients achieve positive outcomes. There are many hypnotists that have most of their practice based on referrals from other licensed practitioners.

Is there something that you have to offer that supports our Mission Statement? I’d love to hear from you.

Do not look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today, do not let yourself be cheated out of it. – Henry Ward Beecher

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