Report on being a public guest at Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapist Advisory Committee Meeting was held on January 23rd, 2014 By Jackie Foskett, CH
This is by memory, but I was pretty focused, so I think I can say this report is accurately represented!
The following North Puget Sound area hypnotherapists attended the meeting as well as carpooled together. Jackie Foskett, Young Seo, and Lura LeFevere
Ray Zukowski and Howard Batie were also in attendance from the south area. There was another person, whom I never met, seated in our same area. Tim Livingston, a Certified Counselor was also present as a public guest.
All committee members were present, although the committee is still lacking 2 public members. There were 6 (maybe 7) Health Dept staff that oversee this committee, present as well.
To summarize: This meeting was an official Advisory Committee meeting that happens quarterly that focused on the agenda presented.
The items on the agenda were as follows: Rules update
Global Assessment of Functioning Tool-this has to do with how certified counselors determine how to practice within the scope of their legal practice limitations. The original “tool” that was legislated in has now been removed due to a recoding of the DSM 5 so they are looking for a new “tool”. This may require a change in the law.
Manager Reports Focused on: Executive Director Updates Licensing stats Budget Fee Increase for certified counselors and certified advisors (this is in response to the cost of having to “credential” the counselors…loss of revenue because so many dropped out and did not go for the credentialing process…and more
Continuing ed –regarding international studies and how they can be applied to the certified counselors and certified advisors credits—a subcommittee was formed.
ByLaws were revised and reviewed….and need approval….tabled for next meeting, so members could re-read everything.
Legislative Meet Me Calls—These are weekly calls that a member sits in on to get info about other aspects of proposed or revised legislation that may somehow cross over to members of who this committee represents. They needed a back up person to the person already committed.
Assistant Attorney General’s report-She had nothing to report on.
Public Comment: Ray Zukowski wondered why the Hypnotherapists are even in this group/committee. Answer: they’ve been lumped together for such a long time….no changes will be made (or something to that effect!) Ray also wondered why hypnotherapists have to be “registered” at all, as there are EFT’ers, coaches, and many more who are not “registered”.
No clear answer, except…since it was decided whenever to “register” the hypnotherapist and that is a law…it’s very difficult to make a case to the legislators who are up to their necks in so many other areas of law to take away such registration. It’s a protection to the public and you’d immediately get a review of what is being done to protect the public.
There is currently at least one case that is pending with a hypnotherapist who sexually abused his clients…they say if that gets headlines in the news, as did the cases with the counselors, then we could be on our way to the same “credentialing” process as the counselors ended up with. Nothing is at all being discussed about this at present time, but it behooves us to stay tuned to make sure nothing does come up. Howard Batie asked for more background checks on people wanting to be registered as a hypnotherapist to ensure better protection for the public, but it was noted that there is already a background/police/criminal check for anyone applying to get registered for a hypnotherapist.
That pretty much covered the topics of public comments.
Consent agenda was next Future Agenda items Adjournment