Historical Perspective of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis:
In 1972 the requirement for ABPP status for application was modified; prior to 1972 the ABPH required candidates to be ABPP diplomates. Now clinical applicants must be eligible for ABPP certification. During the 1960 Presidency of Dr. John Watkins, the APA Board of Professional Affairs recognized ABPH. This was a significant development because ABPH became, and still is, the only certification board outside of the American Board of Professional Psychology to be recognized by the APA and subsequently by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. That ruling is as follows:
"In view of the high standards of training and competence represented by the diploma of the
American Board of Examiners in Psychological Hypnosis, it was voted by BPA that APA members
who are ABEPH Diplomates be appropriately listed in the APA Directory beginning with the 1961
In 1971 Dr. Erika Fromm established a liaison Committee between APA's Division 30 and ABPH. During this period, Division 30 used ABPH diplomate certification "as a basis for evaluating applications for Fellows in this Division." In 1986, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) requested the names of all ABPH diplomates for publication in their materials, as does the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). Beginning with the 1977 meeting ABPH used a written and an oral examination. The requirement for the written examination has since been eliminated.