Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH (2015)

Upon entering the community of clinicians who employ hypnosis in their clinical work, I was struck by their generosity, their creativity and their willingness to share and demonstrate what they had learned.  I realized that many of the things that I was already doing were, in fact, hypnotic.  The difference now was that I was using them with greater awareness and strategic intent.

My decision to pursue board certification in psychological hypnosis grew out of my awareness that my training was primarily in one orientation.  I knew that preparing for the board examination would require me to develop a more well-rounded understanding of the breadth and depth of the field.   When I began this process, I had no idea how true that would be.  Beyond the historical, theoretical and research material with which I became familiar, there were the influences on my clinical work.  The contact I sought with colleagues and luminaries in the field allowed me to truly appreciate what it means to become a diplomate.

Since having become a diplomate, several friends and colleagues have approached me about the process and my experience.  With each of them I have shared the challenges and the joys of my preparation and examination, highlighting the interest of the Board in propagating and perpetuating a standard of excellence and a corps of knowledgeable professionals who can speak to the complexities and intricacies of the field, knowledge of the history and familiarity with current research.

How we represent and present the field of hypnosis, both within and beyond our community, is another dimension of being a diplomate.  For me, the opportunity to pay forward the kindness, wisdom and generosity that my mentors and colleagues showed me, is a debt that I am glad and eager to repay.

I embarked upon this journey to augment and expand my knowledge base.  I had little idea of how that pursuit, the road to becoming a diplomate, would influence my theoretical foundation and enhance my clinical efficacy.  These discoveries have been an unexpected joy.