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Candidates for the ABMH examination ought to consider their preparation an exercise in obtaining expertise and authority in the field of hypnosis in general and their area of practice specifically. Using the successful completion of the ABMH examination as a benchmark, physicians applying to be Diplomates of the ABMH ought to consider this course of study as the beginning of their mastery in the field. With this perspective in mind, and given the imperatives of clinical practice and business of our daily lives, it is recommended that the candidate allow six months of study prior to taking the examination.

It is strongly recommended that the candidate read and study these or similar general texts:

  • Titnerow, M: Foundations of Hypnosis from Mesmer to Freud
  • Wester WC Smith AH: Clinical Hypnosis: a Multidisciplimnary Approach
  • Rossi EL Cheek DB: Mind-Body Therapy: Methods of Ideodynamic Healing in Hypnosis
  • Rossi EL (ed): The Collected Papers of Milton H. Erickson
  • Lynn SJ Rhue: Theories of Hypnosis: current models and perspectives.
  • Olness KN Kohen DP: Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children
  • Crasilneck HB.Hall JA: Clinical Hypnosis
  • Wester WC O'Grady DJ (eds.): Clinical Hypnosis with Children
  • Hilgard ER Hilgard J: Hypnosis in the Relief of Pain
  • Voit R and Delaney M: Hypnosis in Clinical Practice
  • Hammond DC: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors

In addition, candidates ought to review:

  • The last decade’s major hypnosis journals (e.g., AJCH, IJCEH); and
  • Be conversant in the mainstream and hypnosis literature relevant to their area of clinical expertise.

ABMH members are available and willing to act as mentors in this preparation process. Please contact us through

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