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"I have attended hypnosis institutions around the country and I can say with complete honesty and confidence that the National Board has provided me with the absolute highest quality of support..... "
Burt Yaroch, Dallas Hypnosis Institute
"Thanks to you I have a greatly improved life to celebrate this Christmas. I feel more like giving to others because I feel better about myself. "
Donald Murphy, Cailf.
"Just a note to you on how GREAT and ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, DEDICATED to the art and how you are PERSONALLY always available to your graduates and students for ALL their needs!!!"
Mark Call, Maine
"Thank you very much for all your assistance. You came through with everything you said you would."
Jamie Brown, Pa.
Frequently Asked Questions
President- Board of Directors
Donald R.Murphy, PhD
Donald R. Murphy, Ph.D., DCM (P), M.A., BRE
Donald was presented the NBPES Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 which he cherishes. He served previously as NBPES president from 2005 thru 2007. He authored many NBPES news letter’s during his presidency in conjunction with Dr. D.A. Brady’s, Directors report. Don additionally has been highly recognized and presented awards for his outstanding support to Special Education students, teachers and administrators in the counties he served.
He possesses a Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Doctor of Clinical Pastoral Medicine, Masters in Human Relations, Behavioral Relationship Entrainment Practitioner, and multiple certifications.
Donald has studied and been credentialed in hypnosis and specialties through multiple hypnosis entities and Boards. He recognizes NBPES as superior in services and variety of holistic modalities.
Donald since age 14 has had an unquenchable interest in Hypnosis and Holistic Health modalities. His studies and certifications through NBPES led to obtaining his Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnotherapy. He additionally took many other NBPES specialty courses to add to his clinical practice.
Donald’s vocational background was in providing multiple services to Developmentally Challenged Individuals. He supervised Behavioral and Work Activity programs in Western Colorado and Northern California over the course of 24 years. He additionally worked as a Service Coordination for 14 years through Far Northern Regional Center. Dr. Murphy particularly enjoyed assisting individuals overcome severe behavioral challenges. Don additionally provided Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and Brainwave Entrainment to a wide range of patron’s during evenings and weekends at his studio.
Don and his family raise Llamas and Goats on their ranch in Northern California. They reside in a very rural area with close access to the vast wilderness areas. Dr. Murphy is now retired from his primary vocation and provides only occasional holistic modality services however remains extremely interested in NBPES extensive modality curriculum and endeavors.
Director / Chairman of the Ethics Committee
Dwight Hood, MHt
Following in the footsteps of our founder and CEO Doc Brady, Dwight Hood MHt was the President of The National Board of Professional & Ethical Standards for 9 years, 2007-2015 which he feels so strongly about doing the right thing that it includes "Professional & Ethical" in its name, Dwight has spoken many times on the importance of its members being Ambassadors for Hypnosis.
A retired Assistant Chief of Police in Collierville, Tn., (a suburb city of Memphis) Dwight retired from law enforcement after thirty-four successful years in this honorable profession. He served his last thirty years with the Collierville Police Department, before that a year with the State of Tennessee Department of Correction where he was part of a special unit responsible for tracking down and arresting escapees and he began his career with three and a half years with the Germantown Police Department as a patrolman. As a Senior Administrator of one of the safest cities, located in the largest county in Tennessee.
Dwight is well qualified in what it takes to lead a professional and ethical organization. Dwight is a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is also certified as a Criminal Profiler. He holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Public & Police Administration from the University of Memphis; an Associates of Science Degree in Sociology and a Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminology both from Shelby State Community College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as having earned several thousand hours of specialized training over his 34+ career in many areas of law enforcement. Dwight is a member and President of the National Board of Professional & Ethical Standards where he holds the position of Chairman of the board of ethics with sole authority and independence to oversee any and all complaints against any member. This committee has sole decision and its decisions can not be over turned.
Dwight uses NLP and has done so for many years with his work as a detective with the police department. Dwight is a strong believer in the mind-body connection and is a very spiritual person.
He is on the Board Directors for the American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation. An Associate member of the Institute of Professional Psychologists. A member of the FBI NA; the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police. Dwight was recognized as the Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year in 1985. From the Collierville Police Department he has received their Medal for Dedicated & Distinguished Service in 2002 and the Departments Commendation Bar & Certificate in 1999. He was recognized and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Shelby County Commissioner Tommy Hart in 1996 as well as receiving numerous letters of appreciation from other local public leaders, churches, schools, charity organizations such as Special Olympics, civic clubs and citizens throughout his career.
In 1995 Dwight was the original Accreditation Manager when his Department achieved "Accredited" status through CALEA. Since that time he has helped manage each re-accreditation inspection in 2000, 2003 and 2005. An outstanding achievement for both he and his Department.
Dwight is uniquely qualified in the areas of ethical leadership, organizational communication, stress management and strategic planning. He has authored numerous documents of all kinds in his thirty-four years of service including organizational policies, procedure manuals, mission statements as well as many training outlines on most police related topics, including ethics.
Vice President / Director Academic Programs
Prof. Erantha De Mel Ph.D., D.Sc.
Prof. Erantha De Mel is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, holding a PhD, and a D.Sc. in Applied Psychology. As a practicing psychologist and researcher, in both psychology and parapsychology; he is engaged in extensive research in both fields and is a scholar with original research into Altered States of Consciousness and Psycho-Cybernetics.
Prof. De Mel is the founder of the psychological theories – Neural Optimization Technique (NOT) and Collaborative Techniques in Counseling and Therapy (CTCT).
After many years of research and development on Computer Based Psychometric Assessment, he successfully formulated and designed the QNET Personality Predictor™ and the QNET Career Aptitude Test™, which are both state-of-the-art computer based personality-testing tools, and which design rights he holds.
He has studied widely alternative therapies related to Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, and holds Diplomas in Auriculaotherapy, Moxibustion, as well as in Laser Therapy. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Counseling Psychology by the Wigan & Leigh College - UK.
Having fulfilled the requirements of the World Health Organization syllabus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Beijing (1974), governing the training and practice of International Acupuncturists, he was elected to the membership of the International College of Acupuncture, and holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture by the International University Medicina Alternativa in conformity with the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) stipulations.
He is a Member of the Acupuncture Federation, International Lasertherapy Association, and of the Homeopathic Foundation.In the field of Applied Psychology, he has recently concluded a three-year research project on Emotional Intelligence, Group Emotional Competence, and Effectiveness of Corporate Customer Care and Human Service Teams. His research interests in the fields of Psychology and Parapsychology are – Past Life Regression and Past Life Therapy, Forensic Hypnosis, Extra Sensory Perception (ESP), Psycho-kinesis, and Human Behavior Analysis Tools. Currently he is engaged in research on Music Therapy as well.
He also is actively involved in research work on Tele-Medicine Systems, Remote Diagnostic Tools, Computer-Based Medical Record Keeping Systems, and Image Repository Systems.
He is a certified member of The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards in Hypnosis Education and Certification (USA), The Professional Board of Hypnotherapy (Canada), The International Council of Psychologists, and The British Association of Therapeutical Hypnotists. Currently he is functioning as the president of the Institute of Professional Psychologists (IPP) and the MindTherapy Foundation – Sri Lanka.
Prof. De Mel is the recipient of the Cambridge Blue Book Man of the Year award – 2005.
Director / Medical Sciences
Dr. Ira Price, MD
Dr. Price has had a long and established medical career. He is an active Medical Doctor in Florida, specializing in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. He has earned Fellow and Diplomat status. He has worked no less than 11 times as chief of staff of a hospital. He has also been Chief of Medicine, Medical Director, Consultant to Joint Commission of Accreditation, Disability Examiner, Hypertension Investigator, and on the Board of Directors at a hospital. He has worked at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the world, including Walter Read Army Hospital in Washington, DC. He has written no less than 12 papers including; The Armed Forces Medical Journal, Walter Reed Institute of Research, and the Journal of the Medical Association.
Dr. Price has successfully used hypnosis in his medical practice since 1957 some 50 years. He is Alumni of The National Board...
Honorary Director / Editorial Services
Michelle Payton, MA
Michelle Payton, M.A., MNLP, D.C.H., has a private practice in Asheville, NC, she is a Doctor of Clinical Hypnosis, and is also trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master), Acupressure Hypnosis, and Past Life Regression.
Michelle is also a college English instructor with a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional and Technical Writing Postgraduate Certificate) from Western Carolina University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she has studied in France and is proficient in the French language.
Dr. Payton has written and published eight self-help books that have been distributed throughout the U.S. and beyond and is a strong supporter of local efforts as the founder of the Asheville Area Wholistic & Integrative Professionals with 800+ members.
Director / Latino Services
DORYS PAREDES, CHT, MCH, CAC
FLICAH - Florida Institute of Complementary and Alternative Health, LLC.
Dorys Paredes, the Faulty Director of FLICAH, School of Complementary and Alternative Health, located at Miami Florida USA. She has been a certified and adjunct faculty member for the NBPES for over several years, and has also conducted Hypnosis Instruction, workshops and seminars, at a National and International level in Central, South America and the Caribbean and also is important to know that the trainings are hold in Spanish for the Hispanic population.
She holds the titles of NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, Master and Trainer Hypnotist, Anger Management Specialist, Certified Addiction Specialist, Anodyne Specialist and Trainer. She has been train in these fields and found her working closely with masters in the field.
Dorys has helped thousands of people to unlock their true potential, helping them to help to make positive changes and turn dreams into reality. She is continually developing her skills to deal with the evolving needs of her clients and students across USA, South America and the Caribbean sharing her knowledge as she always dream since she was a little girl living in the mountains of a South America country, Venezuela.
In addition Dorys utilizes her own style to create not only an inspirational and motivational mindset for students, but also a fun and upbeat learning environment! In agreement with the National Board of Hypnosis Education, Dorys has been recognized as one of the leader hypnotherapists in the art and the science of the hypnotism,
Director / Child Development (retired)
Del H. Morrill, M.S., C.C.H.
Del Morrill is a counseling hypnotherapist, who has been using hypnosis as a major counseling tool in her practice since 1986. She has been active in personal and social development for over 30 years in Seattle, Japan, New York City, Chicago, and now in Tacoma, Washington.
Del has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Hypnotherapy. She She is certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Hypnobirther by St. John's University.
Del was nominated "Woman of the Year" and "Hypnosis Woman of the Century" by the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame, and is honored in the National Registry of WHO'S WHO. She also sits on the advisory board of the Professional Board of Hypnotherapy and she is an active director of The National Board...
In addition, Del scripts and produces the "New Beginnings" series of tapes and CD's featured on this site, and is the author of the Great Escapes volumes of therapeutic scripts.
Director / International Director of Training
Jim Balzotti was born and raised in East Boston, a graduate of Amherst College, holds a BA in Psychology, Board Certified Life Coach, Masters in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards, where he is the International Director of Hypnosis Training.
Jim Balzotti is the author of over twenty books on horseback riding and guest and dude ranches. He appeared on Good Morning America, has written for Western Horseman, and appeared on the Horseman’s Radio Weekly. He is currently working on his second novel on U.S.-China trade relations.Jim spends his time between the Treasure Coast of Florida and Maine with his German Shepherd, Chopper.
Director / Professional Standards
Dr. Jose Luis Gomez M.D.
Dr. Gomez started his very distinguished career working as a medical doctor in 1956 in Columbia, SA, where he was the head of the department of surgery at Boaota Hospital and was the director of Surgery at Children's Hospital for sick children in London, England. He worked at the University of Columbia as a director of the board and as President of the Board of directors of the medical department. He was the Dean of the University of Columbia for 18 years with a student body of 25,000.
He was Co-Founder of the UDCA University of Columbia (Universidad de ciencias ambientales) where he was a member of the board of founders. He was also a director of the school of continuing studies at the Koubek Center - University of Miami.
Dr. Tom Verso
Dr. Tom Verso is a licensed Texas Board Certified Physician, where he has been in private practice since 1984. Dr. Verso served as a Lt. Col. in the US Air Force (1967-1988). He served as a fighter pilot where he received numerous awards including: 1 Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 11 Air medals.
As a physician and a therapist, he utilizes Hypnotherapy on his patients regularly to enhance the efficacy of his treatment.
Director / International Ambassador
Dr. Jean Murton, BHC, BAThH, NATH
Jean is the director of the Belmont Center for Hypnotherapy UK. She is the trainer for the British Association of Therapeutical Hypnotists (established in 1951). Her school is accredited with the The National Council of Hypnotherapy UK. Both are founder members of UKCHO an umbrella organization for regulating Hypnotherapy. Jean is a member of NATH (National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy) Jean is a member of the UK Guild of Hypnotists: A Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Her course is accredited with the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the American Board of Hypnotherapy USA. She is a member of the National Spiritualist Healer UK. A Reiki Master and is an accredited Medium with the Spiritual Center of Great Britain. She is a healing leader and has given workshops for the International Spiritual Federation. She has traveled internationally and has been on TV and radio many times. She is the author of "Hypnotherapy in Healthcare". She has done training in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and CID (Critical Incident Debriefing).
Director / Medical Director
Susan P. Murphy, PhD, MDiv, MHt, MSN/ED, NLPP, BSN, RN
Dr. Murphy has worked as an RN for more than 10 years incorporating her expertise in clinical hypnotherapy in her work with patients with many types of disease processes. Dr. Murphy has worked in hospitals in both Virginia and Florida, in skilled and long-term care facilities as a Nursing Supervisor, in Home Health as a Case Manager, and as a Palliative Nursing Specialist in Hospice. Her work in Clinical Hypnotherapy is culminating this year with the writing of a Survival Manual for Caregivers for family caregivers as well as for those who work in the medical profession. This manual will be used as the basis for Caregiver Burnout Support Groups nationwide as well providing important guidance for individuals. It will describe ways to recognize the symptoms of burnout, avoid situations that it may cause, and recover from its effects. The manual will also provide references for referrals that provide respite care, information on dealing with financial issues and insurance reimbursements, and many other relative issues. The Manual was published in the early part of 2011
Director / Forensic Studies
Louis Griffin, PhD
Lou is a police officer with the Killeen Police Department in Texas where he is a State Certified Trainer of Forensic Hypnosis Investigation. Lou was past Vice President of The National Board were he served as Director of Ethics for a previous term. Lou is proficient in hypnosis and EFT, and teaches both in Texas as well as at conventions nationally.
Susan Saucier, D.PSc
Susan Saucier has eight plus years’ experience as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Motivational Speaker, Reiki Master/Teacher, EFT Practitioner, Sports Enhancement Specialist, Aroma Therapist, and Intuitive Life Coach.
Susan has her Reiki Master and Teacher certification. She is a Certified Aroma Therapist receiving Honors from Australasian College of Health Sciences. She also works with balancing Chakras and releasing blocks with Regression Therapy.
Susan studied Clinical Hypnotherapy and received her certification through The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Glendale University where she specialized in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Sports Enhancement Imagery. Susan has served as an honorary director for many years.
Susan studied EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) under Gary Craig, EFT Founder and Teacher. She is an Intern for Phase I Solfeggio Sound Tuning Forks, studying under David Hulse, D.D., and Founder of Soma Energetics. Susan is a motivational speaker conducting workshops where she shares her story and techniques on healing the body. Susan is also a new author. Her book is due out in the fall of 2016 titled, “Beyond the Chaos; Are Your Thoughts Making You Sick?”
Susan’s strong desire to help others led her to be a volunteer at St. Jude Children’s Hospital when she lived in Mississippi. She also volunteered for six months as a Motivational Speaker and Teacher at the Tennessee Women’s Correctional Prison where she offered Clinical Hypnotherapy and motivational tools to heal the body and mind. She also offered Reiki healing at Grace’s House, a shelter for young women recovering from addictions.
Jean-Luc D'Abreau enables people to create their lives exactly the way they want it. His diverse experience and experiential training background combined with more than twenty years as a Therapist, Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Certified Trainer of Hypnosis. Jean-Luc serves as CEO of D’Abreau Foundation, for Human Development. He is Manager, Research and Development of peakform, an on line store providing self-improvement products. He focuses his presentation and training to further the goals and objectives of individuals and organizations. A draftee during the Vietnam conflict Jean-Luc retired as a Colonel of the United States Military. A Renaissance man, catalyst of world peace and champion of a green environment, he is a student, researcher and respected teacher of the Healing and Integral Programming, “arima”.
Dr. Richard McDowell, MD
Dr. McDowell believes strongly in the mind and body connection. Dr. McDowell is in private practice as an OB-GYN specialist and an advisor to the board.
Meet our Founder
Dr. Brady, Ed.D, Psy.D (Retired)
Doc Brady had a vision back in 1994 to make the practice of hypnosis/hypnotherapy a respectable field. Back then people said " its voodoo, it's witch craft, its against my religion, it's making people do and say things against their will." All of course are not true, but it was the common belief at the time as many of you may remember.
The organizations offering hypnosis at the time were all over the place with no consistency or uniformity, not with the courses offered and not with the designations after your name once you completed their courses and what was worse; they often outright lied. They said things like "we are the oldest," "we are the largest," and "we are the only hypnosis organization that is accredited or legal" all which were lies at the time.
So, Doc Brady, with his own money and insight, started this organization in 1994 and vowed to clean up the field of hypnosis and make it a field that anyone who worked in it could be proud of and hold their head up high. He vowed to make it a prestigious field unto itself with uniformity. Thus the name, The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards was born. Little did he know at the time within a few years it would become the number one hypnosis/hypnotherapy organization in the world.
Doc Brady started first by offering quality courses at prices that anyone could afford and by producing all of our own material in house, with low payments and no interest or carrying charges. He put a board of directors together with some of the worlds best and foremost authorities in hypnosis and mental health. He set up a independent ethics board that would oversee ANY and all complaints and this board was headed by a sitting police chief with full authority to make final decisions over any director or student. This would make this organization and its directors above reproach.
Doc Brady started with one basic course and expanded that to more than 30 courses during his 18 year administration. He developed the master hypnotherapy course which is now a standard in the field. He defined the designations after your name and made it uniformed through out the world for all to understand. He made alliances all over the world with other like organizations where there was once only discord, there became associations that would benefit all in this field. NBPES would become the one organization to oversee the ethics worldwide in the field of hypnosis with setting the standards for all to follow, handling complaints on all organizations and students/members worldwide.
It needs to be said none of this would be easy to do. Doc Brady was threatened, he was harassed, his competition to the north would post several blind web sites over several years in an attempt to slander him and his organization, to disgrace him and to run him out of business. The FBI and Interpol was called in to stop such lies, slander and copyright infringement. This however did not stop the Internet slander and posts that would go on for many years to come. They said he was "not a real doctor" they said "he was a fake doctor, he was offering fake degrees." Of course, we did not and do not even offer degrees but that never stopped a good lie from spreading. Doc Brady owned and operated two medical practices called Personal Care Medical Practices, PLLC in Florida during this time and was a professor at a medical college. So much for being a fake.
Thanks to Doc Brady and the affiliations he made, (11) with other organizations around the world The National Board... is now the largest and oldest hypnosis organization in the world; having more members and centers than any other organization in the world.
Doc Brady retired in July 2012 after he was seriously hurt in an accident. Even this fact does not, has not, stopped his old competitors and people from slamming him and accusing him of all kinds of things. Despite all this he never wavered in his work or dedication, and thank God for that. We think it's very sad that such a great man who has done so much for so many, thousands of students in fact, he has done maybe even more than any other living person for the benefit of hypnosis was/is treated with such disrespect by people who do not know him and have never even met him! Jealousy? We will let you decide.
For our part we will miss him and his contribution to this organization that he built.