Clinicians who practice hypnosis must be familiar with its legal and ethical boundaries. In recent years, courts have paid increasing attention to the clinical and forensic use of hypnosis. Many lawyers have targeted hypnosis as what they call an “experimental and dangerous” type of treatment. We will discuss how therapists may simultaneously protect the legal rights of their patients, and may protect themselves from lawsuits. In addressing current clinical concerns, we will examine the rich and colorful history of hypnosis as it relates to law.
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Alan Scheflin, JD, is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, School of Law. The current Chair of the Law and Mental Disability Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Recipient of 12 awards from professional associations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the American Family Foundation. He is the author of six books and 70 articles.