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HEPASA (Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association)
is a subdivision of
EPASA (Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa

The Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa early members were the pioneers of Hypnotherapy and Trance State Therapy in South Africa.

Registration with a professional Peak Body such as the Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa (HEPASA) reflects a practitioners' willingness to demonstrate to the public a strong desire to be accountable, as it demonstates to members of the public that they can rely on the standards of education and uniformity of practice.

Therefore, if you are looking for a Profession Body to join ... then HEPASA is the one! If you are a member of the public, and looking for a professional, highly qualified practitioner, you have come to the right place!

The Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association has gained international respect, as it was represented at the IMDHA (International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association) in USA as the prize-giving of the training centre, nominated as EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: 2006.

As the Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa as formed in 2003 in South Africa, and currently the largest Hypnotherapy & Trance State association in South Africa, membership is not restricted to only South African certified Hypnotherapists. Many Hypnotherapists abroad are members of this prestigeous organization and proud to be associated with practitioners that are considered as the best, with an education and professionalism that exceeds the higherst international standards.

HEPASA (Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa) , as South Africa's leading independant National Registration and Industry Representative Body, registers only qualified, professional practitioners, thereby fufulling a crucial role within the international hypnotherapy/trance state profession. These functions include consistent standards in training, uniformity of practice, continued professional development and representation to the government and other regulating bodies, which culminated in registration with presenting bodies under the Traditional Health Practitioners Act 2007 (Act 22, 2007). Please be assured, that we are not just talking about doing it ... we are actually out there, doing it for you!

It is the responsibility of the Hypnotherapy Association to ensure that there is an ongoing platform for registration of individual practitioners, as well as setting the standards for the validation of recognised training courses. As the Hypnotherapy Association is a Section 21, non-profit association, and thus functions independent and voluntry. This means, that each member is evaluated by their academic background and experience, as the association is open to qualifying Hypnotherapy/Trance State training centres to register their qualified students.

EPASA & HEPASA exist for its members, and therefore member benefits and services are our first priority; and secondly it is our responsibility to ensure that the Hypnotherapy, Ethnopsychology and Trance State profession is appropriately and professionally represented to the public and to other professional and government bodies.

HEPASA has gained national and international recognition with other organizations in this field, resulting in the public realizing the importance of the standards and the vast field of expertise of listed practitioners, thereby viewing listing on the website as a basic requirement for trance state therapy and clinical hypnoanalysis & hypnosis/ethnopsychology as a treatment modality.

It is crucial for the practising hypnotherapist that your qualifications are recognised by a National Professional Peak body, such as the Hypnotherapy Association, as it establishes your level of professionalism, character, ethics and integrity to your clients, colleagues and the general public. Registration with HEPASA is linked to registration with EPASA (Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association), where a high level of training is required, and you have the opportunity for recognition of prior learning towards registration in accordance with the Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 (Act 22, 2007) under various categories, depending on your qualifications, training and experience. HEPASA membership fees are payable annually in advance to EPASA; membership Jan-Dec annually.

Registration with HEPASA means that you will be able to practice under a clearly defined Code of Conduct, Practitioner Standard, subject to the Code of Ethics prescribed by EPASA. The practitioner's willingness to register and subscribe to certain rules, indicates a willingness to demonstrate that the public can rely on their accountability and standards of education, professionalism and integrity.

EPASA & HEPASA combined, required 30 hours annually CPD pointS (Continued Professional Development), which is offered by the training institutes as listed on www.epasa.co.za

Registration with HEPASA means that the practitioner is not simply evaluated on academic training; they must be able to demonstrate that they have proper training and know their field of expertise. The HEPASA (Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa) does not simply register members who present a certificate; they are examined in relevant areas of Hypnotherapy / Trance State Therapy, which includes subjects like Herbs/Ethnobotany, Iridology (focusing on personality & time line, Hypnoanesthesia & Pain Management, Life Coaching and Analytical plus Transpersonal Hypnotherapy expertise. These are some of the upgrade modules as required by EPASA for registration as Ethnopsychology Practitioner.

Practitioners who wish to register with HEPASA are also expected to do a minimum fifty (50) hours classroom mentorship, after completion of 200 (two hundred) classroom hours, home study, assignments and and practical exams and twenty case studies. Furthermore, a members is required to attend 5 (five) paid sessions with an experienced Hypnotherapist/Practitioner before being registered as a member of the assocation.

EPASA consist of various committees, including an Executive Committee as well as an accreditation committee. See Board Members


The International Holistic Life Coaching Association was formed in 2002 by Drs. Mervyn & Trudie Bartholomew, Dr. Brian Greenblatt and five other executive committee members under the name of Translife Centre (Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching Institute) and evolved in 2006 into the Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association (HEPASA), in recent years aligned as a division of EPASA (Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa)

HEPASA was created specifically to support its members by supplying opportunities for exchanges of information, peer group supervision and lectures.

Over the years HEPASA has gained wide recognition for the expertise and ethical standards it has maintained in the field of Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching and Ethnopsychology. The Association has set a high standard of proficiency and only skilled therapists of high integrity, using approved techniques, are accepted as members.

Its aim as an Association is to provide continuing empirical leadership in the field of Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Ethnopsychology, Traditional Psychology and Trance State Studies and accreditation to practicing Practitioners.

The Association is an inaugural member, aligned under EPASA (The Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa) /SAEPB (South African Ethnomedicine Professions Board) a National Peak body that represents the interests of the large number of Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychology Practitioners working throughout South Africa (in accordance with the Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 (Act 22, 2007). Members will be registered with EPASA under the Ethnopsychology register, enabling students to obtain a Registration Number, and ultimately a practice number under the act once the THP Council is operational and open to member registration.

The Hypnotherapy & Ethnopsychology Association of South Africa was previously a Section 21 (Non-Profit Organization: HEPASA), now registered as a sub-division of EPASA / SAEPB for regulating and controlling modalities under Ethnopsychology, including Ethics and Scope of Practice.

There are many practitioners in South Africa, neighbouring countries and abroad, who practice Hypnotherapy as an adjuct to Psychology and other Health related practices, who are members of the HEPASA.





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