These photos capture a few moments from my courses with the greats in California! Firstly a fire walk with Ormand McGill who had an amazing character and zest for life until his passing on October 19th 2005 in Palo Alto, where he was born. He reached the grand young age of 95 years. He had a great interest in magic and was an assistant to “Mandu the Magician” until he developed an interest in stage hypnosis which he pursued for many years. Ormand wrote some 30 to 40 books on hypnosis, magic, mysticism and allied subjects and never failed in his enthusiasm for life, his advice being, “Make life your playground, not your battlefield.” The Dean of American Hypnotism continued lecturing and teaching up until a few days before his death.
The fifth picture shows me with Ormand and Steven La Velle relaxing after a conference evening.
Gil Boyne ran the Hypnotism Institute in California, shown in the second picture, at which I took all of the full time courses in Basic Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Master Class in 1988. The National Guild of Hypnotists granted me a Certified Hypnotherapist status in California and a membership of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists in 1991. Photos 3 and 4 show me with Gil being presented with my certificate. He was in the hypnotherapy profession for fifty five years presenting Master Classes throughout America and world wide for more than thirty years starting the careers of over 12,000 hypnotherapists. Another man of great energy and endless enthusiasm.
Further courses were taken with the Proudfoot School, as the UK Guild of Hypnotist Examiners, to be classified after all basic, intermediate and professional courses, as a Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist in the 80’s. Wilf was born in 1921 and passed away 19th July 2013 after a very full life, first as a trainee in his father’s grocery chain, then as an NCO with the RAF. He then returned to the supermarket business and in 1950 became the youngest member of Scarborough Borough Council and entered a political career. He joined a new pirate radio station in 1965 and became its managing director. This was a brief interlude and it was in 1974 that he left Parliament and became a regular visit to the States where he developed his interest in Hypnotherapy. He spent much time acquiring skills and training with, Gil Boyne and developing his own school in Scarborough.
My training still continues with the statutory CPD (Continuing Professional Development) which all therapists must follow now, an annual check of therapy hours, further study, courses and/ or reading study and some form of Supervision. I also was awarded my Diploma from the National Council of Hypnotherapy in 2013.