This unique book comprehensively explores the damage that can be caused by the misapplication of hypnotic techniques in therapy, laboratory, and stage performance settings. The laws of assault and negligence are used to assess the hypnotist's criminal and personal injury liability in the English, American and Australian courts. Important reading for all hypnotherapists, hypnotists and members of the legal and medical professions, "Practising Safe Hypnosis" brings together a wide range of recent research and legal case histories. Topics include: - Civil and criminal assault - Induction - Informed consent - Hypnotic coercion - Pre-existing conditions - Termination. In addition, the reader will find commentary on the history of hypnosis; induction scripts for use in conjunction with best practice; theoretical comparisons and discussion on the nature of hypnosis including the controversial debate surrounding hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness.