My Awards and Professional Recognitions
Past President, Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries, first term 2010-2013, re-elected 2013-2016. The Society for Community Ministries is the professional association for community clergy within the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Keynote Speaker, 2010, Mid-America Hypnosis Conference.
Order of James Braid, inducted 2005, by order of the President of the National Guild of Hypnotists. The Order of Braid is an international honor society for hypnotism named after the 19th century Scottish surgeon who first devised the word “hypnotism.” Persons are inducted into the Order of Braid in recognition of a lifetime of service to professional hypnotism.
Advisory Board of the National Guild of Hypnotists, 1996 to present.
Legislative and Governmental Concerns Liaison, National Federation of Hypnotists, AFL-CIO, portfolio appointed 1994, installation as director 1995 to present.
Keynote Speaker, 2003, Mid-America Hypnosis Conference.
Past President, The Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations, 1996-1998.
1995 Minns Lecturer. The Minns Lectureship is a compensated lectureship awarded annually to a clergyperson in the United States by First and Second Church, and Kings Chapel, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Minns Lecturers are delivered at university locations around the nation. The 1995 lectures were presented at Meadville/Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago and at Andover-Newton Divinity School in Boston during academic 1995 on "Psychological and Spiritual Healing in the Contemporary Church."
Ormond McGill Chair Award, 2013, by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award given annually to the presenter voted Most Outstanding Educator by the participants at the annual convention of the previous year. The annual convention of the National Guild of Hypnotists is the largest educational hypnotism event in the world, attracting between one and two thousand practitioners who select among over 200 workshops and seminars.
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007, by the Banyon Hypnosis Center for Training and Services, presented at the annual convention of the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award given by the members of a world-wide system of hypnotic practice to a colleague who has made a singular contribution to the hypnotic arts and sciences.
Hypnotism Hallmark Award, 2007, by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award given to the top-rated educational instructor as evaluated by students.
Heart of the House Award, 2006, by Wellness House in Hinsdale, Illinois. Wellness House is one of the premier centers in the Midwest for the psychosocial support of persons living with cancer. This award is their highest recognition.
Hypnosis Research Award, 2004, by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award given annually to a hypnotist in recognition of some particular successful research project. I received this award in recognition of my ten-year outcome study in which persons living with cancer did better medically when hypnotism was combined with standard medical care.
Certificate of Recognition and Honor, 2004, Volunteer Center of North Suburban Chicago. This award was given “for providing a meaningful tool for cancer patients…by teaching them the use of self-hypnosis to facilitate healing and dealing with pain, providing a gift that improves the lives of so many.” The award included greetings from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
National Federation of Hypnotists 104 Meritorious Service Awards, 2003 and 2009, by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award given annually to a hypnotist who has demonstrated outstanding service to the profession.
William N. Curtis Award, 2000, by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is an award for expanding the understanding of hypnotism and religion bestowed each year by vote of the Clergy Special Interest Group within the Guild.
Hypnotist of the Year, 1999, by the Mid-America Hypnosis Conference. This is an award bestowed by vote of colleagues.
Distinguished Service Award, by the National Guild of Hypnotists as a faculty member of the national convention, every year from 1995 to present.
Charles Tebbetts Award, 1997, by the National Guild of Hypnotists for advancing the acceptance of hypnotism by the public. The Tebbetts award is given annually to one hypnotist in the nation.
Rexford L. North Award for Lifetime Achievement, 1995, by the National Guild of Hypnotists for lifetime achievement in hypnotism. The North Award is the highest recognition bestowed by the National Guild of Hypnotists. I am the sixth person to receive this award since the National Guild of Hypnotists was founded in 1951.
President's Award, 1994, by the National Guild of Hypnotists for excellence in service to the profession. The President's Award is bestowed annually upon one hypnotist in the nation who has made a singular contribution to the practice of professional hypnotism.
Metzinger Award, 1994, by the Mid-West Hypnosis Convention, for significant contributions in the field of hypnosis.