Tim Brunson DCH

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Robert and Linda Otto to Acquire IMDHA

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce our impending acquisition of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. This is truly an exciting announcement. And the next few months promise to be full of challenges and growth.

There has never been a more appropriate time than now to coin a phrase. 'Here We Grow Again' sums it up nicely. Effective January 1, 2007 the joint affiliation of two of the most prestigious and influential organizations of all time will commence. Under our direction the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association will soon be sister organizations. This collaborative effort is probably the biggest news in the profession, and rightly so. Collectively our membership will boast upwards to nearly 7,000 members, elevating us as a leader in complementary healthcare organizations.

More than ever before there is an undeniable urgency for complementary healthcare practitioners to unite and it is our goal and desire to light the path of unity by providing a place where practitioners can come together under one umbrella. We intend to instill a breath of fresh air to our profession by representing ourselves in a new way. You can expect to see us launch educational, interactive workshops and seminars. They will be hosted throughout the country by some of the top-notch trainers of today. We believe this is one of the many ways to link members together more than once a year. Our local Chapters provide another gathering place where like-minded professionals can come together and learn. Chapter presidents are coming forward on a regular basis to lend assistance in establishing chapters worldwide. By joining ranks with our organizations, you can once again set yourself free - to explore, indulge and renew your passion for the profession.

While our vision is focused on the impending growth of our organizations, here at the corporate office we intend to go back to basics. Communicating with members on a personal level whenever possible, will take priority. Make no mistake, if you need advice you can call our corporate office and get a 'live' person to answer your questions. If email is an easier way to communicate, we'll personally answer your emails too! Not with a generic 'canned' or automated message, but with a thoughtful approach to your question. We are keenly aware of our responsibilities to you; our members and want you to know we are always available and approachable.

We are deeply touched by the outpouring of support and positive responses we've had to this grand news. The kind of support we've received can only assist us in rising above and beyond the personal challenges that lie ahead. It is a privilege to be able to serve our members in this capacity and together, we can look forward to a rewarding journey ahead.

Please take a moment to:

1) Mark your calendars NOW and plan to attend the 2007 IACT / IMDHA conference (May 16th - 22nd) in beautiful Miami, FL.

2) Make a note of the new contact information (effective January 1, 2007 for IMDHA members). The new IACT / IMDHA address and telephone number can be found at the top of this letter.

We welcome your support and look forward to faithfully serving our membership and organizations with pride and integrity for many years to come.

Very truly yours,

Robert and Linda Otto

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