The ISH has 6 awards that it may present every three years.
1. The Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal
The Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal, the Society’s highest award, is given to the ISH member honored for the most distinguished life career in promoting hypnosis worldwide clinically and experimentally. This award is given every three years; however, it was not given from 1985 to 1997. While it is usually given to members of ISH, notable exceptions can be made (e.g. Milton H. Erickson).
2. Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence (created 1979)
This award is given to an individual whose lifetime of published experimental work substantially advances the understanding of the process of hypnosis and the ability to predict the outcome of its applications.
3. Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence
The Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence is given to an awardee whose lifetime of published clinical experience substantially advances the understanding of the uses of hypnosis in obtaining effective results in clinical practice.
4. Kay F. Thompson Award for Clinical Excellence in Dentistry (created 2009)
Is given to an individual whose lifetime of demonstrated clinical experience substantially advances the understanding of the uses of hypnosis in obtaining effective results in dental practice.
5. Jay Haley Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis (created 2009)
To awardees early in the career stage whose writing, teaching, leadership and clinical/scientific work have shown substantive advances in the understanding and practice of hypnosis.
6. Helen H. & John G. Watkins Award for Excellence in Teaching (created 2015)
To an awardee who exemplifies a lifetime of excellence in the teaching of hypnosis for use in clinical and research settings.