Code of Ethics

1. INTRODUCTION: This Code of Ethics (taken from the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy; of which I am a member) is to define the principles and standards of professional conduct for practitioners in their work and to inform and protect those members of the public who seek their services.
In this Code of Ethics the term ‘practitioner’ will be taken to include all practising member of me as a sole trading therapist of Soaring Eagle Wellbeing.

2. ETHICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING: This code seeks to identify broad principles which I, the practitioner then needs to take personal responsibility to consider and apply appropriately, within the context of the situation.

Taking personal responsibility for ethical decision making includes grappling with any competing priorities or even conflicting principles relevant to any given situation.

3. THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP: The relationship between you, the client and me, the practitioner is at the heart of psychotherapy and counselling. I as a therapist of Soaring Eagle Wellbeing, have a responsibility for ensuring that this relationship is maintained and developed ethically. The ethical principles below provide a framework for managing this responsibility.

4. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

  • Non-malificence – Do no harmI as a practitioner, take all reasonable steps to ensure that you as my client do not suffer physical or psychological harm during psychotherapy or counselling.
  • Benificence – Promote good: I as a practitioner, will approach the therapeutic relationship with the aim of alleviating suffering and promoting the well-being of you as my client. This involves, among other things, working competently and actively attending to my own emotional, mental and physical needs, including ongoing professional development and the monitoring of personal limitations.
  • Fidelity – Keep promises: This involves ensuring that agreements both explicit and implicit are honoured.
    I as a practitioner, will keep confidentiality appropriate to the relationship. The limits of confidentiality will be defined and agreed at the start of the relationship.
  • Autonomy – Promote self-determination: I as a practitioner, will encourage you, as my client to move towards self-determination.
  • Practitioners will be aware of issues of power in the relationship: Financial, emotional, sexual or any other type of exploitation of current or past clients is considered unethical.
  • Justice – Be fair: I as a practitioner, will avoid discrimination and stereotyping, and aim for cultural sensitivity and equality in the services offered to you as my client. I as a practitioner, will use my abilities and skills to the your best advantage without prejudice and with due recognition of the rights, dignity and uniqueness of every human being. I as a practitioner, will heighten my awareness of implicit biases that come from my own frames of reference.
  • Universality – Avoid special or self-serving activities : I as a practitioner, respect and are aware of the privilege of my position, keeping the boundaries of the relationships clear. I as a practitioner, ensure that I maintain my usual practices with all my clients and that I am accountable for any departures from these practices, especially when there is some gain or advantage for me.

5. THE PROFESSIONAL ROLE: I as a practitioner, will assume the professional responsibilities of my role, and model behaviour that is appropriate to the profession.

Practitioners recognise their responsibility to apply standards of respect and care, support and appropriate challenge to their colleagues; compatible with the values and principles they apply with clients.

6. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND METHODS OF PRACTICE: I as a practitioner, inform you as my client accurately about my training, qualifications and methods of working in order that you can make informed decisions.

7. CONFIDENTIALITY

  • 7.1 I as a practitioner, will keep confidentiality appropriate to the relationship. The limits of confidentiality will be defined and agreed at the start of the relationship.

8. PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP

  • 8.1 I as a practitioner, respect and are aware of the privilege of my position, keeping the boundaries of the relationships clear.
  • 8.2 I as a practitioner, take all reasonable steps to ensure that you, as my client does not suffer physical or psychological harm during therapy or counselling.
  • 8.3 I as a practitioner, will make appropriate contact with other relevant professionals. Where other professionals request reports, referrals and information the practitioner will normally consult with the client.

9. THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

  • 9.1 The relationship between the client and the practitioner is at the heart of psychotherapy and counselling.
  • 9.2 r I as a practitioner, will approach the therapeutic relationship with the aim of alleviating suffering and promoting the well-being of my clients.
  • 9.3 I as a practitioner, will use my abilities and skills to your, as my client’s best advantage without prejudice and with due recognition of the rights, dignity and uniqueness of every human being in order to encourage and facilitate client autonomy.
  • 9.4 I as a practitioner, will be aware of issues of power in the relationship.
  • 9.5 Financial, emotional, sexual or any other type of exploitation of current or past clients is considered unethical.

10. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • 10.1 I as a practitioner, will recognise and promote the value and dignity of all people.
  • 10.2 I as a practitioner, will heighten my awareness of implicit biases that come from my own frames of reference.
  • 10.3 I as a practitioner, will assume the professional responsibilities of my role, and model behaviour that is appropriate to the profession.
  • 10.4 I as a practitioner, will ensure that my professional work is adequately covered by the appropriate indemnity insurance.
  • 10.5 I as a practitioner, will refrain from making any false advertising claims.
  • 10.6. I as a practitioner, are required to make reference to the Complaints Procedure of Soaring Eagle Wellbeing if I see a colleague behaving in a way that is detrimental to the profession or to colleagues.

11. PRACTITIONER COMPETENCE

  • 11.1 I as a practitioner, will actively look after my own emotional, mental and physical needs.
  • 11.2 I as a practitioner, work to extend my skills and become clearer about my own limitations, including recognising when to temporarily limit my practice whilst dealing with stressful or distressing personal life events.

12. RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AND COUNSELLORS

  • 12.1 I as a practitioner, wishing to use personal information about clients will clarify with each client the natures, purpose and conditions of the research or activity in which they will be involved. It is important that fully informed and verifiable consent is obtained at the outset. The welfare of the client is of prime importance and the identity of the client must remain confidential.
  • 12.2 I as a practitioner, am not required to obtain consent from clients for publication where details of several clients have been ‘merged’ into one synthesised client and no circumstantial detail of names that may identify a client have been given.

13. LEGAL MATTERS

  • 13.1 I as a practitioner work within the law.

14. STATUS OF THIS CODE OF ETHICS: This code was designed by The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy (of which I am a member) with reference to UKCP and BACP codes and guidelines. I am responsible for ensuring I work within these Northern Guild codes and the other relevant codes as laid out by UKCP and BACP by which I am bound.

June 2018

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