Ethics

  • It is crucial that the needs of our clients are looked after.  Every client should expect the highest levels of service whilst undertaking any form of therapeutic service. Therefore, I adhere to a strict code of ethics as follows:
    • Provide service to clients solely in those areas in which they are competent to do so and for which they carry relevant professional indemnity insurance.
    • Remain aware of their own limitations and wherever appropriate, be prepared to refer a client to another practitioner (regardless of discipline) who might be expected to offer suitable treatment.
    • Ensure that wherever a client is seeking assistance for the relief of physical symptoms, unless having already done so, that the client be advised to contact a registered Medical Practitioner.
    • Confirm that they will never knowingly offer advice to a client which either conflicts with or is contrary to that given by the client’s registered medical advisor. (N.B. If the therapist has doubts or concerns with regard to a client’s prescribed medication, they should, always with their client’s permission, contact the medical advisor personally).
    • Accept that any client referred to them by a registered Medical Practitioner (or other relevant agency) remains the clinical responsibility of the Medical Practitioner (or agency) and therefore to agree to keep that Medical Practitioner (or agency) suitably informed of the client’s progress .
    • Maintain strict confidentiality within the client/therapist relationship, always provided that such confidentiality is neither inconsistent with the safety of the client’s family members or other members of the public nor in contravention of the laws of the land .
    • Ensure that client notes and records be kept secure and confidential and that the use of computer records remains within the terms of the Data Protection Act .
    • Obtain written permission from the client (or if appropriate, the client’s parent/s or legal guardian/s) before either recording client sessions or discussing undisguised cases with any person whatsoever. (“Recording” in this context means any method other than the usual taking of written case notes. “Undisguised” in this context means cases in which material has not been sufficiently altered in order to offer reasonable anonymity to all relevant parties). With particular reference to the use of CCTV equipment, all clients must be fully informed when such equipment is in operation and as above; written permission must be obtained prior to the commencement of any client session. (N.B. Wherever possible, the practitioner should ensure that such a recording is vision only – i.e. without sound) .
    • Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the client and any person who may be accompanying them.
    • Ensure that their workplace and all facilities offered to both clients and their companions will be in every respect suitable and appropriate for the service provided.
    • Refrain from using their position of trust and confidence to:
      • Exploit the client emotionally, sexually, financially or in any other way whatsoever. Should either a sexual or financial relationship (i.e. other than for the payment of relevant products or services) develop between either therapist and client or members of their respective immediate families, the therapist must immediately cease to accept fees, terminate treatment consistent with the next clause and refer the client to another suitable therapist at the very earliest opportunity.
      • Touch the client in any way that may be open to misinterpretation. (e.g. Before employing tactile induction or deepening techniques, both an explanation should be given and permission received).
    • Terminate treatment at the earliest moment consistent with the good care of the client.
    • Not permit considerations of religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, politics or social standing to adversely influence client treatment.
    • Disclose full details of all relevant memberships, training, experience, qualifications and appropriate avenues of complaint to clients, upon request.
    • Make no claim that they hold specific qualifications unless such claim can be fully substantiated.
    • Explain fully to clients in advance of any treatment, the fee levels and precise terms of payment.
    • Present all services and products in an unambiguous manner (to include any limitations and realistic outcomes of treatment) and ensure that the client retains complete control over the decision to purchase such services or products.
    • Conduct themselves at all times in accord with their professional status and in such a way as neither undermines public confidence in the process or profession of hypnotherapy nor brings the profession into disrepute.

     

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