Code of Ethical Principles

This procedure is effective from November 2002.
Revised section 3.3 added in November 2003.
Revised section 1.3 added in March 2009.

1 Introduction

1.1 The UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles has the following intent:

1.1.1 To help UKAHPP Members assert the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and respect for the individual in their work;

1.1.2 To inform the general public of the principles under which UKAHPP Members provide services;

1.1.3 To create a framework of understanding within which clients and UKAHPP Members can safely work and grow. The term ‘client’ is deemed to include any individual who seeks the services of a UKAHPP Member, whether as patient, supervisee, trainee, or in any other role;

1.1.4 To establish basic standards of expected professional conduct within UKAHPP and to ensure that, where appropriate, UKAHPP Members conform to the ethical principles of external governing bodies such as the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP);

1.1.5 To provide the philosophical basis for the associated UKAHPP Code of Practice, UKAHPP Complaints Procedure and UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure;

1.1.6 To maintain a continuing humanistic context within which UKAHPP Members may practise.

1.2 This Code of Ethical Principles cannot cover every potential ethical or practice-related concern. UKAHPP Members must depend on their own thoughtful evaluation of specific principles unless and until they invoke the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure.

1.3 Acceptance of any category of membership in the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners commits a member to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure. If the Ethics Committee and Board of UKAHPP have credible evidence to believe that a person in any category of membership is not acting in accordance with the Ethical Framework, they have the power to require that person to submit to an Ethical Review or resign their UKAHPP membership.

2 Fundamental Values

2.1 UKAHPP Members respect the dignity, worth and uniqueness of all individuals. They are committed to the promotion and protection of basic human rights, the integrity of the individual and the promotion of human growth, development and welfare. They affirm the self-determination, personal power and self-responsibility of the client.

2.2 UKAHPP Members are concerned for the best interests of their clients. They make every effort to protect the welfare of those who seek their services. They use their skills and knowledge only for purposes consistent with these values and do not knowingly permit their misuse by others.

2.3 UKAHPP Members respect the privacy of the individual and preserve the confidentiality of any information acquired through their professional practice or research. In general, and subject to the requirements of law, they take care to prevent the identity of individuals or organisations being revealed deliberately or inadvertently without permission.

2.4 While demanding for themselves freedom of enquiry and communication, UKAHPP Members accept the responsibility this freedom implies with regard to competence and concern for the best interests of clients, research participants, colleagues and society. They recognise the boundaries of their own competence and do not practise outside the limits of their qualifications. They also recognise their responsibility to raise any serious concerns about the professional and ethical behaviour , or mode of conduct, of other UKAHPP colleagues. Whenever possible, they should attempt, in the first instance, to raise these concerns informally and directly with the colleague(s) causing the concern.

2.5 UKAHPP Members do not practice, condone, facilitate or collude with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical disability any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or status.

2.6 Members recognise that UKAHPP is a participatory organisation and are encouraged and needed to make themselves available to support UKAHPP activities such as serving on the Board, the Membership Committee, and various sub-committees and in complaints enquiries. Such support may be used by members to support their curriculum vitae or as part of material for re-accreditation.

3 Competence

3.1 UKAHPP Members recognise the boundaries and limitations of their techniques and their own personal expertise. They only provide service and use techniques for which they are qualified by training and experience. They take whatever precautions are necessary to protect the welfare of their clients and refer them on to other professionals whenever appropriate.

3.2 UKAHPP Members are open on the subjects of their training, qualifications, experience and supervision arrangements. When it is necessary to expand on these matters in order to explain them, UKAHPP members differentiate between fact (” It was a three-year course”) and personal opinion (“It’s the best sort of training”).

3.3 UKAHPP Members recognise differences between people such as those associated with age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic, cultural or ethnic backgrounds. They recognise their own capacity for prejudice and blind spots in their experience and thinking. Whenever necessary they obtain supervision, training, wider experience, advice or counselling to ensure competent and appropriate service.

3.4 UKAHPP Members recognise that they work in a developing and highly active field in which valuable new ideas are constantly emerging. They make specific arrangements for continually monitoring their own knowledge and capabilities and have an ongoing commitment to continue to develop their personal competence.

3.5 UKAHPP Members assert that their qualifications conform to the requirements of the UKAHPP and any other organisation of which they claim membership.

3.6 UKAHPP Members recognise that personal problems, temporary or enduring physical or mental incapacity, and other conflicts may on occasion interfere with their professional effectiveness. In such circumstances they seek appropriate professional assistance, supervision, support or advice. If they are unfit to work effectively or ethically, it may be necessary to refrain from practice.