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NATIONAL CODE of ETHICS for HYPNOTHERAPISTS

For the  first time in the history of the profession of Hypnotherapy in the UK, individual practitioners have come together in sufficient  numbers and through a *voluntary, democratic process, to consult  upon and subsequently adopt a national Code of Ethics. At the final  count (14/03/08), 2751 UK hypnotherapists had cast their vote with 91% in favor, 4% against, 4% abstaining and a margin of error of 1% (e.g. possible duplications or practitioners who could not be  verified as UK resident.) As a consequence, UK Hypnotherapy now  has a National Code of Ethics - a great foundation to progress Voluntary Self-regulation (VSR) further.

*Facilitated by the Working Group for Hypnotherapy Regulation

 SCOPE OF THIS CODE

 The scope of this Code is to govern the relationship between: hypnotherapist and client/s;

 hypnotherapist and other healthcare  professionals; hypnotherapist and their respective professional body/ies. Consequently, issues relating to: training  schools and training standards; the conduct of professional  bodies or their officers or representatives are specifically  excluded. The Code relates solely to our registered practitioners as Hypnotherapists and where service is provided in other  approaches, clients are advised to satisfy themselves as to the  suitability of the practitioner to provide the respective  services.

DELIVERY OF SERVICE

 All practitioners shall undertake to:

  1. 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.

     “Competency”€¯ means adequate training, skills and  experience but need not exclude treating a client for a condition  which the practitioner has not treated before, provided that due  diligence and professionalism is observed.
  2. Act in a non-biased, non-prejudicial manner towards all  clients, providing those clients with an identical quality of  service and treatment irrespective of the many differences which  are to be found between clients, including but not restricted to: race, gender, sexual orientation, disability etc.
  3. Disclose full details of all relevant memberships,  training, experience, qualifications and appropriate avenues of  complaint to clients upon request and only use those  qualifications and memberships to which they have proof of  entitlement.
  4. Explain fully to clients in advance of any treatment: the fee levels, precise terms of payment and any charges which might be imposed for non-attendance or cancelled appointments, and  wherever relevant, confidentiality issues.
  5. *In advance of any treatment€¯ means that not only should terms and conditions be set out in advance, but that they should  be further clarified by the therapist at the initial consultation  when additional information about the client’s needs is obtained.  If for therapeutic reasons, the therapist wishes to modify  treatment (e.g. to extend the treatment plan) then any effect this has on terms, conditions and pricing must be clearly explained to the client.
  6. 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. N.B.  Guarantees of either a cure or a successful resolution of the  problem/s presented shall not be offered.
    CLIENT WELFARE
    All practitioners shall undertake to:
    Work in ways that will promote client autonomy and  well-being and that maintain respect and dignity for the client.
  7. 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.
  8. N.B. Practitioners should give full consideration to the  efficacy of treatment, including the manner in which their rapport with the client may affect such efficacy. The practitioner has  the right to refuse or terminate any treatment if it is a  reasonable belief that it will not be, or continue to be,  efficacious. In refusing or terminating treatment due care must be  given to fully explaining the rationale for refusal or termination to  the client.
  9. Ensure that wherever a client is seeking assistance for  the relief of physical symptoms, that unless already having done  so, the client be advised to contact a registered medical  practitioner.

    N.B. Practitioners should not attempt to diagnose physical symptoms unless they have undergone relevant medical  training in diagnostics.
  10. 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/s.
    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.
  11. Use due care and diligence to avoid the implantation of false memories in the client
     and, ensure that the client is aware that experiences while in a suggestible state are not  necessarily correlated with, or  to be taken as, real and valid memories of the client’s past.
  12. 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. These shall include any consulting  room used for the purpose of consultation and/or conducting  therapy with any client, along with any reception or waiting  areas associated with such rooms.
  13. Take all reasonable care to ensure the safety of the client and any person who may  be accompanying them
  14. Refrain from using their position of trust or confidence to:
     a) cross the commonly understood professional boundaries  appropriate to the therapist/client relationship or exploit the  client emotionally, sexually, financially, or in any other way  whatsoever.Should either a sexual relationship, or a  financial relationship other than for the payment of relevant products  or services, or other inappropriate relationship 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 Clause 15 below and refer the client to another suitable therapist at the very earliest opportunity.
     N.B. Clarification on dilemmas experienced by therapists  in respect of the foregoing should be sought from their respective professional body.
     b)  touch the client in any way that may be open to misinterpretation.
    N.B. Before employing tactile induction or deepening techniques, both an explanation
     should be given and permission received.
  15. Not accept any inappropriate gifts, gratuities or favors from a client.
  16. Never protract treatment unnecessarily and to terminate treatment at the earliest  moment  consistent with the good care of the client.
  17. Maintain strict confidentiality within the client/therapist relationship, always provided that such confidentiality is neither inconsistent with the  therapist’s own safety or that of the client, the client’s family  members or other members of the public nor in contravention of any legal action (i.e. criminal, coroner or civil court cases where a court order is made demanding disclosure) or legal requirement  (e.g. Children’s Acts).
     N.B. Where the practitioner is working as part of a larger team, for example within an  institution or through a multidisciplinary or similar  clinical approach, or where the client has been referred by a  medical advisor or agency with conditions placed on the referral  as to shared disclosure by the practitioner to the advisor or  agency, then provided that it is clear that the client consents,  confidential information may be shared by the practitioner with the team or referring advisor or agency.
  18. Ensure  that client notes and records be kept secure and confidential and that the use of both manual and computer records remains  within the terms of the Data Protection Act.
    N.B. Manual records should always be locked away when not  in use and those held on computer should be password coded.  The therapist should provide, in advance,  arrangements for the secure disposal of all client records in case of their permanent incapacity or death.
  19. Recognize that the maintenance of case note should include personal details, history, diagnosis and/or identification of problem areas; program of sessions as agreed  between therapist and client (if any), session progress notes and a copy of any contract.
  20. Obtain written permission from the client (or if appropriate the client’s parent/s or legal  guardian/s) before either recording client sessions, discussing undisguised cases with  any person whatsoever, or publishing cases (whether disguised or not) via any medium. ”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.
  21. Advise the client that disguised case studies may sometimes be utilized for the purposes  of either their own supervision or the supervision and/or training of other therapists and  refrain from using such material should the respective client indicate that it should not  be used for  these purposes.
  22. GENERAL CONDUCT
    All practitioners shall undertake to:
     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 their professional body into disrepute.
  23. Practitioners have the duty to protect the public and the profession from unethical,  unsafe or bad practice or behavior. When offering criticisms or complaints about  colleagues, practitioners should utilize appropriate channels such as the complaints  procedures of professional bodies, or, where appropriate, Trading Standards or other  relevant bodies. Practitioners offering criticisms outside of these channels have the  duty to demonstrate that it is reasonable to do so. Practitioners must use due care and  diligence when offering criticisms and complaints to ensure that they are justified and  can be substantiated.
  24. Respect the status of all other medical/healthcare professionals and the boundaries of their professional remit
    RELATIONSHIP WITH PROFESSIONAL BODY
    All practitioners shall undertake to:
  25. Notify their professional body, in writing, of any change in practice name, contact  address, telephone number or e-mail address, at the earliest convenient moment.
  26. Inform their professional body, in writing, of any alteration in circumstance which would  affect either their position or ability as practitioners.
  27. Inform their professional body, in writing, of:
    a) any complaint (of which they are aware) made against them
    b) any disciplinary action taken against them by any professional body
    c) any criminal s of which they have been convicted
  28. Make available all relevant information requested as a result of investigation by any  appointed Complaints and Disciplinary Officer, without  hindrance (whether implied or actual) or unreasonable delay, and  comply fully with all requirements inherent within any Complaints  and Disciplinary Procedure to which they subscribe.
    ADVERTISING, DISPLAY OF CREDENTIALS
     & USE OF SPECIFIC TITLES
    All Practitioners shall undertake to:
  29. Ensure that all advertising, no matter in what form or medium it is placed, represents a  truthful, honest and accurate picture of themselves, their skill-base, qualifications and  facilities and that any claims for the successful outcome of treatments (in whatever  format) shall be based upon verifiable, fully documented evidence.
  30. Ensure that all advertising shall be accurate, truthful and that any claims made in  advertising can be substantiated on request.
  31. Display only valid qualifications and certificates issued in respect of relevant training  courses and events or certificates of registration, validation or accreditation as issued  or awarded by relevant professional bodies.
  32. Make no claim that they hold specific qualifications unless such claim can be fully  substantiated
    Notes for Guidance:
    Title: ’Dr’
    Practitioners should avoid the possibility of misdirecting their  clients in using the title Dr  Misdirecting a client falls into three categories:
    a)Medical Misdirection “where the client is led  to believe, by commission or omission, intended or inadvertent,  that the therapist is a licensed medical practitioner when this is not the case.
    b)Misdirection by Relevance “where the  client is led to believe, by commission or omission, intended or  inadvertent, that the therapist’s title is directly relevant to  the practice of their therapy, when it is not (e.g. the doctorate  is in an unrelated subject).
    c)Misdirection by Quality ā€“ where the client is led to believe, by commission or omission, intended or  inadvertent, that the therapist’s title fulfills the requirements  of widely recognized common UK standards for doctorates in  Chartered Universities or Government licensed awarding bodies (e.g. a  ”life experience”€¯ doctorate or foreign award whose accreditation  standards are questionable.)
     Practitioners should, therefore, only use the title “Dr”€¯ if they  are medically licensed in the UK or their title is both UK issued  and accredited and in a subject relevant to hypnotherapy (e.g.  counseling or psychology).  All practitioners using this title  should explain in their advertising literature and to their  clients, the nature and subject of the title and the awarding  body, and non-medical ”Drs”€¯ should declare that they are not  medical practitioners in their advertising literature and to their  clients.
    Title: ”Professor”
     This should be used in the UK only when the therapist holds a UK based Professorial Chair, and the use of the title should be fully explained to the client.
    Title: ”Reverend
    This should be used in the UK only when the therapist is  offering therapy in a religious context, and the use of this title should be fully explained to the client.
    Title: ”Consultant Hypnotherapist”€¯
    This should not be used
    TREATMENT of MINORS and those classified as PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
    All Practitioners shall undertake to:
  33. Obtain the written consent of an appropriate adult (i.e. parent, legal guardian or  registered medical practitioner) before conducting treatment with clients who are either under the age of majority or are classified as persons with special needs.
    N.B. Wherever possible and provided it is judged to be in the child’s best interests, it is advisable that an appropriate adult  should be present during such sessions.

    SUPERVISION & CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    Practitioners are expected to maintain or improve their  level of skills and professional competence in accordance with the requirements laid down by their respective professional body. This could include:

     a)  Meetings with a colleague (or colleagues) to discuss, in confidence, ongoing cases and issues arising from them and to work through any personal matters that might affect their own position or ability as practicing therapists. Such arrangements can take a variety of forms, the most usual of which are either personal One to One Supervision or participation within a Peer Support Group.

    b) Undertaking continuing training, either formally, by attendance at relevant courses,  workshops and seminars or informally, by relevant reading and Internet research

    c) The utilization of appropriate audit tools, e.g. client feedback forms, care aims forms etc

    d) Maintaining an awareness of research and developments within both hypnotherapy and
  34. other related fields

    RESEARCH ETHICS
    For all practical purposes, a research subject should be  considered synonymous with a client€¯ and consequently, all  relevant Clauses within the general Code of Ethics remain  applicable.  Of extra importance is the need on the part of the researcher to:
    1. Accept that all participation by research subjects must  be on a completely voluntary basis and that no pressure€¯ of any  type should be exerted in order to secure participation. (Payments must not be such an inducement that they would encourage the taking of risk beyond that taken in the normal course of the  participant’s everyday life).
    2. Ensure that proper consent has been obtained prior to  the commencement of any research project. This is especially so  in the case of minors or persons with special needs.  N.B. This does not apply where general research of a purely statistical nature is being carried out. N.B.2 In longitudinal research, consent may need to be obtained at repeated intervals.
    3. Understand that initial consent does not negate a  participant’s right to withdraw at any stage of the research and  further, that this must be made clear to the participant at the  outset.
    4. Maintain complete openness and honesty with regard to  both the purpose and nature of the research being conducted.
    5. Consider any potential adverse consequences to the  research subject as a result of any intended research project.
    6. Accept that if, during research, a participant exhibits  or presents with a condition they seem unaware of, then the  researcher has a duty to inform the subject that they believe  their continued participation may jeopardize their future  well-being.
    7. Provide, where relevant, for the ongoing care of  participants with regard to any adverse effects that might arise  as a consequence of and within a reasonable time period after,  their involvement within any research project.
    8. Understand and act upon the principle that the privacy  and psychological well-being of the individual subject is always  more important than the research itself.

ISSUES SPECIFIC TO INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL BODIES

 This Code takes account of the fact that individual Professional Bodies may have issues that are  specific to themselves and their registered practitioners and  consequently allows for the inclusion of clauses where necessary, always provided that such inclusions do not conflict with or  substantively alter or amend any of the Code’s existing clauses and remain fully consistent with the good care and well-being of the client.

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