Code of Ethics and Practice

We recognise the importance of maintaining ethical standards.  This is for the protection of both clients and the Practitioner.

The Practitioner will approach the work with the specific aim of alleviating suffering and promoting the wellbeing of my clients.  The Practitioner will endeavour to use his or her abilities and skills to the clients’ best advantage, without prejudice and with due recognition of the value and dignity of every human being.

  1. The Practitioner will at all times conduct his or her professional life with the propriety and dignity of becoming a servant of the public, and pledge that the Practitioner will not, under any circumstances, infringe the code of conduct that will adversely reflect upon PPD.
  2. The Practitioner shall neither offer any promise of cures for specific conditions, nor engage in any activity likely to bring Personal Power Development into disrepute.
  3. The Practitioner is required to disclose any qualifications when requested and not claim, or imply, qualifications that the Practitioner does not have.  Physical evidence of such qualifications should be made available for inspection by any legitimate enquirer.
  4. The Practitioner is required to disclose any terms, conditions and where appropriate methods of practice at the outset of any therapy.
  5. The Practitioner is required to preserve confidentiality and to disclose, if requested, the limits of confidentiality and circumstances under which it may be broken to third parties.  It should be borne in mind that the Practitioner has a responsibility to the community at large, as well as to individual clients.
  6. The Practitioner is required to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients and to take care not to exploit clients, current or past, in any way, financially, sexually or emotionally.
  7. The Practitioner is required to safeguard the welfare and anonymity of clients when any form of publication of clinical material is being considered and to obtain their consent whenever possible.
  8. A complaints procedure is in place to receive any complaint against the Practitioner, to consider the response and to arrive at a decision based on all the presented facts.
  9. The Practitioner is required to ensure that any professional work is adequately covered by appropriate indemnity insurance.

 

These codes are adapted from the Codes of Ethics & Standards of Practice of the UK Reiki Federation.  They have been adapted to relate to the courses, therapies and coaching offered by Personal Power Development.

PURPOSE

  1. To establish and maintain standards of ethics and practice relating to the conduct of members and their relationship with the public at large.
  2. To inform and protect members of the public.

All Practitioners will be required to sign their agreement to uphold this Code and agree to abide by the Disciplinary Principles.

This code is in the process of constant development and will be reviewed as necessary.

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

Integrity – Respect – Trust

PPD holds the following fundamental ethical principles.

  • To work with integrity, impartiality and respect for all individuals.  All professional relationships and interactions will be ethical and non-exploitative.
  • The highest standards of practice must be observed.
  • Confidentiality must be respected wherever appropriate.

CODES OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

This applies to ethical principles to specific situations that may arise during the course of professional practice.

  1. Clear Contracts.
  • (a) Before a treatment, course or therapy the Practitioner must explain fully, whether in writing or verbally, all the procedures involved in the treatment including such matters as client records, likely content and length of consultations likely number of consultations and fees etc.  It is not possible to guarantee the outcome of any course of treatment, therefore the terms on which it is offered should be stated clearly before the first session of treatment, with subsequent revisions being agreed in advance of any change.
  • (b) The Practitioner must never claim to “cure”.
  • (c) If another therapy, card reading, psychic reading or anything else is used in conjunction with the original course or therapy this must be made clear to the client from the outset.
  • The Practitioner must act with consideration concerning fees and justification for treatment.  The Practitioner the same obligation to the client whether being paid or working in a voluntary capacity.
  • The Practitioner must always recognise the client’s right to refuse treatment or disregard advice.
  • The Practitioner must retain the right to refuse or postpone treating a client should the Practitioner believe the treatment or therapy to be inappropriate.  The Practitioner should make it clear to the client why they are being refused treatment or a therapy or why is it being postponed.
    • if the client is under the influence of alcohol or mind-altering substances;
    • if the client is intimidating or offensive, in a physical or sexual manner, or otherwise
    • if the client behaves in any way which may lead me to feel physically unsafe, disrespected, or abused
    • in the case of late attendance of the client I may exercise discretion in refusing treatment or therapy.
  • A copy of the Code of Professional Practice should be available to the client on request.
  • The Practitioner must not use titles or descriptions to give the impression of medical, or other qualifications unless they possess them and must make it clear to their clients that they are not doctors and do not purport to have their knowledge or skills.
  • Certificates and other qualifications shall be displayed or be made available by the Practitioner.

2. Empowerment of the Client

  • The Practitioner should be empathic, supportive and positive, thus encouraging uplift in the client’s mental outlook, and a belief in a progression towards good health practices.  It is the client’s prerogative to make their own choices with regard to their health, lifestyle and finances.
  • The Practitioner must not countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a doctor.  The Practitioner must not advise a particular course of medical treatment, such as to undergo an operation or to take specific drugs.  It must be left to the client to make his/her own decision in the light of medical advice.
  • The Practitioner should refrain from making judgements upon the choices made by clients, and the way in which clients choose to conduct their lives.

3. Client Assessment

  • The Practitioner must never give a medical diagnosis to a client in any circumstances, this being the responsibility of a registered medical practitioner.  Reiki or therapy/coaching does not take the place of conventional medical treatment.
  • The Practitioner will make a base-line assessment during the first treatment and discuss appropriate aftercare.
  • All clients must be asked what medical advice they have received.  If appropriate they should be advised to consult their GP if they have not already done so.  Since it is legal to refuse medical treatment no client can be forced to consult a doctor.  The Practitioner may suggest that it would be advisable to seek allopathic diagnosis but should not attach a medical name to the perceived condition.
  • A client should be advised not to discontinue prescribed medication without consulting a doctor.
  • All advice must be recorded for the Practitioner’s protection.

4. Confidentiality

  • The Practitioner, their assistants and receptionists have an implicit duty to keep all information relating to attendance, records and views formed about clients entirely confidential.  No disclosure may be made to a third party, including any member of the client’s own family, without the client’s consent unless it is required by due process of the law, whether that be Statute Statutory Instrument, Order of any Court of competent jurisdiction or however otherwise.
  • The Practitioner must ensure that they comply with the Data Protection Act.
  • The Practitioner who sells or otherwise transfers their interest in a practice must inform all their clients of the change and give the name of the Practitioner who has taken over.  No information on a client shall be provided to the incoming Practitioner without the permission of the client.
  • If a Practitioner believes that there is a risk of self-harm by an individual the confidentiality guidelines are overridden.
  • If the Practitioner believes that an individual intends to harm or abuse a child, or learns of any terrorist activity then the confidentiality guidelines are overridden.  The Practitioner is obliged by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.

5. Client’s Records

  • The Practitioner must ensure they keep clear and comprehensive records of their treatments including dates and advice given.  These records should be factual and avoid opinion.  This is especially important for the defence of any negligence actions aw well as for efficient and careful practice.
  • Records are to be kept in safe custody for seven years from the time of the last consultation.
  • The Practitioners should arrange for the correct disposal of case records in the event of their death.

6. Responsibilities to Self

  • The Practitioner shall recognise the value of self treatment and also receiving treatment or therapy from another, as part of their continuing self-development.
  • The Practitioner has a responsibility to themselves to maintain their own effectiveness.  They are expected to monitor their own personal functioning and to seek help and/or withdraw from giving treatments when their personal resources are sufficiently depleted to require this through personal or emotional difficulties, illness disability, alcohol, any mind altering substances or for any other reason.
  • The Practitioner must take all reasonable steps to monitor, develop and advance their professional competence, and to work within that capacity.  Professional development may include in-service training, supervision, counselling, research and other consultative support.
  • The Practitioner shall be aware of their own professional limitations and refer a client elsewhere when the need demands.

7. Responsibilities to Others

  • The Practitioner shall seek a good relationship and work in a co-operative manner with other healthcare professionals, recognise and respect their particular contribution within the healthcare team, irrespective of whether they perform an allopathic or complementary base.  The Practitioner will not undermine a client’s faith in any other form of treatment and shall respect and support the client’s choices.
  • The Practitioner will encourage understanding of Reiki within other fields and modalities within the healthcare sector.
  • The Practitioner shall at all times conduct themselves with due diligence in their relations with all people whilst conducting their professional practice.
  • The Practitioner must not attend women in childbirth or treat them for 10 days thereafter unless they hold an appropriate qualification in midwifery or unless the client, in consultation with the practising midwife or a Registered Medical Practitioner requests their services.

8. Soliciting of Clients

The Practitioner shall not encourage clients away from other professional colleagues.

9. Premises

The Practitioner shall ensure that their working conditions are suitable for the practice of their therapy.

APPENDIX 1

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

Under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, Cholera, Plague, Relapsing Fever, Smallpox Typhus, Food Poisoning

The Practitioner must investigate and co-operate with local by-laws and all relevant Health and Safety legislation.  Ignorance of the law is no defence.

APPENDIX 2

Prohibited Appellation

In order to enable the public to distinguish between those who are professionally qualified and those who are not, the law makes it a criminal offence for anyone who does not hold the relevant qualification to use any titles they are not qualified to use.  The Practitioner must scrupulously avoid titles unless of course he or she is additionally qualified in any of the fields concerned

Fraudulent Mediumship

The law provides that anyone who:

  • with intent to deceive, purports to act as a spiritualistic medium or to exercise any power of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers or
  • in purporting to act as a spiritualistic medium, or to exercise the powers mentioned above uses any fraudulent device is guilty of an offence.

Premises

  • When carrying on a trade, business or profession from any premises the Practitioner must ensure that their working conditions and facilities to which members of the public have access are suitable and comply with all legislation.  In the case of complying with national legislation for any therapy their practice, they should check on any local authority by-laws covering their practice as those vary considerably through the country.
  • If staff are employed on the premises Practitioners must pay equal attention to this area.
  • The Practitioner working from home should give special attention to insurance, the terms of their lease or other title deeds, any local government regulations limiting such practice or under which they may be liable to pay business rates.

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