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Spectrum code of ethics and practice

Introduction

All practitioners working at Spectrum are required to abide by the Spectrum code of ethics and practice.  All trainees and supervisees at Spectrum who are not Spectrum practitioners are required to abide by the following code of ethics and practice.  Whilst this code cannot resolve all ethical and practice related issues, it aims to provide a framework for addressing ethical issues and to encourage optimum levels of practice.

The nature of psychotherapy

The overall aim of psychotherapy is to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.  The term `psychotherapy' includes work with individuals, pairs or groups of people referred to as `clients'.  The objectives of particular psychotherapeutic relationships will vary according to the client's needs.  Psychotherapy may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insight, awareness and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.  The psychotherapist's role is to facilitate the client's work in ways which respect the client's values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination, without discrimination on the basis of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender or physical ability.

Psychotherapy is a non-exploitative activity.  Its basic values are integrity, impartiality, and respect.  Trainees and supervisees should take the same degree of care to work ethically whether the psychotherapy is paid or voluntary.

The structure of this code

This code has been divided into two parts.  The Code of Ethics outlines the fundamental values of psychotherapy and a number of general principles arising from them.  The Code of Practice applies these values and ethical principles to more specific situations, which may arise in the practice of psychotherapy.

 

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Spectrum code of ethics and practice