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Code of ethics
1. Qualifications:
Psychotherapists are required to disclose their qualifications when requested and not claim or imply qualifications that they do not have.

2.Terms, Conditions and Methods of Practice:
Psychotherapists are required to disclose on request their terms, conditions and where it is appropriate their methods of practice at the outset of treatment.

3. Confidentiality:
Psychotherapists are required to preserve confidentiality and to disclose, if requested, the limits of confidentiality and circumstances under which it might be broken to specific third parties.

4.Professional Relationship:
Psychotherapists should consider the client's best interests when making appropriate contact with the client's family doctor, relevant psychiatric services or other relevant professionals with the client's knowledge. Psychotherapists should be aware of their limitations and be willing to make contact with other professionals when necessary.

5.Relationship with Clients:
Psychotherapists are required to maintain appropriate boundaries with their clients and to take care not to exploit them in any way, emotionally, sexually or financially. This should hold for both current and past clients. Psychotherapists should avoid working therapeutically with friends, colleagues and relatives. They should avoid working with friends and relatives of their clients.

6. Research:
Psychotherapists are required to clarify with clients the nature, purpose and conditions of any research in which the clients are to be involved. Informed and verifiable consent should be obtained before the research commences.

7. Publication:
Psychotherapists must safeguard the welfare and anonymity of clients when any form of publication of clinical material is being considered. Consent should be obtained wherever possible. Video and audio recordings should only be made with the client's consent.

8. Practitioner Competence:
Psychotherapists are required to maintain their ability to perform competently and to take the steps necessary to achieve this. They must be aware of their own limitations and not work when they are not physically or emotionally able to do so competently. They should be in supervision at a frequency appropriate to their level of experience.

9. Indemnity Insurance:
Psychotherapists are required that their professional work is adequately covered by appropriate indemnity insurance.

10.Detrimental Behaviour:
Psychotherapists are required to refrain from any behaviour that may be detrimental to their clients, to the profession, colleagues or trainees. They are also required to challenge behaviour in colleagues which might be detrimental to the profession or to the public. This might mean initiating the Complaints Procedure of the relevant member organisation.



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