Presentation of the “psych field” and personal development charter in Europe http://www.charteethique.eu
A new generation of clients has been born into the world of psychological therapy: a generation of free and responsible adults who strive to improve their mind, emotions and sense of well-being. On their quest, they express the desire to find the answers within themselves yet sometimes feel the need to be supported by a professional.
We, the practitioners who have signed this charter, are striving to meet this new requirement and hope to define an ethical charter which our clients and any organisations can refer to if they so wish.
Not only does this charter meet the requirements for professional ethics, it could also be used as a foundation for bringing people together.
As a modern benchmark for human behaviour, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the essential foundation of this charter.
Our commitment as charter signees :Diverse methods
Coming from different backgrounds with various formats, experiences and practices, we understand that diversity is essential to therapy. We consider it vital and recognise the therapist and client’s right to fully and freely benefit from this diversity as part of their responsibility as an adult.Cross-Disciplinary
We consider a person’s equilibrium in their physical, psychological and spiritual reality.Equality
We believe that the relationship we have with the people who we support is based on equality. We build on the foundation that we “don’t walk in the other person’s shoes”. A rewarding connection blossoms between our experience and what the person teaches us in their way of experimenting and exploring the resources life has brought them. We can all learn from each other.Goodwill, Liberty
Our profession is based on a kind approach which involves listening, compassion, advice and treatment in accordance with the person’s freedom of conscience and emotions. Respecting this liberty involves adapting our suggestions and explanations to each client so that they consider and apply them.
In order for us to apply our methods (whatever they may be), an agreement must be discussed and accepted.
The time it takes for each stage of development must be respected.The therapist never stops researching :
We strive to keep the necessary momentum to fulfil the task at hand active and alive. We do this using all the work tools at our disposal, supervision, training, communication with others and people related to the needs of our journey.Therapist’s Authority :
Our methodology differs from the “medical” one which involves diagnosis, prognosis and treatment prescribed to a “patient” by a “specialist”.
Our methodology is part of a field where conscience and its mysterious ways are constantly related to the "unconscious" (in all its forms).
Therapists are committed to considering this difficulty/value which makes us unique.
Therefore, under no circumstances will the therapist use any form of physical, biological, psychological, moral or spiritual pressure to control the clients’ will.
By extension, they encourage clients to be vigilant against actions, groups and individuals who do not respect these ethics.Confidentiality :
We fully adhere to the law and have strict confidentiality regulations. We never discuss any of our clients’ cases with anyone except in the event of supervision. In this case, the supervisor keeps any information related during supervised sessions strictly confidential.Discretion and Morals :
We deem so-called “therapeutic methods” which encourage seduction or flirtation, bodily contact and sexual relations within the therapeutic environment as forbidden and inexcusable conduct.
This can only result in a breach of contract and the therapy or treatment between the therapist and client being null and void. Should the relationship between the therapist and the client develop, it can only exist with no contract and in the outside world (not the professional environment).
Should the adult and responsible client accept this change in relationship status, a natural human relationship alone with no contract and in the outside world (not the professional environment) can be pursued.Emotional involvement :
We naturally have an emotional involvement but it is always used to better understand ourselves and provide objective support without focusing on control to benefit our financial or personal situation.
This attitude requires the therapist to ensure he/she keeps their own projections, expectations and desire for control to themselves and thus accept fraternal supervision. The therapist must also avoid attempting to prolong the therapy or treatment relationship for their own benefit.
This involves a sound practical knowledge and experience in transference and countertransference. These terms are used in their wider and most recent sense to mean that any human relationship involves a dimension of transference.Payment :
NOur rates are clearly displayed from the outset with precise rules which respect the interests of all those involved. These rates are adapted to suit the services and take individual requirements into consideration.
The rates are based on a principle which prioritises the activity’s cultural interest over the commercial aspects.
Based on these objectives, therapists can use their skills to justify their rates.
These skills may include :
- Skills acquired during intuitive or experimental activities following a related university qualification.
- Skills acquired through knowledge and experience within a structured framework to provide the therapy in question.
- Skills acquired through knowledge and experience from qualified and experienced people.
- Skills acquired through self-taught knowledge and experience with others.
- Natural skills which have been developed and examined over a lifetime and meeting other therapists.
A ) The signees understand from experience that a qualification alone with no professional experience, as brilliant as the qualification may be, is not enough to provide support and well-being therapy.
B) In the event of disputes between the signee and the client, French or European Law will be called upon to settle the dispute. The charter signee’s lack of university qualification is not a good enough argument to discredit a therapist. This charter can be used to share out responsibilities.
(This charter was drawn up and finalised by a group of six independent individuals. No group of any).