CODE OF ETHICS & PRACTICE FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING
1.1 In the context of this code, the term “trainers” applies to the core trainers of any training course in the practice of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy. They must be members of IAHIP.
1.2 The purpose of this Code of Ethics and Practice is to establish and maintain standards for trainers and to inform and protect members of the public seeking training in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy.
1.3 Trainers in assenting to this Code accept their appropriate responsibilities as trainers to trainees’ clients, employing agencies, colleagues, IAHIP and the wider community.
1.4 IAHIP’s role in any complaint should be seen as a role of last resort and exists to support the policy of IAHIP to ensure that the standards of training courses are maintained and not to serve the needs of the parties to any complaint procedure. IAHIP reserves the right to refuse to deal with any complaint in accordance with the provisions herein. IAHIP does not accept any inherent obligation to participate in any trainers complaints procedure.
2.1 Training is at its most effective when there are two or more trainers. Trainers have a responsibility to ensure this. The size of the group must be congruent with the training objectives and the model of working. Decisions about staff student ratios must take account of the learning objectives and methods of assessment and of the importance of being able to give individual attention and recognition to each course member. A minimum core teaching staff to student ratio of 1:8 is recommended best practice.
2.2 Trainers deliberately undertake the task of delivering training in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy.
2.3 Trainers must observe the principles embodied in this Code and all other IAHIP Codes of Ethics and Practice and introduce trainees to these Codes in the early stages of the training programme.
2.4 Trainers have a responsibility to encourage and facilitate the self-development and self–awareness of trainees, so that trainees learn to integrate practice and personal insights.
2.5 Trainers are responsible for modelling the appropriate professional boundaries between trainer and trainee.
2.6 Trainers should take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal and social contacts between them and their trainees are kept to a minimum and do not adversely influence the effectiveness of the training. Ethical boundaries must be maintained at all times.
2.7 Trainers must respect the culture, ideologies and values of trainees.
2.8 Trainers must not accept current clients as trainees. It is recommended that former trainees do not become clients, nor former clients become trainees, until a considerable period of time has elapsed. It is further recommended that the trainer take supervision on this matter.
2.9 Trainers are responsible for ensuring that their emotional needs are met outside the training work and are not dependent on their relationships with trainees.
2.10 There should be consistency between the theoretical orientation of the programme, the training methods and the methods of assessment and evaluation.
2.11 Trainers must not exploit their trainees financially, sexually, emotionally or in any other way.
2.12 Trainers have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate supervision and insurance arrangements are in place for trainees where working with clients is part of the course.
2.13 Trainers should ensure that trainees receive regular feedback on their work. It is also good practice for trainers to encourage course feedback to themselves from the trainees.
2.14 Visiting trainers on programmes must ensure that they appropriately handle any former or current professional or personal relationship with any member of the trainee group.
2.15 Responsibilities under this clause should be regarded as collective as well as individual. Where a trainer has reason to believe that a colleague is not abiding by the responsibilities set out in this Code of Ethics, then they should try in the first instance to resolve or remedy the matter directly with the trainer concerned. If the issue is not then resolved, it should be brought to the attention of all that organisation’s core trainers or managers as deemed appropriate, using if necessary the organisation’s external consultant as an independent facilitator. If the issue remains unresolved, then all parties may have recourse, subject to clause 1.4 of this Code, to such complaints procedures as IAHIP may from time to time prescribe.
3.1 It is expected that trainers will be competent psychotherapists as outlined in the section on Competence in the Code of Ethics and Practice for Psychotherapists. However it is essential that trainers also acquire a wide and comprehensive range of knowledge, skills and competencies to equip them in their varied roles and tasks. These include:
3.2 Trainers shall be working as accredited therapists for at least five years and fulfil the requirements to be a supervisor.
3.3 They should commit themselves to continuing professional development as trainers.
3.4 Trainers must monitor and evaluate the limits of their competence as trainers by means of regular supervision and consultancy.
4.1 Trainers are responsible for establishing a contract for confidential issues, which makes explicit the responsibilities of both trainer and trainees.
4.2 Trainers must not reveal any information concerning trainees, or former trainees, without the permission of the trainee, except:
4.3 Detailed information about specific trainees, or former trainees, may be used for publication or in meetings only with the trainees’ permission and with anonymity preserved. Where trainers need to use examples from previous work to illustrate a point to trainees, this may be done respectfully, briefly and anonymously.
4.4 If discussion by trainers of their trainees, or former trainees, with professional colleagues becomes necessary, it must be purposeful and relevant to the training.
6.1 Training courses should make detailed information available to prospective trainees which should form the basis of the contract. Such a contract ensures a mutual commitment on the part of trainers and trainees to achieving an explicit set of goals and outcomes. This should include:
7.1 Trainers are required to have appropriate procedures in place within their training programmes to handle complaints by trainees. Preferably, such complaints should be handled informally between the people concerned. If not resolved informally, an external consultant, provided by the training organisation, will act as a facilitator to process trainees' complaints.
7.2 It is incumbent on the training organisation to ensure that the external consultant is familiar with this Code and that they will exercise their functions in a truly impartial manner and are otherwise competent to carry out their functions. All expenses incurred in relation to the external consultant will be met by the training organisation.
7.3 Where a complaint which has been heard within the procedures of the training programme remains unresolved, the trainee may, subject to clause 1.4 of this Code, have recourse to the IAHIP Complaints Procedure provided the following conditions are met:
7.4 Where a complaint is of sufficient gravity and seriousness as to bring into question the suitability of the person complained against to be an accredited member of IAHIP, the Complaints Committee in their absolute discretion may waive the requirement contained in clause 7.3 above that the complaint be first heard within the complaints procedures of the training programme before being considered as a complaint by IAHIP.
7.5 A complaint in accordance with clause 7.3 or clause 7.4 above shall be submitted to the IAHIP Membership Secretary in writing. In the case of a complaint submitted in accordance with clause 7.3 above, it must be set out clearly on the front page thereof that the complaint constitutes an unresolved complaint from a trainee on a training course. The Complaints Committee shall communicate in writing its decision whether or not to accept, in whole or in part, the complaint submitted, and its decision in this regard will be final. Before making this decision, the Complaints Committee is entitled to be supplied by the training organisation with all records and documents pertaining to the hearing of the complaint within the complaints procedures of the training programme.
7.6 In the event that the complaint is accepted for consideration, the complaint shall be dealt with in accordance with the IAHIP Complaints Procedure save and except that, if it should emerge that the true nature or substance of the complaint differs from the nature or substance of the complaint as submitted in writing, or the true nature or substance of the complaint does not meet the conditions set out in clause 7.3 above, where applicable, the Complaints Committee in its absolute discretion may abandon its consideration of the complaint.
7.7 In the event, where applicable, that the complaint consists partially of matters meeting the conditions set out in clause 7.3 above, and partially of matters not meeting the conditions set out in clause 7.3 above, the Complaints Committee shall at its discretion only deal with the portion of the complaint meeting the conditions set out in clause 7.3 above.