Code of Ethics & Practice

We are not the law, we are self governed, we treat all humans the same. We do not name and shame because we practice what we preach. ‘Non-maleficence’

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Ethics and Practice

What We Uphold...

The ISPC recognises the importance of having a code of ethics and practice that all members and prospective members must agree and adhere. The purpose of these ethics is primarily to protect the interests of Clients and Counsellors (members), and secondly to protect wider society.

By agreeing to this code of ethics and practice Counsellors will be accepting that they have a duty to Clients, to other Counsellors, the wider public and to those employing counselling skills within the counselling profession.

One of the conditions of joining the ISPC will be that the prospective member sign an agreement to be bound by the code of ethics and practice.

The code of ethics and practice is designed to enable the Counsellor and Client to maintain a professional relationship. This relationship must be safe for both parties.

Should there be an issue between any Client and Counsellor we look to educate. We do not name and shame as this in itself only promotes harm. If there are legal matters that need to be addressed the law will decide.

Code of Ethics & Practice

Our Duty to Others...

The counselling relationship is for the benefit of the client. The emotional well being of the client will be the paramount concern of the Counsellor.

The Counsellor must try at all times to uphold the clients well-being.

The Counsellor must ensure that they do not abuse the client’s vulnerable situation. The term abuse includes the following: emotional, psychological, intellectual, physical and sexual.

The number of counselling sessions will be kept to the minimum required to meet the Client’s requirements.

The Counsellor must ensure that total confidentiality is maintained subject only to the following exceptions:

a) Disclosures with the express permission of the client where possible.

b) Disclosures which lead the Counsellor to believe that serious harm may befall the client or third party.

c) Disclosures that would leave the Counsellor liable to civil or criminal court procedure if not disclosed.

Members will have their qualifications and experience checked by the ISPC before their membership is awarded.

However, it is the responsibility of the member to maintain their level of competency by training and/or study and practice.

Members must be insured to practice safely.

Counsellors will be subject to the ISPC complaints procedure.

Our Policies

What We Uphold...

The ISPC recognises the importance of having a code of ethics and practice that all members and prospective members must agree and adhere to. The purpose of the code is primarily to protect the interests of clients and Counsellors (members) and secondly to protect the reputation of the society.

The ISPC acknowledges and respects that some prospective members may already be guided by codes or standards of other counselling organisations. Accordingly, we have drawn up a code of ethics and practice that we believe all Counsellors and those employing counselling skills would be able to agree to. By agreeing to this code of ethics and practice Counsellors will be accepting that they have a duty to clients, to other Counsellors and to those employing counselling skills within the counselling profession.

By agreeing to this code of ethics and practice, Counsellors will not be prohibited from following the code of ethics and practice that they had followed previously. In the unlikely event that there should be a conflict of interest between the code of ethics and practice that the Counsellor adheres to and the code of principle of the ISPC, the Counsellor should take up the matter with the Society to try to resolve the issue(s). We believe that this is the fairest way to allow for flexibility and at the same time offer protection to the public, clients and Counsellors alike.

One of the conditions of joining the Society will be that the prospective member must sign an agreement to be bound by the code of ethics and practice and they must state which, if any, codes of practice they already adhere to.

The code of ethics and practice is designed to enable the Counsellor and client to maintain a professional relationship. This relationship must be safe for both parties.

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If you’re looking for counselling and psychotherapy please look through our directory. All of our members are fully qualified, follow our code of standards and ethics, and undergo continued professional development.

Memberships

Members are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of attainment in their abilities. Each membership that is paid in full goes towards funding independent counselling/therapeutic colleges and students.

Making a Complaint

The procedure for making a complaint about a Counsellor, or for that matter a Client please click the link below to follow the process. In most cases we seek to rectify any issues with learning and understanding.

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UK Members of the ISPC are able to take advantage of special indemnity insurance rates by applying to Holistic Insurance Services, please contact ISPC for details. Or click the link below to go straight to Holistic Insurance.

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