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Code of Ethics

Preamble

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy are required to abide by the following code of ethics. This ethics code provides a common set of values upon which students, graduates and instructors of Calgary School of Hypnotherapy build their professional and scientific work and provide education to the general public. The code is intended to provide the general principles to cover most situations encountered by students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy. It has as its primary goal the welfare and protection of the individuals and groups with whom students, graduates and instructors of Calgary School of Hypnotherapy work. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct, respect and protect human and civil rights. They do not participate in, or condone unfair discriminatory practices.

Competence

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall strive to maintain the highest standards of competence in their work. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall provide only those services and use only those techniques for which they are qualified by education, training or experience. They shall maintain knowledge of relevant scientific and professional information related to hypnosis and recognize the need for continuing education.

Integrity

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy seek to promote integrity in the teaching and practice of hypnotherapy. In these activities, students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy are honest, fair and respectful of the legal, civic, and moral rights of others. To the extent feasible, students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy attempt to clarify for relevant parties the roles they are performing and to function appropriately in accordance with those roles. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy rely on scientific or professionally derived knowledge when making professional judgments or when engaging in professional endeavours. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall always be truthful in their marketing and advertising, and never speak negatively of other professionals.

Client Relationship

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall at all times make the physical and mental well-being of their clients a prime consideration. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client.

Consultations and Referrals

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy arrange for appropriate consultations and referrals based on the best interest of the client with appropriate consent, and subject to other relevant considerations which include applicable laws and contractual obligations. When indicated and professionally appropriate, students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy cooperate with other professionals from appropriately certified medical or mental health organizations in order to serve their client's best interest.

Fees and Financial Arrangements

As early as feasible in the professional therapeutic relationship, the students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy and client reach an agreement specifying the compensation and billing arrangements. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy fee practices are consistent with the law. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy do not misrepresent their fees.

Informed Consent

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy discuss with the client as early as feasible in the therapeutic relationship appropriate issues, such as the nature and anticipated course of therapy, fees and confidentiality. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy obtain appropriate informed consent for hypnotherapy or related procedures. The language is reasonably understandable to all participants. Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy will only provide services to those able to provide informed consent.

Maintaining Confidentiality

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to respect the confidential rights of those with whom they work or consult; recognizing that confidentiality may be established by law, institutional rules, professional or scientific relationships.

Terminating the Professional Relationship

Students, graduates and instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy do not abandon clients. A hypnotherapist may terminate a professional relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the client: no longer needs the service; is not benefiting from the service; or is being harmed by continuing the service.

Professional Certification, Membership and Continuing Education Hours

All graduates of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy who are operating a hypnotherapy business and all instructors of the Calgary School of Hypnotherapy shall maintain certification and membership with a professional organization and perform a minimum of thirty (30) hours of continuing education each year.