Code of Ethics and Practice
this Code, the terms Therapist, Therapists, Members,
or Membership shall be deemed to include both graduate members of the
National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists as well as persons in training
with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
The terms National College and National Register refer to the National College of
Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and the National Register of Hypnotherapists and
The National College and National Register
recognise the prime importance of encouraging, maintaining and supervising the ethical
standards of their therapists. This is for
the protection of both clients and therapists.
To these ends, the following Code of Ethics and Practice applies to all members of
the National Register and to all students of the National College, even prior to
eligibility for membership of the National Register.
All therapists are expected to approach their
work with the specific aims of alleviating suffering and promoting the well-being of their
clients. Therapists should, therefore,
endeavour to use those abilities and skills commensurate with their trained competence, to
the clients best advantage, without prejudice and with due recognition of the value
and dignity of every human being.
1. Therapists engaged in the
practice of Hypno-Psychotherapy and allied disciplines shall, at all times, conduct their
professional lives with the propriety and dignity becoming a servant of the public, and
pledge that they will not, under any circumstances, infringe the code of morality becoming
their profession, and will not commit any breach of conduct that will adversely reflect
upon themselves, the National College and the National Register, or upon their fellow
2. Therapists shall confine their
services to the recognised spheres of their profession, and shall neither offer nor
promise cures for specific conditions, nor engage in any activity likely to bring the
profession into disrepute.
3. Therapists are required to
disclose their qualifications when requested and not claim, or imply, qualifications that
they do not have. Physical evidence of such qualifications should be made available for
inspection by any legitimate enquirer.
4. Therapists are required to
disclose their terms, conditions and, where appropriate, methods of practice at the outset
of therapy. Failure to act thus may be seen as being morally repugnant as well as
counter-productive in therapeutic terms.
5. Therapists 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. It should be borne
in mind that therapists have a responsibility to the community at large, as well as to
6. Therapists should consider the
client's best interest when making appropriate contact with the client's General
Practitioner, relevant psychiatric services, or other relevant professionals with the
client's knowledge. In seeking advice, as appropriate, and perhaps declining to treat
and/or referring, therapists show an awareness of their own limitations whilst acting in
the best interest of those seeking their help.
7. Therapists are required to
maintain appropriate boundaries with their clients and to take care not to exploit their
clients, current or past, in any way, financially, sexually or emotionally.
8. Therapists are required to
maintain their ability to perform competently by undergoing personal therapy, if required,
and engaging in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), including a commitment to
ongoing supervision/peer supervision and other, verifiable, CPD activities.
9. Therapists are required to
clarify with clients the nature, purpose and conditions of any research in which the
clients are involved and to ensure that informed and verifiable consent is given before
commencement. Such consent should allow for a 'cooling-off' period, and may be withdrawn
at any time thereafter should any such clients so choose.
10. Therapists are required to
safeguard the welfare and anonymity of clients when any form of publication of clinical
material is being considered and to obtain their consent whenever possible.
11. The principles underlying the
two previous paragraphs shall also be applied should therapists be engaged in the public
media of whatever description.
12. A therapist who is convicted in
a court of law of any notifiable criminal offence, or who is the subject of any successful
civil action by a client, shall immediately report the facts in writing to the Governing
Council of the National Register. In any such instance, the individual concerned shall
consider him or her self suspended from membership of the National Register and/or student
body of the National College, pending decision concerning such membership by the Governing
Council of the National Register.
13. Therapists are required to
ensure that their professional work is adequately covered by appropriate indemnity
insurance. All members of the National Register are required, as a condition of
membership, to be accepted for cover within the group policy maintained by the National
Register or to provide evidence of equivalent insurance cover; prior to eligibility for
membership of the National Register, persons on premises used by the National College for
purposes of training, and under the supervision of the National College Tutor, are
required to be covered though National College insurance.
14. A Complaints Procedure exists,
to receive any complaint against a therapist, to consider the therapist's response and to
arrive at a decision based on all the presented facts. Appeals are allowed against any
decisions made. The Complaints Procedure is detailed in the National Register's 'Guide to
NRHP', and will be made available to any person on request, and to all therapists applying
to join the National Register. In the event of a complaint against the institution, i.e.,
the National College or National Register, a Complaints Procedure has been published and
is available upon request.
15. Therapists are required to take
appropriate action to make a complaint which will be dealt with in accordance with the
Complaints Procedure, with regard to the behaviour of a colleague which may be detrimental
to the profession, to colleagues or to other members.
16. Therapists shall not give any
performance, lecture or display which presents hypnosis or psychotherapy or allied
disciplines as a means of entertainment.
17. The professional notices of
therapists shall be kept to a dignified wording and confined to approved publications
only, and/or otherwise be brought to public notice in a dignified manner. (The Governing
Council of the National Register may, at its discretion, declare an advertisement or
publication or method of publicising services to be unacceptable.)
18. Any therapist breaking this Code
of Ethics and Practice shall, at the discretion of the Governing Council of the National
Register, be liable to forfeiture of membership or other sanction(s) as directed by the
19. The Governing Council of the
National Register shall have the power to interpret and enforce compliance with the Code
of Ethics and Practice by all therapists, and to impose such sanctions as it sees fit for
breaches of the Code. Where dual membership exists, details of therapists who are
suspended by, or expelled from, the National Register, are automatically deleted from the
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy's National Register of Psychotherapists.
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