As a coach and trainee psychotherapist, I am committed to uphold professional conduct and ethical standards that are aligned with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Below, I outline in detail what these standards are, under 5 broad categories.
- Uphold my client’s best interest
- Maintain professional standards
- Communication and consent
- Maintain confidentiality and trust
- Show social responsibility
Acting in the client’s best interests, I will:
- Respect my clients’ autonomy and agency.
- Not have sexual, romantic or emotional contact or relationships with clients.
- Not initiate sexual, romantic or emotional contact with current or past clients, at any time.
- Not exploit or abuse my professional relationship with clients (current or past) for any purpose including
emotional, sexual or financial gain.
- Not harm or collude in the harming of my clients or the clients of others.
Maintaining professional standards, I will:
- Decline any gifts, favours, money or hospitality that might be interpreted as exploitative.
- Be aware of the power imbalance between the practitioner and client, and avoid dual or multiple
client relationships that may impact adversely on a client.
- If a dual or multiple client relationship is necessary, I will take responsibility for clarifying and managing boundaries and protecting confidentiality.
- Exercise all reasonable care before entering into a personal or business relationship with former
clients, taking into account the time that has elapsed since therapy ended.
- Recognise that my behaviour outside professional life may have an effect on my relationship
with clients and take responsibility for critically examining these potential negative or positive effects
to the benefit of the client.
- Offer only the forms of coaching and support in which I have had adequate training or experience.
- Understand the limits of my competence and stay within them in all my professional activity.
- Refer clients to another professional when appropriate.
- Ensure my continuing ability to practise by securing supervision and ongoing professional education.
- Ensure that I do not work with clients if I am not able to do so for physical or mental health reasons, or when impaired by the effects of drugs, alcohol or medication.
- Make considered and timely arrangements for the termination of a coaching relationship, if I am unable to continue to practise, ensuring that clients are informed and alternative practitioners are identified where possible.
Regarding communication and consent, I will:
- Provide in my advertising, and on request, a clear and honest statement of the qualifications
relevant to my field of practice, and advertise my services accurately
and in a responsible and professional manner, without exaggeration.
- Not make any claims which I cannot demonstrate to be true.
- Explain to a client or prospective client, my terms, fees and conditions. Have information
readily available to clarify other related questions such as likely length of support, methods of
practice to be used, the extent of my own involvement, complaints processes and how to make a
complaint, as well as arrangements for referral and termination of support.
- Confirm my client’s consent to the specifics of the service I offer through clear communication at
the outset of coaching.
- Help clients to understand the nature of any proposed coaching method and its implications, what to expect, the risks involved, what is and is not being offered, and relevant alternative options.
- Only participate in research about clients, with clients’ verifiable and informed consent before the
commencement of research, clarifying the nature, purpose and conditions of any research in which clients are involved and in accordance with relevant codes and guidance.
- Make available an online complaints form that can be submitted anonymously.
- Make available an accountability peer that can objectively deal with complaints that require redress.
Maintaining confidentiality and trust, I will:
- Maintain an awareness of, and comply with, all legal and professional obligations which apply to my practice.
- Ensure that any communication in which I take part, and in particular my participation in social
media, is carried out in a manner consistent with this Code.
- Co-operate with any lawful investigation or inquiry relating to your psychotherapeutic practice.
In regards to social responsibility, I will:
- Actively consider issues of diversity and equality, and acknowledge the need for a continuing process of self-enquiry and professional development.
- Not allow prejudice about a client’s sex, age, colour, race, disability, communication skills, sexuality,
lifestyle, religious, cultural or political beliefs, social economic or immigration status to adversely
affect the way I relate to them.
- Avoid behaviour that can be perceived as abusive or detrimental to any client or colleague based on
the above factors.
- Make available affordable ways to access my coaching services to clients who are unable to pay the full personal coaching rates (See the Coaching Club or contact me for low-cost options).