- Code of ethics and good psychotherapeutic practice with all respect
Non-profit organization conforming to a law passed in July 1st
The intent is to
guide and inspire psychologists toward the very highest ethical ideals
of the profession.
1. The therapist-patient
The therapeutic practice
is a "craft industry", humble, rigorous and committed. The therapist
is supposed to accompany his patient in an often difficult and painful
voyage. Such enterprise will confront it (often) with its helplessness.
He will refrain from to make himself out to be the holder of the real (the
person supposed to know) or of the truth, like the guarantor of the
good and the bad, and worst of the "normality"
list of the rules stated below is not exhaustive.
patient's interest will constitute the main concern of our ethical preoccupation.
2. Training of new
A) Ethical agreement
It falls to the therapeutist
to clarify with his patient the framework and the working conditions and
to firmly maintain the limits of this agreement. This framework includes
the frequency, schedules and place of the sessions, the amount of the fees,
the modes of payment, etc and will constitute a moral
contract. Any rupture of the moral contract, intentionaly or
not, will be discussed with the patient in order to try to find new agreement.
B) Exclusive character
of the therapeutic relationship.
The therapeutic relationship
excludes any other form of relationship between the therapeutist and his
patient thus with the close/family relationship of him/her.
The therapist will avoid to
direct towards his patient any other function that the function of therapist.
In clear, the relationship meants to be only therapeutic
and in the interest of the patient.
C) Professional ethics.
The therapist has to duty to
maintain and develop his professional competence in a field in perpetual
evolution. He will abstain from any passage to
the act (sexual, violent one, etc...)
and any other form of power abuse.
D) Privacy and professional
contents of the sessions are strictly confidential. The
supervisions of case do not constitute an exception, the supervisory therapist
having to being subjected to this confidentiality. A possible use of clinical
material to didactic or scientific goals will be made with the greatest
caution in order to preserve confidentiality of the patient. The patient
will be able in exceptional circumstances and within a clearly defined
framework, ask its therapeutist to raise part of this professional confidentiality,
if he estimates that this could be beneficial for him, the therapist reserving
the right to refuse.
E) Limits of competence
Any therapist estimating that
the problems of a future patient
do not come within his competence has the duty to send this one
towards a colleague potentially more able to reach a result.
Similarly, in view of an objective
inability to relieve the sufferings of his patient, the therapist has the
duty to discuss about it with his possible supervisor then, in a second
time, to send his patient towards other colleagues potentially more able
to reach a result.
The rules 1A to
1E apply in the same way to the relation between training therapist and
"candidate" therapist. The therapist will not forget that he is also there
in a professional situation.
3. Relations between
the colleagues who subscribe to the present code of ehics
The therapist will treat
its colleagues who subscribe to the present code of ethics with respect
4. Outside relations
The therapist who would be lead
to intervene in a therapeutic work in progress (for example if his/her
colleague is sick or in vacation) will do it with prudence and discretion,
and this in a spirit compatible with the ethics.
5. The relation with
the persons in charge of the AAPEL organization
In his relationships to outside
the therapist will adopt an attitude in conformity with this code of ethics.
It will avoid to denigrate the AAPEL's organization like its members.
Any therapist being by his action
in a delicate situation compared to his ethical engagement with respect
to the organization or to the public image of the therapy (public conferences,
radio, TV., etc...) is brought of this fact to personally assume the
possible consequences of them.
All adhering to this present
code or member of the AAPEL's organization has the responsibility to require
to contact with one of the persons in charge of the organization when an
ethics problem arise.
The refusal to get in touche
with a person in charge of the AAPEL's organization, when he's called or
to collaborate with him with the best intentions constitutes a non ethical
behavior which made lead to its radiation
The membership of AAPEL's organization
implies adhesion with this code of ethics, this remark is worth also for
the therapists "candidates".
Each complaint lodged by
a patient against a therapist and who's proving to be legitimate will be
objectively analyzed and will be able to possibly
lead to his radiation in the event of seriuous fault objectively
shown (judiric continuations being able to constitute a last recourse)
Founder president of the aapel
September 19th 2OO3
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in this site is aimed at helping people understand a "rather particular"
and puzzling kind of disease
But more especially,
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to see a therapist who specialises in
this field they can confirm or give an alternative diagnosis
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created sept 19th 2OO3
last update 2009
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psychotherapist, founder president of the Aapel