organization - Code of ethics and good psychotherapeutic
practice with all respect to patient
Non-profit organization conforming to a law passed
in July 1st 1901
intent is to guide and inspire psychologists toward the very highest
ethical ideals of the profession.
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"
The list of the rules stated below is not
interest will constitute the main concern of our ethical
Training of new therapists
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.
Exclusive character of the therapeutic relationship.
therapeutic relationship excludes any other form of relationship
between the therapeutist and his patient thus with the close/family
relationship of him/her.
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.
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.
Privacy and professional confidentiality.
- The contents of the sessions are strictly
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.
Limits of competence
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.
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.
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.
Relations between the colleagues who subscribe to the present code of
therapist will treat its colleagues who subscribe to the present code
of ethics with respect and benevolently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
membership of AAPEL's organization implies adhesion with this code
of ethics, this remark is worth also for the therapists
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 2003
AAPEL's statutes(in french)
of the organization
of ethics, right to diagnosis and information
to be sick and dignity,(in
formulaire pour s'inscrire dans
l'annuaire des spécialistes du trouble (in french)
formulaire recherche de
spécialistes pour soi-même ou un proche (in french)
the information in this site is aimed at helping people
understand a "rather particular" and puzzling kind of disease
more especially, to support everyone affected by it, sick or
not. In any case, it is ESSENTIAL to see a therapist
who specialises in this field they can confirm or give an
name of what you’ve got doesn’t matter so much, getting the
right treatment for the right patient does
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