Code of Ethics

Prologue: As members of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association (IIPA) we are committed to maintaining high standards of ethical conduct in the various facilitating roles in which we provide professional services. As integrative psychotherapists, we are dedicated to the welfare of those who seek our assistance whether in the relationship of psychotherapist to client, teacher to student, group leader to participant, supervisor to supervisee, employer to employee, researcher to research subject, or colleague to colleague.  We will strive to benefit those with whom we work and take care to do no harm. We will seek to exemplify the highest values of professional conduct and competence. 

Section 1: The basic purpose of the Ethics Committee is to support and uphold the ethical sensitivity and practice of the members of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. In addition to its consultative and reconciliation functions, the Ethics Committee will assume the educative role of keeping the membership informed concerning ethical principles, ethical standards, and emerging ethical issues. 

Section 2:  Whenever possible, matters related to ethics and ethical standards will be dealt with directly between the two or more parties involved in the perceived offense. Initially, a resolution of the conflict is encouraged at this relational level. If this attempt proves impossible, the ethical concern will be further addressed by the Ethics Committee. 

Section 3: At the outset, the Ethics committee shall discern whether an ethical violation has occurred by the gathering of all possible information. As part of this process, they will consult with the aggrieved person/persons and the member against whom the allegations are made. Both parties shall have the benefit of a committee member being their mentor as part of a rehabilitative and healing process. Resolution at the level of conversation and interaction will be the preliminary goal. Members are encouraged to take the initiative in an informal consultation with the Ethics Committee for support and guidance when actions are pending or in process against them concerning alleged legal or ethical infractions. 

Section 4: In the event that any member of the Association is formally accused of an ethical infraction, moving the dialogue from a consultation into an official complaint, such member shall be notified directly in person and in writing of the formal allegation. Such member shall be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations or charges and to meet with the committee. The object of the interactions shall be rehabilitative and reconciling, not primarily punitive. 

Section 5: The Ethics Committee shall consult the codes of ethics of the member's other professional organizations and licensing boards as a referral system of beliefs for its deliberations concerning ethical issues. Decisions reached will employ principles stressing professional responsibility, competence, moral and legal standards, confidentiality, contracts, boundaries, avoidance of potentially harmful dual relationships, welfare of the consumer, and collegial relationships. Members of the Ethics Committee will consider the ethical matters brought before them with a vow of confidentiality. 

Section 6: When an ethical infraction has been attributed to a member of the Association, and it has been verified that the infraction did occur; the initial conversation concerning consequences will be with the accused. Corrective steps will be specified to guard against any further ethical violations and a program of monitoring by the Ethics Committee will be determined. The member found guilty of an ethics infraction may appeal the process of this ruling to the judgment of the Board of Trustees of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. 

Section 7: If the ethics violation by a member is considered major or repetitious in character and if they resist the admission or reparation of their professional behavior that clearly violates ethical standards, the Ethics Committee can recommend the expulsion of the member from membership. The Board of Trustees of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association will review this recommendation and will take whatever final action is necessary.