Code of Ethics
Our Code of Ethics
For Facilitators, Coaches, Teachers and Professionals
I will maintain a professional relationship with my clients at all times with appropriate boundaries that fall within the legal and ethical constructs of your profession (if a licensed counselor/therapist). Sexual relationships are not to occur between facilitators and clients to maintain professional boundaries.
I will always keep my clients best interest at the forefront of developing Mindful and Meditative Art services for them. This includes appropriate development in mindfulness education for all levels.
I will embrace "first do no harm" philosophy. In practice this means, always keeping my clients safety in mind, teaching clients in a culturally appropriate, non-discriminatory manner, referring clients with emotional and health issues out to appropriate professionals and engage in a supportive, uplifting capacity to all my clients.
I will not offer counseling or psychotherapy to any client unless I am licensed, certified or registered legally within the state or jurisdiction that I offer services to. I understand that advertising and offering counseling services as a therapist or counselor where you are not licensed, credentialed or registered with the state or locality, is punishable by law in some countries, including the United States. The title "therapist" is protected by law for those who are licensed, credentialed and registered with their respective state. I understand that this credentialing services is an international association credential for education services and does not meet the requirements for becoming a licensed mental health, expressive arts or art therapist in the United States or any other country. I agree to provide only services that I am certified for that are within my scope of practice as a Mindful and Meditative Art professional.
I will maintain, guard and guarantee my clients confidentiality with exception to the reporting of clients who are physically harming others or themselves. This includes getting written permission to share their full name, photo and any identifying information related to them. I understand that when providing virtual services that all participants must sign a release, or if on Zoom, agree to be recorded. I also understand that those who choose not to be recorded cannot be denied services unless they choose not to participate.
I will develop relationships built on a foundation of honesty, integrity and respect with the clients I serve. This includes appropriate, honest and accurate marketing of services and credentials, ethical business practices, and completion of all requirements to perform services legally within your location.
I will not limit my expectations of success for my client and understand that each individual has different needs, learning styles, experience levels and will support them "where they are at". This may mean beginning with very basic, short, developmental exercises.
I will encourage my client to believe in themselves, set realistic goals, take appropriate actions and celebrate success.
I will provide my clients with a safe and nurturing experience, which allows them to be themselves without fear of judgement, criticism and failure.
I will remain committed to professional excellence in all that I do and all that I provide.
I am required to treat all clients with equal respect regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, political affiliation, age, level of education or socioeconomics, nationality, religion or disability. That includes respecting the values of each person and the differences between us.
I understand that I must undergo continuing education each year as outlined in the Standards for Facilitators, Coaches, Teachers and Professionals.
Professional ethics violations can be reported to the organization and a grievance process opened that consists of:
information gathering and evidence
rights for both parties to respond in writing
disciplinary decisions including:
education completion requirement
recommended support intervention
removal of credentials from the organization
A downloadable copy is available with your application.