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Lapidus Ethical Code

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Members of LAPIDUS work in a wide range of health care, educational and other contexts. In order to safeguard members and their clients, LAPIDUS has developed the following ethical guidelines to aid/help/support/facilitate members working in these settings.

LAPIDUS members are expected to:

  1. Provide good standards of practice and care delivered with professional competence, appropriate support and accountability; maintain good relationships with clients and colleagues; and demonstrate a commitment to and observance of professional ethics.
  2. Acknowledge and respect human rights and dignity and to conduct themselves in such a way that they promote equal opportunities for all.
  3. Appreciate and acknowledge the variety of human experience and culture.
  4. Take responsibility for providing the best possible services to their clients in order to promote well-being and to act in such a way as to cause no harm to any clients.
  5. Make contracts with clients which are explicit about the nature (e.g. therapeutic, training, supervisory, personal growth) and costs of the work and the qualifications and experience of the practitioner. Ensure the rights and responsibilities of both parties are agreed.
  6. Take responsibility for being aware of the context in which they are employed to work and follow the ethical guidelines and demonstrate good practice accordingly.
  7. Provide and operate services to clients in compliance with the laws of the country in which they reside.
  8. To speak or write (in their public statements) with respect and with the intention of demonstrating their own professional integrity and the professional standing of the organisation.
  9. Take responsibility for their own health and well-being and ongoing training and continuing professional development in order to practise safely. This includes regularly monitoring and reflecting on their work.
  10. To behave in a way which does not exploit a client in any manner, including, but not limited to financial and sexual matters.