The chapter of statements comprised in the Code of Ethics of ARPA makes reference to:
• The deontological code of C.P.R. (www.copsi.ro),
• The Chapter of Ethical Principles of the European Association for Psychotherapy, EPA (http://www.europsyche.org/contents/13134/statement-of-ethical-principles)
• and the ethical principles promoted by the International Association of Analytical Psychology, IAAP (http://www.iaap.org/about-the-iaap/iaap-ethics-committee-contact-address.html).
At the center of these principles lies the dignity and value of the person and the desire to preserve and protect fundamental human rights.
The Code of Ethics of A.R.P.A.
The quality of A.R.P.A. membership does not automatically grant the right to psychotherapy or analytical practice. The right to practice is acquired after following the training modules in the Training Institute. A.R.P.A members who have the right to analytical practice are obligated to respect the ethical principles of the present Code of Ethics
The ethical principles of the profession of analytical psychotherapist
The psychotherapist is obligated to declare their professional position in accordance with their training and the acquired accreditations.
The psychotherapist is obligated to maintain high standards of competence, to acknowledge their limits of specific competence and of the experience they possesses.
The psychotherapist shall limit their professional practice depending on the training and experience and methods and psychotherapeutic techniques they have gained sufficient experience, directing the cases which surpass their specific training to other psychotherapists, depending on the competence criterion. The supervisee shall accurately present the cases that are in process to the supervisor.
All the information that is known by the psychotherapist as a result of the psychotherapy relation is and remains confidential. For this purpose, for each case an agreement will be concluded with the patient in which it is expressed the extent to which the psychotherapist has the right to present case reports, studies and other detailed scientific papers of the respective case. In the media appearance the psychotherapist shall not involve themself in evaluations that could harm the dignity of a person.
For this purpose, for each case an agreement will be concluded with the patient in which it is expressed the extent to which the psychotherapist has the right to present case reports, studies and other detailed scientific papers on the respective case. In the media appearance the psychotherapist shall not involve themself in evaluations that may harm the dignity of a person.
The information provided has to honest, objective and realistic, during and after the conclusion of the professional relation. Difficult cases shall be presented in intervision from the angle of transfer and counter transference. Anytime the psychotherapist feels is overwhelmed or confused by a case, they will ask the help of a peer by the personal analysis of their psychological condition.
Where conflicts arise related to the obligations/ competence of the psychotherapist, their resolution will be made by The Ethical Commission of A.R.P.A., being able to resort to the Professional Commission too.
Professional and scientific responsibility
Moral and conduct standards represent a personal responsibility. Through their conduct, the psychotherapist can compromise their professional responsibility or the level of trust in psychotherapy and psychotherapists can decrease.
The psychotherapist is obligated to behave in a responsible manner, devoting to the special nature of the therapeutic relationship built on unconditional trust. The abuse and the shock of trust are considered neglect of professional responsibility by the psychotherapist, breach of deontological rules, responsibility belonging exclusively to the psychotherapist. The lack of responsibility in the relationship based on trust constitutes a serious error in the psychotherapeutic treatment. The psychotherapist will consult with his peers to prevent an unethical behaviour.
Dignity respect and human rights
The psychotherapist shall respect the fundamental human rights and the patient’s right to dignity, confidentiality and intimacy. The psychotherapist shall take into consideration in their activity individual differences, cultural, role, gender, language, race, ethnicity, national origin, economic statute, sexual orientation, special needs in order to make justice to the unique specificity of the individual with whom they have a relationship and not to make unjust discriminatory practices,. The psychotherapist shall avoid to vilify their own activity or the activity of other peers from the Association and in case there is data that proves the guilt of a peer it will address the situation to the Ethical Commission.
The psychotherapist shall have to maintain and create the conditions necessary to re-establish and maintain the physical health. The psychotherapist shall have to pay attention and act with the aim of attenuating the causes of human sufferance, respecting the law and encouraging the development of social and legislative policies that serve the interests of their patients.
The psychotherapist will seek to avoid using in inappropriate ways the result of their work and activity.