Code Of Ethics

For the maintenance of good practice, the promotion of unity and the encouragement of
continuing development within the profession of Hypnotherapy, all members of the Professional
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (pHPA) undertake to:


Always maintain standards of the highest professional conduct and do nothing that might
undermine public confidence in the process of, or bring the profession Of Hypnotherapy
and/or psychotherapy or the PAPA into disrepute.

  1. Ensure that their workplace and all facilities offered to both clients and their companions will
    be in every respect suitable and appropriate for the service provided.
  2. Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the client and any person who may be
    accompanying them.
  3. Respect the rights, dignity and emotions Of their patient.
  4. Disclose full details of all relevant training, experience and qualifications to clients upon
    request.
  5. Charge fairly for the treatment given.
  6. Explain fully to clients in advance of any treatment, fees, terms of payment, session length,
    and any charges levied for non-attendance or cancelled appointments.
  7. Present all services and products in an unambiguous manner and ensure that the client retains
    complete control of the decision to purchase such services or products.
  8. Neither expect nor encourage gifts from clients. Small tokens of appreciation may be
    accepted at the end of therapy but should in no way be solicited.
  9. Not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, politics, beliefs or social standing to
    influence their treatment of any patient.
  10. Make no claim that they hold specific qualifications unless such claim can be totally
    substantiated. (N.B In the absence of appropriate medical qualifications, no Registrant may
    utilize the title “Doctor” in a manner that may mislead any member of the public to believe
    that they are medically qualified and any use of this title must be clearly defined by a suitable
    qualifying statement.)
  11. Ensure that they have up-to-date, professional indemnity insurance relevant to the treatment
    the area that they are using with their clients.
  12. Provide a service to clients only in those areas in which they have trained and demonstrated
    competence, and for which they carry full professional indemnity insurance that is acceptable
    to the PHPA.
  13. Be aware of their limitations and experience and whenever appropriate, be prepared to refer a
    client on to another more suitable practitioner (whether or not that practitioner is a member
    of the PHPA) who might reasonably be expected to offer suitable treatment.
  14. Ensure that clients seeking therapy for the relief of physical symptoms are advised to contact
    a registered Medical Practitioner, unless they have already done So.
  15. Ensure as far as possible that wherever an aspect of the client’s condition is either known or
  16. suspected to be beyond their area Of expertise, the client be advised to seek medical or other
  17. appropriate advice.
  1. Refrain from offering advice to a client which conflicts with or is contrary to that given by the
    client’s registered medical advisor.
  2. Accept that any client referred to them by a registered Medical Practitioner (Or Other relevant
    agency) remains the clinical responsibility of the Medical Practitioner (or agency) and
    therefore to agree to keep that Medical Practitioner (or agency) suitably informed Of the
    clients progress.
  3. Ensure that client notes and records are kept secure and confidential and that the use Of
    computer records remain within the terms of the Data Protection Act.
  4. Ensure that client notes and records are destroyed after a reasonable length of time.
  5. Never promise a cure for any condition or problem, nor give advice or otherwise pass
    comment on any medical, psychiatric, or psychological problem or condition unless they have
    training and qualifications in these fields.
  6. Explain fully to clients in advance of any treatment, the fee levels, precise terms of payment
    and any charges which might be imposed for non-attendance or cancelled appointments.
    (N.B. Whilst not obligatory, written material is preferable to verbal statements as this is less
    likely to give grounds for misunderstanding should any dispute between the client and therapist
    subsequently, develop).
  7. Confidentiality regarding details of the treatment will be respected unless the patient gives
    written permission to divulge personal information, always provided that such confidentiality
    is neither inconsistent with the safety of the client’s family members Or Other members of the
    public nor in contravention Of the laws of the land.
  8. Obtain written permission from the client (or if appropriate, the client’s parents or legal
    guardians) before either recording client sessions or discussing undisguised Cases with any
    person whatsoever. (“Recording” in this context means any method other than the usual
    taking of written case notes. “Undisguised” in this context means cases in which material has
    not been sufficiently altered in order to offer reasonable anonymity to all relevant parties).
    With particular reference to the use of CCTV equipment, all clients must be fully informed
    when such equipment is in operation and as above. written permission must be obtained prior
    to the commencement of any client session. (N.B. Wherever possible, the practitioner should
    ensure that such a recording is vision only – i.e. without sound).
  9. Refrain from using their position of trust and confidence to exploit the client emotionally,
    sexually, financially or in other way whatsoever. Should either a sexual or financial
    relationship (other than the payment of session fees or purchase of books, tapes, or other
    relevant products) develop between either therapist and client or members of their respective
    immediate families, the therapist must immediately cease to accept fees, terminate treatment
    and transfer the client to another suitable therapist at the earliest opportunity.
  10. Refrain from commencing any sort Of relationship with any client, past or present, other than
    a therapeutic one. Clients must remain solely as clients. Members are strongly advised against
    working with friends or family for anything other than simple relaxation work or other ‘single-
    session therapies.
  11. Use their best endeavours to bring treatment to a successful conclusion in the minimum time
    consistent with the good care of the client.
  12. Refrain from touching the client in any way that may be open to misinterpretation. (e.g.
    Before employing tactile induction or deepening techniques, an explanation should be given
    and permission received).
  13. Wherever possible, obtain the consent of an appropriate adult (i.e. parent or legal guardian)
    before conducting treatment with clients who are either under the age Of majority or are
  14. classified as Special Needs. (N.B. Ideally, an appropriate adult should be present during such sessions. N.B.2 Where the client is under the age of 16 and requesting parental/legal guardian consent would violate confidentiality, the therapist should employ an assessment of the client’s competency to consent to treatment on their own behalf).
  1. Ensure that where a patient is referred by another Member or any therapist in any other
    discipline, whether in the medical profession or not, the referee shall be advised, with the
    patients consent, at the conclusion of the treatment.
  2. Co-operate with other therapists and medical practitioners where it is deemed in the best
    interest Of the patient provided their consent is given.
  3. Not professionally obstruct or publicly criticise other Members, either with or without
    perceived justification, whether or not they are a member of the pHPA.
  4. Not entice patients from another Member.
  5. Respect the fact that the treatment given in other therapies may be given in good faith
    without necessarily agreeing with such treatment. (Any Member publicly disagreeing with
    Other forms of treatment must state that it is their personal view and not necessarily that of
    the Association).
  6. Refer a patient to another Member or to another therapist if the patient may benefit further or
    quicker from this action. The best interests of the patient will be taken into account at all times.
    Care will be taken to refer only to therapists who have standards and methods of treatment
    proven in practice.
  7. Inform the PHPA, upon initial application, of any disciplinary action taken against them by any
    professional body and further inform the PHPA, in writing, of any subsequent action taken
    against them whilst a member of The Association.
  8. Inform the PHPA, in writing, Of any complaint (Of which they are aware) made against them.
  9. Inform the PHPA, in writing, of any alteration in circumstance which would affect either their
    position or ability as practitioners.
  10. Notify the PHPA, in writing, of any change in practise name, contact address, telephone
    number or e-mail address, at the earliest convenient moment.
  11. Confirm, upon initial application, that they have not been convicted of any offence likely to
    bring their professional name or the reputation of the PHRA into disrepute and undertake to
    inform the PHPA, in writing, should such an event subsequently occur whilst a member Of the
    PHPA.
  12. UK members must ensure that all advertising shall comply with the British Code of Advertising
    Practice, accord with the British Advertising Standards Authority and make available all such
    literature to the PHPA on request. (*This includes all material published on websites and in
    which matter. the PHPA, reserves the right to decide, entirely at its discretion, whether to
    allow active links to any individual website from the PHPA site). In the case of overseas
    Members, their advertising shall comply fully with the laws of their land.
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