Code of Ethics

Preamble

Members of Results Therapy International are required to abide by the following code of ethics. This ethics code provides a common set of values upon which members build their professional and scientific work and provide education to the general public.

The code is intended to provide the general principles to cover most situations encountered by members. It has as its primary goal the welfare and protection of the individuals and groups with whom members work. Members aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct, respect and protect human and civil rights. They do not participate in, or condone unfair discriminatory practices.

Competence

Members shall strive to maintain the highest standards of competence in their work. Members shall provide only those services and use only those techniques for which they are qualified by education, training or experience. They shall maintain knowledge of relevant scientific and professional information related to hypnosis and recognize the need for continuing education.

Integrity

Members seek to promote integrity in the teaching and practice of hypnotherapy. In these activities, members are honest, fair and respectful of the legal, civic, and moral rights of others. To the extent feasible, members attempt to clarify for relevant parties the roles they are performing and to function appropriately in accordance with those roles. Members rely on scientific or professionally derived knowledge when making professional judgments or when engaging in professional endeavours. Members shall always be truthful in their marketing and advertising, and never speak negatively of other professionals.

Client Relationships

Members shall at all times make the physical and mental well-being of their clients a prime consideration. Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client.

Consultations and Referrals

Members arrange for appropriate consultations and referrals based on the best interest of the client with appropriate consent, and subject to other relevant considerations which include applicable laws and contractual obligations. When indicated and professionally appropriate, members cooperate with other professionals from appropriately certified medical or mental health organizations in order to serve their client’s best interest.

Fees and Financial Arrangements

As early as feasible in the professional therapeutic relationship, the member and the client reach an agreement specifying the compensation and billing arrangements. Members fee practices are consistent with the law. Members do not misrepresent their fees.

Informed Consent

Members discuss with the client as early as feasible in the therapeutic relationship appropriate issues, such as the nature and anticipated course of therapy, fees and confidentiality. Members obtain appropriate informed consent for hypnotherapy or related procedures. The language is reasonably understandable to all participants. Members will only provide services to those able to provide informed consent.

Maintaining Confidentiality

Members have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to respect the confidential rights of those with whom they work or consult; recognizing that confidentiality may be established by law, institutional rules, professional or scientific relationships.

Terminating the Professional Relationship

Members do not abandon clients. A hypnotherapist may terminate a professional relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the client: no longer needs the service; is not benefiting from the service; or is being harmed by continuing the service.

Professional Certification, Membership & Continuing Education Hours

All members (excluding Associate Members and Student Members) who are operating a hypnotherapy business shall maintain certification and membership with RTI and perform a minimum of forty-five (45) hours of continuing education each year.