In addition to what are essentially legal requirements mentioned further below, the actual practice of psychophonetics also contains ethical values:
- Clients do have the inner resources for their life’s journey and need not be dependent on others to help them.
- Clients are always in charge of their process and are not dependent on the practitioner.
- Clients are the ones to give meaning to their own experiences, and should not be subject to the interpretations of others.
- Clients are equal partners with the practitioner, in a team of two.
- The client’s “I am” is one spiritual source of healing and a practitioner gives every opportunity for this core Self to be present and active, so as to minimise the creation of personal dependency between client and practitioner.
- The practitioner is committed at all times to serve the highest interest of the client above one’s own personal inclinations. Whatever personal beliefs a practitioner holds, s/he views the client as representing the Universal Human Being, to which s/he is accountable, beyond all self-interest.
- A client’s session is not considered to follow on from a previous one and the practitioner will recommend only the minimum number, seldom more than three or four sessions.
- A practitioner is committed to an on-going process of self-care, self-awareness and further personal development.
The International Association of Psychophonetics Practitioners (IAPP) requires all practitioners to comply with its code of ethics and standards which covers supervision, continuous professional development as well as setting out a complaints procedure.
Furthermore, all qualified psychophonetics practitioners in the UK must be Registered with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body accountable to the UK Government.
The path to Registration can be through a variety of organisations, such as BACP, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
The BACP website states:
“The BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met our standards for registration. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a commitment to the BACP Ethical Framework (which includes their Confidentiality Policy and their Complaints Procedure).
The BACP Register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body accountable to the UK Government.”
So all psychophonetics practitioners are subject to all of these standards.