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content: Voice Dialogue Europe - Ethical Guidelines

All facilitators listed on Voice Dialogue Europe subscribe to the following ethical guidelines.

These ethical guidelines are an excerpt from the International Voice Dialogue Agreement developed by a team of international Voice Dialogue teachers, and are endorsed by Hal and Sidra Stone.

Ethical Guidelines

  • Continuing one's own Voice Dialogue process.
  • Maintaining confidentiality around client's identity, issues, and work.
  • Working in accordance with one’s own competence and the client's needs.
  • Being clear with the client about the facilitator’s professional orientation (such as coaching, counseling, therapy…) and about what the client can expect.
  • Referring clients to specialists if needed*.
  • Not using the relationship with the clients or students to one’s own advantage or benefit.
  • Respecting the right of the client or student to terminate the relationship at any point.
  • Being aware of one's own limits as a facilitator and referring the client to another facilitator if required.
  • Staying conscious of bonding patterns that may arise between client and facilitator (transference and counter-transference) and taking responsibility for one's participation in the pattern; paying great attention to not getting involved in a romantic or sexual way with a client or current student.
  • Being committed to dealing with any of one's own interpersonal issues amongst colleagues.
  • Respecting the client's former facilitators.
  • Maintaining transparent and clear professional relationships within the Voice Dialogue community.
  • Complying with the laws of one’s country and state regarding professional practice guidelines, obligations and limitations (i.e. practicing within scope of license), professional reimbursement and taxes, legal structures for professional practice.

* Voice Dialogue practitioners/teachers, especially those who are without formal training in clinical psychology, need to learn to recognize the warning signals of mental illnesses/disturbances – psychosis, depression, personality disorders, etc. – This knowledge helps Voice Dialogue practitioners/teachers, among other things, to determine when they ought not to work with/train someone but instead refer that person to a competent specialist. In any case, Voice Dialogue cannot be a replacement for medical care.

You can find the whole Agreement, including the ethical guidelines, on IVDA - www.ivda.info.

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