This section consists of the Ethical Principles that we adhere to within all branches of Steve Whyte Group. The intent is to hold us as an organisation to the very highest ethical ideals of the profession, and to honour the therapeutic alliance between us and those whom we work with.
Principle A: Beneficence and Non-maleficence
We strive to benefit those with whom we work and take care to do no harm. In our professional actions, we seek to safeguard the welfare and rights of those whom we interact with professionally. We strive to be aware of the possible effect of our own physical and mental health on our ability to help those with whom we work.
Principle B: Fidelity and Responsibility
We establish relationships of trust with those with whom we work. We uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify our professional roles and obligations, and accept appropriate responsibility for our behaviour, to support the therapeutic alliance.
Principle C: Integrity
We seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching, and practice of our Therapy. We strive to keep our promises, and to avoid unwise or unclear commitments. Our values are first and foremost, putting the client first, and being truthful and transparent with them at each stage of our care, from consultation to post-therapy.
Principle D: Respect for People's Rights and Dignity
We respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. We are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. We are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. We ensure that all of our support and care is built on a foundation of integrity to eliminate the effect of such prejudices.
Steve Whyte Therapy is confidential, and we will not discuss any identifiable thing about you outside of the service, without your explicit agreement, except in exceptional circumstances where you may be at risk to yourself or another person. Confidentiality is a very most important part of this service. We store data in accordance with the Data Protection Act. We keep our records of our work, and these notes are held securely and confidentially for six years, after which they are destroyed. These records do not form part of any other record system. The service also stores basic information about each student of our courses on a secure and confidential database.
We have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to protect confidential information obtained through or stored in any medium, recognising that the extent and limits of confidentiality may be regulated by law or established by institutional rules or professional or scientific relationship.
Discussing the Limits of Confidentiality
(a) We discuss with our clients (including, to the extent feasible, persons who are legally incapable of giving informed consent and their legal representatives) and organisations with whom they establish a professional relationship (1) the relevant limits of confidentiality and (2) the foreseeable uses of the information generated through our collaboration.
(b) Unless it is not feasible or is contraindicated, the discussion of confidentiality occurs at the outset of the relationship and thereafter as new circumstances may warrant.
(c) We inform our clients of the risks to privacy and limits of confidentiality with using communication methods, services, products, or information via electronic transmission
Before recording the voices or images of individuals to whom are within our care, we first obtain permission from all such persons or their legal representatives.
Minimising Intrusions on Privacy
We include in written and oral reports and consultations, only information germane to the purpose for which the communication is made.
We may disclose confidential information with the appropriate consent of the client in cases where a recommendation has been agreed upon to be referred to another practice, or to inform a GP/Local Authority for safeguarding purposes, protecting the client, therapist, or others from harm. These disclosures require the consent of the client, or another legally authorised person on behalf of the client, unless prohibited by law.
Use of Confidential Information for Didactic or Other Purposes
We do not disclose in our writings, lectures, or other public media, confidential, personally identifiable information concerning our clients, unless (1) we take reasonable steps to disguise the person or organisation, (2) the person or organisation has consented in writing, or (3) there is legal authorisation for doing so.
Informed Consent to Therapy
When obtaining informed consent to therapy, we inform clients as early as is feasible in the therapeutic relationship about the nature and anticipated course of therapy, fees, and limits of confidentiality and provide sufficient opportunity for the client to ask questions and receive answers. When obtaining informed consent for treatment for which generally recognised techniques and procedures have not been established, we inform our clients of the developing nature of the treatment, the potential risks involved, and the alternative treatments that may be available.
Therapy Involving Couples or Families
When we agree to provide services to several persons who have a relationship (such as spouses, significant others, or parents and children), they take reasonable steps to clarify at the outset (1) which of the individuals are clients (2) the relationship that we will have with each person. This clarification includes the our role and the probable uses of the services provided or the information obtained. If it becomes apparent that we may be called on to perform potentially conflicting roles (such as family therapist and then witness for one party in divorce proceedings), we take reasonable steps to clarify and modify, or withdraw from, roles appropriately.
When we provide services to several persons in a group setting, we describe at the outset the roles and responsibilities of all parties and the limits of confidentiality.
Providing Therapy to Those Served by Others
In deciding whether to offer or provide services to those already receiving mental health services elsewhere, we carefully consider the treatment issues and the potential client's welfare. We discuss these issues with the client or another legally authorised person on behalf of the client in order to minimise the risk of confusion and conflict, and are sensitive to the therapeutic issues that may arise.
We do not engage in sexual intimacies with current therapy clients or with Relatives or Significant Others of Current Therapy Clients. We do not engage in sexual intimacies with individuals they know to be close relatives, guardians, or significant others of current clients. We do not terminate therapy to circumvent this standard. We do not engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is sexual solicitation, physical advances, or verbal or nonverbal conduct that is sexual in nature, that occurs in connection with our activities or roles as a service, that is unwelcome, is offensive, or creates a hostile therapeutic environment.
We terminate therapy when it becomes reasonably clear that the client no longer needs the service, is not likely to benefit, or is being harmed by continued service. We may terminate therapy when threatened or otherwise endangered by the client or another person with whom the client has a relationship.
Conflict of Interest
We refrain from taking on a professional role when personal, scientific, professional, legal, financial, or other interests or relationships could reasonably be expected to (1) impair our objectivity, competence, or effectiveness in performing our functions as therapists or (2) expose the person or organisation with whom the professional relationship exists to harm or exploitation.