National Therapy Society

Code of Ethics

NTS recognises the importance of working within an ethical framework, this code of ethics helps to maintain an acceptable standard of work in our non-regulated professions. The primary purpose is to protect the interests of clients and members and secondly to protect the reputation of the NTS
The code of ethics drawn up by NTS is realistic and achievable for the helping professions.
As a member of NTS you will agree to:

  • Give clients priority by making them your key concern while they are in therapy with you
  • Be aware of and work within your competence levels
  • Undertake necessary training to enhance your skills levels
  • Attend an appropriate amount of supervision
  • Be aware of your own wellbeing to maintain the quality of your client work
  • Treat all clients with respect
  • Respect client’s anonymity
  • Maintain confidentiality within the client/therapist contract
  • Ensure the client understands the working contract by reading it through with them and include
  • (a)Confidentiality and the law
  • (b)Expected number of sessions
  • (c)Any cost involved
  • (d)maintaining boundaries
  • (e)Be prepared to show your qualifications if requested

    By becoming a member of the NTS you will agree to the following
    Rules and ethics in practice
  • To ensure that the therapeutic relationship is based on the clients needs and emotional wellbeing
  • To ensure that the number of sessions will be for the client’s benefit only
  • To ensure that no client abuse takes place in any form including
  • (a)Exploiting client vulnerability
  • (b)Emotional abuse
  • (c)Psychological abuse
  • (d)Sexual abuse
  • To ensure that no therapist abuse takes place in any form (as above)
  • To agree that if any of the above abuse is present it will be taken to supervision and acted upon accordingly.
    To download the abuse definition click on the acrobat logo

    Code of ethics. Abuse Definition

  • Confidentiality
    Client confidentiality will be maintained at all times in accordance with the contract agreed between client and therapist. The therapeutic contract will contain

  • Confidentiality may be broken with express permission from the client
  • If there is the potential of serious harm to client or third party
  • Any disclosure that would leave the therapist liable to civil or criminal proceeding
  • Declaration of any ongoing child abuse
    Please note if the declaration of child abuse is historical and applies to the actual client, it is the client’s decision whether to take further action.
    NTS as a professional membership organisation does not assume responsibility for member supervision but our recommendations are as follows
    If the member is a student the supervision requirements will be laid out by the training agency
    If the member is qualified in their profession we recommend between 1 and 2 hours per month up to 6 clients
    and 2 to 3 hours per month for 7 plus clients.
    Should be fully qualified in your profession and generally have more experience than the supervisee
    Client or student complaints
    NTS will not suspend a therapist/tutor/organisation from membership until an appropriate consultation with both the person bringing the complaint and the therapists/tutor/organisation representative has taken place.
    We will at all time mediate to resolve the issue and move forward without suspension.

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