Code of Ethics

The code of ethics is binding on every member of the Cyprus Society of Family Therapy and they also have the obligation to be familiar with it. The CySoFT code of ethics is applicable in the professional behavior of it’s members regarding their relationship with their clients, their students, supervisees and their colleagues. The members of CySoFT are expected to be committed to the code of ethics and act ethically.

1. Responsibility to clients(1)
1.1. Therapists should maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity
1.2. Clients can expect therapists to be appropriately educated, trained, to keep up to date with the latest developments in family therapy research and practice, and to have their style of therapy regularly supervised. If a therapist is part of a team working with a client, relationships in that team should be strictly professional and any trainee members should only be given tasks suitable to their level of training and not be exploited.
1.3. Therapists should be open and honest about all matters and about all aspects of their relationship with clients including any financial arrangements (accepted methods of payment, and collection).
1.4. Therapists should not take advantage of contact with clients in any way for sexual, political, religious or other reasons.
1.5. Therapists are aware of their influential positions with respect to their clients, and should avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of their clients. Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair their professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation (business, close personal relationships with a client or the client’s immediate family, or sexual intimacy).
1.6. Clients should not be discriminated against in any way e.g. because of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
1.7. Therapists clearly advise the clients that they have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation. Therapists respect the rights of clients to make decisions and help them to understand the consequences of these decisions.
1.8. Therapists continue therapeutic relationships only so long as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship.
1.9. Therapists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy or related procedures as early as feasible in the therapeutic relationship, and use language that is reasonably understandable to clients. All material and information passing between clients and therapist is confidential. Records of the therapy sessions should be held safely and confidentially, and sessions videotaped only with the client’s signed permission (consent), and kept for a named period and purpose only. Therapists disclose to clients and other interested parties, as early as possible in their professional contacts, the nature of confidentiality and possible limitations of the clients’ right to confidentiality. Therapists should inform their clients that circumstances may arise when it is a matter of public or professional duty to break confidentiality. Situations involving self-harm or actual or potential risk of harm to family members or others would constitute such circumstances. It is often helpful for a therapist to link with other professionals involved with the client or the client’s family, but the client’s permission is needed for this to happen (waiver). It is only in exceptional circumstances that others will be contacted without the client’s permission.

2. Responsibility to Students and Supervisees
2.1. Supervisors should be aware of their influential position over their students and supervisees, and avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of the relationship. They should avoid multiple roles that can be means of exploitation.
2.2. Supervisors should not permit students or supervisees to perform professional services beyond their training level and competence.
2.3. Supervisors do not provide therapy to students or supervisees.
2.4. Supervisors should not get involved in any sexual relationship with their students and supervisees during their training relationship.

3. Responsibility to Colleagues
Therapists should collaborate with their colleagues in the best interest of their clients’ therapeutic welfare.

4. Responsibility to the Profession
4.1. Therapists should not plagiarize or take credit for others’ work
4.2. Therapists should follow latest developments in the family therapy field and participate in educational activities to grow they professional self and knowledge.
4.3. Therapists should acknowledge their therapeutic and competence limitation in cases, and refer to other professionals that will be more beneficial to their clients.

(1) Clients is referred to as including individuals, couples, families, teams, agencies, and any consultation group.
Adopted by: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, European Family Therapy Association and the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK. Code of Ethics and Practice: Information for clients.