Association of Counseling & Psychotherapy Code of Ethics
As a Therapist holding a Certification from the The America Association of Counseling &
Psychotherapy & Psychotherapy, I commit myself to conduct my professional relationships in
accord with the Code of Ethics and subscribe to the following statements:
I regard as my primary obligation the welfare if the individual or group served.
I will not discriminate because of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national ancestry and in my job
capacity will work to prevent and eliminate such discrimination in rendering service, in work
assignments, and in employment practices.
I give precedence to my professional responsibility over my personal interests.
I hold myself responsible for the quality and extent of the service I perform.
I respect the privacy of the people I serve.
I respect the rights, desires, and needs of my clients at all times.
I use in a responsible manner information gained in professional relationships.
I treat with respect the findings, views, and actions of colleagues and use appropriate channels to
express judgment on these matters.
I practice hypnotherapy within the recognized knowledge and competence of the profession.
I recognize my professional responsibility to add my ideas and findings to the body of hypnotism
knowledge and practice.
I accept responsibility to help protect the community against unethical practice by any individuals or
organizations engaged in hypnotic services.
I distinguish clearly, in public, between my statements and actions as an individual and as a
representative of an organization.
I support the principle that professional practice requires professional education and continuing
I contribute my knowledge, skills and support to programs of human welfare.
I agree that intimate social contact with clients is forbidden for a period of two years from the
client's final session.
I understand that the maintenance of high ethical standards by The America Association of
Counseling & Psychotherapy(AACPT) is an important support to the professional standing of all
Therapists. I agree to conduct my practice and all professional interactions in strict accordance with
the Code of Ethics as defined now or in the future. I also agree to conduct my practice and all
professional interactions in strict accordance with AACPT. rules and regulations promulgated now
or in the future. By accepting my Certification, I consent to the authority and jurisdiction of the
AACPT to promulgate such rules and regulations, as it may from time to time deem necessary and to
take such action, including legal, as it deems necessary to enforce them.
If I am charged with an ethics violation, I understand that an investigation may be conducted upon
receipt of a written complaint signed by the person against whom the wrong is alleged. When an
allegation of misconduct is being investigated I will be given an opportunity to respond to the Ethics
Committee. I understand that my certification could be suspended for a specific period of time or
revoked. In any case, I agree to hold The America Association of Counseling & Psychotherapy
harmless for any actions it may take to guardagainst unethical practices or to enforce the rules and
Ethical Advertising Regulations
It has come to our attention that a timely caution about the inappropriate content of promotional
material is necessary. (If you have already been licensed by a board of regulation, for example as a
psychologist, clinical social worker, etc., elements of the following do not pertain.)
Do not make grandiose claims that project therapy as a panacea. Be certain that your advertising
does not infer or imply that you have medical or psychotherapy training or any training that would
qualify you for state licensing as a medical or mental health professional.