Code of ethics has two main objectives:
- to define common values and principles and set standards of professional behaviour for psychologists/psychotherapists and training institutions
- inform and protect clients' interests
Psychologists/psychotherapists are responsible for following the principles stated in the Code and use the Code as a basis for their practice.
The code defines general professional standards and behavioral principles of specialists and future specialists towards the clients, colleagues, the society and psychotherapy. Therapy relations between the specialist and the client start at the moment of their first interaction, last during the whole process of therapy and remain after it is finished - as part of post-therapy stage. The code of psychotherapy ethics defines interaction between the client and the psychologist/psychotherapist for the whole time of the therapy and three hours after it is finished. Psychotherapy contract.
The primary contract includes an agreement on longevity and frequency of the sessions, their price and means of payment, their time and location. Other issues are discussed along the way, for example, cancellation terms, payment for missed sessions etc. A client can't be in therapy without his consent. This rule also works for children, for whom an official agreement of parents or guardians is requested. However, usually a psychologists signs a separate contract with the child himself. Child's rights can't be broken by signing a contract only with his parents or guardians. Depending on kind and modality of the psychological help, terms of interaction between a client and a psychologist can be modified, but it is always necessary for a psychologist to stick to universal moral values.