Terms and Conditions
To be accepted for ICAHP accreditation, you must read and accept the terms and conditions listed below for your membership type.
Should any training provider institution violate our terms and conditions and code of ethics or choose not to renew their membership with us, ICAHP will not be held liable to students who have received a certificate, training, or therapy from the institution in question.
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics outlines the fundamental ethical principles to which all complementary health practitioners agree and commit. It provides the client with the inspiration of a shared commitment to excellence as well as the security of a complaints procedure. These principles apply as well to training provider institutions' training, supervision, or support in groups or individually.
We recognize that the practitioner-client relationship is unique and must serve the client's best interests. A positive working relationship is essential for effective treatment. The practitioner bears certain responsibilities, and any abuse or oppression of the client is unethical. Sexual activity between the practitioner and the client within the context of this relationship is completely inappropriate and unethical. Affectionate gestures, such as hugging, should be used with caution and only when both parties agree. We will make certain that our emotional needs do not interfere with our relationship.
At all times, the client's dignity and integrity must be respected. We acknowledge the client's right to self-determination. One of our objectives is to help him or her progress toward self-sufficiency. The client has the right to refuse or terminate any proposal or action taken by the practitioner at any time. We make this clear at the start of the relationship.
The practitioner and client create a mutually acceptable clear contract that addresses the issues of fees, time involved, frequency and number of sessions, treatment technique, limits and ground rules, confidentiality, availability of follow-up, referrals, and so on. We make available to the client our Code of Ethics and Practice.
We recognize that there may be a duality of roles with potential conflicts of interest. Where this is applicable, it will be openly discussed before any treatment begins. It is our responsibility to establish and enforce boundaries. We reserve the right not to work with certain individuals, but not in a way that results in unfair discrimination.
The practitioner treats the client's relationship and all knowledge as confidential and may only be disclosed with the client's specific consent or if there is clear evidence of probably serious danger to the client or others. The client's identity must be kept secret for the purposes of supervision, research, teaching, and publication.
We keep confidential and appropriate session records, and our records about the client should be available for inspection.
We commit to maintaining and expanding our knowledge and skills relevant to our practice; seeking additional support and supervision as needed; and pursuing personal growth, spiritual practice, and meeting our personal needs outside of our complementary health practice.
Advertising will be limited to descriptive statements about available services and specifics about methods and qualifications, with no comparative evaluation or extravagant claims about the efficacy of our practice method.
In the event of a complaint, it should be directed first to the practitioner and then to their professional association. If this is not possible or does not result in a satisfactory outcome, a formal written complaint may be submitted to ICAHP, where it will be heard by our Accreditation Board. The complainant must sign a declaration agreeing to follow the recommendations of our Ethics panel. This decision must be followed by all ICAHP members.
ICAHP Practitioners should always:
1. Act in your clients' best interests and treat them with respect.
2. Accept accountability for your actions.
3. Respect other practitioners and health care providers.
4. Only practice within your area of expertise.
5. Make certain that your actions do not jeopardize the reputation of your profession.
6. Maintain confidentiality.
7. Practice within the bounds of the law.
8. Maintain high hygiene standards.
9. Maintain and expand your knowledge and abilities.
10. If you work with the public, make sure you have the necessary insurance and have agreed to your country's health-care laws.
11. You must not deceive your clients or make false claims about your skills and abilities.
Failure to comply with any of the above may result in the immediate termination of your membership with no refund.