The EAP's Statement of Ethical Principles
- In 2000, after a conference on Ethics in Strasbourg, it was decided not to implement a 'Code' of Ethics, but instead propose a "Statement" of Ethical Principles.
- Each National Umbrella / Awarding Organisation already has its own Code of Ethics that psychotherapists in that country who are on its Register agree to / are obliged to follow. Each NUO / NAO also has an appropriate complaints procedure, a structure and process to hear complaints, and - if necessary - can take appropriate disciplinary action.
- Similarly, each European Wide (Accrediting) Organisation has an appropriate Code of Ethics for psychotherapists registered in that modality. Each EWO / EWAO also has a complaints procedure, a structure and process to hear complaints, and - if necessary - can take appropriate disciplinary action.
- It was therefore thought to be totally unnecessary and impractical to impose another 'Code of Ethics', on a European-wide basis over and above these, thus dis-empowering (in some way) the NUO/NAOs and EWO/EWAOs, and which would also be relatively un-enforcable.
- This "Satatement of Ethical Principles" was based on a document from the American Psychology Association (APA), a previous 'code', which had been 'tested' over a 10-year period against a large number of ethics cases and complaints, and then modified. With permission from the APA, this document was adapted for the EAP's "Statement of Ethical Principles".
- This document was accepted by the EAP Board in Belgrade, in July, 2002, and a copy is available, either as a download in PDF format, here or on the EAP website here.
- The EAP's Statement of Ethical Principles document therefore now acts as a 'template' or superior principle for these other Member Organisations' Code of Ethics, and all Member Organisations are now being asked to take steps to 'align' their own Codes of Ethics to this EAP "Statement of Ethical Principles". This process is being overseen by the Ethical Guidelines Committee.