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– Skills to Change Institute
eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training CODE OF ETHICS
- Practitioners shall provide competent* services to Clients. Such services require modality knowledge and skill (specialization of relevant matter and experience), thoroughness, and preparation. (*Competency as determined by testing from Skills to Change Institute.)
- Practitioners shall exercise reasonable and prudent professional judgment in providing professional services, including, but not limited to, avoidance of dual relationships (such as a dating or sexual relationship with a client) as they negatively impact the effectiveness of Practitioner and their professional integrity.
- Practitioners shall keep their skills up to date with developments in the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training teachings and techniques by satisfying all continuing education requirements established by the corresponding licensing authority.
- Practitioners shall withdraw services to Client if Practitioner experiences mental/physical impairment that would affect Practitioner's ability to perform duties properly.
- Practitioners shall thoroughly learn and practice each particular method or technique before applying it to Client.
2. SCOPE OF PRACTITIONER’S SERVICES
- Practitioners are not intended to replace any health care professional. The Practitioners’ work is deemed to be complementary to Client's professional health care.
- Practitioners shall not instruct Client to leave Client's professional health care and/or cease the use of Client's medication. Rather, Practitioners shall direct Client to seek advice regarding Client's health and/or medical concerns to Client's primary health provider.
- Practitioners recognize that it is the Practitioners’ responsibility to uphold all laws and regulations relating to licensure and scope of practice, in their specific locality.
- Practitioners scope of service is based on Client's comfort, within the range of the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training techniques, as determined by the Practitioners and Client together.
- Clients may grant Practitioners express, implied, or apparent authority in regard to their personal information or session (from formation of Practitioners/Client relationship).
- Practitioners remain neutral by allowing and working with Client's own background belief systems (religious/spiritual/etc.).
- Practitioners shall not offer services to, or are required to refer a Client to other Practitioners in situations where any conflict of interest between Practitioners and current or potential Client may arise.
- Practitioners shall not exploit Client through Practitioners’ status.
- Practitioners shall not enter a sexual relationship with Client during or for a period of no less than three months after the Practitioner-Client relationship ends.
3. DUE DILIGENCE
- Practitioners shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness, without neglect during or after a session (follow up with Client and offer support).
- Practitioners shall maintain the highest standard of professional conduct, as outlined in the Code of Conduct signed by every Practitioner.
- Practitioners shall administer eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training techniques accurately, gently, compassionately, and with integrity.
- Practitioners shall honor and respect the body, mind, and spirit of Client.
- Practitioners recognize the power of eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training techniques to affect Client's emotional releases and Practitioners shall be prepared to support Client if said releases occur.
- Practitioners shall cooperate with any and all ethical investigations. In order to support the integrity of eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training healing methods, Practitioners shall report to the Ethics Advisory Committee any actions and/or practices that violate this code.
- Practitioners shall explain eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training processes, methods, and techniques to Client prior to conducting the session.
- Practitioners shall ask Client for informed consent in writing prior to conducting the session.
- Practitioners shall reasonably respond to Client's requests for information, in accordance with the terms of nondisclosure. See Confidentiality below.
- Practitioners shall disclose any conflicts of interest associated with providing services.
- Practitioners have obligations, subject to certain exceptions, to keep information, including what Practitioners see, hear, perceive, understand, and/or feel, relating to the Client confidential.
- Practitioners shall not reveal information relating to the Client unless:
- Client gives informed consent.
- Disclosure is implicitly authorized in order to carry out the best possible service and/or most profound improvements for the Client.
- Practitioners may, but may not require to (depending upon local law), reveal confidential information if Practitioners reasonably believes necessary in the scenarios below:
- To prevent death or substantial bodily harm.
- Harm is reasonably certain to occur either to the client or to another, either immediately or at a later date if Practitioners fail to take action necessary in response to a present and substantial threat.
- If Client reveals involvement in a past, present, or future crime the Practitioners may prevent future harm by revealing the information.
- To secure advice about the Practitioners’ compliance with these Code of Ethics.
- Practitioners use of a hypothetical situation to discuss issues relating to the Client is permissible so long as there is no reasonable likelihood that the listener will be able to ascertain the identity of the Client or the situation involved.
- Practitioners shall take reasonable precautions to ensure against being overheard.
- Work Product
- All notes, writings, documents, etc. are also confidential subject to the guidelines mentioned above.
- Confidentiality continues after the Practitioner-Client relationship has terminated.
8. CLIENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18
- Consent for a session requires the written agreement of both the Client under the age of 18 and the Client’s legal guardian.
- Client's legal guardians shall be made aware of the limits of confidentiality regarding the Client under the age of 18.
- Practitioners shall advise the Client under the age of 18 that in the event any potential harm or danger is revealed to the Client’s safety, that these issues would best be discussed with the Client's legal guardians, provided that disclosure would be in the Practitioners’ best judgment and for the Client’s best interest.
- Practitioners shall take into account local laws pertaining to age of consent.
9. CLIENT WITH DIMINISHED CAPACITY
- Practitioners are required to uphold all ethical considerations as with a typical Client, including confidentiality.
- If Client is unable to act in the Client's own best interest, Practitioners may then defer to the judgment of Client's legal guardian.
- Consent for a session requires the written agreement of the Client’s legal guardian if the Client is precluded from entering into legal agreements due to their diminished capacity.
10. DUTY TO PROSPECTIVE CLIENT
- Even if no Practitioner-Client relationship forms, information from discussions still falls under confidentiality rules.
- The onset of a Practitioner-Client relationship does not depend on the existence of a written contract or fee payment.
- Person is not a prospective Client if communicating information to Practitioners without any reasonable expectation that Practitioners are open to forming a Practitioner-Client relationship. In addition, Practitioners are free to form Practitioner-Client relationships at their own discretion.
11. COMMUNICATION OF PRACTITIONERS’ SERVICES
- Advertising material, whether written or verbal, shall be truthful and not misleading.
- Practitioners shall not state or imply that the Practitioners are certified in a particular eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Level unless they hold official proof of certification from Skills to Change Institute.
- Practitioners will not claim or guarantee any cure resulting from this modality.
- Practitioners are subject to a judgment of Misconduct if Practitioners:
- Violate or attempts to violate rules of professional conduct or knowingly assists or encourages another to do so.
- Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
- Are unrealistic with the Client regarding the Client's progress. For example: We must make it clear that results and or time frames will vary from client to client.
13. REPORTING PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT
- Practitioners who know another Practitioner has committed a violation of these rules of professional conduct that raises a substantial question as to that Practitioner's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a Practitioner, shall promptly inform the appropriate authority; the Ethics Advisory Committee.
- Reporting Practitioners are expected to report truthfully and accurately.
- Note that information protected by confidentiality does not require disclosure. If the violation requires that confidential information be revealed, Reporting Practitioners must obtain a signed release form from the client involved.
14. COMMUNICATION PROCESS
- eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training and the Ethics Advisory Committee are committed to providing high-quality services at all times. Therefore, the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee values a forum where practitioners, trainers, trainees, and clients alike can raise any question regarding ethical concerns that may arise, and where feedback and complaints can be sent and resolved on a prompt, fair, and objective basis. See Feedback or Complaint below.
- The eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee holds the responsibility explained above. Members of the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training community are welcome to contact the Committee for formal and informal questions, feedback, or discussions regarding Ethics. See Feedback or Complaint below.
15. FEEDBACK OR COMPLAINT
- Feedback is information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.
- A complaint is a written expression of dissatisfaction. This may relate to either how the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training office and staff has carried out its work or how Certified Practitioners on the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training certification list have treated a first-party individual.
16. FEEDBACK OR COMPLAINT FROM CLIENT
- Same as Feedback or Complaint from Certified Practitioner, as outlined below.
17. FEEDBACK OR COMPLAINT FROM CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER
- Peer to peer professional courtesy is expected of all Certified Practitioners and practitioners-in-training. If Certified Practitioners or practitioners-in-training perceive a colleague as possibly behaving out of conformity with the Code of Ethics, it is recommended to contact that colleague directly in a professional and courteous manner in order to resolve said perceived violation.
- If this approach is unsuccessful or, in practitioners’ best judgment, said approach seems inappropriate, then the Ethics Advisory Committee may be contacted. Contacting the Ethics Advisory Committee for advice does not necessarily commit the inquirer to pursuing a formal complaint.
- The eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee will consider complaints against Certified Practitioners and practitioners-in-training and help resolve said complaints through mediation, education, and/or corrective actions.
- The Ethics Advisory Committee will consider only those complaints relating to a specific provision of the Code of Ethics, and only regarding regular Certified Practitioners and practitioners-in-training in good standing. Records are kept of all complaints and their handling. A member of the FEFT Management team reviews this record annually.
- In no case will the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee accept anonymous complaints for consideration. The eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee does not attempt to resolve complaints regarding third parties.
- Complaints regarding the ethical standing of other Certified Practitioners and practitioners-in-training shall be submitted in writing by E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee. A minimum of two members of said Committee (the Panel) shall conduct a preliminary review of the matter. The complaint will be dismissed if (1) the matter lacks sufficient merit; (2) the complaint contains insufficient or unreliable information; or (3) the matter in question is beyond the scope of the Code of Ethics or its jurisdiction.
- If the matter in question is deemed to be within the scope of the Code of Ethics, additional eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee members shall be appointed and this formed Panel of eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee members can conduct further investigation of the complaint.
18. PROCEDURE FOR INVESTIGATING A COMPLAINT
The Panel will:
- Determine what Ethics, if any, are in violation.
- Clarify facts in the complaint from opinion, and organize evidence given, if any.
- Remind Complainant that the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee’s primary focus is to educate Certified Practitioners and practitioners-in-training. Therefore, financial or any other compensation for perceived damages is not an option. The eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee in some cases may facilitate mediation and reconciliation between Complainant and Practitioner. A decision to pursue legal action is beyond the scope of the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee and all its parts.
- If a breach of the Code of Ethics has occurred, the panel shall determine the appropriate corrective action, within its jurisdiction.
- At no time will the complaint be investigated by anyone involved in the substance of said complaint.
19. SPECIFIC STEPS IN INVESTIGATING A COMPLAINT
- The complainant shall be sent a form through E-mail (email@example.com), on which to document the nature of the complaint, events that took place, Complainant's desired outcome, and any other information Complainant deems relevant to the matter. Also present will be a space for Complainant to acknowledge and give permission to the Certified Practitioners in question to disclose any relevant information and/or clinical records to the Ethics Advisory Committee. Complainant's permission for Practitioner to disclose information is necessary in order for any investigation to move forward. If Complainant refuses to authorize such permission, the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee may offer Complainant relevant and/or helpful advice, if appropriate.
- Written communication with the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee must be done through E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is Sender's responsibility to confirm with Recipient if content was received. Once received, Recipient has responsibility to confirm with Sender through return E-mail. Emails shall be considered confidential information and are not to be shared with parties uninvolved in the matter. E-mails directed towards the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee may be shared between committee members when appropriate.
- Once the complaint form is submitted, the Panel will then contact the Practitioner or Client in question through written form.
- Practitioner/Client shall be given thirty (30) days to respond to the complaint by providing information regarding Practitioner/Client’s interaction with Complainant, the events that occurred, Practitioner/Client’s interpretation of the dispute, a desired outcome, and any other information or evidence that Practitioner/Client deems relevant.
- Panel will then review the information provided by both parties and further evaluate whether a breach of the Code of Ethics has occurred.
- If Panel concludes a breach to have indeed occurred, Practitioner/Client shall be informed of this breach and the specific corresponding code violated, as well as be invited to respond specifically to this newly revealed aspect.
- Once the Practitioner/Client responds, the Complainant shall be informed and also invited to comment, if relevant.
- Panel shall inform Practitioner/Client of Panel's conclusions by relating events to the corresponding ethical code(s) in violation.
- Practitioners/Clients will then be invited to respond to the Panel's conclusions.
- If, after careful consideration by the Panel, it is decided that a breach of Ethics has occurred, a report will be sent to the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Management Team for action that may include, but is not limited to:
- No further action
- An admonishment
- Attendance in relevant eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training curricula
- Temporary suspension from registration (period of time will be specified)
- Removal of eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Certification
- Practitioners/Clients will be informed of action taken by the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Management Team. Note that the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Management Team reserves the right to deny training, registration or certification to whom it wills, for such reasons that include, but are not limited to, deliberate misrepresentation of qualifications, sexual assault, and/or criminal or otherwise dishonest behavior.
- Panel's initial assumption is that the Practitioner’s breach is unintentional unless proven otherwise. Panel strives to maintain a neutral position free of premature judgments and prejudice.
20. APPEAL PROCESS
- A Practitioner/Client wishing to contest Panel's final decision may submit an Email stating reasons for appeal, limited to questions of fact and procedure. The entire eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee shall then review the panel's final decision. A fee may be charged to cover the cost involved in the appeal process.
- In order to file a violation of the eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Code of Ethics, contact (email@example.com).
- The eutaptics® and FasterEFT Training Ethics Advisory Committee reserves the right to amend the Code of Conduct, the Code of Ethics, and the Communication Process as is deemed necessary.
RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
- You will take sole responsibility for how You use the eutaptics® Techniques, and do not hold RGS or STCI or anyone else responsible for any claims made by anyone. You understand that neither RGS nor anyone else will be responsible for what You do with these Techniques.
- YOU FULLY AND FOREVER RELEASE AND DISCHARGE RGS AND STCI AND ITS RESPECTIVE CLIENTS, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND INSURERS (EACH, A ”RELEASED PARTY”, AND COLLECTIVELY, ”RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM ANY AND ALL INJURIES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DEATH), LOSSES, DAMAGES, CLAIMS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS), DEMANDS, LAWSUITS, EXPENSES AND ANY OTHER LIABILITY OF ANY KIND, OR TO YOU, YOUR PROPERTY, OR ANY OTHER PERSON, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SEMINAR, EVEN IF IT IS DUE TO THE NEGLIGENCE, INJUDICIOUS ACT, OMISSION OR OTHER FAULT OF A RELEASED PARTY. YOU COVENANT NOT TO MAKE OR BRING ANY SUCH CLAIM AGAINST THE COMPANY OR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY, AND FOREVER RELEASE AND DISCHARGE RGS AND STCI AND ALL OTHER RELEASED PARTIES FROM LIABILITY UNDER SUCH CLAIMS.
PROHIBITION AGAINST PERSONAL RECORDING AND AUTHORIZATION TO USE IMAGE AND LIKENESS
- You understand that You are prohibited from using any form of personal audio or video recordings during the entire Seminar.
- Any and all photographs and/or video, private sessions and audio recordings, including the Copyrights thereto, taken in regards to STCI and/or RGS shall be exclusively owned by STCI and used at the discretion of STCI and/or RGS.
AUTHORIZATION TO USE IMAGE AND LIKENESS
- Robert Smith and the Institute and others may photograph, film or videotape you or your child. You hereby irrevocably permit, authorize, license, and grant to RGS and/or STCI and the other Released Parties the right in perpetuity and throughout the world, with no further compensation to You, to display, publicly perform, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, reproduce, record, photograph, digitize, modify, alter, edit, adapt, create, derivative works, exploit, sell, rent, license, otherwise use, and permit others to use - Your (or your child’s) photograph, video or film portrayal, audio recording, image, voice, avatar, name, biographical data, silhouette, body dimension, shape, posture, quotes, comments or any other personal characteristic or physical or vocal likeness, and all materials (“Materials”) created by or behalf of RGS and/or STCI that incorporate any of the foregoing or any materials based on or derived from these materials, for any purpose, which may include, but not limited to, commercial display, public relations, marketing, publicity, packaging, promotion of RGS or STCI, or designs and in any medium or format whatsoever now existing or hereafter created, including but not limited to, in and on magazines, brochures and other print publications, electronic, magnetic, and optical media, television broadcasts, display, point of sale, and other advertising and promotional materials, press releases, the internet. You shall have no right of approval and YOU WAIVE ANY CLAIM (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS BASED ON INVASION OF PRIVACY, DEFAMATION AND RIGHT OF PUBLICITY) ARISING OUT OF ANY USE, BLURRING, ALTERATION, DISTORTION, ILLUSIONARY EFFECT, OR ANY USE IN COMPOSITE FOR OF YOUR NAME, PICTURE, LIKENESS, VOICE OR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. The Released Parties shall have no obligation to use any of the rights You grant.
- You represent that recordings, including the Copyrights thereto, taken during in relation to STCI and/or RGS shall be exclusively owned by STCI. You hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to STCI your (and/or child’s) entire right, title, and interest, if any, In and to the Materials and all copyrights in Materials and all copyrights in the Materials arising in any jurisdiction throughout the world, including the right to register and sue to enforce such copyrights against infringers.
- You acknowledge that it is unnecessary for any Released Party to obtain further permission from or to pay any third party in connection with the rights granted in this paragraph. Any and all photographs and/or video and audio recordings, including the Copyrights thereto, taken in relation to STCI and/or RGS shall be exclusively owned by STCI and RGS. You hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to STCI and/or RGS your (and/or child’s) entire right, title, and interest, if any, In and to the Materials and all copyrights in Materials and all copyrights in the Materials arising in any jurisdiction throughout the world, including the right to register and sue to enforce such copyrights against infringers.
- You acknowledge and agree that you (and/or your child) have no right to review or approve Materials before they are used by STCI and/or RGS, and that STCI and/or RGS has no liability to You (and/or you child) for any editing, alteration, or distortion of the Materials.
- You acknowledge and agree that you cannot reproduce or distribute the Materials without STCI’S expressed written permission, and you will not post pictures or discuss the products that are used during any photo shoot on any social media platforms.
- In exchange for receiving eutaptics® Training and training materials, including the Participant Manual, and in exchange for any rights and privileges granted herein, You agree to pay the fee determined by STCI.
- All matters arising out of or relating to this Agreement are governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Oklahoma without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Oklahoma or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of Oklahoma. You agree that any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be resolved by a court located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma or the Northern District of Oklahoma. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Oklahoma County, Oklahoma or the Northern District of Oklahoma for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes.
- If any provision of this Agreement is illegal or unenforceable under applicable law, the remainder of the provision will be amended to achieve as closely as possible the effect of the original term and all other provisions of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect. This Agreement supersedes any oral or prior written statements.
- Any determination by RGS or STCI as to any eutaptics® Certification is final. You can withdraw from the Seminar at any time, but You cannot terminate, cancel, or revoke this Agreement for any reason.
- This Agreement may not be modified except by a written agreement that specifically refers to the provision or provisions to be amended and that is signed by an authorized representative of STCI.
- You are not a joint venture of STCI or any other Released Party. You understand that Your participation in the Seminar does not form an employment relationship between You and STCI or any other Released Party.