PROFESSIONAL CODE OF ETHICS
As a licensed, certified, registered, and insured practice, Gentle Earth pledges commitment to the highest principles of professionalism as outlined in the below Code of Ethics.
Commitment to Do No Harm
Gentle Earth will conduct a thorough health history intake process for each client and evaluate the health history to rule out contraindications or determine appropriate session adaptations. If Betty sees signs of, or suspects, an undiagnosed condition that sound therapy may be inappropriate for, she will refer that client to a physician or other qualified healthcare professional and delay the session until approval from the physician has been granted. Betty understands the importance of therapeutic intent and will conduct sessions with the sole objective of benefitting the client.
Commitment to High-Quality Care
Gentle Earth will serve the best interests of clients at all times and provide the highest quality of integrative support and service possible. Betty recognizes that the obligation for building and maintaining an effective, healthy, and safe therapeutic relationship with her clients is her responsibility.
Commitment to Honest Representation of Qualifications
Gentle Earth will not work outside the commonly accepted scope of practice for sound therapy and Usui Reiki professionals. Betty will adhere to our state's scope of practice guidelines (when applicable). She will only provide integrative modality sessions for which she is fully trained and holds credible credentials. Betty will carefully evaluate the needs of each client and refer the client to another practitioner if the client requires support beyond her capabilities, or beyond the capacity of sound therapy and Usui Reiki. She will not use the trademarks and symbols associated with a particular system or group without authentic affiliation. Betty will refrain from exaggerating the benefits of sound therapy and Usui Reiki throughout public marketing.
Commitment to Uphold the Inherent Worth of All Individuals
Gentle Earth will demonstrate compassion, respect, and tolerance for others. Betty will seek to decrease discrimination, misunderstandings, and prejudice. She understands there are situations when it is appropriate to decline service to a client because it is in the best interests of the client's health, or for her personal safety, but she will not refuse service to any client based on disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, physical build, or sexual orientation; religious, national, or political affiliation; social or economic status.
Commitment to Respect Client Dignity and Basic Rights
Gentle Earth will demonstrate respect for the dignity and rights of all individuals by providing a clean, comfortable, and safe environment for sessions, giving clients recourse in the event of dissatisfaction with services, and upholding the integrity of the therapeutic relationship.
Commitment to Informed Consent
Gentle Earth will recognize a client's right to determine what happens to his/her/their body. Betty understands that a client may suffer emotional harm if a practitioner fails to listen to the client and imposes his or her own beliefs on a situation. She will fully inform clients of choices relating to their care, and disclose policies and limitations that may affect their care. Betty will not provide services without obtaining a client's informed consent (or that of the guardian or advocate for the client).
Commitment to Confidentiality
Gentle Earth will keep client communication and information confidential and will not share client information without the client's written consent, within the limits of the law. Betty will ensure every effort is made to respect a client's right to privacy and provide an environment where personal health-related details cannot be overheard or seen by others.
Commitment to Personal and Professional Boundaries
Gentle Earth will refrain from and prevent behaviors that may be considered sexual in practice and uphold the highest professional standards in order to desexualize client work. Betty will not allow any level of sexual impropriety (behavior or language) from clients and will hold herself to those same standards.
Commitment to Honesty in Business
Gentle Earth will follow good business practices with regard to record-keeping, regulation compliance, and tax law. Betty will set fair fees and practice honesty throughout her marketing materials. She will not accept gifts, compensation, or other benefits intended to influence a decision related to a client.
Commitment to Professionalism
Gentle Earth will maintain clear and honest communication with clients and colleagues. Betty will project a professional image with respect to her behavior and personal appearance in keeping with the highest standards of professionalism. She will not actively seek to take someone else's clients, disrespect a client or colleague, or willingly malign another therapist or other allied professional. Betty actively strives to positively promote sound therapy and Usui Reiki practices by committing to self-development and continually building her professional skills.