CODE OF ETHICS
As Rossiter Stretching (“RS”) Coach, we respect the dignity of each human being. We are committed to increasing physical and general well-being. In our work, we consider the best interests of our clients, our profession, our colleagues, and our communities. However, at all times, the welfare of the clients who have entrusted themselves to our care is paramount. The following represent minimum criteria for the ethical practice of our profession and must be adhered to by all RS Coaches’.
- A RS Coach has the right to refuse to accept any prospective client. However, once a client is accepted, the RS Coach owes that client all reasonable loyalty, care, attention, and integrity in the context of the therapeutic relationship. The RS Coach will discontinue services only when self-respect, dignity, the client’s best interest, or other good cause requires it.
- We make clear to our clients the boundaries between RS and other professional qualifications we possess.
- We are free to use skills and techniques associated with other modalities or disciplines within the context of RS and consistent with our Principles.
- However, to work outside the Principles of RS or to shift the frame of some or all of our sessions to principles primarily governing another modality or discipline, we first obtain the client’s informed consent.
- If we have licenses or certifications in modalities or disciplines other than RS, on the basis of which clients seek our services, we may treat clients in both RS and such other modalities or disciplines only with the client’s informed consent.
- If, as RS Coach, we have a particular emphasis or viewpoint likely to differ significantly from that of other RS Coach in our community, we make it known to prospective clients.
- In any event, regardless of modality, we do not work beyond our personal scope of training and expertise.
- We safeguard personal information obtained in the course of our teaching, practice, or research, and share it only with the client’s prior consent. Such information shall not be communicated to others without such consent unless the RS Coach believes with good reason that nondisclosure would present a clear and imminent danger to an individual or to society – and even then, information should be disclosed only to appropriate professionals or public authorities. In any event, information should be provided only to persons clearly concerned with the matter, and only to the extent necessary and without undue invasion of privacy. RS Coach are permitted to respond to subpoenas or other legal process, but should attempt to inform the client before doing so. Clinical materials are used in classroom teaching, in research and in writing only with the client’s express permission, or when all information from which the identity of the client could be discerned is expunged or disguised.
- The client is the best and final authority as to his or her own welfare. We seek at all times to further that understanding; at no time do we endeavor to assume that function.
- Resistance or pain may accompany the changes brought about by RS Techniques. We create an atmosphere in which the client is in charge and the client’s limits are respected.
- Our effectiveness depends on our ability to maintain sound interpersonal relations. We recognize that our own temporary or enduring dysfunction might interfere with our ability to deliver services; and we refrain from using the RS when our own emotional or physical circumstances are likely to result in inferior professional service or harm to our clients. This includes but is not limited to not practicing the RS when the practitioner is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- It is our duty to conduct ourselves in our professional affairs so as to improve the position and practice of the RS, and to avoid discredit to the profession. When we describe the RS to actual or prospective clients or to the general public, we speak fairly and accurately, avoiding exaggeration, sensationalism and superficiality. Modesty, scientific caution, and regard for the limits of current knowledge shall characterize all statements about the RS.
- It is improper to attempt to obtain clients through communications that are either intended to or highly likely in fact to create inflated or unjustified expectations; are baselessly self-laudatory; or contain incorrect or incomplete statements of fact that a reasonable person would recognize as misleading in context. In particular, one must be scrupulously honest and not misleading in describing one’s own skill set and levels of professional education and experience.
- It is improper to state or imply that one RS Coach has skills superior to another unless one has a reasonable basis to believe, and does in fact believe, both that the statement or implication is true and that the difference in skill is relevant to the particular client’s goals or issues. Similarly, it is improper to discourage a client from accepting the services of a particular RS Coach, or other professional service provider in the absence of an honest and reasonable belief that such services would be detrimental to the client.
- Before we accept a client, we make clear to the client our fee arrangements, including cost, methods of payment and timing of payments.
- We act in the clients’ best interests in serving each client, neither prolonging the number of sessions unduly or without good cause, nor continuing the RS when it should be reasonably clear that the client in not benefiting from it. Where we intend to prolong or curtail treatment vis a vis the original parameters to which we have agreed with the client, we consult with the client, presenting our reasons fairly and clearly.
- Should we provide a client information, opinions or advice on matters beyond our certified or licensed professional competence, we make sure the client understands the non-authoritative nature of our statements.
- We do not use our professional position for purposes inconsistent with the best interests of our clients. In particular, we do not take advantage of whatever authority present, past or prospective clients might confer upon us as RS Coach to induce them to enter into other therapeutic, commercial, sexual or social relationships with us; nor do we engage in relationships with our clients that are likely to interfere with or be detrimental to the RS process.
- We do not condition our provision of RS services upon the client’s acceptance of any other goods or services from either ourselves or from others.
- Recognizing that the RS is a relationship and not a commodity, we do not offer our services as RS Coach or accept as a RS client a person we know to be receiving a Rossiter Stretching Session from another qualified practitioner in the absence of a compelling reason related to the client’s best interest. In any event, unless the client specifically requests otherwise, we will not accept such a person as a RS client before having made a good faith attempt to confer with the person’s current practitioner and having advised the person to do likewise.
- Should a business dispute arise between a RS Coach and a client, a fellow RS Coach or another professional, the RS Coach will endeavor to resolve it fairly, amicably, honestly, and in a timely manner.
- Each of us respects the social codes and moral expectations of the community in which we practice; and recognizes that violation of the same might involve us, our clients and our colleagues in damaging personal conflicts, or injure our personal reputations and that of our profession. Accordingly, we endeavor to practice our profession in a manner that avoids even the appearance of professional impropriety.
* RS Coach who hold themselves out to the public as structural integrators shall abide by the minimum standards set forth in this document with respect to all of their clients – including those clients receiving therapeutic, somatic, movement-related or psychological services other than RS (to the extent the standards are applicable).