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All Au Soleil Healing Practitioners and Associate Practitioners agree to abide by this shared code of conduct in their work and in their life when they join our professional community.  If they belong to any professional associations or organizations they may also have other codes of conduct they are subject to, these are listed on their personal profile pages.  Staff, guests and other affiliates are governed by their own separate codes of conduct or agreements with Au Soleil Healing.

It is Au Soleil Healing’s intention to promote and support a community of excellent, highly skilled, and where appropriate, certified Practitioners. We value the range of disciplines from pure allopathic physicians to Holistic and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Practitioners, we expect each of you to:

1. Practice mutual respect, reverence and collaboration with each other, Clients, staff, and all Members of our Community, and respect the inherent worth of all Living Beings.
2. Give guidance gracefully, truthfully, and gently without disrespecting the guidance, expertise, or disciplines of other professionals when recommending paths of healing to our Clients. Respect the traditions and practices of other professionals and cooperate with all groups. When possible, give our Clients several options for proceeding forward. Remember that it is the Client’s responsibility, not the responsibility of any Practitioner, to choose his or her path of healing or study.
3. Commit to providing the highest quality of care to those that seek our services, conducting all activities with honesty and integrity. Represent accurately your education, qualifications, certifications and professional affiliations and provide only those services for which you are qualified.
4. Represent accurately the knowledge base, scope, benefits, and limitations of your discipline, and your practice to Clients, other professionals and the public. Present all information thoroughly and objectively, without intent to mislead, suppress, exaggerate, sensationalize, or distort.
5. Strive for professional excellence through a regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and continued educational training to increase your professional knowledge.
6. Refuse to engage in any actions or activities that result in discrimination including any behavior or practice based on race, socioeconomic status, physical or mental limitations, age, gender, sex, sexual preference, religion or background of training.
7. Abide by the HIPAA laws to protect all Client confidentiality unless disclosure is requested by the Client in writing, is medically necessary, is required by law, or is necessary for the protection of the public.
8. Provide treatment only when there is a possibility that it will be advantageous to the Client and the Client is willing to proceed.
9. When contacted by a Client who is already receiving similar services from another professional, carefully consider the best interests of the Client in initiating a relationship, and communicate any concerns to the Client clearly.
10. Respect the Client’s right to treatment with regard to informed and voluntary consent, and the Client’s right to also refuse, modify or terminate treatment at any time, regardless of prior consent. Obtain and record written consent, using standard ASHI forms.
11. Receive written permission of a parent or guardian to provide services to a Client under 18 years of age prior to providing these services. Provide services only when a responsible adult chaperone is in the room, unless the parent or guardian waives this requirement in writing.
12. Confirm financial arrangements at the beginning of the session to ensure they are clearly understood by the Client.
13. Abide by the required and optional forms as outlined in the Au Soleil Practitioner Manual.
14. Refer Clients to other professionals if the treatment or service is beyond your scope of practice. “When in doubt, refer it out.”
15. Provide treatment that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the Client, following the standards of practice for sanitation, hygiene and disease control, and draping appropriately in all disciplines where this applies.
16. Act in the best interests of all Clients at all times, taking care to do no harm, employing preventative measures with regard to physical, emotional, social, mental, and energetic boundaries to protect each Client’s privacy, autonomy, and right to reasonable expectation of professional behavior. Provide services only in the context of a professional relationship and limit all personal advice, information, and/or discussion of personal beliefs with a Client. Refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause, including to protect your mental, physical, emotional, professional boundaries and safety, and those of the Client.
17. Abstain from giving or receiving any gifts or benefits that are intended to influence a referral or treatment plan of a Client, receive favorable mention by a member of the press, or that are purely for personal gain.
18. Be aware of your own needs, the inherent inequity of a therapeutic relationship, the issues of transference and counter-transference, and the trust placed in you by your Clients. Avoid dual relationships, or other situations that may impair your professional judgment. Never initiate or engage in any sexual activity with a Client, as such activity with a Client is always unethical, regardless of your previous relationship.
19. Recognize when your own personal problems may be interfering with your professional effectiveness and seek consultation and treatment. Limit your professional activities, if appropriate.
20. Hold yourself to a high standard of citizenry, recognizing the possible impact your public behavior has upon the public’s trust of your profession, your colleagues, and ASHI.
21. Abide by all laws and regulations that apply to your profession.
22. Accept the obligation to hold all fellow Practitioners to this Code of Conduct, bringing others attention to possible inaccuracies of information. Notify Au Soleil Healing management of any discrepancies between the Au Soleil Healing Code of Conduct and the ethics code of your profession when joining Au Soleil Healing, Inc. Follow the Au Soleil Healing protocol for conflict resolution when conflicts arise between Practitioners, Clients or Au Soleil Healing, Inc. The protocol for conflict resolution shall be set forth in a separate document, and may be amended from time to time. When you observe a minor violation of the Code of Conduct that appears to be due to a lack of sensitivity, knowledge or experience, bring such observation personally to the attention of the individual, always maintaining standards of confidentiality. Report your observations to Au Soleil Healing management if the situation persists. Report more serious violations to Au Soleil Healing management.
23. Comply with all laws that require you to inform law enforcement personnel of situations that pose the threat of imminent harm to Clients or others.
24. Never conduct services from a bar or adult entertainment facility.
25. If you accept a role to support and further the professional development of an ASHI employee, supervisee, or professional-in-training, provide such person with appropriate working conditions, timely evaluations, constructive consultation and practical experience.
26. Secure appropriate authorization when conducting research in institutions or organizations and ensure all parties involved receive accurate information and acknowledgment of their contributions.
27. In the area of publishing, advertising and public communication, including but not limited to social media, print, or online publications, whether associated with ASHI or otherwise:
a. If you are presenting material that is controversial, leading edge, or is your own personal opinion based on your observations rather than the accepted body of knowledge of your discipline, communicate this clearly and exercise your highest level of professional judgment in doing so.
b. Respect intellectual property law and do not use or distribute ideas, photos, artwork, music, or other material that is not your own original work unless such use or distribution is done within the law and its spirit.
c. Represent accurately your professional qualifications and affiliations, as well as any professional, educational or other organizations that may be associated with your publication.
d. Represent accurately any program or event descriptions, and clearly communicate the fees involved in participating. Include the subject matter, intended audience, basis of evaluating progress, eligibility requirements, and any certifications awarded, if applicable. Accurately represent the training, education and experience of the program or event leaders.
e. Represent any sponsorship or certification by organizations accurately when offering books, products, or other services for which you receive outside compensation.
f. Represent accurately the services offered, costs and obligations of any research participants when publicizing the opportunity to participate.
g. Identify paid advertisements as such.
h. Claim credit only in proportion to your professional contributions to a publication.
i. If you compile and edit material of others for publication, publish the material in the name of the originating group, if appropriate, with your own name appearing as chairperson or editor. Acknowledge and name all contributors.
j. Recognize major contributions of a professional nature made by several persons to a common project by joint authorship, with the individual who made the principal contribution listed first. Recognize lesser contributions of a professional nature, and extensive clerical or similar non-professional assistance, in footnotes or in an introductory statement.
k. Acknowledge, through specific citations, unpublished as well as published material that has directly influenced the research or writing.