Ethics & Guiding Principles
ETD Alliance Guiding Principles
Revised and adopted June 26, 2000
KNOW THEM, LIVE THEM, SPEAK THEM
Relationships take priority over transactions.
- Trust, love, respect, and positive intent are inherent in what we do.
- We foster an atmosphere that supports sharing and collaboration.
- We act with integrity and seek to continually clarify our intentions.
- We work and take action from a position of love and understanding.
We seek to continually enhance ETD competencies.
- We have a passion for learning.
- We are a work in progress: we trust; take risks; make it up as we go along; make mistakes; learn from them; invite feedback; and don't take ourselves too seriously.
- We learn from, leverage, and partner with others inside and outside the Alliance.
We seek to build possibilities for the greater good.
- We work collectively for things that we are not able to accomplish ourselves.
- Everything we do is aligned with the current and future needs of our clients.
- We draw upon our unique and diverse skills and gifts of ETD passions.
- We lead by working to serve others.
- We participate in the Alliance with an attitude of ownership, not entitlement.
- We believe that the good we do will always come back to us.
- We create infrastructure and mechanisms to support collaborative efforts.
ETD Alliance Code of Ethical Conduct
Approved June 26, 2000
Establishing a code of ethical conduct is a critical step in the professional development of the ETD Alliance. This code is meant to provide a baseline for behavior among colleagues and with clients in order to support a constructive dialogue in the development of ETD.
By establishing a code of ethical conduct, the members of the ETD Alliance aspire to raise their level of professionalism. These ethical statements are not intended as a punitive tool for ETD providers but, rather, to serve to increase credibility and recognition in the marketplace.
As an ETD practitioner, I am committed to supporting and acting in accordance with the following ethical code.
Additionally, as a representative of my organization, I am committing to insure that my organization supports and acts in accordance with the following statements.
- Responsibility to Self
- Act with personal integrity.
- Strive continually to assess and upgrade my self-knowledge and personal growth.
- Recognize my own personal needs and desires; and, when they conflict with professional responsibilities, seek an all-win resolution.
- Assert my own economic and financial interests in ways that are fair and equitable.
- Responsibility for Professional Development and Conduct
- Define, seek to understand, and pursue a set of core values aligned with my professional practice.
- Accept responsibility for the consequences of my actions and make reasonable efforts to assure that my services are properly used.
- Strive to achieve and maintain a professional level of competence for both my profession and myself by developing the full range of my own competence and by establishing collegial and cooperative relations with other practitioners.
- Practice within the limits of my competence, culture and experiences in providing services and using techniques.
- Honor commitments and agreements.
- Gain permission for the use of other’s original materials
- Responsibility to Clients/Customers
- Serve the long-term interests of clients, even when the work being done has a short-term focus.
- Conduct any professional activity, program, or relationship in ways that are honest and responsible.
- Establish agreement on a contract covering services, expectations, remuneration and insurance where appropriate.
- Deal with conflicts constructively.
- Identify and minimize conflicts of interest.
- Determine what information is confidential, and protect the confidentiality of client-professional relationships, including medical information.
- Be truthful and fair in representing services provided to clients.
- Acknowledge and manage the possibility that the client objectives may conflict with the needs of individuals.
- Manage the emotional and physical safety of individuals.
- Provide information on potential physical and emotional risks, which allows for informed consent by individuals.
- Bill fees and expenses honestly
- Responsibility to Profession
- Contribute to continuing professional development for other practitioners, the profession, and myself.
- Promote the sharing of knowledge and skills.
- Work with other practitioners in ways that promote exemplary professional practices.
- Actively promote ethical practices by individuals and organizations engaged in ETD services and, in a case of questionable practices, use appropriate channels for resolution.
- Act in ways that bring credit and goodwill to the ETD profession.
- Give due respect to colleagues in ETD and other professions.
- Global Responsibility
- Act with sensitivity to the facts that my actions and recommendations may affect the lives and well being of individuals.
- Act to deepen my understanding of the cultural filters that affect my view of the world.
- Respect cultures different from my own. Be sensitive to cross-cultural differences and their implications.
- Be aware of how issues of human rights, power, and social justice surface in our work and address them appropriately.
- Model sound environmental and ecological practice.