CODE OF ETHICS
1. Members will be professional in attitude and conduct, responsible in relations with Clients and colleagues, reliable in agreements and timely in appointment schedules.
2. Members agree that they have read and understood the Foundation for the ATP code of ethics. They represent the standards to which members aspire and will abide to the best of their ability. Further, members agree to be held
accountable for any actions that deviate from the ethical standards of the ATP codes.
3. Members recognize the importance of consent and choice in all professional interactions with individuals and groups. Members will strive to provide a range of options from which the Client can actively elect that which will serve their
own growth. At no time shall a Client be required or coerced to participate in any activity, event or exercise. Members inform and educate their Clients about consent and choice and actively create learning environments where clients are
empowered to exercise those skills.
4. Members may use physical touch if they deem it appropriate. If they do so, they touch consciously and with the attitude to do no harm, with concern for the client's growth; for the safety of both/all parties; and to honor the agreed
boundaries established. Members agree to co-create clear agreements with Clients before engaging in any form of bodywork. ATP recommends the use of written intake forms where consent is given in writing as best practice.
5. Regarding Sexual Contact with Clients:
a. Sessions are Client-centered and the Clients' boundaries are of primary importance.
b. We acknowledge the importance of maintaining and respecting agreed boundaries. Boundaries are to be discussed, agreed and set at the beginning of each session; including the stipulation that boundaries may not be renegotiated or changed during that session. Maintaining the agreed boundaries also includes stopping touch when Clients request it.
c. Members understand the inherent inequality of power we hold relative to Clients in our role of practitioner/teacher and agree not to use this power for the sexual exploitation of Clients.
d. Members agree that they will not seek to meet their erotic appetites through their Clients.
We are conscious that, and make Clients conscious that, sessions will neither fulfill the Member's, nor their Clientʼs desire for romantic sexual connection.
e. Members agree not to have any form of sexual contact in the form of sexual intercourse or oral sex with Clients during and outside sessions.
f. When attraction occurs within the professional relationship (either from Client towards practitioner or from practitioner towards Client) we agree to discuss the attraction at professional supervision with the aim of maintaining clear professional boundaries and protecting the Clientʼs ability to access the work.
g. Erotic touch is unidirectional only, practitioner to Student/Client. If Students/ Clients wish to learn interpersonal erotic skills, we request they bring their partners or invite them to share and learn with other Students/Clients when appropriate.
6. Members acknowledge the importance of physical, in addition to emotional, mental, spiritual and sexual well-being. To protect the health of both Client and practitioner, Members recognize the need for risk-reduction and professional protocol in all individual and group Tantric sessions. Members take steps to minimize any harm, in active collaboration with all Clients. Professional protocol for intimate touch includes the use of medical-grade examination gloves and quality lubricants. When the Member has any break in the skin of their hand (abrasions, infection, rash, cut etc.) it is highly recommended it be covered by gloves or a plaster for your and your clients' protection. All group classes shall include education about group hygiene protocol, with sufficient facilities / supplies provided to Clients to maintain appropriate hygiene.
It is recommended that practitioners maintain a current first aid qualification.
7. Members agree to request supervision and guidance when experiencing ambiguity or difficulty with interpretation of what constitutes ethical behavior.
8. Members will consider the limits of their skills and experience before accepting requests for or providing educational or instructional services to potential Clients and will refuse professional work for which they are insufficiently qualified and may recommend another modality or practitioner.
9. Members will terminate professional relationships with Clients when such services are no longer required or no longer serve the needs and interests of the Clients. Members may unilaterally terminate services, on just and reasonable grounds after careful consideration of all situational factors and any possible adverse effects. Members are responsible for making appropriate referrals and to provide support to Clients during such transitions.
10. Members will refrain from providing bodywork, training sessions and/or presenting any instructional material while either the practitioner or the Client is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
11. Members will refrain from the exploitation of professional relationships with Clients, whether current or past, for personal gain, whether financial, professional, emotional, sexual, or for research purposes.
12. Members will respect, defend, and preserve the privacy of all information gained from Clients. Members will preserve the anonymity of Clients when using information for purposes of teaching, research, and supervision.
13. Members are co-creating the profession of Tantric Practitioner, which intends to fill the public need for accurate information and embodied learning opportunities. Any public representation by a Member of the profession shall be respectful, in integrity with this Code and shall have the intention of furthering the profession.
14. Members may directly contact, in a constructive and positive manner, any ATP community member about whom they have ethical concerns. Alternatively or additionally Members may contact the ATP regarding their concerns.
15. Members will aid ATP in upholding this Code and co-operate fully with any investigation of possible violations.
16. Members will refrain from solicitation of colleaguesʼ Clients.
17. Members will encourage appropriate communication between Clients and their current or recent therapists/practitioner.