The Radix Institute Code of Ethics
1) To be professional in attitude and conduct, honest, reliable and relations with clients: to keep agreements
and meet appointments on schedule.
2) To give no Radix sessions while either myself or the client is under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicants.
3) To enter no sexual relation with and make no sexual advance or proposition to any client during any session and to enter no sexual relation with
any client taking ongoing private or group Radix work with me.
4) To not engage in a sexual relationship with a client after the termination of the professional relationship for a period of at least 2 years.
5) To inform prospective clients in writing of the risks of Radix before they enter ongoing work with me and to obtain clients’ written consent in these matters.
6) To take into consideration the limits of my skills and the means at my disposal before accepting a request for services and while carrying it out. To not undertake professional work for which I am insufficiently prepared.
7) To seek the advice and counsel of colleagues or supervisors whenever such consultation is in the best interest of the client.
8) To terminate service to clients, and professional relations with them, when such service and relationships no longer serve the clients needs or interests.
9) To withdraw services precipitously only under unusual circumstances, giving careful consideration to all factors in the situation and taking care to minimize possible adverse effects.
10) To terminate service only on just and reasonable grounds. The following, in particular, are considered just and reasonable grounds:
a) Loss of client’s confidence
b) Lack of further benefit to the client from continued services
c) Evidence of conflict of interest between the practitioner and the client or of a situation jeopardizing the relationship between the two.
d) Incitement by the client to perfom illegal, unfair or fraudulent acts.
11) To establish fair, reasonable and considerate client fees that will be commensurate with services rendered as well as with the client’s ability to pay.
12) To provide my client with all the explanations necessary to the understanding of my statement of fees and terms of payment.
13) To refrain from the exploitation of professional relationships for personal gain.
14) To uphold the highest standards regarding basic human rights. Specifically to not practice, condone, facilitate or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical handicaps or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or status.
B. DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS REGARDING THE PRESERVATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY
15) To respect the privacy of personal information gained in group or private sessions.
16) To divulge information without client consent strictly in cases of life-threatening situations (ex. Homicide, Suicide, Child Abuse, etc.) as required by law or for other compelling professional reasons; to inform clients as to the limits of confidentiality in those situations.
17) To preserve clients’ anonymity when using information received from her/him for teaching or scientific purposes.
18) To request all persons attending a group session to respect the confidentiality of any information received during the session.
19) To reveal no content of session records unless I have written authorization from my client.
20) To obtain written permission from my client when I want to tape or film a session.
C. DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS THE PROFESSION
21) To state my training, qualifications and experience with Radix work honestly and represent the work truthfully and in good taste in descriptions, biographies, announcements, advertising, etc., including that “I am a Certified (Adjunct) Radix practitioner” or ”I am a trainee in the Radix Training Program.”
22) To give credit to the originators of important concepts and techniques I use in or in conjunction with Radix teaching.
23) To understand and practice Radix work in accord with the spirit as well as the letter of the Code; to inquire of the The Radix Institute when I have problems of interpretation and ambiguity.
24) To report any possible violations of the Code by Radix Teachers to the Ethics Committee of The Radix Institute.
25) To aid The Radix Institute in upholding this Code and to cooperate fully with the investigation of possible violations conducted by the Ethics Committee.
D. DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS TO COLLEAGUES
26) To refrain from soliciting the clients of colleagues.
27) To undertake the appropriate communications with colleagues before assuming professional responsibility for the clients of colleagues.
E. DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS REGARDING THE NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE AND IMPARTIALITY
28) To refrain from providing sessions to persons with whom I have a relationship that could adversely affect the quality of my work.
29) To safeguard my professional independence and avoid any situation that could create a conflict of interest in the relationship with my client.
30) To inform my clients of the nature of a situation of conflict of interest and the direction of my obligations and responsibilities.
31) To notify clients promptly of anticipated terminations or interruptions of service and seek the transfer, referral or continuation of service in relation to the client’s needs and preferences.
F. RESEARCH SECTION
Research is designed, conducted and reported in accordance with recognized standards of scientific competence and ethical research. The research is planned and reported so as to minimize the possibility that the results will be misleading.
The researcher considers the ethical acceptability of the project. If an ethical issue is unclear, the researcher seeks to resolve the issue through consultation with review boards of institutions within which the research is being conducted, animal care and use committees, or other avenues.
Research is conducted in a manner consistent with federal and state law and regulations. If the research is being conducted in an institution or agency, the researcher provides accurate information regarding the research, and obtains appropriate approval prior to conducting research.
The researcher remains mindful of the dignity and welfare of others, and is committed to doing his/her best to do no harm at any level to the individual, environment, agency/institution, community, Radix community, or public in the conducting, reporting and publishing of any research project. The researcher consults those with expertise concerning any special population under investigation or most likely to be affected.
Plant and Single-Cell Research
All cell culture methods abide by current federal regulations for the disposal of potential contaminants by autoclavation.
Research with Human Subjects
Prior to conducting research, the researcher makes clear to the participant the nature of the research and the responsibilities of each party, and obtains agreement from participants. (This is not necessary in research involving only anonymous surveys, naturalistic observations, and certain kinds of archival research.)
Informed consent: [Informed consent is not necessary in the types of research listed in the exceptions noted above.]
Using language that is reasonably understandable, the researcher informs participants of the following, and obtains written consent which is kept on file:
– the nature of the research;
– that participation is voluntary, and that declining or withdrawal is an option
– any forseeable consequences of withdrawing;
– any factors that may be expected to influence their willingness to participate, such as risks, discomfort, adverse effects, or limits on confidentiality.
– any individual feedback, such as whether and when their individual results will be available to them.
Special care is taken with individuals who are students, clients or subordinates, to protect the participant from adverse consequences of declining or withdrawing from research or from participating in it.
The researcher always obtains informed consent from participants prior to filming or recording them, unless the research involves simply naturalistic observations in public places and it is not anticipated that the recording could cause personal identification or harm.
In offering professional services as an inducement to obtain research participants, the researcher makes clear the nature, risks, obligations and limitations of the services.
The researcher does not use deception in obtaining informed consent or in the course of research. If keeping certain information from participants is vital to the research, the participant is debriefed at the conclusion of their participation or at the end of the research. No information is withheld which might affect a person¹s willingness to participate, such as physical risks, discomfort, or unpleasant emotional experiences. The researcher informs the participant of anticipated sharing or further use of personally identifiable research data and of the possibility of unanticipated further use.
The researcher provides a prompt opportunity for participants to obtain appropriate information about the nature, results, and conclusions of the research, and clarify any questions or misconceptions the participants may have.
Minimizing Invasiveness: The researcher interferes with the participants or their milieu only in a manner that is warranted by an appropriate research design.
The researcher takes reasonable measures to honor all commitments made to research participants.
If the researcher makes available to participants their individual results, such feedback is provided in a manner that is reasonably understandable by the participant. Such feedback should be in compliance with accepted professional practice regarding the provision of assessment results as described in the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, or the American Psychological Association.
The researcher reports data and results accurately. If an error is discovered in his/her published data, the researcher takes reasonable steps to correct the error through an appropriate publication means.
The researcher takes responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work he/she has actually done. Elements of another¹s work or data are cited appropriately.
After research results are published, the researcher makes supporting data available to other professionals who seek to verify the claims through reanalysis and who intend to use the data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release.
Radix Institute, November 15, 1999
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