The International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) is committed to increasing scientific knowledge of coaching psychology and enhancing the professional practice of its members for the benefit of their coachees and client organisations. It strives to help members in developing informed ethical judgments and decision-making concerning their coaching psychology practice.
The maintenance of the Society’s professionalism and its standards requires each member’s personal commitment and lifelong learning to:
In their coaching psychology practice, members are required to consider their own professional competence, apply ethical principles, and maintain good coaching relationships with their coachees and other stakeholders. To guide members to apply ethical principles into practice, this Code consists of two parts:
The Code of Ethics sets out the core values and guiding principles to inform the professional practice of coaching psychologists. The Guide to Coaching Psychology Practice aims to outline the expected standards of good practice that embody those principles. All members of ISCP are obliged to be bound by this Code of Ethics and Practice.
Code of Ethics
This Code is based on six Ethical Principles (6 R’s):
The six Ethical Principles are interrelated. In particular, the Principles of Rights and Respect are so interwoven in practice that they are considered here within a single section. Coaching psychologists respect the rights and dignity of all human beings independent (but not exclusively) of their age, gender, disability, race, religion/belief, and sexual orientation. Coaching psychologists should consider these factors when working with their coachees.
For example, coaching psychologists should be aware that reasonable adjustment and provision might be necessary to protect the rights and well being of coachees who have particular vulnerabilities within society due to their disability, etc. Coaching psychologists in their practice will attempt to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and any possible effects of personal biases or prejudices, due to those factors, upon their coaching psychology practice.
The rights of individuals include the rights to confidentiality, privacy, freedom of self-determination and expression in terms of one’s culture, religion/belief, as well as access to information and services. Coaching psychologists aim to benefit their coachees and take care to do no harm. As coaching psychologists, we should:
Coaching psychologists recognize the standards and limits of their competence. As members of ISCP, we value the continuing professional development (CPD) and maintenance of high standards of their professional work. We recognize the importance of preserving our ability to function optimally within the limits of our competence. Members should:
Coaching psychologists establish good relationships and trust with coachees. They are aware of the complexity of coaching relationship and observe their professional boundary. Multiple relationships occur when a coaching psychologist is in a professional role with a coachee and at the same time is in another role with the same coachee. For example, a coaching psychologist is in a relationship with a person closely associated with or related to the person with whom he/she at the same time has the professional coaching relationship. This may include promises to enter into another relationship with the coachee in the future. Members should:
Coaching psychologists represent themselves and their profession accurately and honestly. Their presentations show clarity and professional integrity. As members, we should show fairness in our interactions with all persons be they our coachees or clients. We should seek to promote our professional integrity and the accurate representation of ISCP in all facets of our professional practice. As a member of ISCP, one should:
Coaching Psychologists should be aware of their professional responsibilities to their coachees, the stakeholders, the society, the general public, and to the profession of coaching psychology. As coaching psychologists, we should accept our responsibility for our behavior to uphold the professional standards of conduct, clarify our professional roles and obligations. As members of ISCP, we should take responsibility to:
In applying the above code into practice, it means that SCP members should:
Rights & Respect
This Code of Ethics and Practice is intended to provide guidance for coaching psychologists that can be applied by the Society for Coaching Psychology and its members. It is not intended to be a basis of civil or legal liability. Whether a coaching psychologist/member has compiled or violated this Code does not by itself determine whether the person is legally liable in a court action, whether a contract is enforceable, or whether other legal consequences occur.
Society for Coaching Psychology members should adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of their own National psychological professional body and/or apply any other Codes to which they are subject. In the event of a conflict, members should form their own opinion as to the most appropriate Code of Ethics and Practice to follow.
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