For Health First adopted the following Code of Ethics to encourage health professionals to maintain a high standard of integrity in the profession and to protect the public against professional misconduct of any kind.
All Health Coaches, Facilitators, Specialists and Instructors do not diagnose, treat, prescribe, cure or prevent any disease or disorder unless specifically allowed to do so by their government-issued license.
This Code of Ethics is to be enforced in conjunction with applicable laws and regulations otherwise required of the practitioner.
Practitioners may not use the HCB Code for their Code of Ethics.
Please develop your own Personal Code in accordance with the guidelines from your Coaching organization.
Each certified practitioner shall:
- Actively maintain professional competence within the standards of your profession, including keeping abreast of the latest developments in clinical practice and relevant research.
- Encourage others engaged in a health profession to work toward certification or licensure within their professional specialty.
- Truthfully advertise credentials and educational background without overstating your professional credentials and experience.
- Refuse to participate in or conceal unethical practices or procedures of any kind; and where warranted report unethical persons to the proper authorities.
- Take all reasonable precautions to avoid harm to clients, always demonstrating a concern for the rights, safety, health, welfare, culture and dignity of clients and persons involved in education or research activities.
- Provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, age, gender, sexual preference, national origin, mental, emotional and/or physical disability, disease, and financial status, social or religious affiliation.
- Provide clients with access to office policies, a complaint resolution mechanism, and accurately inform clients of the nature of services rendered and the potential outcome(s) and adverse effects of any such services.
- Respect the recipient's right to refuse or discontinue participation at any time.
- Maintain professional, goal-related relationships with clients and avoid personal relationships with clients, other professionals and friends who could interfere with your objective professional judgment.
- Refuse services to prospective clients for whom it is judged the proposed intervention would be ineffective or inappropriate; and to those clients whom you feel will be better assisted by working with another professional.
- Except as otherwise required by law, protect and respect the confidential nature of information gained from clinical practice, and educational and investigational activities, unless sharing the information reasonably could be deemed necessary to protect an identifiable third party from harm.
- Function within the boundaries of competence and the Standard of Care in your profession.
- Consult with experienced service providers when additional knowledge or expertise is required, and refer clients to appropriate service providers when other services are deemed necessary.
- Maintain accurate records of feedback from your clients. When you do not receive feedback from a client ask for feedback and provide a services rating form to your clients for that purpose.
- When employing or supervision colleagues, provide appropriate supervision and require each supervisee to adhere to this Code of Ethics and the Standards of Care for their profession and within their scope of competence.
- Assume ultimate responsibility for the actions of trainees and each supervisee under your supervision.
- Function with discretion, respect, fairness and integrity in relations with each and every colleague, student, supervisee and other professionals.
- Support intellectual freedom and professional growth through open discussion of theories and factual findings.
- Act in professional, supportive and respectful ways in disagreements with other professionals, e-mail groups and other forums.
- Refrain from engaging in or permitting harassment or discrimination.
- Impart ethical standards of professional conduct through both instruction and example.
- As an author, assume responsibility for the accuracy and fairness of presented information, guarantee originality of any scholarly papers or presentations you may prepare (and/or give credit to ideas and writings of others upon which your work is based), refrain from falsifying, fabricating or appropriating the data of others without specific written permission and disclose any proprietary interests the author may have in professional papers and presentations.
- As a reviewer of funding proposals or manuscripts submitted for publication, consider related information to be confidential and not to be used in any other manner without specific written permission, and excuse him or herself from the review process if there is a perceived conflict of interest, including business relationships or ongoing legal disputes.
- Consider this Code of Ethics in conjunction with the laws, regulations, and ethical standards which govern your profession and license(s) to practice.
Note: Practitioners may not use this Health Code of Ethics for their own personal purposes. Please develop your own personal Code of Ethics in accordance with the guidelines obtained from an accredited coaching organization.
Recommendation: Consider making a copy of this Health Code of Professional Ethics and read it on a weekly or monthly basis to keep yourself focused on your profession and your clients. Each time you read this material will reinforce your commitment to continue doing what you love to do to help other people.
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