THIS POST INCLUDES:
1. Ethics for Art Therapists
2. Ethics Framework
3. Ethics Resources for Therapists
ETHICS FOR ART THERAPISTS
You may find our book review of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide helpful in learning more about ethical guidelines for Art Therapists. Included in that post is a summary list of 50 international therapist associations with links to their ethical guidelines and code of ethics.
Included in this post are useful links to explore the ethical considerations that therapists face in their practice.
Art therapists will face the same ethical issues that other general mental health therapists have, however, some additional issues need to be considered. These include:
Throughout the various professional bodies, a consistent approach to resolving ethical dilemmas is present in each code. Most guidelines include the below steps to provide a basic framework for therapists to approach ethical issues:
1. Identify the problem.
2. Apply the relevant Code of Ethics if the issue is clearly defined by your professional association.
3. Consult your professional association if additional clarification is necessary.
4. Review State and Federal laws that may apply.
5. Consider the potential consequences of all options.
6. Implement the appropriate course of action.
7. Seek supervision and process outcomes for your professional development.
ETHICS RESOURCES FOR THERAPISTS
The resources below are considered general in nature. As an art therapist, therapist, counselor you should adhere to the guidelines as established by your governing body in your specific location.
The resources below are provided to give you access to common topics around ethical considerations for therapists and should be used as learning tools instead of strict requirements of therapist behaviour.
- Psychology Today Blog: The Ethical Professor
- Psychology Today Blog: The Ethical Therapist
- Ken Pope Psychologist and author on ethics
- Good Therapy: Ethics in Therapy
- AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors) Article Library
- Future Learn MOOC: People Studying People – Research Ethics in Society
- Ethical Psychology Blog
- Ethics & Psych Podcasts