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    Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

    This is the new edition of a Code of Ethics and Professional Practice for
    all individual and institutional members of the European Association for
    Gestalt Therapy. The purpose of this code is twofold; firstly, to define
    general values and principles and to establish standards of professional
    conduct for Gestalt Therapists and Gestalt Training Institutes, and,
    secondly, to inform and protect those members of the public who seek their

    Gestalt Therapists are responsible for the observation of the principles
    inherent in the Code of Ethics and the Professional Practice and are to use
    this code as the basis of good practice rather than a set of minimal

    These codes are beneficial not only for the protection of clients, but are
    also meant to protect the therapist by establishing standards of conduct
    that clarify the boundaries of practice and accountability in the work

    The general aim of psychotherapy is to promote the psychophysical and
    socio-environmental well being of the individuals, groups and community at
    large within the psychotherapeutic relationship (preferred setting).
    Gestalt therapy recognizes these goals in general, and in particular the
    subjectivity of the well being of the individual as a phenomenological
    entity within their field. Since the realization of this specific goal is
    implemented through a dialogical approach grounded in the recognition of
    the autonomy and self-regulation of the individual, these codes of practice
    offer a meeting place for the resolution of difficulties between two or
    more parties. The resolution of difficulties for Gestalt Therapists is
    attained through dialogue and exchange as opposed to a hierarchical system
    of judgment and consequences.

    These codes are applicable to all individual and institutional members of
    the European Association for Gestalt Therapy on an international level.
    When a discrepancy between this code and national codes occur, the
    conditions of the national code take preference. This code is subject to
    revision in the event that it proves inadequate in the practical
    application as standards of professional conduct.

    The code is divided into two sections. The first section states those
    values and principles that are inalienable rights of the individual. The
    second section demonstrates guidelines that honour and protect these rights.

    All members of the EAGT agree to have a complaints procedure to report and
    evaluate the violations of their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

    Each member will adopt and adhere to, together with the Code of Ethics and
    Professional Practice, the rules for Complaints Procedures.

    The EAGT Ethics Committee is responsible for maintaining an overview of the
    Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedures for national umbrella
    organizations and, where relevant, national awarding organizations. Click
    here <http://www.eagt.org/pdf/Ethics_Code_&_Complaints_Procedure_2015.pdf>if
    you would like to read to complete document.