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EUROPEAN Society for Transpersonal Psychotherapy (ESTP)

ESTP is a department of EUROTAS focused on the development and promotion of high standards of Transpersonal Psychotherapy. The ESTP criteria for transpersonal modalities establish a process to certify transpersonal psychotherapists based on the criteria of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP).

ESTP has established a Charter that describes its goals and activities read the ESTP Charter

ESTP also approves transpersonal supervisors who are listed on the website. Find the list of EUROTAS supervisors here…

 Criteria to become a registered supervisor, Download…

Registration form for supervisors, Download…

 It also has created an accreditation process for transpersonal institutes fulfilling these criteria in their curriculum. They are accredited EUROTAS Transpersonal Institutes (EUTI).

ESTP has developed an Ethical Committee and a Code of Ethics (Statement of Ethical principles) specifically adapted for transpersonal psychotherapists.

 

Code of Ethics (Statement of Ethical Principles) Read more…

ESTP Certification of psychotherapists  “ESTP Certification”

Accreditation of institutes “ESTP Accreditation”

 

Eurotas Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA)

The Eurotas Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA) decided to adopt the statement of ethical principles from the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) All principles mentioned in this statement are relevant for transpersonal psychotherapists too and cover the wide range of ethics, responsibility, competence and research. Two principles were added taking into account the special responsibility of transpersonal psychotherapists working with expanded states of consciousness.

PREAMBLE: (modified from EAP)

PREAMBLE: (modified from EAP)

Transpersonal Psychotherapists respect the dignity and worth of the individual and strive for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights. They are committed to increasing knowledge of human behaviour and of people’s understanding of themselves and others and the utilisation of such knowledge for the promotion of human welfare. While pursuing these objectives they make every effort to protect the welfare of those who seek their services, of people related to those using their services (where that does not conflict with the needs of their clients) and of any research participants that may be the object of study. Transpersonal Psychotherapists respect other members of their profession and of related professions and make every effort, in so far as they are able and where that does not conflict with the interests of their clients, to provide full information and give mutual respect. They use their skills only for purposes consistent with these values and do not knowingly permit their misuse by others. While demanding for themselves freedom of inquiry and communication, transpersonal psychotherapists accept the responsibility this freedom requires: competence, objectivity in the application of skills, and concern for the best interests of clients, colleagues, students, research participants, & society members. In the pursuit of these ideals, transpersonal psychotherapists subscribe to detailed ethical principles in the following areas, which follow:

1. Responsibility;
2. Competence;
3. Moral & Legal Standards;
4. Confidentiality;
5. Welfare of the Consumer;
6. Professional Relationships;
7. Public Statements;
8. Assessment Techniques;
9. Research.

Transpersonal psychotherapists cooperate fully with their own professional, national, and european transpersonal organisations & associations and with the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) by responding promptly and completely to inquiries from and requirements of any duly constituted ethics or professional committees of such associations or organisations of which they are a member or to which they belong. Acceptance onto the Register of the EUROTAS Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECTP) commits a transpersonal psychotherapist to adherence to all of these principles.

PRINCIPLE 1. RESPONSIBILITY (adopted from EAP)

PRINCIPLE 1. RESPONSIBILITY (adopted from EAP)

General Principle: In providing services, psychotherapists maintain the highest standards of their profession. They accept the responsibility for the consequences of their acts and make every effort to ensure that their services are used appropriately.

Principle 1.a: As practitioners, psychotherapists know that they bear a heavy social responsibility because their recommendations and professional actions may alter the lives of others. They are alert to personal, social, organisational, financial, environmental, or political situations and pressures that might lead to misuse of their influence.

Principle 1.b: Psychotherapists clarify in advance with their clients all matters that might pertain to their working together. They avoid relationships that may limit their objectivity or create a conflict of interest.

Principle 1.c: Psychotherapists have the responsibility to attempt to prevent distortion, misuse, or suppression of their findings by an institution or agency of which they are employees.

Principle 1.d: As members of national or organisational bodies, psychotherapists remain accountable as individuals to the highest standards of their profession.

Principle 1.e: As teachers or trainers, psychotherapists recognise their primary obligation to help others acquire knowledge and skill. They maintain high standards of scholarship by presenting information objectively, fully, and accurately.

Principle 1.f: As researchers, psychotherapists accept responsibility for the selection of their research topics and methods used in investigation, analysis and reporting. They plan their research in ways to minimise the possibility that their findings will be misleading. They provide thorough discussion of the limitations of their data, especially where their work touches on social policy or might be construed to the detriment of persons in specific age, sex, ethnic, socioeconomic, or other social groups. In publishing reports of their work, they never suppress disconfirming data, and they acknowledge the existence of alternative hypotheses and explanations of their findings. Psychotherapists take credit only for the work they have actually done. They clarify in advance with all appropriate persons and agencies the expectations for sharing and utilising research data. Interference with the milieu in which data are collected is kept to a minimum.

PRINCIPLE 2: COMPETENCE (adopted from EAP)

PRINCIPLE 2: COMPETENCE (adopted from EAP)

General Principle: The maintenance of high standards of competence is a responsibility shared by all psychotherapists in the interest of the public and the profession as a whole. Psychotherapists recognise the boundaries of their competence and the limitations of their techniques. They only provide services and only use techniques for which they are qualified by training and experience. In those areas in which recognised standards do not yet exist, psychotherapists take whatever precautions are necessary to protect the welfare of their clients. They maintain knowledge of current health, scientific and professional information related to the services they render.

Principle 2.a: Psychotherapists accurately represent their competence, education, training, and experience. They claim as evidence of educational & professional training qualifications only those degrees or qualifications obtained from reputable educational institutions or those recognised by the EAP. They ensure that they adequately meet the minimum professional standards as laid down by the EAP, the relevant National Awarding Organisation’s criteria, and the criteria of the relevant European Wide Accrediting Organisation in their modality or method, where these exist. They respect the other sources of education, training and experience that they have received.

Principle 2.b: As practitioners, and as teachers or trainers, psychotherapists perform their duties on the basis of careful preparation and readiness so that their practice is of the highest standard and communication is accurate, current, and relevant.

Principle 2.c: Psychotherapists recognise the need for continuing education and personal development and are open to new procedures and changes in expectations and values over time.

Principle 2.d: Psychotherapists recognise differences among people, such as those that may be associated with age, sex, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds or the special needs of those who might have been specifically disadvantaged. They obtain suitable training, experience, or counsel to assure competent and appropriate service when relating to all such persons.

Principle 2.e: Psychotherapists responsible for decisions involving individuals or policies based on test results have an understanding of psychological or educational measurement, validation problems, and test research.

Principle 2.f: Psychotherapists recognise that personal problems and conflicts may interfere with professional effectiveness. Accordingly they refrain from undertaking any activity in which their personal problems are likely to lead to inadequate performance or harm to a client, colleague, student, or research participant. If engaged in such activity when they become aware of their personal problems, they seek competent professional assistance to determin