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Somatic Intuitive Healing™
Professional Code Of Ethics &
Standards of Behavior

Click HERE for PDF of Informed Consent & Terms of Service Agreement for SIH

 

Description of Services

Somatic Intuitive Healing™ (SIH) is an intuitive healing modality that incorporates energetic systems, expanded consciousness meditation, nervous system regulation practices and movements, and emotional regulation & release practices. This service is designed to facilitate personal insights, awarenesses, and healing and to develop intentions for personal growth and transformation. There is a co-creative process between the practitioner and client to shape how those intentions are explored in session.

 

All sessions are conducted in a professional manner and in a professional healing environment. Sessions may include movement or be facilitated on a massage table. Clients are always fully clothed and all touch is designed for the intent of client’s awareness, education, and healing. Touch is not given to manipulate muscles or body tissues such as in massage. Touch is used as a tool to help support the unique goals of a client’s session in bringing insight and awareness to their body, emotions, or nervous system. 

 

Somatic Intuitive Healing™ is not a replacement for medical or mental health treatment. Somatic Intuitive Healing™ is not considered a practice of medicine. It is a complementary healing modality to allopathic or traditional medicine. Somatic Intuitive Healing™ is not a licensed healing practice in the state of Oregon or in any state currently. Should licensure ever become available or required, all service providers will comply with licensing requirements and obtain licensing and/or exemptions. 

 

Somatic Intuitive Healing™ involves working with the body to help support emotional, energetic, spiritual, and nervous system health. Touch is involved with Somatic Intuitive Healing™. All touch must be consensual and as the client, you are empowered to communicate any changes regarding consent of touch. By signing below you are consenting to the use of touch as part of the healing modality.

General Principles of Ethics & Standards of Behavior

Any SIH Practitioner agrees to maintain the following ethics and standards of behavior

  • Practitioners hold as the highest priority for their professional activities the health and welfare of their clients, students, and others with whom they become professionally involved. All other statements in this document are elaborations upon this principle.

  • Practitioners are committed to a lifelong process of personal development in body, mind, and spirit.

  • Practitioners uphold professional standards of conduct and accept appropriate responsibility for their own behavior.

  • Practitioners promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in their communications and in the practice, teaching, science, and art of healing.

  • Practitioners keep their agreements and avoid unrealistic or unclear commitments.

  • Practitioners take reasonable precautions to ensure that their personal biases, the boundaries of their competence, impairments to their health and well-being, and the limitations of their expertise do not negatively impact the services they provide to their clients.

  • Practitioners respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination.

  • Practitioners are committed to give all persons access to and benefit from the contributions of Somatic Intuitive Healing™, while retaining the right to maintain their integrity, best judgment, and personal safety at all times.

  • Practitioners are aware of, respect, and accommodate individual, cultural, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, representational system, element, and socioeconomic status.

  • Practitioners contribute a portion of their professional time for little or no compensation.

  • Practitioners demonstrate a personal commitment to acting ethically; modeling ethical behavior, encouraging ethical behavior by students, supervisees, employees, and colleagues; and consulting with others concerning ethical problems.

 

Personal Healing & Development

Somatic Intuitive Healing™ is, by nature, a “holistic” approach to well-being and that it’s work interacts seamlessly with mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners recognize that SIH involves a way of relating to life as well as mastery of a particular set of concepts and techniques. With that consciousness, SIH practitioners are committed to their own ongoing healing and the wholesome development of body, mind, and spirit.

 

The more practitioners have evolved personally through activities that promote awareness, health, and healing, the more proficient they become as healers and the more likely they will be to behave competently, responsibly, and ethically with those entrusted to their care, with their colleagues, and with the wider community. In the same sense that health is more than the absence of illness, self-awareness involves a commitment to discover and go beyond limitations in one’s understanding and perspective, such as those rooted in unprocessed trauma, oppressive systems, biases, or personal and/or professional insecurities that could have a negative impact on professional activities.

 

SIH practitioners are aware that their personal limitations can have a direct impact on the quality of the services they provide to clients and students. They are equally aware that the skills they develop in their own quest for wholeness can contribute not only to their personal development, but also to their professional development as well. The obligation to cultivate personal growth and awareness, because of its impact on the quality of service a practitioner is able to provide, is an essential, ongoing process. Therefore SIH practitioners are committed to the following: 

  • SIH Practitioners are committed to maintaining a personal program of their own design for developing & supporting the wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit.

  • SIH Practitioners monitor the effects of their own physical health, mental state, and ego needs on their ability to help those with whom they work and take appropriate steps to maximize their well-being in each area.

  • SIH Practitioners have personally experienced the methods they offer others, using their own experiences with SIH as a laboratory for further informing themselves about the value and power of specific techniques. At the same time, they take care not to inaccurately project their experiences with a particular method onto others.

  • SIH Practitioners know their limitations as individuals and as practitioners, setting their boundaries accordingly with those they serve, with colleagues, and within the larger community.

  • SIH Practitioners open themselves to feedback offered by their students, clients, colleagues, and mentors.

  • SIH Practitioners closely monitor their needs to be liked, to be admired, to achieve status, and to exercise power, as well as their sexual and romantic needs, and seek feedback, guidance, consultation, and supervision from friends, colleagues, mentors, supervisors, or other professionals to keep these needs from interfering with their effectiveness in the services they provide.

  • SIH Practitioners agree to seek continuing education of a minimum of 30 hours every year and to have ongoing healing sessions at a minimum of 6x per year or no less than once every 2 months.  

 

Competence & Scope of Practice

  • Practitioners provide health care, education, supervision, consultation, and mentoring services only in areas where they have received education, training, supervised experience, or other study that qualifies them for providing those services. For instance, while coursework in Somatic Intuitive Healing might give an SIH practitioner tools for teaching some basic techniques for emotional self-management, it does not qualify a practitioner to provide psychotherapy. It is the responsibility of the practitioner to draw those lines professionally and appropriately.

  • Practitioners provide information to prospective clients about their background in both SIH and other modalities that may be used. This information should address the limitations of their training regarding issues such as the diagnosis and treatment of illness, possible side effects, and the fact that Somatic Intuitive Healing, Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology are considered unconventional approaches to health care.

  • Practitioners stay current in their field of practice and maintain and further develop their competence on an ongoing basis through supervision, consultations, workshops, published works, electronic media, and continuing education courses.

  • Practitioners obtain appropriate insurance, permits, and licenses, and they comply with other sound business practices.

  • Practitioners do not diagnose or treat illness unless they are simultaneously credentialed in a health discipline that allows them to do so.

  • The integration of other modalities into an SIH practice is allowed and encouraged, based on the practitioner’s training in these modalities and best professional judgment.

 

The Healing Relationship

  • SIH practitioners engage each client in identifying goals for the services being sought and mutually creating an appropriate plan of care which may, as appropriate, include engaging other health care professionals.

  • SIH clients are encouraged to be proactive about their own health needs and to take responsibility for their health care choices.

  • Practitioners may attempt to encourage, but they do not attempt to pressure or coerce a client into any action or belief, even if the practitioner believes such act or belief would serve the best interests of the client.

  • While it is appropriate to encourage hope and convey confidence in SIH methods, practitioners do so without overstating the power of the methods or implying that a method which has helped some people with a particular health issue will help all people with that issue. They also proceed with a sensitivity to not foster guilt in clients who are not responding as hoped.

  • Practitioners discuss any unrealistic expectations as early in the healing relationship as is reasonable. Expectations are reevaluated throughout the professional relationship at times deemed appropriate by the practitioner or at any time at the client’s request.

  • Practitioners recognize the pitfalls of being overly attached to the outcomes of the services they provide. “Trying too hard,” micro-managing a client, or becoming overly invested may have a paradoxical effect. 

  • Practitioners exercise the right to refuse to accept into their care any person seeking their services when they judge this to not be in the best interests of the client or a threat to their own personal safety.

  • Practitioners consult with, refer to, or cooperate with other professionals and institutions, with their clients’ consent, to the extent needed to serve the best interests of their clients. In particular, they understand the boundaries and limitations of their services and make referrals accordingly. They are clear with clients about whether or not they have personal knowledge of the skills of a particular practitioner and encourage clients to interview prospective practitioners before committing themselves to that practitioner’s care.

  • Practitioners provide a safe, clean, welcoming, supportive, appropriate, and comfortable environment for their services that is conducive to healing. They also provide their undivided and uninterrupted attention during the session.

  • Practitioners recognize and articulate what is healthy and right in a client as well as identifying areas requiring attention.

  • Practitioners may use non-traditional ways of assessing a client system and wellbeing. They understand, however, the limitations of such methods and these methods are not to be used to replace physical diagnostic tests or to confirm or disconfirm beliefs, memories, or anticipated courses of action. 

  • SIH shall always be administered in a caring, considerate manner, with respect for the client’s preferences and capacities. Clients shall be informed in advance about the purpose of any modalities and given an explicit choice about whether to proceed or to have alternative methods applied. If the choice is to proceed, agreement is reached in advance about how the client will communicate to the practitioner the desire to stop the session. The practitioner will immediately respect this signal and immediately halt the practice.

  • Practitioners are sensitive to a client’s feelings about being touched, discuss those feelings as appropriate, and gain permission before applying any modality that requires touch. 

  • If limitations to services can be anticipated because of financial hardship, the related issues are discussed with the recipient of services as early as is feasible. Practitioners do not maintain a client relationship solely for financial reasons, but they may terminate a relationship if the client is unable or unwilling to pay for services. Prior to any termination of services, the issues involved and possible alternatives are discussed, with the client’s well-being as the highest priority.

  • If conflicts occur regarding practitioners’ ethical obligations, practitioners attempt to resolve these conflicts in a responsible fashion that avoids or minimizes harm, seeking consultation or supervision as appropriate.

  • Practitioners may recommend other healing aids only when they have adequate and appropriate qualifications to responsibly make such recommendations.

  • Practitioners terminate a client relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the client no longer needs or is benefiting from the continued service.

  • Practitioners who reach an interpersonal impasse with a client, or an impasse in the healing services they are providing, consider a range of options, such as enlisting supervision, suggesting bringing a consultant into a session, referring the client to another practitioner, and suggesting terminating their services.

  • Practitioners may terminate a client relationship if they feel their physical safety is at risk.

  • Practitioners who are in an ongoing relationship providing services make reasonable efforts to facilitate a continuity of services in the event that their services are interrupted by the practitioner.

  • Responsibilities of the practitioner following termination of services include continuing to maintain confidentiality and sharing client information with other professionals as requested by the client. If the client requests that such information be forwarded, it may not be withheld for any reason, including non-payment of fees.

Confidentiality

  • The client (or the client’s legal guardian or conservator) is the only person who has the right to determine who has access to information about the SIH services, including the very question of whether a person is receiving such services from the practitioner. Exceptions to this principle are made explicit in the disclosure statements:

  • Exception: When disclosure of information is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the client or to others.

  • Exception: When there is a clear legal requirement in the country, region, or area to disclose certain types of information.

  • Exception: When records are subpoenaed by a court.

  • Exception: If the practitioner is a defendant in a civil, criminal, or disciplinary action arising from the client relationship, information about that relationship may be disclosed as part of the proceeding.

  • Exception: practitioners who seek consultation or supervisory services from other practitioners agree that information about their competency may be disclosed to designated professional associations (with client identity concealed) for the purpose of evaluating the practitioner’s readiness to enter advanced training or to be listed for referral.

  • Practitioners who work with children or with more than one member of the same family (including “significant others”) establish with the relevant parties at the outset (or when new family members begin to receive services from the practitioner) the kinds of information that may be shared, and with whom, and the kinds of information that may not be shared by the practitioner. Services are provided to more than one member of a family only after weighing potential disadvantages, conflicts, and confidentiality issues.

  • When consulting with colleagues, practitioners do not disclose confidential information that reasonably could lead to the identification of a client with whom they have a confidential relationship unless they have obtained the prior consent of the person or the disclosure cannot be avoided. Informed consent forms may include a stipulation that the practitioner can seek supervision or consultation about the client.

  • Before recording the voices or images of individuals to whom they provide services, practitioners obtain permission from all such persons or their legal representatives and disclose how the voices or images may be used.

  • Practitioners do not disclose in their writings, lectures, or other public media, personally identifiable information concerning their clients, students, research participants, or other recipients of their services that they obtained during the course of their work unless 1) they take reasonable steps to disguise the recipient of service, 2) the recipient has consented in writing or in the recorded session, or 3) there is legal authorization for doing so.

Any questions or concerns regarding a practitioner or the code of ethics should be directed to info@moonvibesanctuary.com

Click HERE for a copy of the Terms of Service & Informed Consent Agreement