CODE OF ETHICS
As practitioners of Dr. Rolf’ s work, we believe in the dignity and worth of the individual human being. We are committed to increasing physical and general well-being. While pursuing this endeavor, we protect the welfare of any person who may seek our services. While demanding for ourselves freedom of inquiry and communication, we accept the responsibility this freedom confers, for competence where we claim it, for objectivity in the report of our findings, and for consideration of the best interest of our clients, our colleagues, and of society.
I. RESPECT THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF OTHERS.
As practitioners of Structural Integration, we respect the human dignity of each individual with whom we are associated in our profession. We are guided at all times by the welfare of the clients who have entrusted themselves to our care.
We have the right to refuse to attend prospective clients. However, once accepted, we owe our clients complete loyalty, care, attention, and integrity. We shall strive to complete all necessary sessions with our clients. We will discontinue our services only when self-respect, dignity, or other good cause requires this action.
II. TO USE THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION PROCESS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING ANOTHER KIND OF RELATIONSHIP IS UNETHICAL.
As practitioners, we show sensible regard for the social codes and moral expectations of the community in which we work, recognizing that violation of accepted moral and legal standards on our part may involve our clients and colleagues in damaging personal conflicts and injure our personal reputation and the reputation of the profession.
We protect the welfare of any person who may seek our services. We do not use our professional position or relationship for purposes inconsistent with our values. We do not attempt to transfer the authority of the teaching relationship inherent in our work to other associations with our clients, realizing that sexual relations or the imposition of opinions, prejudices, or personal preferences of any kind is detrimental to the welfare of our clients. We take care to insure an appropriate setting in our practice to protect our clients and ourselves from actual or imputed harm.
Emotions are often released and experienced during Structural Integration. We provide a safe environment consistent with our professional and ethical standards for the client to experience these emotions. We are willing to discuss these feelings when we and the client agree it is appropriate, and we protect the confidentiality of such communications.
In establishing rates for professional services, we consider carefully the ability of the client to meet the financial burden as well as the charges made by other professional persons engaged in comparable work. We are willing to contribute a portion of our services to work for which we receive little or no financial return.
III. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION EDUCATES THE CLIENT IN THE POSSIBILITIES INHERENT IN HIS OR HER STRUCTURE.
The art of Structural Integration does not presuppose an ideal form, nor does it attempt to superimpose a uniform template on individual clients. As practitioners, our goal is to introduce a structure and provide the information that will enable the clients to use his or her physical self to its fullest capacity.
The maintenance of high standards of practice is a responsibility shared by all practitioners of Structural Integration. We continually strive to improve our knowledge of the principles and techniques of Structural Integration and consider it our duty to observe and study new Structural Integration practices.
We assist our clients in obtaining professional help for all important aspects of their physical or emotional and mental well-being insofar as they are made known to us, directing the client to other well-qualified professionals when the problem falls outside of the boundaries of our own competence. We accept no commission or rebate or any form of remuneration for referral of clients for any kind of professional services, including Structural Integration nor do we give such remuneration when clients are referred to us.
IV. RESPECT AND COMPASSION EXEMPLIFY THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRACTITIONER AND CLIENT, PRACTITIONER AND COLLEAGUE, AND PRACTITIONER AND THE PUBLIC.
As Practitioners of the Ida P. Rolf method of Structural Integration, we discourage the practice of Structural Integration by unqualified persons and assist the public in identifying practitioners competent to give dependable professional service.
Where there is a complaint against a Practitioner with respect to ethics or any other matter, we are pledged to respond to that complaint without delay, and in a spirit of fairness and compassion for all parties. We do not consider that punitive action is the most just or efficacious form of discipline, seeking rather to heal the dispute and find ways of resolving the conflict between Practitioner and complainant. We recognize that competition, mistrust, or the spread of rumors destroys the spirit of kindness and union which is the heart of any human association.
Since we profit from the labor of predecessors and associates, we accept the obligations inherent in the practice of Structural Integration. We consider it our duty to enrich the scientific lore, to improve the position and practice of Structural Integration and to conduct ourselves in our affairs so as to avoid discredit to the profession. While promoting the right of each Practitioner to extend his or her abilities· to the fullest, we recognize that this expansion must be tempered by the integration of new insights into the -line of inquiry called Structural Integration. Should there be complaints that are repetitious and unresolvable it may result in a Practitioner being removed from the GSI List of Practitioners.
V. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION INCLUDES BOTH VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION. AS PRACTITIONERS WE UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT THIS COMMUNICATION BE UNDERSTOOD.
As Practitioners of Structural Integration, we assume responsibility for educating our clients regarding the boundaries between our work and other professional skills we may possess. We do not offer information or advice, solicited or unsolicited, on matters that fall outside our professional competence. We do not imply that other techniques or information are a part of Structural Integration. When we interpret the art of Structural Integration or describe services of the Practitioner of Structural Integration to clients or the general public, we have an obligation to report fairly and accurately. We seek to avoid exaggeration, sensationalism, superficiality, and other kinds of misrepresentation. Modesty, scientific caution, and due regard for the limits of present knowledge shall characterize all statements by Practitioners of Structural Integration who supply such information to the public either directly or indirectly.
We consider safeguarding information about an individual that has been obtained in the course of our teaching, practice, or research a primary obligation. Such information is not communicated to others unless certain important conditions are met:
(a) information received in confidence is revealed only after most careful deliberation and where there is a clear and imminent danger of an individual or to society, and then only to appropriate professional workers or public authorities.
(b) Information obtained is discussed only with persons clearly concerned with the matter. In written or oral reports, data presented is limited to the purpose of the report and every effort is made to avoid undue invasion of privacy.
(c) Clinical materials are used in classroom teaching and in writing only when the identity of the persons involved is adequately disguised.
VI. THE AIM OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION IS TO CREATE
INDEPENDENCE, NOT DEPENDENCE.
As Practitioners of Structural Integration, we consider that the client is the best and final authority about his or her own welfare. We seek at all times to further that understanding; at no time do we endeavor to assume that function to ourselves. When a client is not competent to evaluate the situation (as, for example, in the case of a child), we inform the person responsible for the client of the circumstances which may influence the relationship.
We exercise sound judgement in extending our services to a client, neither prolonging the number of his or her sessions unduly or without good cause, nor continuing the work when it is reasonably clear to us that the client is not benefitting from it. Where we intend to prolong treatment or curtail it, we consult with the client as to his or her judgement in the matter, presenting our reasons fairly and clearly and in moderate terms. We do not represent Structural Integration as a be-all or end-all of human evolution. We do not represent a cycle of Structural Integration as solving all ills, stating rather that the process achieves a plateau of efficient functioning.
We do not normally offer our professional services to a person receiving Structural Integration from another Practitioner except by agreement with the other worker or after termination of the client's relationship with the other Practitioner.
We recognize that our effectiveness depends in good part upon our ability to maintain sound interpersonal relations: that temporary or more enduring aberrations in our own personality may interfere with our ability or distort our appraisal of others.
We refrain from Structural Integration when our personal problems are likely to result in inferior professional service or harm to the client.
We recognize that resistance or pain may accompany the changes brought about by Structural Integration. We accept the responsibility to create with our clients an atmosphere in which these are experienced as release.
VII. "WHEN THE BODY GETS WORKING APPROPRIATELY, THE FORCE OF GRAVITY CAN FLOW THROUGH. THEN SPONTANEOUSLY, THE BODY HEALS ITSELF." Ida P. Rolf, Ph.d.
As Practitioners of Structural Integration, we do not consider ourselves to be therapists or healers, but rather educators and teachers. We employ verbal and non-verbal, spoken and direct tactile modes of communication. Our aim is to increase the client's access to the complex relations between energetic, emotions, and structural phenomena in his or her body; to evoke his or her inherent ability to live in harmony with physical reality; and to establish a structure which will allow him or her to creatively employ physical energies for the evolution of all.