Healing Dance Code of Ethics
(adapted from the WABA and NCBTMB Code of Ethics)
In our water profession it is particularly important to be guided by ethics. We are coming very close to our receivers as we accompany them through states of great openness and vulnerability. In the context of aquatic bodywork, ethics are those rules or agreements that support a sacred healing space for the benefit of clients, as well as preserve the good reputation of the profession. We see ethics in terms of appropriate practitioner and instructor behavior in relation to...
...clients, course participants and colleagues. Ethics also extend to the rights of practitioners and instructors as they interact with clients and course participants.
Being a Healing Dance professional means that you:
1. conduct your professional activities with integrity, honesty, respect and compassion.
2. demonstrate a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality professional service, including a safe, healthy and appropriate environment. This includes respecting the client’s beliefs, privacy, emotional expression and reasonable expectations of professional behavior.
3. accurately provide information to clients and the public on the scope and limitations of your disciplines, and represent your qualifications honestly, including your educational achievements and professional affiliations.
4. provide only those services which you are authorized and qualified to perform.
5. recognize the limitations and contraindications of your particular form of bodywork, and refer clients appropriately to other health professionals.
6. respect the rights of clients and other health professionals without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or anything else.
7. safeguard the confidentiality of all client information.
8. respect the client's right to autonomy and informed consent, including the right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent.
9. refrain, under all circumstances from initiating or engaging in any sexual behavior or activity in a professional session, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship.
10. maintain and improve professional knowledge, competence, and excellence through continuing education and training.
11. refrain from practicing under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any illegal substances (with the exceptions of prescribed dosage of prescription medication which does not significantly impair the practitioner).
12. be aware of your right to refuse and/or terminate the service to a client who is abusive or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any illegal substance.
13. acknowledge the client's right to choose their apparel for a session such that their safety, comfort and privacy is respected, within the requirements of the facility and practitioner's comfort.
14. be aware of your right, with just and reasonable cause, to refuse treatment to anyone or any part of the body.
15. refuse gifts or compensation from any client that may promote any treatment or activity that is not in the client's best interest.
16. avoid entering into significant dual relationships with clients or students for a reasonable amount of time (for example, 30 - 60 days) after terminating the professional relationship. “Significant” is defined as any other relationship in which the personal motives, desires and longings of the therapist/instructor can interfere with or exploit the therapeutic/educational relationship. When a second relationship is considered, therapists/instructors are advised to seek supervision from someone skilled in helping them determine if they can:
A. determine the balance of power that exists between them and avoid entering into a personal or business relationship where there is a significant imbalance between them in areas of money, power, sex, emotional or spiritual maturity and development;
B. achieve clarity of intention and motivation for the new relationship and whether the Healing Dance professional is exploiting the therapeutic relationship for personal gain;
C. assess their ability and that of the client to maintain confidentiality about what happens in the therapeutic sessions while engaged in a second relationship.
17. follow all policies, procedures, guidelines, regulations, codes and requirements promulgated by the WABA Board of Directors.
18. will not teach any principle or move that you learn in Healing Dance trainings without authorization.
19. will represent Healing Dance accurately in promotional materials such as flyers, social media postings, YouTube videos and websites and correctly label any images or videos of Healing Dance.
20. will not give paid sessions of Healing Dance before qualifying as a Practitioner. On the other hand, if you are already an aquatic professional, for example a WATSU or WaterDance Practitioner, you may integrate Healing Dance into your paid sessions before becoming a Healing Dance Practitioner.