Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics and General Principles of the

American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition

Read Carefully and Fully. ABSMI Certified Intuitives are Bound by these Principles and Code of Ethics

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

The following General Principles are aspirational and serve as a guide in determining ethical courses of action in various contexts. They exemplify the highest ideals of professional conduct.

Principle A: Basis of Practice

Certified Medical Intuitives and Counseling Intuitives (‘Intuitives‘) use psychospiritual approaches to optimize attitude and relationships. Intuition reveals energetic disturbances, which may not be manifest in the physical body.

Intuitive approaches are complementary adjuncts for clients wanting a second opinion from a psychospiritual point of view. Intuitives encourage clients always to seek medical evaluation for their disorders, and always suggest medical confirmation ofa suspected pathophysicology.

Intuitives primary creed includes:

  • Do no harm
  • Always seek permission from the client
  • Honor all other approaches and opinions
  • Confidentiality
  • Integrity
  • No private agendas
  • Compassion with detachment
  • Responsible Counseling
  • Fair Compensation

Intuitives NEVER:

  • Are critical of other modalities
  • Make a pathological diagnosis
  • Predict:  longevity/death, outcome of a medication, medical or surgical procedure, prognosis
  • Advise a client to stop existing medical therapy

Principle B: Professional Competence

Intuitives:

  • Strive to maintain the highest levels of competence in their work;
  • Recognize the limitations of their expertise;
  • Undertake only those tasks for which they are qualified by education, training, or experience;
  • Recognize the need for ongoing education in order to remain professionally competent;
  • Utilize the appropriate scientific, professional, technical, and administrative resources needed to ensure competence in their professional activities;
  • Consult with other professionals when necessary for the benefit of their clients and others.

Principle C: Integrity

Intuitives are honest, fair, and respectful of others in their professional activities; do not knowingly act in ways that jeopardize their clients or their own or others’ professional welfare; conduct their affairs in ways that inspire trust and confidence; and do not knowingly make false, misleading, or deceptive statements.

Principle D Professional and Scientific Responsibility

Intuitives:

  • Adhere to the highest scientific and professional standards;
  • Accept responsibility for their work;
  • Value the public trust in Intuitives and are concerned about their ethical behavior and that of other Intuitives that might compromise that trust;
  • Understand Intuitives form a community and show respect for other Intuitives and modalities, approaches and opinions even when they disagree on theoretical,       methodological, or personal approaches to professional activities;
  • Endeavor to be collegial, but never allow collegiality to outweigh their shared responsibility for ethical behavior;
  • Consult with colleagues as appropriate to prevent or avoid unethical conduct.

Principle E: Respect for People’s Rights, Dignity, and Diversity

Intuitives:

  • Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all people;
  • Strive to eliminate bias in their professional activities;
  • Do not tolerate discrimination based on age; gender; race; ethnicity; national origin; religion; sexual orientation; disability; health conditions; or marital, domestic, or parental status;
  • Are sensitive to cultural, individual, and role differences in interacting with groups of people with distinctive characteristics;
  • Acknowledge others right to hold differing values, attitudes, and opinions.

Princip1e F: Social Responsibility

Intuitives are aware of their professional and scientific responsibility to the communities and societies in which they live and work, apply their knowledge to contribute to the public good, and strive to advance the science of Medical and Counseling Intuitivism and serve the public good.

ETHICAL STANDARDS

Intuitives:

  • Clarify the nature of the activity and the responsibilities of the professional prior to acting;
  • Use understandable and respectful language with clients;
  • Provide the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the services, at any time during or after their participation;
  • Honor all commitments made to clients as part of the informed consent process, except where unanticipated circumstances demand otherwise.
  • Obtain written consent of a parent or a legally authorized guardian of a child, and, to the extent that they are capable of providing consent, the child’s consent.
  • Obtain clients’ or others’ informed consent prior to videotaping, filming, or recording them in any form.

1. Professional and Scientific Standards.
Intuitives adhere to the highest possible technical standards that are reasonable and responsible in their activities, rely on scientifically and professionally derived knowledge, act with honesty and integrity, and avoid untrue, deceptive, or undocumented statements m undertaking work-related functions or activities.

2. Competence Intuitives
(a) provide service only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, or appropriate professional experience
(b) provide service in new areas or involving new techniques only after they have taken reasonable steps to ensure the competence of their work in these areas
(c) maintain awareness of current scientific and professional information in their fields of activity and make continuing efforts to maintain competence in the skills they use
(d) refrain from undertaking an activity when their personal circumstances may interfere with their professional work or lead to harm for a client or other person 10 whom they have a consulting, or other professional obligation

3. Representation and Misuse of Expertise Intuitives
(a) accurately and fairly represent their areas and degrees of expertise when rendering professional judgments or present their expertise
(b) do not consult if it appears likely to require violation of this Code of Ethics, and dissociate themselves from such activities if they discover a violation and are unable to achieve its correction
(c) are alert to and guard against personal, financial, social, organizational, or political factors that might lead to misuse of their knowledge, expertise, or influence
(d) take reasonable steps to correct or minimize misuse or misrepresentation if they learn of misuse or misrepresentation of their work

4. Delegation and Supervision
Intuitives provide proper training and supervision to their students, supervisees, or employees and take reasonable steps to see that such persons perform services responsibly, competently, and ethically. Intuitives only delegate those responsibilities to their students, supervisees, or employees that they can reasonably be expected to perform, either independently or with the level of supervision provided, based on their education, training, or experience

5. Nondiscrimination
Intuitives do not engage in discrimination in their work based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, health conditions, marital, domestic, or parental status, or any other applicable basis proscribed by law.

6. Non-exploitation.
Intuitives do not exploit persons over whom they have direct or indirect supervisory, evaluative, or other authority for personal, economic, or professional advantage.
Intuitives do not directly supervise or exercise evaluative authority over any person they have a sexual relationship with.

 7. Harassment.
Intuitives do not engage in harassment of any person. Harassment consists of a single intense and severe act or of multiple persistent or pervasive acts which are demeaning, abusive, offensive, or create a hostile professional or workplace environment. Sexual harassment may inelude sexual solicitation, physical advance, or verbal or non-verbal conduct that is sexual in nature. Racial harassment may include unnecessary, exaggerated, or unwarranted attention or attack, whether verbal or non-verbal, because ofa person’s race or ethnicity.

 8. Employment Decisions.
Intuitives have an obligation to adhere to the highest ethical standards when participating in employment related decisions, when seeking employment or accepting a consultation arrangement, or when planning to resign from a position or consulting relationship.

 9. Conflicts of Interest.
Intuitives maintain the highest degree of integrity in their professional work and avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflict. Conflicts of interest arise when Intuitives’ personal or fmancial interests prevent them from performing their professional work in an unbiased manner. Intuitives are alert to situations that might cause a conflict of interest and take appropriate action to prevent conflict or disclose it to appropriate parties.

 10. Public Communications.
Intuitives adhere to the highest professional standards in public communications about their professional services, credentials and expertise, work products, or publications, whether these communications are from themselves or from others, and not make public statements that are false, deceptive, misleading, or fraudulent, either because of what they state, convey, or suggest or because of what they omit, concerning their research, practice, or other work activities or those ofpersons or organizations with which they are affiliated.

11. Confidentiality.
Intuitives have an obligation to ensure that confidential information is protected, and to take reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality rights of clients or others. Confidential information is treated as such even if there is no legal protection or privilege to do so. Intuitives have an obligation to protect confidential information and not allow information gained in confidence to be used in ways that would unfairly compromise clients, or others. Information provided under an understanding of confidentiality is treated as such even after the death of those providing that information. When using private information about individuals collected by other persons or institutions, Intuitives protect the confidentiality of individually identifiable information. Information is private when an individual can reasonably expect that the information will not be made public with personal identifiers (e.g., medical or employment records).

When Intuitives establish a scientific or professional relationship with persons, they discuss (1) the relevant limitations on confidentiality, and (2) the foreseeable uses of the information generated through their professional work. The discussion of confidentiality occurs at the outset of the relationship and thereafter as new circumstances warrant, unless it is not feasible or is counter-productive.

 11. 01 Electronic Transmission of Confidential Information
Intuitives use extreme care in delivering or transferring any confidential data, information, or communication over public computer networks. Intuitives are attentive to the problems of maintaining confidentiality and control over sensitive material and data when use of technological innovations, such as public computer networks, which may open their professional and scientific communication to unauthorized persons.

 11. 02 Preservation of Confidential Information
Intuitives take reasonable steps to ensure, that records, data, or information are preserved in a confidential manner consistent with the requirements of this Code of Ethics, recognizing that ownership of records, data, or information may also be governed by law or institutional principles.
Intuitives delete personal identifiers maintained in databases or systems of records before the information is made publicly available, as otherwise allowed.
Intuitives plan so that confidentiality of records, data, or information is protected in the event of the Intuitives death, incapacity, or withdrawal from the Position or practice.

 11. 03 Limits of Confidentiality
Intuitives inform themselves fully about all laws and rules which may limit or alter guarantees of confidentiality, determine their ability to guarantee absolute confidentiality and, as appropriate, inform clients, or others of any limitations to this guarantee at the outset, consistent with ethical standards.
Intuitives may confront unanticipated circumstances where they become aware of information that is clearly health or life-threatening to clients or others. In these cases, they must balance the importance of guarantees of confidentiality with other principles in this Code of Ethics, standards of conduct, and applicable law.
Confidentiality is not required with respect to observations in public places, activities conducted in public, or other settings where no rules of privacy are provided by law or custom or information available from public records.

 12. Informed Consent.
Informed consent is a basic ethical tenet of professional practice. Intuitives do not provide services without the clients’ informed consent, and recognize the possibility of undue influence or subtle pressures on subjects that may derive from expertise or authority, and they take this into account in designing informed consent procedures.

 Intuitives:

  • Clarify the nature of the activity and the responsibilities of the professional prior to acting;
  • Use understandable and respectful language with clients;
  • Provide the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the services, at any time during or after their participation;
  • Honor all commitments made to clients as part of the informed consent process, except where unanticipated circumstances demand otherwise.
  • Obtain written consent of a parent or a legally authorized guardian of a child, and, to the extent that they are capable of providing consent, the child’s consent.
  • Obtain clients’ or others’ informed consent prior to videotaping, filming, or recording them in any form.

13. Plagiarism.In publications, presentations, teaching, practice, and service, Intuitives explicitly identify, credit, and reference the author when they take data or material verbatim from another person’s written work, whether it is published, unpublished, or electronically available. In their publications, presentations, teaching, practice, and service, Intuitives provide acknowledgment of and reference to the use of others’ work, even if the work is not quoted verbatim or paraphrased, and they do not present others’ work as their own whether it is published, unpublished, or electronically available.

 4. Authorship Credit.

 Intuitives take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work they have actually performed or to which they have contributed.
Intuitives ensure that principal authorship and other publication credits are based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. In claiming or determining the ordering of authorship, Intuitives seek to reflect accurately the contributions of main participants in the research and writing process.
A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

 15. Publication Process.

 Intuitives adhere to the highest ethical standards when participating in publication and review processes when they are authors or editors.

 16. Adherence to the Code of Ethics.

 Intuitives have an obligation to be familiar with this Code of Ethics, other applicable ethics codes, and their application to Intuitives’ work. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not, in itself, a defense to a charge of unethical conduct.
Intuitives have an obligation to confront, address, and attempt to resolve ethical issues according to this Code of Ethics.
If Intuitives are uncertain whether a particular situation or course of action would violate the Code of Ethics, they consult with other Intuitives knowledgeable about ethical issues, with the ABSMI’s Committee on Professional Ethics, or with other organizational entities such as institutional review boards.
If Intuitives take actions or are confronted with choices where there is a conflict between ethical standards enunciated in the Code of Ethics and laws or legal requirements, they make known their commitment to the Code and take steps to resolve the conflict in a responsible manner by consulting with colleagues, professional organizations, or the ABSMI’s Committee on Professional Ethics.
If Intuitives have substantial reason to believe that there may have been an ethical violation by another Intuitives, and if an informal resolution appears appropriate or possible, they attempt to resolve the issue by bringing it to the attention of that individual, or, assuming that such activity does not violate any confidentiality rights they seek advice about whether or how to proceed based on this belief Such action might include referral to the ABSMI’s Committee on Professional Ethics.
Intuitives cooperate in ethics investigations, proceedings, and resulting requirements of the ABSMI, and in doing so, make reasonable efforts to resolve any issues of confidentiality. Failure to cooperate may be an ethics violation.
Intuitives do not file or encourage the filing of ethics complaints that are frivolous and are intended to harm the alleged violator rather than to protect the integrity of the discipline and the public.