Kamis, 17 September 2009

Values of Counselling and Psychotherapy


The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy include a commitment to:

* Respecting human rights and dignity
* Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships
* Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
* Alleviating personal distress and suffering
* Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
* Increasing personal effectiveness
* Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
* Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
* Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services

Values inform principles. They represent an important way of expressing a general ethical commitment that becomes more precisely defined and action-orientated when expressed as a principle.