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Code of professional ethics

I. Denomination

1st Art. - Under the denomination of Code of Professional Ethics for Reincarnationist Psychotherapists of the ABPR, this instrument was approved in an Extraordinary General Assembly by the Brazilian Association of Reincarnationist Psychotherapy on 25 August 2014, to discipline all aspects of the professional life and conduct of the psychotherapists who are part of it.

Sole Paragraph - This Code of Professional Ethics will henceforth, in this document, be denominated Code of Ethics only.

II. Objectives

2nd Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist is committed to accepting guidance from the Group of Spiritual Beings who created this School with Love, Responsibility, Ethics and Humility.

III. Attributions

3rd Art. - The following are ethical principles to be complied with and enforced by reincarnationist psychotherapists.

1. Unrestricted obedience to the Philosophical, Moral and Spiritual principles of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy;

2. Obedience to the ABPR Constitution and Bylaws and to the manuals (Instructor’s and Monitor’s manuals), which determine the functioning of the reincarnationist psychotherapist practice and of the Training Courses on the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Regression;

3. To comply with and enforce all the rules and regulations of the ABPR board of directors and the Constitution and Bylaws that govern the functioning of the ABPR and the reincarnationist psychotherapist’s attitude;

4. To follow the guidelines established by the Academic Director of this Association as provided for in the ABPR Constitution and Bylaws, as well as the regulations which were approved by the respective Assemblies;

5. To contribute and participate in activities of interest to the reincarnationist psychotherapist class;

6. To perform the profession with dedication, dignity and earnestness;

7. To constantly seek to develop the knowledge acquired as a reincarnationist psychotherapist, by participating in groups, meetings, courses and events promoted by the Association, in Congresses etc.;

8. To seek to broaden cultural and spiritual horizons by means of readings, researches and practice of sciences that are related to the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy;

9. To behave worthily and lovingly before the problems presented by the people under treatment.

IV. The Ethics of the Instructor of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Regression Training Course

4th Art. - The Instructor of the Training Course is responsible for the fidelity of the transmission of the teaching of this therapy and under no circumstances shall infringe what regulates the Instructor’s Manual, under penalty of being warned by the Director and the Department of Ethics of the ABPR and, in case of recidivism, of being excluded from the Training Course Instruction. The Instructor’s Manual contains the rights and duties of the Instructors, which must be faithfully followed. The Instructor shall mandatorily use the official slides for the Training Course in class. The instructor shall only accept students who comply with the established criteria for the registration. The Instructor shall answer within seven days to requests made by the Board of Directors regarding affiliation needs of its current and former students, the evaluation of a candidate to Instructor position by the Board of Directors, to inform the Board about events that are sponsored or supported by the ABPR and other requests of the Board.

V. The Ethics of the Monitor of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Regression Training Course

5th Art. - The Monitor of the Training Course, junior or senior, shall faithfully follow what is being advocated in the Monitor’s Manual. In case of infringes, the Monitor shall be called by the Instructor of the Training Course for an honest, reserved and friendly conversation in order to address the issue.

VI. Professional Secrecy

6th Art. - The Reincarnationist Psychotherapist shall be bounded to keep professional secrecy, as follow:

1. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never mention names of the people under treatment, regardless if presenting clinical cases in any academic activity (lecture, class, congress etc.); in this case, the psychotherapist shall use a fake or real pseudonym;

2. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never, even under a pseudonym, present a clinical case of someone who is in the audience watching the lecture, class or conference, unless the person undergoing treatment has given written consent;

3. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never identify a person under treatment or post-treatment, as such, in front of third parties;

4. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never comment on cases of people in treatment with others who are also undergoing treatment, citing any data that may identify them;

5. The reincarnationist psychotherapist has the duty of communicating every and any information about colleagues from the Association who might be infringing any ethical principles or acting treacherously to the Board of Directors;

6. The reincarnationist psychotherapist has the duty to inform the Academic Director about attitudes, behaviors or conducts of the Instructor or Monitor of the Training Course who might infringe the Instructor’s Training Course Manual, the Monitor’s Manual or the Constitution and Bylaws;

7. In the case of police or judicial request in which the authority demands information on any speech or known fact by any person under treatment or post-treatment, incarnated or disincarnated, the reincarnationist psychotherapist can only report after consulting with the Association and the person, if alive; even so, only if such information shall bring any benefit to the person and the family;

8. If there is any authority pressure to reveal any content that shall not benefit the person and/or the family, the reincarnationist psychotherapist should keep silent in the name of ethics.

VII. Institutional Ethic Attribution

7th Art. - Whenever needed the Board of the Ethics Department will be called upon in order to take appropriate action.

8th Art. - The attributions and responsibilities of the Board of Ethics for the associated reincarnationist psychotherapists are:

1.  The caput quoted Ethic Board shall take appropriate action to investigate any complaint against any Reincarnationist Psychotherapists who are members of the ABPR, Course Monitors or Instructors, regardless of being made by colleagues or third parties;

2. The aforementioned investigation shall only take place if addressed in written directly to the Director of the Board of Ethics of the Association;

3. The Professional Ethic Board shall assemble all possible information including testimony hearings and, most importantly, take the statement of the Psychotherapist, Course Monitor or Course Instructor;

4. After hearing all parties involved, a detailed report shall be produced, containing all information and substantiation, including an opinion about the culpability or its exemption, which shall be sent to the president of the ABPR within 15 days who, in turn, shall convene a meeting with the board of directors to appreciate the report and take appropriate action after providing the psychotherapist, course monitor or course instructor with the opportunity for defense.

a) Should the complaints be considered unfounded and not severe, the Director of the Ethic Board shall file them.

b) In case the complaints proceed and are considered to be severe enough for a reprimand, the committee shall send a warning letter to the Reincarnationist psychotherapist, Course Monitor or Course Instructor, providing guidance and private reprehension.

c) In case the complaints proceed and are severe enough for a punitive suspension, the ABPR Board of Directors shall exclude the psychotherapist from the ABPR.

VIII. Professional rights

9th Art. - The rights of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapists are:

1. To refuse leading a psychotherapeutic process that is contrary to his/her conscience;

2. To charge and receive a fair remuneration for his/her service, always within the professional ethics.

IX. Rights of the person undergoing treatment

10th Art. - The rights of the person undergoing treatment are:

1. The right to be informed about the reincarnationist psychotherapist's background and qualification;

2. The right to freely choose his/her reincarnationist psychotherapist;

3. The right to unilaterally interrupt the treatment at any time, and get reimbursed for the fees previously paid for the appointment sessions and/or the regressions that did not take place;

4. The right to not accept changes in schedule, without the obligation of paying for its fee;

5. The right to get a receipt for the honored fees.

X. Rights of a student in The Training Course

11th Art. - A student shall be able to quit the training course to which he is bounded at any time, without the necessity of paying for the monthly tuition and if it is the case, get reimbursed for the advanced amount he/she has given the instructor.

12th Art. - A student shall be able to get in touch with the President of the ABPR and its academic director if this student considers that the expectations are not being met, if he/she does not agree with the instructor's method, posture or attitudes or if he/she does not consider the learning process of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Regression which he longed for effective.

XI - Responsibilities of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapist

13th Art. - The basic responsibilities of the reincarnationist psychotherapist are:

1. To be duly registered with the Brazilian Association of Reincarnationist Psychotherapy;

2. To be up to date with the corresponding annual fee, charged by the ABPR;

3. To develop psychotherapeutic services in a properly open practice, with a suitable environment and/or for free in a Spiritist or Spiritualistic Center;

4. To strive to live with morality and good customs, benefiting all beings of the Creation;

5. To defend the Philosophical, Moral and Spiritual Principles of the Reincarnationist Psychotherapy, without damage, offence or criticism towards anyone or any Institution.

XII. Impediments

14th Art. - It shall be forbidden to the reincarnationist psychotherapist:

1. To get physical, religious, political, loving, financial and emotional advantage from the person undergoing treatment;

2. To invade the moral decency of the person under treatment;

3. To employ titles that had not been obtained.

1st Paragraph - The ABPR shall not accept as members people who are part of religious groups where animal sacrifice or blood rituals occur and/or where appointments are charged for loving or financial issues, personal benefits, professional resolutions etc., as such situations constitute an infringement to the Spiritual Guidance of this School. The students of the Training Course who perform such procedures shall be invited to quit the Training Course without any right to a refund of the amounts (monthly payments) paid until then. The members of this Association who perform such procedures shall be invited to quit the ABPR without any right to a refund of the amounts (annual tuition) paid until then.

XIII. Inter-multi-professional relationships

15th Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall always behave in a dignified manner as to professional colleagues.

16th Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never discredit the doctor or psychologist that the person under treatment is consulting, always valuing their work; however, it is not a requirement to accept the diagnoses, if it has been given of an emotional and/or mental issue.

17th Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never intervene in any other treatment that the person is undergoing, by proposing to reduce or suspend the use of medication or by suggesting a suspension of psychological, psychiatric or spiritual treatment or its substitution by any other treatment or referral.

18th Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never get involved in polemic situations about religious matters with people whose beliefs he/she does not agree with.

19th Art. - In the face of court and police authorities, the reincarnationist psychotherapist shall behave as follows:

1. In addition to the cases already framed in the the sections on secrecy (# 7 of the 6th Art.), the reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never come forward to testify against people under treatment or who have completed treatment, unless his/her conscience compels him/her to do so;

2. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall never provide the notes taken about the person undergoing treatment or post-treatment, unless it may prevent an injustice;

3. He/she shall never exercise judgment of people, facts or phenomena in public or by the press.

Sole Paragraph - These cases shall necessarily receive guidance from the board of Directors of the ABPR.

XIV. Fees

20th Art. - The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall behave in the following manner:

1. The psychotherapist shall charge for the Reincarnationist Psychotherapeutic Treatment an amount that is compatible with the socio-economic situation of the person seeking for help.

2. The psychotherapist shall charge for the sessions according to what has been agreed and established in the first appointment.

3. It is the psychotherapist's duty to establish the value of the Treatment and/or to accept a counterproposal offered by the person, avoiding exorbitant values or ones that are way below the reasonable and dignifying minimum expected.

4. The psychotherapist shall strive to attend people via the ABPR Beneficent Department, granting a 50% or more discount, according to an agreement established between both parties in the first session, without denying Treatment in case he/she needs to fully grant exemption from payment as well as via the ABPR Beneficent Department, in a free of cost manner, in order to attend financially deprived people.

5. The reincarnationist psychotherapist shall strive to attend financially deprived people for free, if they are not able to bear the costs of a Reincarnationist Psychotherapeutic Treatment.

XV. Transitional Provisions

21st Art. - This Code of Professional Ethics shall be fully or partially altered by the General Extraordinary Meeting of the ABPR, at a specific statutory call.

22nd Art. - The omissions shall be object of a decision by the Academic Council.