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Code of Ethics

The Ontario Society of Psychotherapists is committed to the continuing development of ethically responsible and self-reflective psychotherapists. Our membership is comprised of a variety of unique and diversely oriented psychotherapists who come together to share ethical principles by which we identify ourselves.

Members of OSP

  • conduct their professional practices with honesty and integrity;
  • maintain privacy and confidentiality with respect to their clients;
  • maintain the therapeutic relationship without exploiting it for social, personal, or financial gain;
  • maintain awareness of the impact of their behaviour both during the course of therapy and afterward, and avoid any action that uses the imbalance of power to exploit the client for their own personal ends;
  • commit themselves to the evolving process of ethical thinking and to finding ethical solutions to problematic situations;
  • assume responsibility for their own emotional, mental, and physical health;
  • are responsive to the community and the society in which they work and live, and they contribute to their communities in ways consistent with their skills and interests;
  • recognize and respect the diversity to be found among themselves and clients and uphold the value of freedom of expression
  • recognize and respect that their diverse personalities, styles and training backgrounds contribute to positive therapeutic opportunities for clients and to the growth of the profession as a whole;
  • recognize the value of constructive dissent to enhance both clinical research and professional development and work professionally, critically and creatively with the inherent tensions to which such dissent challenges them.

OSP members are bound by the Professional Practice Standards of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. If a therapist belongs to another college, they will be bound by the standards of that college.

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