Code of Conduct Summary
THESE ARE THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT. MEMBERSHIP IS CONTINGENT ON ACCEPTING AND ADHERING TO THE FULL SET OF CODE OF CONDUCT UPON APPLICATION.
1. The aim of a spiritual healer should be to offer a service to the medical profession and to the sick which is a complement and not an alternative to orthodox medicine. Healers should be aware of a client's medical condition and have it recorded. To this end:
a. A new client must be asked what medical advice he has received. If he has not seen a doctor, he must be advised to do so.
b. The healer must not countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a doctor.
c. The healer must not advise a particular course of medical treatment, such as surgery, or the taking of specific herbs or drugs.
d. A healer must never give a medical diagnosis to a client.
e. Healing must be given only in response to an invitation from the client or his representative and with informed consent.
2. Healers must not use titles or descriptions to give the impression of medical qualifications. .
3. If the healer becomes aware that a client may be suffering from an infectious disease, the client must not be permitted to come into contact with other people. He must be advised to see his doctor immediately.
4. Healers must not ask the client to remove clothing except for a coat or footwear.
5. When a healer is giving healing privately to a person of the opposite sex, it is advisable for the healer to request the presence of a third party whom the healer can trust.
6. Because of the healer's attunement at the time of channeling healing, the healer may receive some extra-sensory perceptions regarding the client. These impressions are for the healer alone and not to be transmitted to the person receiving healing.
7. To avoid offending some clients, healers must not raise the question of their religious beliefs unless this is invited by the client. They must never offer a clairvoyant reading or refer to 'guides' or discarnate entities during a healing session.
8. Healers must not use manipulation or massage.
9. Healers must treat as strictly confidential all information of a personal nature which is confided by the patient
10. Healers must keep adequate confidential records for all clients.
11. Discretion must be used for the protection of the healer when carrying out private healing with clients who are mentally unstable, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or severely depressed or hallucinated. Such clients must be treated only by a healer with relevant experience and accompanied by another healer.
Code of Ethics
This code seeks to address the behaviour of Healers within the organization, interaction with each other and with clients. As stated in the Code of Conduct, the Asscociation expects behaviour that is dignified, courteous and discrete towards other colleagues as well as clients. The attitude must be one of sympathy and understanding toward all organization members and all recipients.
Healing and the Law
It is essential that every healer understands and observes the law as it relates to medical practice. A healer MUST NOT practice medicine in any form. This is why he must not promise a cure, why he may not diagnose an ailment or condition, and why he may not prescribe any specific drug, herb, or treatment. To do any of the above mentioned things is to invite legal difficulties and/or prosecution. It will be noted that the healer has been warned of these prohibitions and the Association of Spiritual Healers of Alberta cannot and will not be held accountable for the actions or statements of healers who may choose to disregard this warning.
Healing and the Medical Profession
Relationships with Doctors.
Healers should always strive for a good relationship and full cooperation with the medical profession. A vital factor in building and maintaining satisfactory relationships is that healers should recognize and respect the respective roles of doctor and healer.
Healers are essentially channels for the flow of spiritual forces. They are not qualified to give medical advice or to interfere in any way between doctor and client.
l. If a client has not consulted a doctor, the healer should suggest that this be done.
2. The healer must not countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a doctor, or in any way attempt to undermine the authority and wisdom of the doctor.
3. The healer must not advise a particular course of medical treatment such as whether or not to undergo surgery or to take specific drugs or herbs. The client must be encouraged to make his own decision with the advice of his own doctor.
4. Healers must not give a medical diagnosis to a client as this is both the responsibility and prerogative of the doctor.