Practitioner Guidelines

Feel safer practicing Energy Psychology

Contributed by ACEP Ethics’ Committee

Essentials of Representing yourself, in your practice and the media – Complaints are on the rise

  1. Described fully and accurately, your legal title (s). PhD,(History) MA, (Arts) PhD, (Licensed Psychologist), etc
  2. Visibly state on opening page if you are a Licensed or Non-Licensed mental health practitioner
  3. Make sure your description of services correspond to your scope of practice
  4. Non-licensed mental health practitioners, avoid all mention of diagnostic labels
  5. Follow your Provincial or Federal Trade Commission rules and regulations regarding advertising

Essential Elements of a Consent Form – Every client needs one

  1. Draw a consent specifically designed for your type of practice. Avoid generic forms
  2. Describe the theoretical basis of the energy based methods you use
  3. Provide the risks and benefits of the energy based methods you use
  4. State a client’s choice to opt out of energy interventions
  5. Obtain brief verbal consent of your interventions at each session. General written consent is not enough

Essential Elements of a Disclaimer – Your website cannot do without it

  1. Display it visibly on entrance page. Tailor the content to suit your practice. Avoid generic ones
  2. Say, website content doesn’t engage visitor into a professional relationship
  3. Website provides general information, not intended as professional advice, or treatment
  4. Testimonials are not a guarantee, warranty, or prediction of outcome

How do I lower my liability – Best way, seek professional advice

  1. Conduct a risk management audit of your practice and website
  2. Do not use a generic consent or disclaimer, they can be legally useless
  3. Become aware of the laws in your province/state that regulate your scope of practice
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