The ANZACATA Standards of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics defines the behaviour, commitment and integrity that the association expects of all practising members in their professional interactions with the association, clients, supervisors and supervisees, professional colleagues and the public. Ethical practice encompasses all areas, including therapeutic practice, research, teaching, supervision, publication and any other professional undertakings.
Creative arts therapists will abide by the ethical standards of their professional association in all work settings, whether employed by government/non-government agencies or self-employed.
It is a requirement of all members, upon joining the association, to read this document and agree to abide by it by signing a declaration to that effect. Creative arts therapists also abide by the laws of the society, and lands in which they practice.
The purpose of the Code is:
Creative arts therapists are committed to the absolute welfare of their clients and to the preservation of their human rights and privileges with sensitivity to gender identification, ability, age, background, culture, ethnicity, sexual identity and religious beliefs. ANZACATA's Code of Ethics is based upon that commitment. The ethical principles serve as a guideline for the professional conduct of creative arts therapists, to ensure integrity and a high standard of creative arts therapy practice. This code affirms the pursuit of professionally responsible actions and the appraisal of ethical issues and their implications, so that creative arts therapists provide services that are ethically sound and therefore in the best interest of our clients.
The code is built on five general ethical principles:
Creative art therapists are committed to the absolute welfare and dignity of clients. They offer a caring and compassionate professional service that aims to improve client well-being, empower clients to meet their goals and honours their individuality. They put clients first.
Creative arts therapists have a primary responsibility to respect and honour client confidentiality and to safeguard all written, taped, digitally (or analogue) recorded, and visual, work, or information produced during the course of therapy.
Creative arts therapists are responsible for setting and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries, understanding there is a potential power imbalance that may impact the therapeutic relationship. At all times, the client's best interests must be the first consideration.
Creative arts therapists have an obligation to provide safe, high-quality professional services that put the needs of clients first.
Creative arts therapists are expected to support and further the goals of ANZACATA and the profession by acting with integrity in maintaining the highest standards of creative arts therapy practice.
In addition to the ANZACATA Code of Ethics and Standards, ANZACATA Australian members must abide by the 2015 Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Workers.
Other states and territories are working on their legislation but the national code should be used as a guide. Note that different states require different one-page summaries to be displayed.
NZ members should be familiar with the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights which all non-regulated health professions are subject too.
Singapore members should be aware of the Code of Professional Conduct developed by the Allied Health Professionals Council (AHPs) to regulate all Allied Health Professionals.
Last updated: 11 March 2022