Ethical Framework

Our projects and partnerships follow the most appropriate professional ethical framework.

With our services being entirely centred on people, we take our responsibilities in this area particularly seriously.

Ethical Framework: Counselling and Psychotherapy

The CASSEL Centre is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abides by its ethical framework.  All people providing services from CASSEL Centre are required to abide by the BACP ethical framework.
The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy include a commitment to:

  • Respecting human rights and dignity
  • Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships
  • Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
  • Alleviating personal distress and suffering
  • Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
  • Increasing personal effectiveness
  • Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
  • Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
  • Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services

Ethical Framework: Social Work

Social Workers, and social work students, are required to work within the General Social Care Council (GSCC) values and ethics as
follows:

  • Awareness of own values, prejudices, ethical dilemmas & conflicts of interest & their implications for own practice
  • Respect for & the promotion of:

                (1)  Each person as an individual
(2)  Independence & quality of life for individuals, while protecting them from harm
(3)  Dignity & privacy of individuals, families, carers, groups & communities

  • Recognise & facilitate each person’s use of language & form of communication of their choice
  • Value, recognise & respect the diversity, expertise & experience of individuals, families, carers, groups & communities
  • Maintain the trust & confidence of individuals, families, carers, groups & communities by communicating in an open, accurate & understandable way
  • Understand & make use of strategies to challenge discrimination, disadvantage & other forms of inequality & injustice 

CBT / REBT:

All CBT / REBT practitioners providing services to CASSEL Centre clients are required to abide by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) ‘Guidelines for Good Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy’.

Practitioners are expected to approach their work with the aim of resolving problems and promoting the well-being of service users and will endeavour to use their ability and skills to their best advantage without prejudice and with due recognition of the value and dignity of every human being.

The assessment and intervention will :

  • be based upon evaluation and assessment of the service user and the environment
  • be in the best interests of the service users, minimising any possible harm and maximising benefits over both the short and long term whilst at the same time balancing these against any possible harmful effects to others
  •  be justified by the available public evidence taking into account all possible alternatives, the degree of demonstrated efficacy, discomfort, intervention time and cost of alternatives
  •  be planned and implemented in such a way that effectiveness can be evaluated
  • discuss the aims and goals and agree with service users at the outset and may be renegotiated, terminated or a referral made to another worker at the request of either party if the goals are not being met after a reasonable period of time or if they later appear to be inappropriate
  • explain the rationale and alternatives

Dramatherapy and Arts Psychotherapy:

Dramatherapists and Arts Psychotherapists at The Cassel Centre work within the Health Professions Council (HPC) Standards of Proficiency for Arts Therapists.

Ethical Framework: CBT / REBT

All CBT / REBT practitioners providing services to CASSEL Centre clients are required to abide by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) ‘Guidelines for Good Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy’.

Practitioners are expected to approach their work with the aim of resolving problems and promoting the well-being of service users and will endeavour to use their ability and skills to their best advantage without prejudice and with due recognition of the value and dignity of every human being.

The assessment and intervention will :

  • be based upon evaluation and assessment of the service user and the environment
  • be in the best interests of the service users, minimising any possible harm and maximising benefits over both the short and long term whilst at the same time balancing these against any possible harmful effects to others
  •  be justified by the available public evidence taking into account all possible alternatives, the degree of demonstrated efficacy, discomfort, intervention time and cost of alternatives
  •  be planned and implemented in such a way that effectiveness can be evaluated
  • discuss the aims and goals and agree with service users at the outset and may be renegotiated, terminated or a referral made to another worker at the request of either party if the goals are not being met after a reasonable period of time or if they later appear to be inappropriate
  • explain the rationale and alternatives

Ethical Framework: Dramatherapy and Arts Psychotherapy

Dramatherapists and Arts Psychotherapists at The Cassel Centre work within the Health Professions Council (HPC) Standards of Proficiency for Arts Therapists.