I’ve taught professional boundaries and ethics for at least 20 years and can tell you that I have witnessed a great deal. Depending on upbringing, culture, country-of-birth and/or context, people’s personal and professional ethics are broad and varied.
One thing is clear to me from my own clinical experience, my teaching, and my own studies: Ethics are based on logical conclusions based on thoughtful examination of values and morals. They are not based on emotions. Feelings towards people and situations change, sometimes daily. Ethics must stand firm and guide our behavior. When people set professional ethics based on emotions, they almost always find themselves in trouble.
Reflexology Association of America Code of Ethics
I have been serving on the Board of the Reflexology Association of America for the last five years, and one of the last things that I wanted to do before leaving my position next month was to embellish the RAA Code of Ethics so as to create a document that members would be proud to display in their offices.
I want clients to know what standards the RAA reflexologists adhere to, so I updated it – without changing the actual code – to read in such a way that clients would feel safe and secure about who was touching their body and soul.
The RAA Code of Ethics is a public statement of the common set of values and principles used to promote and maintain high standards of conduct within the practice of reflexology. The RAA Code of Ethics speaks directly to the relationship between reflexologists and their clients.
RAA is in its annual membership campaign right now and we invite all practicing reflexologists who feel they can operate their business by this Code of Ethics to join us. Membership information can be found here.
And you can read the RAA Code of Ethics here. All members receive an attractive version ready for framing.