Ethics

In working with coachees Marietjie adheres to ethical principles upheld by psychologists practising coaching across the Globe. These ethical principles guide the rights of all parties, representation by the coach and the essentials in the coaching relationship.

Rights of all Parties

  • The psychologist coach respects and recognises the dignity of people and know the legal and moral rights of coachees.
  • Gives due regards to the psychological and physical wellbeing of coachees.
  • Respects and values the individual and cultural rights of coachees, independent of; race, creed, age, gender, language, disability, belief or sexual orientation.
  • Respects the inherent diversity of all individuals and organisations.
  • Seeks to establish and maintain fair, reasonable and equitable standards of engagement in their coaching relationships with individuals and organisations.
  • Recognises the importance of people’s privacy and confidentiality and physical and personal integrity.
  • Accepts that the coaching engagement is voluntary, happens with the full consent of the coachee, can be terminated at any time by any party and that referral may be necessary if agreed.
  • Avoids any conduct that amounts to harassment, discrimination or inappropriate relationships in their professional role.

Representation by the Psychologist Coach

Truthful

  • The psychologists coach is honest, objective and truthful in her words and actions and represent herself and her professional accurately and honestly.
  • She accurately identifies her professional qualifications, accreditations, competence, experience, certifications, credentials and what they can offer on coaching.
  • She does not knowing mislead or make false claims about what the coachee or sponsor may receive from the coaching process not in any form (verbal, written or published). She ensures that what she can offer is correctly understood by the coachee or sponsor and they will correct any misrepresentations that are made about her, in her professional capacity.

Responsible

  • The psychologist coach acts with integrity and trustworthiness and is aware of her professional responsibilities to her coachees, the stakeholders, the society, the general public, and to the profession of psychology.
  • She accepts responsibility for her behaviour to upholds the professional standards of conduct and clarifies her professional role and obligations.
  • She acts with objectivity, honesty and accurately in the interest of the client and she does  not promote self interest.
  • She acts as a role model showing competent and ethical behaviour and fostering an ethical working environment.
  • She faithfully fulfils her professional contractual and relationship commitments.
  • She respects the autonomy of the coachee and sponsor and will support them in making their own decisions and moving towards increasing self-authority.

Integrity

  • Coachees place their trust in the psychologist coach and allow themselves to be vulnerable and open. The psychologists coach shows the highest level of integrity to ensure that coachees feel psychologically safe.
  • The integrity of the psychologist coach is embedded in her conduct which is aligned with internationally recognised standards of psychology as a profession and within the regulations of the HPCSA. The psychologists coach reflects positively on the different approaches to coaching, and shows that she is bound by applicable regulations. She will at all times act in a manner that will not bring the profession into disrepute.
  • The psychologist coach maintains her continuous professional development.
  • She is aware of her professional ethics, including familiarity with these guidelines and take responsibility to apply ethical principle into her coaching practice.
  • Ensure the health and wellbeing of coachees and related stakeholders and does not cause them harm under any circumstances.
  • Makes certain that their behaviours and conduct does not bring into disrepute her own reputation and that of her  clients, her profession and the professional bodies that she is  y registered with.

The Coaching Relationship

  • The psychologists coach establishes good relationships and trust with coachees and sponsors amidst the complexity of the coaching relationships and observes her professional boundary. She  will ensure that the coaching relationship reflects the appropriate context within which the coaching is taking place.
  • The psychologist coach may become involved in multiple relationships and will be aware of her different roles and the potential for conflict that these relationships may bring about.
  • The boundaries of such a professional relationship in relation to the coaching engagement will be clarified on an ongoing basis, as changes may occur.
  • The  psychologist coach should clearly differentiate between roles, act professionally and be faithful to the agreed coaching outcomes.
  • She will at all times respect the confidentiality of the one-on-one coaching relationship and will under normal circumstances not divulge any personal information or developments occurring in the coaching relationship. Any feedback to other parties will be agreed between the coachee and the coach.