Principle I

Responsibility of the Analyst

In providing services, members aim at the highest standards of their profession and accept the responsibility for the consequences of their acts.

  1. As practitioners, analysts bear the responsibility of clarifying the working agreement between themselves and their analysands. The analysand will be informed of the length and frequency of sessions, the cost and method of payment, the conditions for cancellation of sessions, and where and when meetings shall take place. Other contractual arrangements are discussed when they arise in treatment.
  2. Analysts avoid personal, social and financial interactions with analysands which might compromise the analytic process.
  3. It is recognized that members may assume other professional roles in the training of analysts where special consideration must be given to preserving the boundaries between analysis and the supervision of a training candidate, and between analysis and education. In such situations analysts shall be professionally responsible and analytically sensitive to possible conflicts tending to interfere with their duties.
  4. As supervisors, analysts shall have the responsibility to clarify and help objectify the presenter’s case material. Supervisors shall identify and explore countertransferential reactions pertinent to the case and shall respect the boundaries of the supervisee’s personal analysis.