Principle II

Competence of the Analyst

The maintenance of high standards of competence is a responsibility shared by all analysts in the interest of the community and the profession as a whole. Analysts are aware of the boundaries of their own competence and the limitations of their own techniques. They use techniques for which they are qualified by training and experience.

  1. Analysts must not misrepresent their academic and/or professional training and/or experience, nor their professional affiliations. Members bear the responsibility of correcting other members who misrepresent their professional qualifications and/or affiliations, either by individual discussion or by bringing the infraction to the attention of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Practices (SCEPP).
  2. Analysts shall not attempt to diagnose, prescribe for, treat or advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their own competence.
  3. In regard to the areas of their personal analysis, supervision, and education, analysts shall continue to pursue their professional growth. They are receptive to new procedures and changes in expectations and values over time.
  4. When treatment methods are used for which there are no established standards, analysts must take whatever precautions are necessary to protect the welfare of their analysands.
  5. In compliance with state and federal laws describing research with human subjects, analysts must receive written consent from the analysand to serve in a dual role as both patient and subject of research.
  6. Analysts recognize that personal problems and conflicts may interfere with professional effectiveness. When they become aware of their personal problems, they must seek competent professional assistance to determine whether they should suspend, terminate, or limit the scope of their professional activities.
  7. Any physical or mental disability (e.g., senility, substance abuse) which would cause a member to be unable to perform the service implicit in the psychoanalytic contract or to fulfill their responsibilities as a member in good standing in the Association or the professional community shall be grounds for the SCEPP to institute, according to its procedures, its own investigation of the conduct of a member.