Principle VII

Collegial Relationships

Members bear the responsibility of insuring that appropriate standards of competence, honesty, and integrity are maintained within the Association and with other professionals.

  1. Analysts respect the traditions and practices of their colleagues and of other professionals within the therapeutic field. If an analyst is contacted by a person who is already receiving similar services from another professional, the analyst shall carefully consider that relationship and proceed with caution and sensitivity to the therapeutic issues as well as the prospective analysand’s welfare. The analyst discusses these issues with the prospective analysand so as to minimize the risk of confusion and conflict. In some cases, after consultation with the prospective analysand, it is desirable for the analyst to communicate with the previous professional with the consent of the analysand before agreeing to commence treatment.
  2. Analysts understand the areas of competence of related professions. They make full use of professional resources that serve the best interests of analysands, and exercise foresight and tact in helping to obtain complementary or alternative assistance when they judge that to be indicated.
  3. Professional relationships shall not be exploited by members. They do not, for example, accept payment from other professionals for referrals.
  4. When appropriate, analysts shall seek all significant information from the source of referrals.
  5. Members shall assign credit to those who have contributed to or directly influenced their writing or research. Specific citations shall be made for unpublished as well as published material.
  6. When a member comes to know of an ethical violation by another member, it is incumbent upon that member to weigh seriously his or her responsibilities to the abused analysand, to the profession and its integrity, and to the colleague. It may initially be appropriate to attempt to resolve the issue informally by bringing the behavior to the attention of the member in question. If the misconduct is of a minor nature where it appears to be due to lack of sensitivity, knowledge or experience, such an informal solution is preferable and usually effective. If the ethical violation is not of a minor nature or if an informal solution by friendly remonstrance or collegial consultation with the member in question is not effective, and especially if the violation is continuing or repeated, members are strongly encouraged to file a written complaint according to the procedures described herein for the complainant in Section B, the Rules and Procedures for the NYAAP Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Practices (SCEPP).
  7. When a member’s alleged ethical misconduct is referred for determination to the SCEPP, he/she shall have an individual and independent obligation to cooperate with the process and procedures of the SCEPP.