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From The International Coach Federation Standards of Ethical Conduct

Professional Conduct with Clients

As a coach:

  1. I will construct clear agreements with my clients, and will honor all agreements made in the context of professional coaching relationships.
  2. I will ensure that, prior to or at the initial session, my coaching client understands the nature of coaching, the bounds of confidentiality, financial arrangements and other terms of the coaching agreement.
  3. I will accurately identify my qualifications, expertise and experience as a coach.
  4. I will not intentionally mislead or make false claims about what my client will receive from the coaching process or from me as their coach.
  5. I will not give my clients or prospective clients information or advice I know or believe to be misleading.
  6. I will not knowingly exploit any aspect of the coach-client relationship for my personal, professional or monetary advantage or benefit.
  7. I will be responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern any physical contact that I may have with my clients.
  8. I will not become sexually involved with any of my clients.
  9. I will respect the client's right to terminate coaching at any point during the process. I will be alert to indications that the client is no longer benefiting from our coaching relationship.
  10. If I believe the client would be better served by another coach, or by another resource, I will encourage the client to make a change.
  11. I will suggest that my clients seek the services of other professionals when deemed appropriate or necessary.
  12. I will take all reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intention to endanger self or others.

    Confidentiality/Privacy
  13. I will respect the confidentiality of my client's information, except as otherwise authorized by my client, or as required by law.
  14. I will obtain agreement from my clients before releasing their names as clients or references, or any other client identifying information.



 

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