Code of Ethics of the DGfT e.V.

This code of ethics reflects the ethical principles and values of the German Association for Dramatherapy. Members of the DGfT are responsible to ensure that they are familiar with these guidelines and apply them to all of their professional conduct in their work as a therapist, counselor, supervisor, advocate, researcher and publicist as well as in their education and professional development.

This code of ethics ensures:

  • a standard of professional competence and quality of care

  • guidance on professional conduct

  • a safe and protected environment for clients, supervisees or trainees

  • a basis on which to arbitrate conflicts and complaints

Members of the DGfT as well as employees of the ITT are responsible to adhere to the principles and standards set forth by this code of ethics, to use them as a basis of their work and reflect their professional conduct accordingly.

Dramatherapy is an action-oriented form of the creative arts therapies, which connects the original healing potential of theatre with the modern methods of psycho- and socialtherapy. The therapeutic process can be seen as a creative process in which latent ressources are activated and the connection to the here and now is sought. The diverse dramatherapeutic methods for almost all psychological disorders are explicitly defined and are being used in a broad range of psychosocial settings.

The professional conduct of drama therapists, counselors, supervisors and trainees is marked by respect, esteem and appreciation towards any person or society, no matter their age, sex, ethnicity, cultur, social status, sexual orientation, world view and religion. Although dramatherapists of the DGfT are aware of the resulting differences from these factors, they act responsibly for a safe, trustworthy and productive relationship with their clients, supervisees or trainees.

Members of the DGfT as well as lecturers of the ITT are responsible to:

  • be qualified for their position, meaning that they have trained as a drama therapist for at least three years in a recognized institution.
  • rigorously reflect on their own conduct and competence and participate in professional development by participating in continous education workshops and read state of the art journals.
  • assure a quality of care via intervision and supervision
  • recognize their own limits and find and use appropriate methods of self care
  • maintain a trustworthy and professional relationship towards their clients and/or trainees.
  • avoid relationships, which could affect their professional conduct and power of judgment towards their clients, supervisees and/or trainees and to maintain this abstinence for at least six months after the conclusion of their professional relationship.
  • practice in a manner that maintains professional boundaries, based on the individual’s therapeutic goals, safety, and best interests and to use physical touch in therapy accordingly.
  • not abuse the therapeutic relationship in any shape or form, e.g. in a sexual, economic, social or spiritual manner.
  • respect physical, personal, cultural, spiritual, religious or political boundaries of their clients, supervisees and/or trainees.
  • inform clients at the beginning of their therapeutic process of the framework, method, opportunities, boundaries and confidentiality of the work.
  • inform clients of the legal framework of the work and to comply with privacy laws.
  • maintain confidentiality in relationship with supervisees, intervisees and/or trainees accordingly.
  • use a client’s or trainee’s information only with their written consent.
  • omit untruthful or misleading advertising
  • Members of the DGfT support abidance of these ethical guidelines through their conduct.
  • Members of the DGfT respekt the rights of the DGfT, its members, its employees and of the ITT as well as its employees.
  • Members of the DGfT are committed to preserve the reputation of the DGfT and the ITT in Society as well as in the context of their work.
  • Abuses against these ethical guidelines can be submitted to the members of the board or an appointed ethics counsel.
  • The board of the DGfT is responsible to handle every query or complaint with due diligence.
  • After conducting a thorough investigation a consent by mutual agreement is being sought within a fair time frame. If requested a written statement will be given.
  • If a member of the DGfT abuses this code of ethics, the board members of the DGfT may end their membership effective immediately.

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