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UKCP Ethics Committee – External Stakeholder Consultation for the new draft Code of Ethics

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Publication date: June 21, 2016

Draft Code of Ethics

The UKCP Ethics Committee has spent the past year drafting a new Code of Ethics. We decided to begin afresh in order to ensure that there was clarity about the underpinning values and coherence to the structure and content of the Code. The new draft Code attempts to create a clear, decisive ethos or character for psychotherapy and its practitioners rather than being a list of separate principles, commands and prohibitions.

This draft code aims to set out an ethos, approach and principles. We are aware that further guidance and supporting documents will be needed in the final version when the consultation is complete.

** This consultation is for external stakeholders, i.e. the wider membership of UKCP, relevant organisations within the mental health sector and members of the public. This consultation process will end on 30 September 2016.**

Timeline for consultation – 2016

26 February Internal stakeholders consultation meeting, beginning of consultation
25 April Deadline for internal stakeholder consultation responses and feedback
June External consultation begins, i.e. membership and wider community
July Ethics Committee article in Summer edition of The Psychotherapist
11 September Members’ Forum
30 September Consultation ends, deadline for members’ responses and feedback
December Anticipate final draft complete, ready to send to Board of Trustees

Please see the following documents in relation to this consultation

  • Current UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct (Sept 2009)
  • Draft UKCP Code of Ethics
    The document falls into 3 parts:
    – Introduction to the document
    – Commentary on the document
    – The proposed new Code
  • Consultation Questions (for you to review and consider before completing the survey)

The survey is now closed.

The deadline for completion of the survey is 30 September 2016. Should you have any questions, please email