Our Code of Ethics

The ethical commitment of members and candidates of the Association of Jungian Analysts:

Members and candidates are expected to act with honesty and integrity in all their professional work and have a responsibility to be familiar with and abide by this Code of Ethics and Practice. [This document should be read in conjunction with the Codes of other umbrella and individual organisations of which they are a member].   It is understood that no Code of Practice can be all embracing.

Guidelines for Ethical Practice

Members and candidates must at all times act in a way that they reasonably believe to be in the best interests of their patients. At all times the welfare of the patient must be paramount and every care taken to ensure that the patient is not exploited in any way.

Members and candidates need to be aware of present legislation and developments in legislation which affect practice and/or the limits to confidentiality; e.g. in areas such as diversity and equality; where it affects children and vulnerable adults; domestic violence; terrorism and danger to patients, themselves or to others.


Responsibilities to patients


1.    Communications from patients and supervisees must be regarded as confidential. Patients’ anonymity should be maintained and protected. Such confidentiality also applies to material received in supervision. The patient’s right to confidentiality may be passed to a relative and/or executor when the patient dies or becomes incapacitated.

2.    Clinical material disclosed between colleagues, in meetings of the Association or its committees, during clinical discussions and training seminars should be treated as confidential. The maintenance of confidentiality must be considered when there are guests or visitors to the Association. Express permission is required for personal material to be treated otherwise.

3.    In any form of publication or presentation of clinical or supervisory material, either oral, written or film/video form, members and candidates must make every effort to ensure the anonymity of patients and where clinically appropriate to seek the patient’s permission. If participating in research, the nature, purpose and conditions of any research involving clinical material must be fully explained to the patient and informed consent must be obtained.

4.    Members and candidates who take part in any media or other public event must exercise caution, particularly with regard to confidentiality.

5.    Patients should be notified, when appropriate or on request, that there are legal and ethical limits to confidentiality, and circumstances under which confidential information might be disclosed to a third party.

        6.    Members and candidates should consider obtaining legal and ethical advice in relation to providing information for judicial or administrative proceedings, and as to the potential impact that this could                  have on the commitment of confidentiality to the client, even when client consent is given.  


        7.     Suitable accommodation and facilities should be provided for patients and supervisees.

       8.     Appropriate practice and professional indemnity insurance needs to be maintained so that  members and candidates are covered for  any justifiable legal claim a patient or supervisee  might make.

9.    The terms and conditions of practice or supervision e.g. times, frequency of sessions and arrangements about fees must be clearly stated to the patient or supervisee at the start of the work. Alterations to these arrangements should always be discussed and agreed.

10.    The financial relationship with patients and/or supervisees should be restricted to professional fees alone.

11.    Members and candidates should make their patients and supervisees aware of the Association’s Code of Ethics and Practice along with the BPC and UKCP Complaints Procedure (as appropriate) when requested.

12.    Members and candidates should be aware of the record keeping guidelines of their professional body and umbrella organisations e.g. BPC and UKCP.

13.    Professional qualifications should be disclosed to patients and/or supervisees when requested.

14.    Responsibility for the patient’s medical welfare should be held by a medically qualified person. The patient’s best interests should be considered when making appropriate contact with the patient’s GP, psychiatrist or other professionals and with the patient’s knowledge and consent.

        15.  Members and candidates should designate two professional colleagues as clinical executors who could inform patients and, where appropriate, provide them with support in the event of your illness or                 death. The names of clinical executors are essential submissions  on the annual AJA CPD form.


Professional boundaries

16.   Members and candidates need to give careful consideration to the effects and conflicts which may arise when working in situations involving dual or multiple relationships e.g. analyst/ supervisor/teacher/tutor and candidate.

17.   Members and candidates shall not enter into a sexual relationship with a patient or supervisee.

18.   Members and candidates should not exploit patients or supervisees emotionally, financially, sexually or in any other way.

19.   Social contact with a patient is undesirable. After termination of analysis the member or candidate needs to keep in mind possible continuation of transference feelings and therefore use discretion in any social contacts.

20.   Contact with third parties e.g. relatives, friends and medical advisers of the patient, is made only with the knowledge and consent of the patient.

21.   Members and candidates should not make claim to hold qualifications they do not possess.


Responsibilities to Self

       22.     Members and candidates take responsibility for;

                 a) restricting their practice within the limits of their training and competence and seeking adequate professional consultation or  supervision as necessary;

                 b) meeting CPD requirements and submitting annual CPD forms;

                c) seeking, when necessary, further education and training;

                d) considering issues of diversity and equalities in all aspects of their work, acknowledging the need for a continuing process of  self-enquiry and professional development;

                e) ensuring familiarity with and understanding of BPC and/or UKCP’s published policies and guidances, in particular those on  Safeguarding and on the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion  Therapy;

                f) managing their physical and mental health and, if necessary, seeking medical or analytical support


Responsibilities to Colleagues and the Association

23.    Members and candidates must conduct themselves in such a manner as not to bring the profession, colleagues or themselves into disrepute, and must show fitting levels of respect and courtesy to colleagues and members of their own and other professions, and with their employer, if employed, and also with the public.

24.    Members and candidates who are considering taking on a patient currently working with a colleague, should do so only with the knowledge of that colleague unless there are reasonable and valid                contra-indications.

25.    Members and candidates should not make any explicit or implicit claim to be speaking for the Association unless specifically authorised to do so by Council.

26.     Where a member or candidate is concerned that the conduct of a colleague in the Association may be in breach of the Association’s Code of Ethics and Practice, they should first inform the colleague of their concern. If no resolution is found, or the matter is a serious breach, they should inform the chair of the Ethics Committee.

       27.    Members and candidates should co-operate with any lawful investigation or inquiry relating to their psychotherapeutic practice. You are required to inform the AJA chair of Ethics, UKCP, BPC (or equivalent) and any relevant organisational member if you are:

                  a) Charged with a criminal offence;

                  b) convicted of a criminal offence, receive a conditional discharge for an offence or accept a police caution;    

                  c) disciplined by any professional body or membership organisation responsible for regulating or licensing a health or social care profession; or

                  d) suspended or placed under a practice restriction by an employer or similar organisation because of concerns relating to your competence, health or practice of psychotherapy.      

                  e) In addition, candidates are required to inform the chair of Training and the chair of Ethics if they become the subject of a complaint lodged with UKCP, BPC or equivalent, prior to qualification with AJA.


       28.     When advertising, members and candidates should confine such advertising to a statement of name, relevant qualifications and experience, address and contact details of the service offered.  Such statements must be descriptive and not evaluative




  • Where a member or candidate’s judgment is believed to be impaired e.g. by reason of physical or mental illness, ageing or the influence of drugs or alcohol, the Ethics Committee meets as a Health Committee to which a medical practitioner is co-opted.
  • The resignation of a member of the Association or of a candidate in training will not impede the process of any investigation, as long as the alleged offence took place during that person’s membership.


November 2019