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Code of Ethics

Interpersonal Ecology:

Membership in the International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Association (hereinafter "INLPA") commits its members to adherence to the INLPA Code of Ethics and to the standards used to implement it.

INLPA members shall conduct themselves at all times in their interaction with others in a manner that brings respect and honor to the Association and to the practice of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (hereinafter "NLP").

It is the responsibility of each member to aspire to the highest standards of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics applies only to the work-related activities of its members including the practice of NLP, research, teaching, supervision of trainees, consulting, personal growth training, personal and business coaching, and other NLP activities as well.

Personal Accountability:

INLPA members shall provide only those services for which they are qualified by education, training, or experience. Should a member recognize any personal limitations or problems that might interfere with providing service to others, they shall seek advice and counsel from one who is qualified to give it.

Members shall seek to promote integrity in the study, teaching, practice and development of NLP.

Respecting Others:

Members shall respect the rights of other's privacy and confidentiality, and to opinions that differ from their own.

Public Representaton of NLP:

When providing services, INLPA members shall present the nature and purpose of their approach in language that can be understood and evaluated by other people. They will openly and freely represent the nature of outcomes and techniques used in providing such services. Should it become reasonably clear that the services provided by a member are not benefiting the recipient, the member shall terminate those services.

INLPA members shall make only such statements and claims in representing their services that are true and accurate to the best of their knowledge and belief. No statement or claim shall be made that gives false information about their services or about the services of competitors. This ethical obligation extends to paid or unpaid advertising whether printed or not, interviews, press releases, media promotions and so forth. Members are also responsible for the public statements made at the members' request by their agents and contractors.

While any INLPA member's personal standards and ethics are generally a private matter, the ethical standards of INLPA shall take precedence insofar as they affect the public perception of NLP.

Design and Description of Education and Training Programs:

Members offering personal growth and/or educational seminars, shall ensure that these programs are competently designed to meet the goals for which claims are made.

Members offering certification training shall ensure that programs are competently designed and meet the certification standards of INLPA for the level of training offered.

Members shall ensure that all programs are clearly and accurately described as to training objectives and requirements, if any, that must be met for satisfactory completion of the program.

Familiarity with the Code of Ethics:

Members shall familiarize themselves with this Code of Ethics and its application to their work.

Dealing With Code Violations:

Should a member be confronted with a possible violation of this Code of Ethics, the member shall advise and cooperate with the Ethics Committee in its resolution, and the matter will be held at all times in complete confidence. In cases where a member has been found to have violated the Code in an irreparable way, the Committee may recommend to the Board the discontinuance of membership of that member.

Improper Complaints:

Members shall not file or encourage the filing of ethics complaints that are frivolous and are intended to harm the respondent rather than to protect the public.