How to know if your trainer or practitioner is behaving in an ethical and responsible manner

ethics pictureIf a person is getting trained in energy psychology techniques  or  is working with an energy psychology practitioner, how is s/he supposed to know if that professional is behaving ethically? Most people do not have the necessary information to answer this question. To help, ACEP has created ethical guidelines. They are included below.


Principles and Guidelines for Professional Practice –how to know if your trainer or practitioner is behaving in an ethical and responsible manner

Within the diversity of EP approaches there are common guiding principles and requirements for ethical practice – both in working with individuals and in training settings. These inform all ACEP communications, conferences, and trainings, and are part of the ACEP ethical code for practitioners.

A practitioner, operating in accordance with ACEP’s values and ethics, will:

  • Treat you in a responsible, respectful and kind manner
  • Address any sensitive and potentially shame-laden issues with tact and respect
  • Be attentive to, and honor, your own boundaries and those of the professional context
  • Respect your autonomy, facilitating your freedom of choice concerning your engagement in any aspect of Energy Psychology
  • Respect your own beliefs, culture, and tradition
  • Provide information and seek your permission before engaging in any energy-based procedure with you
  • Encourage you to explore conventional medical opinion and interventions for any physical condition
  • Be clear from the beginning regarding the fee, and will discuss what level of fee is realistic for your circumstances as appropriate

A practitioner working in accord with ACEP’s values will not:

  • Behave in a seductive or coercive manner in order to persuade you to engage in therapy, attend a workshop, purchase a product, or engage in any kind of relationship beyond the professional
  • Treat you in a bullying or humiliating manner
  • Coerce you into making a testimonial
  • Injure your self-esteem (with critical and humiliating remarks or behaviors) in order to render you more vulnerable and dependent on the practitioner
  • Make claims for the effectiveness of their methods that cannot be substantiated
  • Declare that their methods are greatly superior to those of other practitioners
  • Charge exorbitant fees that are exploitative and not congruent with your financial situation
  • Claim to treat medical or psychiatric conditions unless he or she is licensed to do so

The above examples are not exhaustive. ACEP considers the client’s welfare to be a primary concern.

If you ever become aware of potential ‘red flag’ areas you have a number of options that include the following: You can: 1) raise your concern with the practitioner; 2) elect to discontinue engaging with the practitioner; 3) if the practitioner is an ACEP member, contact the ACEP Ethics Committee and know that the matter will be considered.  An additional option is to consult the practitioner’s professional organization (in addition to ACEP) or licensing body or other appropriate authorities.

For more information go to ACEP’s main website

Check out the 18th International Energy Psychology Conference June 2-5, 2016 Santa Clara, CA. 


  1. This is an excellent post and reference that should be widely distributed and referenced as a valuable guideline for all practitioners and be able to be viewed easily by clients. I may even choose to place it in my website as a standard that I hold as a practitioner for my clients to hold me to. As an ACEP member, Thank you ACEP for creating and posting this…

    • Thanks Craig,

      We agree. We have put it in a number of places on our website and will be continuing to put it out into the world. We certainly would be happy for you or anyone else to put it on their website (just make sure it is attributed to ACEP with a link :-))

  2. I would add to the first list that an EP Practitioner will keep any and all information about you confidential.

  3. Hilary Ahluwalia says:

    Excellent post and a necessary requirement to have Principles and Guidelines set out for any professional body. In addition to confidentiality noted by Annette, I would add that practitioners are required to comply with CPD and other compliancy requirements by an International/National Regulatory body. Too many practitioners are ‘setting up shop’ with no on going regulation.

  4. Thank you for focusing on long needed ethics, and creating these very good guidelines. I agree with Vaillancourt that confidentiality has its place on such a list. Additionally I would have liked to see something about the importance of not diagnosing, not behaving like a physician. GP’s ethical guidelines also include something about protecting children, e.g. this page, but many more. Keep up this great work.

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