The Australian Society of Psychotherapy was formed by a group of professionals who were concerned about the standard of training and expertise in their profession.
The main objectives are:
-The society holds regular meetings, and guest speakers are invited to present papers and give demonstrations.
-The society provides constructive support and a referral system for members and the public.
-Our journal is distributed free to all members and is available by subscription.
-All members are sworn to the "Healer's Oath" and are required to comply with the society's "Code of Ethics".
-Auspy provides self-regulation functions for the counselling and psychotherapy professions.
-Practising members of Auspy and of Auspy Member Associations are listed on Auspy's Professional Register.
-Auspy Registrants have demonstrated an approved level of training, experience, and competence and comply with Auspy’s ethical standards.
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The Australian Society of Psychotherapy will be different from many associations in a number of ways, although Auspy will also share many similar attributes.
Firstly, our defining document is our “Healers Oath.”
The way we act and interact with each other and the values we hold are important and will always be the defining characteristic of Auspy. We’ll probably have differences of opinion, and we’ll settle these through our values and never compromise on the Healers' Oath.
Secondly, we’re focused on the future and not the past.
As we tell our clients, the past is set in concrete and can’t be changed. However, the future is a blank slate on which we can build a unified community of helping professionals that has real and lasting influence in Australia. We can raise the level of discourse and that of our profession. Why not join the future and be part of the change you want?
Thirdly, we’re focused on people and community.
All associations are made up of people with common goals who’ve gathered together to achieve a common objective. Those members make up a community, and at Auspy, our commitment will always be to our members and the community. While proper process is always important to the running of an association, our promise is that members and the community will always be our priority.
As a society of individual professionals, The Australian Society of Psychotherapy, upholds an expectation that its leaders and members will commit to the harmony of these values with their behaviours, recognising that these are not situational, but a hallmark and foundation on which the society and its work is known and secured.
We are committed to upholding standards of professional practice and development through continued education and learning.
We are committed to the continual improvement of training and education in all areas of psychotherapy to raise community and collegiate awareness of the varying psychotherapies, each as a professional and accountable health modality.
We are committed to taking responsibility for our decisions, actions, and behaviours. We will be both individually and collectively accountable.
We are committed to shared governance and being transparent in our actions and decision-making.
We are committed to working in harmony with other such associations and supporting any recognised by the majority of our profession.
We are committed to being inclusive, courteous, and culturally safe.
We’re committed to learning and changing.
As the Australian Society of Psychotherapy grows, matures, and takes its place among the bigger, more established associations, we expect that our core values will also grow and mature. We’re committed to this as an organisation and will always look for ways to do things differently and better, and we’ll do this while serving our members with integrity.
The ethical principles of The Australian Society of Psychotherapy are to be found embodied in the Healer's Oath as administered by the Society to prospective members.
"I vow that
I will be chaste and ethical in my life as a therapist, and I will be honest-mentally, emotionally, and physically-in all my dealings in my profession. I will treat people who seek my help as people, and not just as patients. At all times, I will ensure that their dignity is preserved.
I will refrain from making claims about my prowess and will not defame other therapists or professions.
I will maintain my ethics and the dignity of my chosen profession in all my dealings with my teachers, my fellow therapists, and the general public.
I will seek to recognise my limitations and work to overcome them, but I will always work within the limits of my ability.
Above all, I will do no harm. "