May 24, 2008
Codes of Ethics

Forgive me for Saturn conj my north node, but I thought this was really interesting. The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology is collecting codes of ethics from industries as varied as dieticians, funeral workers, yacht architects, and organists, into a central repository. They say:

The library of CSEP began collecting codes of ethics over 20 years ago. As our collection grew, more people became aware of its existence and began asking for access. At that time, the best the library could do for individuals was to photocopy the requested code and mail it to the requestor. With the advent of the Internet, it seemed clear that digitizing the codes and making them accessible over the World-Wide Web would benefit researchers, students, and professionals alike.

Codes of ethics are controversial documents. Some writers have suggested that codes of professional ethics are pointless and unnecessary. Many others believe that codes are useful and important, but disagree about why. IIT's Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions is committed to the importance of codes of ethics, and we have undertaken the Online Ethics Codes Project in order to enhance access to a very wide variety of codes.

Check out the following codes, which are pertinent to counseling and the healing professions related to astrology:

American Counseling Association
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Code of Ethics for Spiritual Guides
Covenant of the Goddess
American Psychological Association
American Psychoanalytical Association
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

There is also this interesting page called How to Write a Code of Ethics, for anyone considering writing their own.

Last but not least, here is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which I believe is a useful beginning point or baseline for everyone.


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