Code of Ethics

Church of Healing Energy

CODE OF ETHICS

PREAMBLE

The Church of Healing Energy is a spiritual organization whose ministers are dedicated to the enhancement of each person's spiritual growth and development and thus to the worth, dignity, well-being, and unique potential of each individual.

The Church recognizes that its ministers represent a wide variety of academic levels, healing instruction, and life experience. This diversity reflects the breadth of the Church's interest. It also presents challenges in setting ethical standards for the training and performance of its ministers.

The statement of a code of ethics enables the Church to clarify, for present and future ministers and those they serve, the ethical responsibilities and standards of practice which are held in common by its ministers.

The specification of such a code reinforces Church ministers' concern for their own ministerial functioning, as well as for the conduct of their ministerial colleagues and others in healing roles in the community.  

As the Code of Ethics of the Church, this document establishes principles that define the ethical behavior of all ordained ministers of the Church.  A violation of the Code of Ethics constitutes ministerial misconduct.  

Section I - General

Responsibility: The healing minister is fully responsible for his/her ministerial decisions and actions. The healing minister's essential responsibility is to do no harm.  The well-being of the client is paramount and the benefits of the healing relationship flow to the client.  Healing ministers claim no healing or curing power of their own.  They acknowledge that all healing comes from the Spiritual Source; that is, through and not from the minister. Satisfaction in serving the Highest Good and a reasonable fee are the rewards to the healing minister as well as her/his own spiritual growth and development.

Competence: Healing ministers shall practice within the scope of their background, training, knowledge, and experience. They maintain competence in their areas of practice through continuing education and experience. The healing minister recognizes the limits of his/her competence.  Inasmuch as ministers serve as conduits for healing from a Higher Source, there is need for neither medical diagnosis nor medical treatment in their healing interactions with clients.

Moral and legal standards: Healing ministers' moral, ethical, and legal standards of behavior as they pertain to their ministerial duties must not negatively influence their performance or reduce confidence in the Church.  In their service role, healing ministers must not engage in any action that will violate or diminish the legal or civil rights of clients or any other persons.  Being found guilty of an offense that compromises a healing minister's suitability to serve in a ministerial or healing role is misconduct and may result in withdrawal of ordination.  Healing ministers must acknowledge and respect the fact that medical diagnosis is legally restricted to licensed healthcare practitioners.  As employers, healing ministers shall not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual preference, handicap, race, or national origin.  When healing ministers are confronted with conflict among moral, ethical, and/or legal standards of conduct, the ministers must search their own conscience and consult their Spiritual Source, then if necessary confer in confidence with a clerical colleague and/or Director(s) of the Church and seek legal advice  in order that they may resolve the dilemma in favor of the Highest Good.

Section II - The Healing Relationship

Consent and freedom of choice: Healing ministers shall provide all clients of healing service with a copy of the Church Code of Ethics.  Healing ministers shall ensure that each recipient of healing service understands the benefits and risks of the healing approach to be used. The healing minister does not perform healing interventions without the informed consent of the client.  Throughout the healing session, the minister describes and explains what is done and why in such a way that the client may understand and participate in his/her own healing process.  The client is free to decline service, in whole or in part, at any time.  

Confidentiality: Healing ministers must keep confidential all information about clients obtained in the course of ministerial and healing service. They are responsible for informing clients of any legal limits to confidentiality prior to obtaining personal information or providing service.  Personal information is shared with others only with the client's written consent or in, in rare circumstances, where there is clear and imminent danger to the individual or other persons.

Dual roles: The healing minister shall not provide healing or energy field interventions when such service may cause confusion or lack of objectivity in his/her present or previous personal, familial, business, professional, or legal relationship with the client.  

Personal boundaries: The healing minister must maintain clear and appropriate interpersonal boundaries in all ministerial and healing interactions.  Healing ministers do not seek special benefits from relations with a client nor do they exploit clients' vulnerability for their own personal gratification.  For example, a sexual relationship with a client, inducing a client to purchase unneeded goods or services, and pressuring a client to solicit business on their behalf are unethical and strictly prohibited.  

Multiple service providers:  Healing ministers shall seek to work cooperatively with other spiritual advisors and healthcare providers for the benefit of both the client and the community.  Healing ministers shall not offer or provide service to an individual who is known to be receiving the same or similar service from another minister or healer without discussion with the client and notification of the practitioner.  

Records:  Healing ministers shall ensure that any records of contact with clients are protected so that client privacy is assured at all times.  

Consultation and referral: Healing ministers shall consult appropriate health care professionals when necessary with due respect for client confidentiality.  Healing ministers refer clients to appropriate health care professionals as needed.

Section III - Teaching and Training

Healing ministers who have appropriate training, credentials, and supervised experience may choose to provide healing training to others.  In doing so, they shall provide an accurate description of the content, goals, and objectives of training, and outline the requirements for satisfactory program completion.  Healing ministers must not offer training in approaches or techniques beyond the scope of their own training and expertise.  When teaching or training, healing ministers shall present program information accurately with concern for objectivity.  Trainees and workshop participants are treated with respect, and strict standards of confidentiality are maintained by both the healing minister and course or workshop participants.  Healing ministers are sensitive to potential vulnerabilities in trainees and workshop participants and seek to provide safe conditions for learning including group and/or individual follow-up as needed.  Healing ministers approach the role of teacher or trainer with due humility recognizing that all learning comes from a Higher Source.

Section IV - Public Statements

In public statements regarding their ministry, including advertising, healing ministers must represent themselves as members of the clergy, using an appropriate title such as Reverend, Minister or Pastor.  Healing ministers' public statements must not contain false or misleading information regarding their credentials or the ministerial and healing services which they offer.  Healing ministers shall not solicit clients or induce other persons to do so in their behalf solicit clients or induce other persons to do so in their behalf (see FAQ #12).  Neither do they solicit testimonials from clients, past or present.  Unsolicited testimonials of healing service may be published as long as the minister does not take personal credit for healing that may have taken place.  All public statements must be consistent with the Code of Ethics of the Church.  Other than to indicate they are ordained by the Church of Healing Energy, ministers shall make no public statements using the name of the Church without prior approval in writing by an officer of the Church.
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