PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
I treat everything you share during your dreamwork session as highly confidential. I will ensure that your voice is not overheard by my using a headset and carrying out the session in a private secure environment.
If you wish, I can record the session and share the voice and/or video recording with you. Those recordings will be kept in a secure place in my computer and I will not share them without your permission.
Breach of Confidentiality
Although I don’t expect this to happen, I have the legal obligation to break confidentiality in the following cases:
- If I consider you are at risk of seriously harming yourself or someone else.
- If a Court of Law requests your records, which is highly improbable.
- If you decide to change your dream analyst and want my notes passed on to him or her.
I will take notes in my computer during the sessions. This will be more noticeable during our first meetings while I get to know you. It doesn’t matter whether you become a regular client or we meet sporadically, those notes are there to help me remember your dream characters, symbols and discussions so that I can check them easily any time. I will store these notes in a password-locked file, in a private and secure place in my computer, and I will not share them with anybody unless you grant me permission.
If you give me your consent, I will discuss some issues about your dreams (for example, difficult aspects of them) with my supervisor. Your name and private details will never be shared.
I subscribe to both the International Association for the Study of Dreams’ (IASD’s) Dreamwork Ethics Statement and the Association of Dreamwork Practitioner’s (ADP’s) Code of Ethics.
IASD DREAMWORK ETHICS STATEMENT
The IASD celebrates the many benefits of dreamwork, yet recognises that there are potential risks. The IASD supports an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer’s dignity and integrity, and which recognises the dreamer as the decision-maker about the relevance and meaning of the dream. Systems of dreamwork that assign authority or knowledge of the dream’s meanings to someone other than the dreamer can be misleading, incorrect, and harmful. Ethical dreamwork helps the dreamer work with his/her own dream images, feelings, and associations, and guides the dreamer to more fully experience, appreciate, and understand the dream. Every dream may have multiple meanings, and different techniques might be reasonably employed to touch these multiple layers of significance.
A dreamer’s decision to share or stop sharing a dream should always be respected and honoured. The dreamer needs to be forewarned that unexpected issues or emotions may arise in the course of the dreamwork. Information and agreement about the degree of privacy and confidentiality are essential ingredients in creating a safe atmosphere for dream sharing.
Dreamwork outside a clinical setting is not a substitute for psychotherapy, or other professional treatment, and the practitioner and the client should not use it as s such.
IASD recognises and respects that there are many valid and time-honoured dreamwork traditions. We invite and welcome dreamers from all cultures. There are social, cultural, and transpersonal aspects to dream experience. In this statement we do not mean to imply that the only valid approach to dreamwork focuses on the dreamer’s personal life.
Our purpose is to honour and respect the person of the dreamer as well as the dream itself, regardless of how the relationship between the two may be understood.
ADP CODE OF ETHICS
The ADP Code of Ethics sets the basic ground rules for all dreamwork done by members of the Association. The code seeks to develop practitioner and client relationships that have integrity, sensitivity and mutual respect. It places the dreamwork within the frame of basic ethical principles of honesty and fair dealing so that clients can know that practitioners are worthy of their trust, in seeking to be accountable to ordinary common sense standards of right and wrong. Dreamwork Practitioners commit themselves to adhere to:
- Collaborate with the utmost respect for the clients to find the truth of their dream.
- Their own personal growth in relationship to learning from the dream.
- Focus on being clear messengers, within their capabilities as students of the dream.
- Ensure that sessions are strictly confidential. Only with prior written permission of the client will session contents be anonymously shared for teaching or professional purposes.
- Clearly define the boundaries of the practitioner/client relationship.
- Make clear what is proper contact in-between sessions.
- Provide clients with tools and perspectives that encourage taking personal responsibility for their own work.
- Not have sexual relationships with clients.
- Not borrow money from clients, nor lend money to them.
- Avoid imposing their own values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours on clients.
- Avoid relationships with clients outside the dream session that would make them dependent on the practitioner.
Inform clients about session fees including, payment schedules, cancellation policy.
- Make available to clients the Dreamwork Practitioner Code of Ethics.
- Inform clients of the practitioner’s qualifications.
- Inform clients that, since dreamwork asks that they delve deeply into their own psyches, latent or present negative emotions and/or mental disorders may intensify, and in that event, they may need to seek outside support from a physician or a professional.
- Acquire written permission of the client to allow anonymous discussion of their work for peer support, supervision and teaching purposes.
- Adhere to the wisdom of the dream as the guide.
- Seek support from other practitioners when the well-being of the client is uncertain or unclear.
- Appropriately advise clients to other professionals when their predicament seems beyond the practitioner’s skill, experience or training.
- Refer the client to another dreamwork practitioner when we believe that accepting a client will result in a conflict of interests.
- Engage in ongoing professional development as dreamwork practitioners on an individual basis.