CPEI CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Purpose of the Code of Professional Ethics
The CPEI Code of Professional ethics has the following purposes in mind:
- To set forth the ethical obligations for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors, Associate CPE Supervisors, CPE Supervisor Candidates (henceforth referred to as Pastoral Supervisors) and Chaplains.
- To identify ethical considerations relevant to Pastoral Educators, CPEI students, chaplains.
- To serve as an ethical guide designed to assist individuals in constructing a course of action that best serves Pastoral Educators and Chaplains.
- To provide the basis for processing inquiries and ethical concerns.
Persons Impacted by Code of Professional Ethics
Persons operating under the auspices of Clinical Pastoral Education International (CPEI) and the Credentialing Commission – Board of Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Chaplains are expected to adhere to the following Code of Professional Ethics.
Common Ethical Standards for Pastoral Supervisors and Chaplains
In Relationship with Ecclesiastical and Professional Institutions (600)
600.1 Maintain good standing in their faith group.
600.2 Abide by the professional practice and/or teaching standards of the credentialing organization, and the institution in which are part of.
600.3 Do not directly or by implication claim professional qualifications that exceed actual qualifications or misrepresent an affiliation with any institution.
600.4 Maintain current and adequate Professional Liability Insurance or ensure that one is adequately protected under one’s employer.
In Relationship with Self, Other Professionals and the Community (601)
601.1 Represent accurately one’s professional qualifications and affiliations.
601.2 Exercise good stewardship of resources entrusted to their care and employ sound financial practices.
601.3 Respect the opinions, beliefs and professional endeavors of colleagues and
601.4 Seek advice and counsel of other professionals whenever it is in the best interest of those being served and make referrals when appropriate.
601.5 Provide expertise and counsel to other professionals in advocating for best practices in pastoral care and pastoral supervision.
601.6 Seek to establish collaborative relationships with other community leaders, pastoral relationships and healthcare professionals.
601.7 Advocate for changes that would honor spiritual values and promote healing.
601.8 Communicate sufficient information to other professional members and/or pastoral supervisors while respecting the privacy of those being served.
601.9 Ensure that personal behavior does not impair the ability to fulfill professional responsibilities or bring dishonor to the profession.
601.10 Clearly distinguish between statements made or actions taken as a private individual and those made as a member or representative of CPEI or the Board for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Chaplains.
601.11 Monitor for signs of impairment-emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually and take the appropriate steps to address such signs.
In Advertising (602)
602.1 Represent one’s competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to their practice of pastoral care, education and supervision in an accurate manner.
602.2 Do not use any professional identification (business cards, letterhead, Internet or telephone directory, etc.) that is false, misleading, fraudulent or deceptive.
602.3 List and claim as evidence only degrees, certification and credentials that are earned from recognized educational institutions and/or training programs.
In Research (603)
603.1 Engage only in research within the boundaries of their competence.
603.2 Ensure that research activities involving human participants are aware of the research question, design and implementation.
603.3 Adhere to informed consent, including a clear and understandable explanation of the procedures, a description of the risks and benefits, and the duration of the desired participation.
603.4 Inform all participants of the right to withdraw consent and to discontinue involvement at any time.
603.5 Maintain sensitivity to the cultural characteristics of participants when conducting research.
603.6 Maintain confidentiality of all research participants and inform participants of any limits of that confidentiality.
603.7 Use any information obtained through research for professional purposes only.
603.8 Exercise professional ethics in attributing sources in their research and writing thereby avoiding plagiarism.
603.9 Report research data and findings accurately.
In Relationship to the Social Media (604)
Pastoral Supervisors and chaplains are aware that Social Media (for example, Internet, text messaging, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn, as well as all other forms of electronic/digital communication) influences and informs our daily life and work. We recognize that the World Wide Web records everything that is posted anywhere anytime and retains this information indefinitely.
604.1 Recognize that the CPEI Code of Professional Ethics applies to the use of Social Media.
605.2 Engage in honest and respectful communication both professionally and personally in all Social Media activity.
605.3 Maintain a clear professional identity and refrain from developing inappropriate Social Media relationship with students, other individuals.
605.4 Do not speak formally or informally on behalf of CPEI or The Board for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Chaplains when engaging in personal Social Media activity unless authorized to do so.
605.5 Be mindful of the privacy and confidentiality of students and others, and not engage in the use of Social Media in any way, which may pose as a conflict of interest or a breach of another’s privacy and confidentiality.
Ethical Standards for Pastoral Supervisors
In Relationships with Students and/or Clients (606)
Pastoral Supervisors understand that “students, clients, patients or parishioners” (refer to the same
type of persons served and will be used interchangeably throughout this document) and describes
any individual to whom they are providing pastoral supervision or pastoral care.
606.1 Speak and act in ways that honor the dignity and value of every individual.
606.2 Provide care and supervision that is intended to promote the best interest of students and clients and to foster strength, integrity, learning, and healing.
606.3 Demonstrate respect for the cultural and religious values of those they serve and refrain from imposing their own values and beliefs on those served.
606.4 Acknowledge the imbalance of power in the student and client relationship and refrain from exploitation of that imbalance.
606.5 Avoid or correct any conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicting interest(s).
606.6 Refrain from any form of exploitative behavior, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment or sexual assault in relationships with students and clients.
606.7 Refrain from any form of harassment, coercion, intimidation or otherwise abusive words or actions in relationships with students and clients.
606.8 Safeguard the confidentiality of students and clients when using materials for educational purposes or written publication.
606.9 Respect the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by students and clients when communicating with family members or significant others except when disclosure is required for necessary treatment, granted by client permission, for the safety of any person or when required by law.
606.10 Ensure that all student application materials be maintained confidentially saved in a file, ensure that file is properly locked. If saved electronically, ensure that a confidential password is used.
606.11 Understand the limits of their individual expertise and make referrals to other professionals when appropriate.
606.12 Provide clear expectations regarding responsibilities, appointment schedules, fees and payments. 606.13 Complete all final evaluations for students according to the standards established by CPEI.
606.14 Do not represent the ability to provide supervision beyond one’s appropriate level of education and credentialing.
606.15 Monitor for signs of impairment-emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually and take the appropriate steps to address such signs.
Video/Audio/Distance Learning Program Standards (607)
607.1 The use of technology (computers, webcams, etc.) are accepted as an industry standard in a variety of professional disciplines, to include Clinical Pastoral Education programs. Pastoral Supervisors choosing to make use of such a method are to ensure, at a minimum, that participants are knowledgeable as to what is required for participation, how to utilize the required programming, persons are informed when sessions are recorded, and address matters of confidentiality. In addition, the risks and benefits of such use need to be identified.
607.2 Pastoral Supervisors are authorized to use cameras and/or other technological equipment to record individual and/or group peer sessions for supervision and training purposes only. Recorded data will be maintained only to serve the purpose of supervision and/or certification after which it will be destroyed.
607.3 Pastoral Supervisors will safeguard client rights and confidentiality of recorded mediums through the use of maintaining the recordings in a secure setting as well as ensure the participants and Pastoral Supervisor review and sign a “Consent to Audio or Video Tape” Form (See below).
Consent to Audio or Video Clinical Pastoral Education Session
I, __________________________________ give my consent for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) sessions to be audio/video- taped for supervisory and educational purposes. I understand the tapes may be reviewed in individual and/or small peer group supervision sessions, or credentialing purposes for the person supervising my Clinical Pastoral Education program. The guidelines of the audio/video-taping procedure, supervision, and confidentiality have been explained to me. The audio/video-tapes will be erased upon the completion of the credentialing process for those supervising my Clinical Pastoral Education experience.
(Name of Supervisor) _____________________________________ who is providing is involved in a CPEI approved supervisory program and affiliated with the following training program ________________________________________. As part of the training s/he is required to tape some sessions. S/he is being supervised by _______________________________________, who can be reached at__________________ (phone) or ___________________________________(email).
CPE Student’s Name and Signature
Person Supervising Clinical Pastoral Education
700 Process for handling complaints and grievances
The purpose is to provide a comprehensive mechanism for handling complaints and grievances within the CPEI community. Each accredited CPEI educational program will develop their specific guidelines for handling complaints and grievances.
Members of the CPEI community are required to maintain the highest level of personal, professional, moral, and ethical standards. When moral and ethical standards are in question, the following provides guidance for engaging the person(s) and resolving the issue(s). These engagements are expected to be redemptive and problem-solving in intent and nature.
1. A complaint is an informal issue of a perceived conflict, which should be resolved at the lowest level.
2. A grievance is a formal concern that is presented in writing and signed and involves an alleged violation related to the CPEI Code of Professional Ethics. The grievance must specify the standard or process that is an alleged violation.
Guiding Principles (700.2)
1. Issues are encouraged to be resolved at an informal level, face-to-face, and in a spirit of collegiality and mutual respect.
2. Issues that are unable to resolved in the informal level can be elevated in a written and signed formal grievance, which must identify the specific CPEI Code of Ethics Standard allegedly violated.
3. Confidentiality is of upmost importance. Persons involved in an investigation, mediation, fact finding, and record keeping shall respect the confidentiality of all parties as far as possible without impeding the pursuit of truth or violating state laws.
4. Persons that have a bias or conflict of interest will be removed from any aspect of a grievance process.
Complaint (Informal) (700.3)
1. Encourages persons to resolve concerns informally, face-to-face, and in a spirit of collegiality and mutual respect.
Grievance (Formal) (700.4)
1. Use of the formal grievance procedure is limited to circumstances in which all efforts to resolve the issue have been exhausted at the informal level and must involve a specific alleged violation of CPEI Code of Ethics Standard.
2. A formal grievance must be submitted in writing and signed. It must also identify the specific CPEI Code of Ethics Standard that has been allegedly violated.
3. The grievance will be filed with the Ethics Chair for CPEI.
4. All steps involved in this process will be recorded.
Investigation and Resolution Process (700.5)
700.5.1 The ethics chair and an appointed consultant will conduct an initial inquiry via a telephone or internet live-connection within 30 days of the filed grievance to determine if the alleged conduct were in response to a CPEI Code of Ethics Standard and if an agreeable resolution can be reached.
700.5.2 If a resolution has not been reached, the Ethics Chair will appoint a mediator to facilitate discussion between the parties involved. This will occur within 30 days of the initial inquiry’s final action. If an agreeable solution is reached the matter will be settled.
700.5.3 If mediation does not bring resolution to the issue, a formal review panel will be initiated. The Chair of the Ethics Committee will appoint a 3-person panel and invite all parties involved to participate, at their own expense. After hearing the evidence and deliberating the Panel shall decide:
700.5.3.1. that no violation occurred.
700.5.3.2 that no violation occurred, but there were concerns that needed to be addressed. If this occurs the following steps are available for the Hearing Panel.
704.1 Actions by Hearing Panel might include:
700.5.4.1 Admonishment. A written statement issued that acknowledges the CPEI Code of Ethics Standard was violated, and that continued education that addresses the ethical standard be required.
700.5.4.2 Probation. The person found guilty of an ethical violation will be monitored for a period to ensure that s/he remains compliant. Continued education may also be a requirement or other requirements set forth by the Panel.
700.5.4.3 Suspension. If the person found guilty of an ethical violation does not understand the seriousness of the violation and/or fails to take responsibility for their actions the panel can suspend the individual for periods of 3 to 12 months based on the nature and consequences of the violation.
700.5.4.4 Removal of Credentials. The individual who refuses to accept responsibility for the violation and demonstrates no remorse shall have his/her credentials removed. The actions of the Hearing Panel are final.