2. Ethics Committee
The function of the Ethics Committee is to explore how the ethical spirit of the EABP can be maintained and made as explicit as possible, while remaining attentive to the qualities of humanity, respect and honesty in the dealings of the Association and its members.
The Ethics Committee has therefore three main functions:
- It looks for ways of making the spirit of the EABP more explicit, through ethical guidelines that must be accepted by the General Assembly of the EABP to become representative of the Association’s spirit.
- It promotes discussions on the attitude of an EABP body psychotherapist.
- It defines the forms of behaviour which are incompatible with the ethical guidelines and ways of dealing with members who use such behaviour.
2.2. Organisational Structure
The EABP Ethics Committee is chosen by General Assembly and answers directly to it. A vote is held at the same time as the Board Membership vote. The size of the Ethics Committee will be 5, with one substitute in case of a committee member resigning between Assemblies. To ensure continuity as well as congruity with General Assembly wishes, half the Committee (2 and 3) stands for election on alternate Assemblies, thus giving members a service period of 4 years.
2.2.1. Relationship to the EABP Board
The Chair of the Ethics Committee is a member of the EABP Board (with no office or voting powers). The Ethics Committee keeps the Board informed about cases and other activities. The Ethics Committee involves the Board in the processing of ethical complaints cases wherever these involve matters of general policy and wherever a case involves the recommendation to suspend or include a member. The Ethics Committee and the Board have an advisory capacity towards each other, and support the Ethical Committee when they require legal advice.
The Ethics Committee meets at least twice a year:
- To collect, analyse and process received information on incoming ethics cases.
- To work on possible areas of research relevant to the clarification and development of ethical positions.
- To implement ways of improving self-regulation and exploration in the membership.
The Ethics Committee consists of five people, also elected at the General Assembly and which deals with all matters touching on the ethical code, procedure for complaints, ethical advice and similar professional issues.
It also acts as an informational resource to EABP members on ethical issues.