THE ATI CODE OF ETHICS OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
This Code of Ethics sets forth ethical principles for Alexander Technique Teachers.
The public has the right to expect that all ATI teaching members are properly evaluated and qualified to teach the F.M Alexander Technique.
ATI members act in a constructive, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory manner with colleagues, associates, students and the public.
1. THE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP
1a. It is the responsibility of the Alexander Teacher to maintain a professional attitude throughout the period of time during which the Alexander Technique teacher/ student are working together.
1b. An Alexander Technique teacher does not use their authority for personal gain, whether that gain be cultural, emotional, political or religious in nature.
An Alexander Teacher does not enter into a sexual relationship with a student.
1c. Students retain the right of confidentiality, and no information regarding the pupil is released to a third party without the consent of the pupil.
1d. While the use of the principles of the F.M. Alexander Technique may produce effects that are beneficial or therapeutic, an Alexander Teacher informs all students that the F.M. Alexander Technique is an educational process, which improves the general level of functioning of the individual.
In cases where professional medical assistance is indicated, Alexander Technique Teachers encourage their students to seek such help. At no time does an Alexander Technique teacher make medical diagnoses or prescribe medical remedies. An Alexander Technique teacher does not proffer claims that the F.M. Alexander technique is a cure for any malady.
1e. Any policy regarding payment, cancellation, lateness or proper attire is fully explained to the student prior to the commencement of lessons and put in writing.
1f. F.M. Alexander Technique lessons do not require the student to disrobe. Special projects requiring special dress are to be explained an agreed upon beforehand by all participants.
1g. Students have the right to register a complaint with the ATI Ethics Committee. Their Alexander Technique teacher informs them of the process for doing so.
2. THE TEACHER-TEACHER RELATIONSHIP
2a. Alexander Technique teachers interact with their colleagues with respect. They express differences of professional opinion without attacking each other personally or by devaluing each other’s work.
2b. All Alexander Technique teachers respect the confidentiality of other Alexander Technique teachers. An Alexander Technique teacher does not communicate information which may be damaging to another Alexander Technique teacher’s reputation to a third party, unless the information concerns an Alexander Technique teacher’s ethical conduct and is presented to the Ethics Committee.
2c. If an Alexander Technique teacher suspects a breach of ethics in a colleagues conduct, he/she speaks directly to the colleague before taking further action.
2d. In an Alexander Technique teacher cannot resolve a question of a colleague’s ethical conduct, he/she then takes the matter to the ATI Ethics Committee.
2e. An Alexander Technique teacher hearing a complaint from a colleague about a third party, supports the colleague in addressing the complaint directly to the third party.
2f. Members who serve on the ATI Ethics Committee or who are Sponsoring Members, may discuss information about Alexander Technique teachers only within the jurisdiction of their committees and only for the time they serve on that committee.
2g. An Alexander Technique teacher does not solicit or canvass known students of other Alexander Technique teachers without the knowledge of those teachers, with the exception of mailings to the general public, or the publicizing of specific courses, lectures or workshops.
3. THE TEACHER- PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
3a. Alexander Technique teachers continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the F.M. Alexander Technique and to improve their teaching skills. Alexander Technique teachers participate regularly in professional interactions, workshops, research and publications.
3b. An Alexander Technique teacher accurately represents professional qualifications and experience and describes the Alexander Technique without false or exaggerated claims.
3c. Public advertisement of the F.M. Alexander Technique shall not include any false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive claims.
3d. An Alexander Technique teacher maintains the integrity of the F.M Alexander Technique. An Alexander Technique teacher does not present elements of other disciplines, therapies or practices as part of the F.M. Alexander Technique. Information from other disciplines introduced for comparison or discussion is clearly identified.