Code of Ethics and Professional Standards

Oceans of Calm is a member of both the complementary medicine and sound therapy Professional Associations. Oceans of Calm abides by the stringent set of professional standards and ethical practices of these Associations, in order to protect the interests and safety of the public and the Sound Therapy Practitioner.

These standards stipulate how the Sound Therapy Practitioner must behave including:

  • Adhering to health and safety requirements and legal, ethical, and moral codes of practice.
  • Being aware of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities in offering a duty of care to clients, other members of the health care team, and the public.
  • Knowing their obligations to give appropriate information to clients regarding the sound therapeutic practice, professional affiliations, and complaints procedures.
  • Practicing in a manner that ensures the wellbeing of themselves and others.
  • Being aware of the rights of clients and colleagues to respectful verbal, physical, emotional and financial behaviour, commensurate with treatment received.
  • Maintaining the rights of clients, to privacy, dignity, and respect.
  • Providing the same degree of skill and integrity towards clients, irrespective of age, gender, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs.
  • Behaving with decorum, propriety and common decency at all times.
  • Respecting the client’s wishes at all times.
  • Respecting the views and beliefs of the client.
  • Having an additional adult present when giving a treatment to a child under 16 years of age.
  • Always following instructions in a referral letter from a doctor or medical professional.
  • Upholding the rights as a Sound Therapist, to be treated with respect by clients and others party to the Oceans of Calm practice.
  • Monitoring and assessing their own professional competence and practice and engaging in continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Being respectful and courteous to other Practitioners and Therapists.
  • Knowing their obligations to respect client confidentiality and practicing this when communicating with other members of the health care team. 
  • Keeping confidential all that is experienced and shared in the Sound Therapy sessions.
  • Taking responsibility for the relationship with their clients and fellow practitioners and professionals and ensuring that the trust placed in them is upheld.
  • Recognising their own limitations and seeking help from those with greater skills and experience where required.
  • Maintaining suitable working conditions and ensuring that the environment is safe and meets regulations where required.
  • Ascertaining, whenever necessary, that clients have sought medical advice where appropriate and advising, where appropriate, that they do so.
  • Before giving treatments, always explaining to a client on their first visit how they will give the treatment, how it is generally experienced and what the client may expect.
  • Knowing the importance of giving their client informed choices in respect of their treatment options.
  • Following appropriate procedures to obtain and maintain informed consent prior to treatment.
  • Following appropriate procedures to obtain and maintain informed consent with clients with limited capacity to consent. (e.g. children and vulnerable adults)
  • Maintaining appropriate documentation and records in all aspects of their practice.
  • Working in consultation with their client to assess, plan and evaluate an agreed treatment session or programme of Sound therapy.
  • Showing courtesy, empathy, respect and timeliness to their clients, as appropriate for a Sound Therapy session.
  • Preparing themselves and the therapeutic environment, as appropriate for Sound Therapy, prior to each session with the client, taking into consideration such factors – amongst others – of their own personal hygiene, cleanliness, sobriety and general health.
  • Providing their client with appropriate information, and ascertaining that their client understands, as far as possible, the Sound therapy being provided.
  • Using appropriate assessment procedures relative to clients’ needs.
  • Taking a case history, relevant to a Sound Therapy session.
  • Formulating a treatment plan, treatment strategy and method of treatment that meets the specific needs of each client, with agreed aims for each therapy session.
  • Practicing appropriate levels of verbal and non-verbal, communication between themselves and their clients during the Sound Therapy session.
  • Reviewing, auditing or evaluating the results and outcomes at the end of each session with the client.
  • Complying with procedures for documentation under the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information legislation, including storage, and access procedures.
  • Maintaining legible, understandable, relevant up-to-date and accurate client information.
  • Evaluating and processing any complaints by clients to the point of resolution.
  • Being qualified and competent to practice the particular method of sound therapy to the standards required by the Professional bodies.
  • Adapting and changing Sound Therapy practice, in response to new research, knowledge, information, evidence or guidelines and policies regarding Sound therapy.
  • To the best of their ability maintaining their own physical and psychological wellbeing.
  • Formulating and implementing their own professional and personal development plans.
  • Finding and using appropriate resources to improve their skills.
  • Keeping up-to-date with developments relating to Sound therapy.
  • Monitoring and evaluating their performance and skills through such means as client feedback, supervision, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Showing efficient self-management in their therapeutic practice, including financial probity (integrity).
  • Supporting the profile and integrity of Sound therapy by supporting the development of other therapists through sharing therapeutic knowledge and experience.
  • Engaging with the Professional Associations and bodies the Sound Therapist is affiliated with and complying with their regulatory requirements, as well as maintaining up-to-date registration.
  • Encouraging new members to the profession and helping them progress through mentoring, coaching, supervision, teaching, sharing information or other means.
  • Working in harmony and with respect for carers, and/or family members and the health care team.
  • Conducting themselves in an honourable and courteous manner and with due diligence in their relations with their clients and the public.
  • Working in a co-operative and respectful manner with all other healthcare professionals, recognising the particular contribution each makes to the well-being of the client.
  • Providing equality of treatment to their clients, irrespective of ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation or religious and spiritual beliefs.
  • Understanding their implicit duty within the law to keep all information (and views formed) about clients entirely confidential between the member and the client concerned.
  • Understanding that intimate personal relations between a Sound Therapist and their client, or sexual or threatening behaviour, may render a member liable to prosecution under Criminal Law. Even if there is no prosecution, such behaviour is unethical and will be treated as serious professional misconduct and the relevant disciplinary action taken against the Practitioner.
  • Knowing that within the therapeutic relationship, it is the responsibility of the Sound Therapist to ensure clarity of relationship and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Knowing that if a Sound Therapist is subject to the unwanted attention of a client it must be reported at the earliest opportunity to the Professional Association.
  • Applying a clear and proper procedure when exchanging or referring clients or dealing with the clients of another practitioner/therapist or clinic.
  • Holding professional indemnity/therapy insurance

The standards also stipulate what the Sound Therapy Practitioner must not do, this includes:

  • Using titles or descriptions for themselves or their treatment that may mislead the public – either as a student and/or as a professional Practitioner.
  • Giving or offering any other form of treatment or therapy than that which is stated or agreed with the client in advance.
  • Falsify documents or client notes.
  • Abusing or exploiting anybody sexually, emotionally or in any other way whatsoever.
  • Discriminating on the grounds of gender, race, religion, political persuasion, age or disability
  • Never guaranteeing, promising, claiming, or implying a cure or diagnose, however the possible therapeutic benefits of Sound Therapy may be described.
  • Never having a third party present without the client’s specific consent.
  • Never giving a medical diagnosis to a client as a Professional Practitioner.
  • Never advising or recommending that a client undergo a particular form of treatment (e.g. an operation or course of drugs) or interfere with the medical advice or treatment which the patient is receiving.