CODE OF ETHICS
The Alexander Technique International Code of Professional
THE ATI CODE OF ETHICS for Teaching Members
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.
- THE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP
- It is the responsibility of the Alexander Technique teacher to maintain
a professional attitude throughout the period of time during which the Alexander
Technique teacher/ student are working together.
- 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 Technique teacher does not enter into a sexual relationship
with a student.
- Students retain the right of confidentiality, and no information regarding
the pupil is released to a third party without the consent of the pupil.
- While the use of the principles of the F.M. Alexander Technique may produce
effects that are beneficial or therapeutic, an Alexander Technique 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.
- 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.
- F.M. Alexander Technique lessons do not require the student to disrobe.
Special projects requiring special dress are to be explained and agreed upon
beforehand by all participants.
- 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.
- THE TEACHER-TEACHER RELATIONSHIP
- ATI Teaching Members interact with each other and all Alexander Technique
Teachers with professional and collegial respect. Differences of professional
opinion are addressed without personally attacking or devaluing another's
- ATI Teaching Members assist, support and encourage each other and all Alexander
Technique Teachers in acquiring and maintaining the integrity, competency
and highest standards of the profession.
- ATI Teaching Members do not use their authority for personal gain over
any colleague, whether that gain be cultural, emotional, financial, political
or religious in nature.
- ATI Teaching Members do not intentionally solicit or canvas known pupils,
students, or trainees of any Alexander Technique Teacher without the permission
of those teachers. Mailings to the general public, or the publicizing of
specific courses, lecture, or workshops are not included in this provision.
- Respecting the confidentiality of other ATI Teaching Members, ATI Teaching
Members do not communicate to a third party any information that may be damaging
to another Alexander Technique Teacher's reputation. If a third party's safety
is at risk, ATI Teaching Members act upon their best judgement, taking into
account the urgency of the situation and the laws of the country where the
- ATI Teaching Members who perceive a breach of The Code of Professional
Conduct by a colleague speak directly to the colleague or teacher, before
taking further action. If the ATI Member experiences difficulty approaching
a colleague or teacher directly, the member may request an Advocate be appointed
by the Ethics Advisory Committee Chair (for further clarification see Procedures
for filing a complaint). If at all possible the Advocate speaks the language
of the member with a complaint.
- ATI Teaching Members may seek support from the ATI Ethics Advisory Committee
to resolve any ethical concern.
- ATI Members (both Teaching and Trainee), receiving a complaint about a
third party from a colleague or a teacher, respectfully encourage and support
the colleague in addressing the complaint directly to the third party or
to the Ethics Advisory Committee.
- Members who serve on the ATI Ethics Advisory Committee or who are Sponsoring
Members may discuss information about ATI Teaching Members only within the
jurisdiction of their committees, and the Board Members informed of decisions
made within these committees are also bound by the same rule of confidentiality.
If a member of the board or committee is involved directly or indirectly
with the issue that member shall withdraw.
- ATI committee and board members inform their committees and board members
of possible conflicts of interest which might affect their functioning within
the committee or board. The committee or board decides the extent to which
that member should be involved in the discussion or decision making in that
particular matter before the committee or board. Conflicts of interest might
be personal, professional, legal or financial in nature.
- ATI Teaching members maintain clearly defined boundaries in all dealings
with each other. ATI strongly recommends that when entering into business
relationships, members clarify expectations in a written contract agreed
upon by all parties, defining roles and spelling out clearly any financial
- TEACHER-PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
- ATI Teaching Members continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding
of the F.M. Alexander Technique and to improve their teaching skills. ATI
Teaching Members participate regularly in professional interactions, workshops,
research and publications.
- ATI Teaching Members recognize the labor necessary to run ATI and contribute
their time and expertise to ATI on committees or other positions of leadership
- ATI Teaching Members accurately represent their professional qualifications
and experience and describe the F.M. Alexander Technique without false or
exaggerated claims. (see guideline below)
- Public advertisement of the F.M. Alexander Technique does not include any
false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive statements or claims by ATI Teaching
- ATI Teaching Members maintain the integrity of the F. M. Alexander Technique.
When other modalities are introduced within the context of a lesson or workshop,
they are clearly identified as being distinct from the Alexander Technique.
- In their teaching ATI Teaching Members acknowledge appropriately the work
or ideas of others. (see guidelines below)
- ATI Teaching Members understand and respect personal boundaries, and accept
the responsibility to hold inviolate the well-being of self, students and
associates within the Alexander Technique community and the community at
- ATI Teaching Members establish respectful and cooperative professional
relationships with other practitioners and other professions.
- ATI Teaching Members maintain a high level of personal integrity, bearing
in mind that their behavior and how they represent themselves within the
community is a reflection on ATI.
Guildlines to the Code of Ethics
ATI Teaching Members represent the Alexander Technique as an educational
process. Therefore, any communication with the public makes clear that beneficial
effects from Alexander lessons are the result of that educational process.
ATI Teaching Members do not claim ownership of an idea
that is not their own.
THE ATI CODE OF ETHICS for General Members
Revised November 1999
1. I will model and support the highest professional
standards in all
dealings with the public and colleagues.
2. I will describe the Alexander Technique as a method of
strive to present the Technique accurately.
3. I will respect Alexander Technique International, Inc.
and honor it with my professional conduct.
(This code applies to General Membership, the non-teaching
ETHICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ATI-- Alexander Technique International
Complainant-- person or persons who file a
claiming that the ATI Code of Ethics /By Laws has been
Respondent--- the person or persons alleged to
have violated ATI’s Code of Ethics/By Laws
Advocate- an individual who will agree to support
and if necessary give advice
USA Certified Mail---(or equivalent)
mailing receipt, identifier, delivery record by Postal service, Return
1. Any person who believes that a member
has acted in
violation of the ethical principles or standards set by the ATI Code of
Ethics and the ATI By-Laws may submit a signed typewritten complaint to
the Ethics Advisory Committee Chair.
2. A log of EVERY date, action, copies of letters, e-mails,
office receipts for certified mail and descriptions of phone calls must
be kept during the entire action.
3. All individuals involved in the proceeding are
to send mail by “certified mail” to create and
official chronological record. Failure to send communications
“certified mail” can be cause for the committee to
the case to be null and void.
4. The Ethics Advisory Committee has the authority to
determine if a complaint represents a valid violation.
1. In order to protect the legitimate interests of the
respondent, complainant, witnesses, and others, the confidential nature
of a proceeding specified in this ETHICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPLAINT
PROCEDURE shall be preserved. The members of the Ethics Advisory
Committee and Panel (as well as the ATI Board, in the event they become
involved) shall take all precautions to assure the confidential nature
of the proceeding.
2. All individuals involved in the complaint process are
instructed to remove themselves in the event of a conflict of interest.
1. When A GRIEVANCE COMPLAINT charging that the ATI Code of
Ethics has been violated by a member is received by the Chair of the
Ethics Advisory Committee, it is the responsibility of the Chair and
all other members of the committee or Ethics Pool who become involved,
to support in an unbiased way, the individual who files the
2. At any point in the procedure, before a possible
counter-complaint is lodged by the Respondent, the Complainant can
chose not to proceed further. The Complainant’s
must be communicated to the Ethics Advisory Chair immediately.
(A)** At the
initial contact Ethics Chair asks the complainant these two questions:
(1) Do you wish to proceed with your grievance complaint knowing that
the subject of your complaint charge will be informed?
(2) Do you understand that the subject of your complaint will see your
written charge in its entirety?
[These questions are intended to assure all persons involved that the
ATI grievance process is consistent and fair. They are not intended to
dissuade a complainant.}
If the answer to both of the questions above is 'yes', and the Chair
and Complainant decide to proceed:
(B)** The Chair
responds to Complainant by clarifying that the role of the Ethics
Advisory Committee is to encourage dialogue and the resolution of
conflict among all parties involved. After a Complainant chooses to
file a formal complaint the Chair sends a copy of ETHICS ADVISORY
COMMITTEE COMPLAINT PROCEDURE to the Complainant postmarked within 5
days of the initial conversation. It is recommended the Complainant
obtain an Advocate as early in the process as possible.
(C)** The Chair instructs Complainant to report the official charge by:
1. Submitting a typewritten, specific description of the conduct the
Complainant believes constitutes an ethical violation. Citing
exact principle or principles in the ATI Code Of Ethics that are being
2. A description of the resolution the Complainant is requesting be
(The Chair has the authority to consult the Ethics Advisory Committee
if he/she is in doubt about the appropriateness of the
complainant’s claim. The claim can be refused a
it is deemed that no violation of the Code of Ethics has been
The Chair must receive this completed document by certified mail before
the Chair can initiate the official complaint process.
Chair informs Complainant
that a copy of the complaint will be sent to the other party
(E)** The Chair
confirms to the Complainant, by mail postmarked within 5 days, that
he/she has received the Complainant’s written charge.
sends copy of the written complaint and the ETHICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
COMPLAINT PROCEDURE, by certified mail to Respondent and requests a
response postmarked within 15 days.
(Respondent is considered innocent and supported fully until
the evaluation is complete).
(G)** On receipt
of the Respondent’s response a copy the
response is sent to the Complainant postmarked within 5 days.
Respondent files a counter-complaint it must be mailed by certified
mail to the Ethics Chair within 15 days of post office mailing date of
the date the respondent received the initial Complaint.
Counter-complaint must be a typewritten document specifically citing
how a violation of the ATI Code of Ethics/By Laws has occurred and
stating exactly what resolution the Respondent is requesting be
considered. It is advised that the Respondent obtain an
as soon as possible.
(I)** The Chair
confirms the receipt of Respondent’s Counter-complaint to
Respondent postmarked within 5 days, and, at the same time, sends a
copy of Respondent’s counter-complaint to the Complainant by
must write a response to the Counter-Complaint and return it by
certified mail, postmarked within 15 days, to the Ethics Advisory Chair
who will include it in the material to be sent to the panel.
Chair speaks to each party separately to gather information and
advocate working toward a resolution. If, after the conversations, the
Complainant chooses to continue the complaint process the Ethics Chair
advises each party to obtain an Advocate if they haven’t
done so. The Advocate can be any person of their
(Respondent has no choice whether to proceed or not.)
recruits a panel drawn from Ethics Advisory Pool, 2 male/2 female. The
Chair informs the Board there is a complaint action, the Board recruits
one outside individual to be included as a member of the Ethics
Advisory Panel. Chair. From this point on the Chair takes the
role of moderator .
(M)** The Chair
sends each member of the panel a copy of all the written documents by
certified, mail postmarked within 7 days of the Panel assembly.
Ethics Advisory Committee Complaint Procedure,
Copy of ATI Code of Ethics/By Laws,
Initial Complaint filed by Complainant,
Respondent’s Counter Complaint (if there is one).
Complainant’s response to the Counter-complaint. These
are sent together so the panel always has both sides of the case to
examine at the same time.
(N)** The Ethics
Panel then evaluates the documents to determine if it is necessary to
gather more information by speaking to any witness or person that the
Complainant /Respondent has named in order to determine if the ATI Code
of Ethics has actually been violated. The Panel can meet in person, by
Conference call, e-mail or postal mail as often as needed and as
expeditiously as possible while examining all aspects of the
charge/charges, with an intention to come to a unanimous decision that
constructively serves the parties and the ATI organization.
unanimous decision is not reached the majority decision is the one
member of the panel writes a recommendation of resolution and sends it
by registered mail to the Ethics Chair -The Chair composes a document
informing the Complainant and Respondent of the decision the Panel has
determined in reference to the original complaint and of the decision
in reference to the counter-complaint. This document is sent to both
the Complainant and Respondent by certified mail.
(P)** If, during
any stage of the investigation, a party does not respond as instructed
in this procedure, the Chair must continue to attempt communication by
e-mail, phone calls, and or certified letters for a period of 60
days. A log must be kept of each attempt at communication. If
contact has been made at the end of 60 days the case can be resolved by
the Panel at their discretion and their decision is not subject to
appeal by the absent party.
(Q)** If The
Complainant and/or Respondent are not willing to abide by the decision
of the Panel they can send a request to the Ethics Chair, postmarked
within 30 days, to initiate an appeal to be heard by the ATI Board or -
they can choose to hire, at their own expense, a professional mediator
and resolve the complaint between them, outside the purview of the
Ethics Advisory process.
If the parties do not communicate their request within 30 days the case
is considered closed and sealed.
(R)** Should it
come to pass that the Complainant and Respondent can’t
their issue under the Board’s appeal procedure, the
can choose to bring the case before the full membership of ATI. Or, in
the case of a counter-complaint by the Respondent, the Respondent can
initiate a new case of his/her own to the Chair of the Ethics Advisory
At the conclusion of a grievance complaint procedure case, documents
accumulated during the proceeding are to be kept in an envelope in a
safe-deposit-box administered by the ATI Administrative Assistant at
the main ATI office. These records are kept ten years and then
Administrative Assistant is responsible for extracting ten year old
records once a year.
the event that an individual, organization, or legal body approaches
the ATI Board, Ethics Committee or Administrative Assistant to request
opening sealed documents,
They must provide compelling written evidence demonstrating that
re-opening the sealed documents will:
A. reveal significant
evidence that the previous investigation would have some bearing on a
B. aide in a legal investigation.
This written evidence request is sent to the Chair of the Ethics
Advisory Committee who will choose two members from the voluntary
Ethics Grievance Panel. These three will be responsible to evaluate the
The ultimate determination will be based on considerations of
A. the ATI Code of ethics,
B. the obligation to maintain confidentiality,
C. the safety of the population of the community
D. aspects of the case not limited to the above criteria.
The Ethics Advisory Committee Chair and the two panel members may deem
it necessary to engage legal counsel to further advise in a
determination to open the records.
The Evaluation group is charged to come to a decision on the request in
a timely manner based on the timeline and issues of the request.
The Ethics Advisory Committee Chair is responsible for communicating
the panel/ legal advisor’s decision to the requesting body as
soon as it is determined.
Some procedural issues are still to be considered by the committee:
however should an official action be required in reference to the yet
unanswered questions the Ethics Advisory Committee can take the action
they consider appropriate at that moment.
(18 June 2008)
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