The EMCC Code of Conduct engages all its members, and is therefore, as well as regular supervision, the ethical foundation of a coaching practice.
As a Luxembourg based psychologist I also adhere to the SLP “Code Déontologique de la Société Luxembourg de Psychologie”. Read the Ethical Code (pdf)
The chart’s objective is to establish a setting, which protects the coachee, the client, prospective clients, the coach, and any other third party directly or indirectly involved in the coaching relationship.
Obligations of the Member :
1. Training – Initial and permanent. The member has received an initial professional theoretical and practical training of a high level. This initial training accompanied by the personal development makes the candidate competent to act as a member. The member engages to continually evolve the initial training as well as other relevant and essential personal development throughout the coaching profession.
2. Personal development – The member affirms to have done or at least to have started a profound and serious personal development, which should be a separate process from the initial professional training.
3. Supervision - The member is in supervision, conducted on an individual, group, or peer basis, by individuals whom are qualified as supervisors.
4. Confidentiality – The member will respect the confidentiality of the client and coachee, except if otherwise authorised, or required by law. The member will honour agreements made in all work relationships, and will therefore ensure clear agreements with clients and coachees, this may include confidentiality, reports, and other particulars. The member has an obligation to obtain agreement with the person being coached prior to releasing information to another person. A confidentiality clause is essential for the establishment of a working-relationship based upon trust, without which the coaching process can neither start nor function. The member will furthermore disclose all anticipated compensation from third parties that may be received for referrals or advice concerning a client. Confidentiality can only be broken when in certain serious circumstances the member needs to inform, in an appropriate manner, the client or any other third party. These serious circumstances can be when the coachee represents a real danger to herself, himself or other persons.
5. Independence – Besides respecting the EMCC Luxembourg code of conduct, the member will also retain the right to refuse any coaching contract, for personal or ethical reasons. The member will keep an independent position. In a third-party contract, unless otherwise stated, the member will not communicate the details of the sessions, neither to the coachee’s hierarchy nor to any other third-party, because of respect towards the coachee.
6. Respect of the person – One of the characteristics of the coaching relationship is the existence of a transference bond between the coach and the coachee. This bond can however also place the coachee in a situation of dependency towards the coach. The coach should under no circumstances misuse this bond in anyway.
7. The attitude towards a third party – The member will seek to avoid conflicts between own interests, and the interest of the coachee and client. Nor will the member give a coachee, a client, or prospects any information or advice which can be misleading beyond the competence of the member. The member must obtain agreement with the client and coachee before releasing any names as references or any other identifying information. The member will respect and honour the efforts and contributions of others. The member will respect the creative and written work of others in developing any own materials and not misrepresent them as her of his own.
8. Obligations towards the organisation – The member will respect the ethics of the profession, its culture, customs, the context, and restraints of the organisations with which the member works. The member keeps an external position and does not for example replace the human resources department.
9. Responsibility for process facilitations – The member makes sure to notify the coachee and the client when the coachee is no longer benefiting from the coaching relationship, or would perhaps be better served by another coach or by another resource. If such a situation arises, the member will encourage the coachee to make the change. Nevertheless, the coachee remains the sole responsible for her or his decisions.
10. Appeal – In case of non-respect of the EMCC Luxembourg code of conduct, or conflict with an EMCC Luxembourg member, any organisation or person can appeal to EMCC Luxembourg. Only EMCC Luxembourg members who on an annual basis maintain their membership fee can claim to belong to the association. Members of the association can affirm their allegiance and are held accountable with regards to the association’s code of conduct.