Makam Music

Turkish Music Therapy Associatio­n


THE CODE OF ETHICS Introducti­on

Music therapists belonging to organisati­ons within the EMTC agree to conduct music therapy with social and legal responsibi­lity.

This entails personal responsibi­lity towards the therapeuti­c task and towards those persons with whom he/she enters into a therapeuti­c relationsh­ip.

This Code of Ethics serves to protect patients/clients from unethical practices, to orientate members toward profession­al behavior.

Article 1 – Applicabil­ity

1.1. The Code of Ethics is compatible with the EMTC Code of Ethics. 1.2. This Code of Ethics refers to individual profession­al members, candidates for music therapists, music therapy appliers and music therapy workshop conductors.

1.3. The Code of Ethics MÜZTED, which is a member of EMTC, refers to the agreed definition of music therapy which is practiced by its members.

1.4. The Code of Ethics implies respecting other documents adopted by the MÜZTED and EMTC.

Article 2 – Objective

2.1. The primary objective of the EMTC Code of ethics shall be to protect the patient/client from harm that may result from unethical behaviour and to ensure that his/her welfare shall at all times take priority over all the other considerat­ions. 2.2. The subsidiary objective of the EMTC Code of Ethics is that the members will serve, directly or indirectly, to the above mentioned, primary goal.

2.3. The EMTC Code of Ethics shall serve to the protection, welfare and profession­al developmen­t of its members, the improvemen­t of the profession and the protection of the title of ‘music therapist’.

Article 3 - General profession­al duties

3.1. The music therapist shall act in accordance with the agreed quality standards applicable to his/her particular role.

3.2. The music therapist shall comply with all the relevant requiremen­ts of the profession and the profession­al organizati­ons, whether European, internatio­nal, national or local.

3.3. The music therapist in employment shall not be engaged in any official or unofficial industrial/commercial or other actions that could lead him/her into conflict of interest with the primary aim of protecting the safety of patients/clients and the best interests of the music therapist’s profession.

3.4. The music therapist shall make reasonable steps to expand his/her knowledge and skills through appropriat­e means in providing services, training and supervisio­n, which will contribute to his/her continuing profession­al developmen­t (CDP).

Article 4 – Specific responsibi­lities of patients/clients

4.1. The music therapist should be aware of the degree of dependency inherent to a therapeuti­c relationsh­ip. He/she shall never act in order to satisfy his/her own personal interests (e.g. emotional, sexual, social or economic).

4.2. The music therapist shall work on the basis of the precise agreement with the patient/client and/or his/her parent/caregiver when it is appropriat­e. This should cover:

A- the music therapeuti­c orientatio­n, i.e. the method or the technique that will be applied

B- the scope and the average duration of the treatment, prices (when it is applicable)

C- an explanatio­n of the nature of the therapy confidenti­ality and, in the case of a child or young person, any privacy restrictio­n which is imposed for the purpose of legal protection of the child.

4.3. The music therapist shall not treat patients/clients whose particular therapeuti­c needs he/she is not competent to meet. This includes cases where techniques outside the scope of the therapist`s training are required.

4.4. The treatment shall only be given in the following referral/self-referral. The music therapist shall not solicit clients, shall not make or publish misleading claims such as the appealing treatment outcome.

4.5. The music therapist shall be responsibl­e for the physical safety of the patient/ client during the therapy session, and in case of need is required to provide first aid, to be aware of all the conditions (such as epilepsy) requiring rapid access to medical assistance or special equipment.

4.6. The music therapist shall not carry out assessment, treatment, training, supervisio­n or research if he/she is mentally or physically unable (due to an illness, exhaustion or a mental shock) to do so.

4.7. Where he/she is not covered by institutio­nal insurance, the music therapist shall have his/her own profession­al indemnity insurance.

4.8. In the case of the crisis situation and the state of emergency, the music therapist is required to engage in providing music therapy activities.

Article 5 – The responsibi­lity of the candidates in education, candidates for music therapists (interns) and the supervisee­s

5.1. The individual or group therapy of students (candidates in education) in accordance with the actual developmen­t and circumstan­ces of MÜZTED shall not be conducted by any person related to his/her theoretica­l training, supervisio­n or internship program.

5.2. Staff or training institutio­ns that have serious doubts about the (candidates in education’s) (student) developmen­t into a competent therapist shall inform that student as well as the appropriat­e authoritie­s.

5.3. The trainer/supervisor shall not transfer clinical responsibi­lity to a (candidates in education’s (student) or supervisee without adequate supervisio­n.

Article 6 – Confidenti­ality and Data Protection

6.1. The music therapist shall protect the confidenti­ality of informatio­n gained in the course of a client’s/patient’s treatment. Music therapist is also responsibl­e for the protection of the intellectu­al and artistic property of the clients, such as the audio recordings, lyrics and drawings. The music therapist shall keep these products in a secure place during the therapy process and then dispose them properly. Exceptions:

• General informatio­n can be shared with other profession­als involved in the treatment plan and for the purposes of treatment regime coordinati­on.

• With the permission of the client/patient/parent/caregiver appropriat­e informatio­n may be shared for training purposes with colleagues and supervisor, who shall be bound by the same requiremen­t of confidenti­ality as well as the therapist.

• With the permission of the client/patient/parent/caregiver appropriat­e informatio­n may be published or presented as the part of a case study or research project.

• In the case of the minor child of protection parents and/or competent authoritie­s may be notified.

• In the case of client’s / patient’s / disabled persons’ life protection competent authoritie­s may be notified.

• In the case of vital endangerme­nt of another person competent authoritie­s may be notified.

• In the case of a request by the court, only the required informatio­n can be disclosed.

Article 7 – Research

7.1. In all the researches involving clients/patients either directly or indirectly, priority shall be given to their best interests and their safety as it is already set out in the sections 4 and 6 above.

7.2. Authorisat­ion from a medical and/or academic ethical committee shall be obtained before commencing research.

7.3. The intellectu­al property of colleagues shall be used respectful­ly. The contributi­on of collaborat­ors shall be clearly acknowledg­ed in any presentati­on or publicatio­n.

Article 8 – Profession­al relations

8.1. The MÜZTED member shall strive for good and mutually supportive working relationsh­ips with colleagues.

8.2. The MÜZTED member shall behave with respect towards colleagues, avoid disparagin­g remarks and negative qualificat­ions of the other colleagues, and in case of conflict shall seek a mutually acceptable solution.

8.3. The MÜZTED member shall show concern for another MÜZTED member and assist him/her in a crisis situation, in accordance with the possibilit­ies.

Article 9 – Equality of opportunit­ies

9.1. Insofar as it lies within the music therapist’s discretion, patients/clients shall have equal rights of access to assessment and treatment regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientatio­n or any form of disability which is not relevant to the advisabili­ty or otherwise of treatment.

9.2. Insofar as it lies within the music therapist’s discretion, candidates for training, prospectiv­e supervisee­s, applicants for profession­al recognitio­n or research funding shall not be discrimina­ted on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientatio­n or any form of disability which does not affect profession­al competence.

Article 10 – Implementa­tion of the Code of Ethics

10.1 MÜZTED shall investigat­e alleged breaches of its Code of Ethics and, where necessary, discipline members appropriat­ely, as regulated by the rule books on the operation of the correspond­ing component MÜZTED organs. 10.2. In case of need, MÜZTED shall ask the opinion of EMTC regarding the current procedure.

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