The ATAA Code of Ethics embraces the principles and procedures of the PACFA Code of Ethics. PACFA has a role in determining the principles of ethical organisational conduct. Although individuals are often responsible for action, organisations also have a role in fostering ethical practices and conduct through their structures, procedures, guidelines and regulation of members.
In many instances, issues arise that can be viewed and/or challenged from both legal and ethical standpoints. TA practitioners are required to view these guidelines in light of relevant state and federal legislation, and to seek competent, qualified advice as to which provisions may prevail in any given instance.
Recognising that the profession of Transactional Analysis has four distinct streams – psychotherapy, counselling, organisational and educational stream, the ATAA’s Code of Ethics seeks to promote the ethical values and principles irrelevant to the theory and practice of each stream.
We recognise that through our certification process, ATAA establishes a social contract, which invites the public to trust that members of ATAA acknowledge and adhere to the ethical premises and principles in this document. We also recognise that members do not always utilise these ethical principles and, therefore, that confrontation of a member is sometimes desirable and/or necessary.
We further recognise that should an individual’s behaviour show a lack of integration of, or consistency with these principles, his/her certification, training contract and/or membership may be suspended by ATAA until such time as that integration is assured.