ALTA Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics for ALTA members expresses the profession's recognition of its responsibilities due students, parents, legal guardians or caretakers, administrators, colleagues, associated professionals, and the community, through its members.
Compliance with the Principles and Rules will guide ALTA members in the fulfillment of their personal conduct, clinical expertise, professional competence, and responsibilities necessary to maintain the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct. The omission of any other ethic or rule must not be interpreted as denial of those ethics or rules.
By acceptance of voluntary membership in ALTA, members accept an obligation of self-discipline, beyond the requirements of the law, to observe the Code of Ethics under all conditions of professional activity. Any violation of the Code of Ethics will be deemed unethical.
The fundamentals of ethical conduct are described by Principles and Rules. Principles provide the moral framework for standards of personal and professional conduct, clinical expertise, and competence. Rules represent minimally acceptable standards of professional conduct.
ALTA members shall
A. strictly abide by the Code of Ethics in their interactions and dialogues in the delivery of their professional service
B. provide all services with the highest standards of professional competence.
C. refrain from any conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty, misrepresentation, unprofessional communication, sexual misconduct, or other actions which may cause the student physical or emotional injury.
D. maintain strictly confidential student records in accordance with the highest professional integrity and release this information only under the following circumstances
1. when required by law;
2. with written consent from the adult student, or from the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or caretaker(s) of the minor student;
3. when there is clear and imminent danger to the student, another individual, or society.
E. maintain adequate records of professional services rendered and provide reasonable access to these records limited by confidentiality.
F. be familiar with all the available diagnostic data and other relevant information regarding each student.
G. limit professional services to the areas of documented competencies and shall not misrepresent or falsely advertise their qualifications, training, clinical competencies, credentials or professional status.
H. provide professional services only as long as such services are deemed beneficial to the student.
I. exercise caution not to mislead individuals by guaranteeing the results of any therapeutic procedures or services.
J. avoid offering any professional services to an individual concurrently receiving them from another ALTA member, except with the prior knowledge and consent of that member.
K. not discriminate according to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin in the delivery of professional services.