Code of Ethics
Letter of Introduction to Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice
Dear RPA Member,
We are pleased that you are a part of our association of practitioners and members and welcome you to join us in our continuing effort to advance the health and wellbeing of our members and clients through education and coherence. Through implementation of this process into your practice you are no doubt experiencing “…tangible results and extraordinary outcomes for relationship, health, creative expression and professional success” (Chloe Faith Wordsworth).
The Resonance Repatterning® process affects all areas of our lives and helps us to manifest the best that is within us. A great artist once stated, “I saw the angel in the sculpture and carved until I set him free.” Like the artist, Michelangelo, it is our goal to release the beautiful person that already exists within each of us, albeit encased in the chaos we view as problems. He also said, “The greater danger for most of us is not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” In the same spirit, we, the RPA, wish the very best outcomes for ourselves, our members, and the public who experience this body of work.
In order to protect the public and practitioners in the practice of Resonance Repatterning, we have developed this Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice. We invite you to study these documents. Your membership encourages all of us and we appreciate your personal adherence to this high standard. It is our hope that living this standard is easy and natural for our practitioners. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this document.
RPA Ethics Committee
- Demonstrate levels of competency as certified practitioner* as established and defined by the Certification Board.
- Maintain and develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to continue to practice competently, as defined by the Certification Board’s requirements for continuing education.
- Use only those Resonance Repatterning® techniques for which they are qualified by education, training, and certification through the Resonance Repatterning Institute.
- Use sound judgment in providing professional services within our scope of practice.
Integrity and Honesty:
- Respect the diversity, fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all people, and thus treat all clients equally and without prejudice.
- Use only legal and ethical business practices.
- Disclose any conflict of interest.
- Maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries with clients and members of the RPA community. These boundaries are discussed in greater detail within the Standard of Practice.
- Maintain compliance with your own county's, state's, and country's laws and regulations. For practitioners who do not have a license in another field, it is important to be aware of laws that regulate such issues as touching your client as this may be prohibited in some regions. For practitioners who do hold a license in another field (MD, DO, LCSW, LMHC, ARNP, RN, etc.), maintain compliance with the law relative to the license(s) one holds.
- Respect and abide by U.S. copyright law that apply to the intellectual and written property of others including but not limited to the Repatterning Practitioners Association, Chloe Faith Wordsworth, Resonance Repatterning Institute, or other practitioners.
- Conduct oneself with honor and dignity, honesty and fairness.
- Honor the need for self care and maintain consistent awareness, personal, and relationship coherence, by applying the process to oneself.
- Treat all clients and members with the utmost compassion, respect and regard for their needs.
- Uphold standards of conduct in a way that will promote the public’s trust in the Resonance Repatterning process, and the organization (RPA) the practitioner represents.
- Clearly state to clients and in advertising materials, web sites, etc. one’s designation as “student” or “certified practitioner” as defined by the RPA.
- Refrain from making any claims of diagnosis, treatment or cure using Resonance Repatterning process and modalities.
*See end of Standard of Practice for definition of “certified practitioner”.
Standard of Practice
Scope of Practice:
- Practitioners perform Resonance Repatterning sessions consistent with their level of training.
- Student practitioners disclose to clients that they are students.
- Certified practitioners may use any modalities or systems (such as polarity therapy) to the degree that such is an integral part of Resonance Repatterning.
- Situations may arise in which a client may need more specialized care that falls outside the practitioner’s scope of practice. Most Repatterning Practitioners are not physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, physical therapists, etc. If we become aware of a serious circumstance we may suggest that a client receive care from one or more such professionals and support the client in doing so. The practitioner may choose to refrain from providing sessions until such time as a client has received specific professional care.
- Resonance Repatterning is not used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
- It is outside the scope of practice of any Resonance Repatterning practitioner to advise any client to alter dosage or start or stop taking any prescribed medication, except where one has a legal license to do so.
- A practitioner shall not prescribe nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, or exercise regimens. Only in cases where a practitioner has received professional training in these areas can it be considered within one’s scope of practice. In the case where a modality or positive action comes up related to the need for such therapies, the client will be advised to seek out a professional trained in that area.
- Practitioners are regarded by clients as being in a position of power. Be aware that clients may be unusually susceptible to your opinions, influence and suggestions, thus caution must be exercised when selling any products especially within the context of a Repatterning session. A printed list of disclosures (companies and financial affiliations) should be provided to all clients so that any conflicts of interest are clear.
- Protect the privacy of clients.
- Do not reveal to any third party, without the client’s written consent, any personal information about the client’s sessions or affairs, or even the fact that they are a client.
- Receive written consent from the client prior to discussing the details of a session with another practitioner or other professional. If such a situation arises where a session needs to be discussed with another professional that is known to the client (ie, the client’s doctor or therapist), the session may be discussed provided the practitioner has obtained written consent. Personally identifiable information** should be limited to only that which is necessary to the exchange.
*For definition of “personally identifiable information” please see the end of this document.*
- Maintenance the client’s privacy when exchanging information including and not limited to removing all personal information relating to the client from any documents being shared with another professional. In such cases, the other professional reviewing any documents must adhere to the same high level of confidentiality and privacy as the Resonance Repatterning practitioner.
- Session information may be shared with other Repatterning professionals for educational purposes provided all personally identifiable information has been removed from any verbal or written discussion of a particular session.
- Adhere to the sound practice of Resonance Repatterning as a method for obtaining higher positive frequencies, and follow the prescribed protocol as defined by the Resonance Repatterning Institute.
- Give credit to those whose theories, methods, research and other contributions are being used.
- Employing any other system of practice by the practitioner in conjunction with a Resonance Repatterning session must not be used unless the following criteria are met.
- Practitioners must advise clients when they are utilizing other systems or methods that are not part of the Resonance Repatterning system of practice.
- Practitioners must offer the client the choice to proceed with any alternate systems or methods.
- When any alternative practices or methods come up within context of an Resonance Repatterning session, practitioners must muscle check for the appropriateness of the addition of any alternative system or method.
Practitioners Working with Children:
- Practitioners must establish clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries with regard to physical touch, being sensitive to the possibility of psychological harm.
- For the purposes of muscle checking, and with the client’s express permission, the client’s arm will be touched with a light touch to check for resonance and occasionally an umbilical check will be made by the practitioner holding one hand a few inches above the belly button and the other hand on the client’s arm for a few seconds.
- If touch is needed as a modality, it may only be used with the client’s permission.
- Any touch used with Resonance Repatterning is performed with the client fully clothed. The belly button does not need to be exposed, to perform an umbilical muscle check. Any practice wherein the client is unclothed is in no way related to or a part of Resonance Repatterning.
- A consent form allowing the client the choice of whether to be touched or not will be provided at the initial meeting, or anytime thereafter at the client’s request.
- While working with clients over the phone or by proxy, it is important to explain the nature of this type of session. Practitioners should have the client sign a consent form (this form may be electronic or via fax and will explain the nature of this type of session - the practitioner does a self muscle check on behalf of the client).
- Parents and/or legal guardians, and the child must give consent for sessions held for children under the age of 18 years old.
- The child must be given a choice of whether he/she wishes to participate.
- Fees structure may vary depending on circumstances such as location, areas of practice, expertise and experience and are set individually by each practitioner.
- Fees will be disclosed in advance or at the initial client meeting along with a description of services provided.
* A “certified” Resonance Repatterning practitioner has completed his or her course of study, has been observed by and is certified by the professional non-profit 501 C 6 Trade Association (the Repatterning Practitioners Association) to have demonstrated competence in their practice of Resonance Repatterning and maintains his or her certification annually as required by fulfilling Continuing Education Requirements. For more information on the specific competencies demonstrated and continuing education requirements please see the Certification Manual.
** Personally identifiable information is defined as any information contained in the client's record that may point to the identity of the client. This may include but is not limited to name, address, date of birth, social security number, phone number, pictures of the client, etc.
RPA Complaint and Resolution Process
Section 1: Description of documents, parties, timeframe:
Section 2: Complaint Procedure: This Complaint Procedure is required to resolve complaints applicable to the RPA Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice
- Complaint is a written and signed allegation that a rule or standard has been violated and must include a statement of the alleged violation and facts supporting the alleged violation.
- The Complainant (person filing the Complaint) is anyone directly or indirectly linked to a practitioner or client who believes that a rule or standard has been violated. The OTHER PARTY is the practitioner accused of the alleged violation.
- Timeframe: A Complaint may be filed within 6 months of an alleged violation or within 6 months of the last occurrence if the violation has been ongoing.
Section 3: Resolution Process:
- A Complaint should not be filed with the RPA until every effort has been made to resolve the issue between the parties involved. All efforts at reasonably resolving the issue must be included in writing along with the Complaint.
- Complaints to the RPA shall provide in writing the facts on which the complaint is based and must be signed and dated.
- Notice must be by mail (with proof of delivery receipt) or by fax (with fax delivery confirmation sheet).
- Upon receipt of a complaint, the RPA Board shall issue a letter of acknowledgment that contains the following:
- The date the Complaint was received
- How both parties may provide additional information to the RPA
- A statement of ways in which the RPA may investigate the complaint
- A statement of the RPA’s commitment to issue a resolution in the form of a letter of finding
- All parties involved will receive copies of the above listed information as well as a copy of the RPA Complaint and Resolution Process.
- The RPA Board will assign an investigator to interview the parties involved and to review any additional evidence that may be presented. The investigator will:
- Carry out an independent investigation if the RPA Board determines such an investigation is necessary.
- Interview the parties involved and record the interviews for the use by the Board in later reviewing the investigation as a whole
- Review all relevant information and evidence and make an independent determination whether the practitioner has adhered to the Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice
- Issue a Complaint Investigation Report
- Assist the Board in issuing a Letter of Findings to the Complainant addressing all issues, which will include, findings of fact, conclusions, and corrective actions with specific timelines where warranted as well as the reasons for the RPA’s final decision.
- Corrective actions may consist of any combination of the following:
- Refund of Monies
- Requirement to receive a certain number of documented sessions from another certified practitioner to obtain personal and/or relationship coherence
- Suspension of the right to practice RR for a certain time period
- Revocation of certification.
Section 4: Resolution: A Complaint is considered resolved when the RPA has issued its letter of findings and corrective action has been achieved where warranted.
- Timeframe: The RPA will review, investigate and complete the letter of findings within 60 days from receipt of the complaint. Where there are exceptional circumstances, an extension of time may be granted (for a period of 30 days).
Section 5: Appeal Process: A Complainant may appeal the resolution no later than 30 days from receipt of the letter of findings and must include a complete statement of the reasons for the appeal which may consist of either of the two following:
- Failure of the Board to follow proper procedure, or
- A mistake in the record.
No additional information or evidence will be accepted with an appeal. Section 6:
Aligned Organizational Action: In alignment with the underlying principles of Resonance Repatterning, and our organizational culture of transforming our own patterns in the face of problems or limitations, the RPA Board as the policy making body, will address any complaints to the ethics committee as an organizational issue we all own at some level. As an Association, we seek a loving and fair resolution for all who are involved in the complaint and resolution process. Therefore, as part of the Resolution Process, the RPA Board will conduct a repatterning session based on the issues surrounding the complaint. The repatterning session is not part of public record and will remain confidential.