Code of Ethics

The ICPC fulfills it’s mission by ensuring that all accredited Coaches oblige to a Code of Ethics that sets the high standard skills and behaviour expected for this profession. We stand by a line of coaching that honors and enhances the client (coachee) as an expert in his/her life, work, and believes that each coachee is creative, cunning, full and holds the best answers and solutions to his/her’s objectives and goals. All ICPC accredited Coaches fully subscribe to the Code of Ethics. You can download it or read all about it in the section below.

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ICPC fulfills it’s mission by ensuring that all certified Coaches oblige to the Code of Ethics, that sets the high standard skills and behaviour expected for this profession. This code of ethics also defines the basis to the Coaching relationship between the coach and the coachee and recognises the coachee as an expert in his/her life and work, with full ability to be creative, cunning, full and capable of finding the best answers and solutions to his/her’s objectives and goals 

The following principles define the professional conduct of ICPC coaches. This code of conduct is a professional behaviour reference, whereby the coach can move freely. Full acceptance of this Code of Conduct is a requirement to be part of the ICPC.

The ICPC will consider complaints that are directed to the Ethics Committee by anyone in the Community, or by private individuals and private/public organizations.

All Coaches of the ICPC fully subscribe to this Code of Ethics.

Coaching is an on-going professional relationship, oriented towards the coachee’s goals and objectives, which helps to produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses and organizations. This professional relationship is developed through several meetings and sessions, in which is essential to respect the coachee’s agenda and historical references, and to ensure confidentiality throughout the whole process.

The Coaching process is aimed to deepen the coachee’s knowledge of him/herself and to achieve the desired change. It is oriented towards action, producing a more open learning, and also performance and quality of life improvements.

At each meeting / session the coachee chooses a goal, while the coach listens, makes comments, asks questions and gives feedback. This interaction generates reflection, creates clarity and leads to action.

The Coaching process is focused on the coachee’s objectives. Coaching will also provide awareness by making the coachee evaluate his/her’s present reality, and responsibility by making the coachee come forth on what he/she is willing to do to in order to achieve the objective.

Therefore, the Coach is mainly responsible for:

  1. Following the basic methodology of Coaching;
  2. Discover, clarify and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  3. Encourage self-discovery in the coachee;
  4. Encourage the coachee to find new solutions and strategies to achieve his/her’s goals;
  5. Ensuring that the client understands and accepts full responsibilities for his/her own decisions, solutions and actions in the course of the Coaching process.

I will:

  1. Behave in an appropriate manner to reflect positively the Coaching profession and avoid inappropriate conducts or making statements that can negatively impact the understanding or acceptance of professional Coaching by general public;
  2. Not deliberately make false or misleading public statements, verbally or in written, related to Coaching or to the Coaching profession;
  3. Respect different approaches to Coaching, honour the efforts and contributions of others and not plagiarize;
  4. Avoid issues that could lead to a misinterpretation of my influence by recognizing the nature of Coaching and how it might affect the lives of others;
  5. Strive at all times to recognize personal issues that may prevent, create conflict or interfere with my Coaching performance or my professional relationships. When the facts and circumstances require, I will seek professional assistance and will determine the measures to be taken, including, if necessary, suspend or terminate my Coaching relationship;
  6. Act according to this code of ethics as a coach or trainer / supervisor or mentor;
  7. Conduct my research in a competent and honest manner, and pursue at all times the highest professional standards of quality. My research projects are developed with the approval or consent of those involved and with an approach that protects participants from any potential harm or exposure. All my research efforts will be carried out within the legal procedures of the country where I operate.
  8. Eliminate all records of my work in order to protect my client and to ensure full confidentially, unless the client authorizes in written his/her’s will for me to keep those records for future Coaching processes at the end of each Coaching process;
  9. Use the contact details of other coaches from ICPC in accordance with the law.

I will:

  1. Be responsible for setting clear, appropriate and culturally sensitive boundaries to any physical contact that may occur with my coachees;
  2. Establish clear agreements with my coachees and honour them in the context of professional Coaching relationships;
  3. Ensure that, before or during the first meeting or session, my coachee understands the nature of Coaching, the limits of confidentiality agreements and other terms of the signed Coaching agreement;
  4. Clearly identify my qualifications, certifications and experience as a Coach;
  5. Not intentionally feed any false expectations about what my coachee can receive from the Coaching process or from me as coach;
  6. Not exploit intentionally any aspect of the coach/coachee relationship for my personal, professional or economical benefit;
  7. Respect the client’s right to terminate the Coaching process at any point of practice;
  8. Be aware of any signs or evidences that the coachee is not benefiting from the Coaching process;
  9. Advise my coachee to seek the services of other professionals when deemed appropriate or necessary;
  10. Take reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authority in the event that the coachee proves any intention to endanger his/her’s life or the lives of others.

Unless the coachee authorizes in written or existing laws or regulations demand otherwise, I will:

  1. Respect the confidentiality of information transmitted by my coachee;
  2. Not reveal a coachee’s name, give a reference or any other kind of information;
  3. Not reveal any compromising information to the entity responsible for paying the Coaching process (hiring company);
  4. Keep this code of confidentiality, even after the Coaching relationship has ended.

I will:

  1. Avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of my coachees;
  2. When a conflict of interest appears, real or potential, I will reveal it openly and talk with my coachee on how to solve it;
  3. Reveal openly and talk with my coachee whenever a conflict of interest appears, real or potential, and together seek ways on how to solve it;
  4. Only accept the exchange of services, goods or other non-cash payments when it does not undermine or detract the Coaching relationship;
  5. Respect the rights of copyright in ideas and publications of colleagues and I will only use the materials for which I have permission.

I will:

  1. Promote, enhance and dignify the profession of Coaching in my communications and advertisements, as well as defend it and work towards public acceptance;
  2. Refrain from using unfair or deceptive advertising;
  3. Present my true qualifications according to my experience and certifications;
  4. Fully subscribe to this Code of Ethics.

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