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The SomaPsych Code of Ethics is a guiding application for all individuals who participate in a SomaPsych training. SomaPsych asks those Individuals to honour the importance of and reflect on behaviours in order to show up in service to themselves and those they are working with. 

SomaPsych seeks to create a world where all practitioners and holders of space are working from a trauma-informed lens. We seek to bring empathy and compassion to every interaction and create safe and accessible spaces for all. 

SomaPsych asks that individuals use critical self-awareness and reflexivity to understand what norms, ethics and expectations are operating in each specific context. The individual must use their own judgement to guide them as to how or how not to apply their ethical understanding.

SomaPsych Student Participation 

 

This agreement sets out the terms and conditions through which SomaPsych will conduct the training and assess my eligibility for completion. It also details my responsibilities as a participant and clarifies the support available to help me fully participate and successfully complete the training.

 

1. Responsibilities 

I understand that the curriculum is designed to create an optimal educational experience for the majority of participants. While specific content, activities, or experiences may not be of personal interest or benefit to me, I understand that they have relevance for the group and toward my education as a professional. Accordingly, I agree to support the group learning process to the best of my ability and personally participate as explained below. I understand that the study of Trauma Informed Yin Yoga involves discussing and exploring philosophies of life and belief systems that may be different from my own. I acknowledge that SomaPsych is not requiring me to adopt these philosophies or change my beliefs in any way and that I alone am free to choose what I want to think or believe.

2. Certificate of Completion 

I acknowledge that not every student who is accepted, pays tuition, and participates in this training is guaranteed to successfully complete our 100hr Trauma Informed Yin Yoga Teacher Training. I understand that successful completion of the program depends upon the completion of assignments, attendance percentage, and approval from the Lead Facilitators.

I understand that the lead facilitators will assess the requirements listed below through a consistent set of standards applied to participants, which include an attendance policy, a review of homework assignments and papers, and the grading of group projects. 

Participants must:

  • Be present and attentive during all sessions

  • Satisfactorily complete all homework assignments by their due dates

  • Satisfactorily participate in all in-person and online Zoom sessions, discussions, community practices, and experiential sessions

3. Program Policies Attendance

Your full participation is necessary in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Please be present for the entire program. In addition, if you develop any health condition between now and the start of the program that might affect or limit your ability to fully participate, please email Amanda at amanda@somapsych.org

4. Social Media and Posting of Photographs and Videos

SomaPsych recognizes that a portion of its participants wishes to photograph or record aspects of their program experience to post on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. In order to protect the privacy of others, we require that all participants agree not to post or publish any photographs, video, or audio recordings of other individuals without their permission. I understand that I am solely responsible and potentially liable for any harm or damages caused by my online activity relating to SomaPsych.

 

5. Professional Behavior and Ethical Conduct

Professional behaviour and ethical conduct create an environment that promotes a safe, high-quality participant experience and engenders a constructive learning environment. The following are guidelines for professional behaviour and ethical conduct:

  • Maintain cleanliness and a neat appearance, and dress appropriately for sessions. 

  • Listen respectfully to participants and facilitators during group activities and personal sharing. 

  • Respect the cultural and religious differences of others. 

  • Remain truthful in verbal and written communications. 

  • Communicate differences in opinion and good-faith criticism respectfully, in the appropriate forum. 

  • Be on time for sessions and meetings. 

  • Keep shared participant information confidential.

6. Program Policies Attendance

  • Your full participation is necessary in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Please be present for the entire program. In addition, if you develop any health condition between now and the start of the program that might affect or limit your ability to fully participate, please email Amanda at amanda@somapsych.org

 

Professional Practice
 

7. Continued Education - I commit to the ongoing learning and development of my skills as a trauma-informed facilitator, honouring my commitment and dedication to the study as a sacred responsibility. 

8. Informed consent - I support individual autonomy, confidentiality, and transparency about the work and spaces I am creating. 

9. Student-teacher relationships - I honour the importance of obtaining consent before video recording in meetings and workshops and collecting student data. I use invitational language at all times so that students have a choice. I understand that both student and teacher have non-negotiable needs that I will respect.

10. Honesty / integrity - I continuously re-align my actions with my values. Asking myself; What is the guiding force behind why I do this work? 

11. Equity / active inclusion / anti-discrimination - I actively seek to make spaces inclusive for all, taking into consideration accessibility, inclusive payment options, and cultivating a body-positive and inclusive culture.

12. Acknowledging lineage / mentors / sources of information - I acknowledge and recognise lineage as well as present and past mentors. I bring forward this recognition throughout my work to respect and deepen students' historical knowledge and contribute to their self-awareness. 

13. Do no harm / safety - Creating safety is at the forefront of all that I do. I am fluid and willing to change to the needs of others whilst respecting my own needs and values which are non-negotiable.

14.Personal Moral Code - I honour and stay true to my own personal moral code whilst being respectful and accommodating to the collective moral code.  How do I hold my own moral compass whilst holding the moral compass of society within the different groups I show up in?

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