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Ethics & Conflict Resolution Committee


Chair:  Vartouhi Ohanian 

Aims: To address any ethical concerns brought to the attention of the Society and to take steps to mediate and resolve conflicts within the society.

Reporting to: Executive Board

Membership: Chairperson and at least three other members.  Additional members may be appointed or co-opted.

Membership selection: Appointed by Executive Board.  New members are appointed where vacancies arise to due to resignations. Membership is reviewed by Executive Board every four years.

Current members: Poul Perris, Peregrine Kavros, Lynda Parry

Terms of reference: 

The committee shall

  1. Make recommendations to the Executive Board with respect to policies on matters of ethics affecting the Society.
  2. Investigate complaints of professional misconduct made against a member of the Society by any individual outside the Society who claims to have been harmed by such misconduct and make recommendations to the Executive Board about what steps, if any, should be taken by the Society.
  3. Investigate complaints of professional misconduct made against a member of the Society by another member of the Society who is concerned that the said member is causing reputational damage to the Society or to Schema Therapy and make recommendations to the Executive Board about what steps, if any, should be taken by the Society.
  4. Investigate and take steps to remediate conflicts within the Society that are referred to it by the Executive Board.

The role of the committee is an advisory one.  It is not a disciplinary body and is not intended to replace the disciplinary procedures of the professional bodies to which members belong.  Nor will the ISST develop its own code of ethics since it recognizes that members are subject to the ethical codes of the professional bodies to which they belong.  However, where there are conflicts related to differences in ethical codes across countries or organizations, this committee may develop a position paper or discussion document that summarized the issues and, where appropriate, defines a perspective from within the schema therapy model.

In discharging these responsibilities, the committee may appoint small subcommittees or workgroups on a temporary basis for the duration of the task at hand.

These terms of reference were approved by the Executive Board at its meeting on 2nd October 2017.



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