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PSM-4 Professionalism/Ethics In Astrology

9 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: This course is mandatory to graduate in the Diploma Module for the Professional Training Department. All obligatory courses must be completed satisfactorily.
Price: $495

Course Description:

Ethics and ethical habits are an integral part of any professional practice, including astrology. In fact, we could say that one cannot be a professional without adhering to ethical standards. The two go hand in glove.

This course is geared for astrologers in all phases and types of practice, whether they are students, consult with clients, are research astrologers, astrological writers, administrators, attend conferences, participate in collegial relationships, or talk to the public about astrology.

Every profession has unique situations pertaining to the nature of its business and practice, but there is a basic foundation of ethical adherence that is common to all professions. A complete course in Ethics for astrologers requires critical thinking and a willingness to successfully dismantle complex ethical dilemmas that will inevitably arise in the course of your astrological journey or career.

The course is divided into two main parts:
1. A review of various codes of ethics from some of the major astrological organizations to determine the common denominators among the various codes.
2. Application of ethical practice for astrologers. We will define the core ethical principles and seek to understand the situations and ethical dilemmas that might arise.

Required Class Reference Materials:
Book – Issues and Ethics, In the Profession of Astrology – edited by Glenn Perry.
Two Articles written by Dorothy Oja for The Mountain Astrologer in 1993/1994.
Various Ethics Codes (sent to students before class via Word file)


Class Meeting 1: Introduction. The what and why of Ethics. Responsibility for Ethical Practice.

Read: Ethics, Responsibility and Astrological Conscience, and More on Ethics and Conscience in Astrology by Dorothy Oja
Read: Chapter3/Cunningham; Chapter4/Potulin, from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry
Read: IAA Ethics Code.

Class Meeting 2: Class 2: ISAR Ethics Standards and Guidelines.

This is the longest code of Ethics in the astrological community and the one that caused the most furor at its inception. Some history of Ethics Evolution within the Astrological community.

Responsibilities to Clients.Read: ISAR Ethics Standards and Guidelines
Read: Chapter6/Frieder - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 3: Class 3: NCGR , AFA and AFAN Ethics Codes

Read: Chapter19/Gerstman - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 4: Do no Harm – Power and Dependence Issues – Boundaries

Read: Chapter5/Mulligan; Chapter7/Grasse; - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 5: Confidentiality

Read: Chapter2/Arner - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 6: Sexual Issues with Clients

Read: Chapter 14,15,16/Cunningham/Kidd/Baily/Perry – from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 7: Counseling, Collegial Relationships

Read: Chapter9/Becker; Chapter10/Kochunas - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Class Meeting 8: Intellectual Property

Read: Comments in ISAR NL re: Intellectual Property (will be sent to you via email).

Class Meeting 9: Prediction/Accuracy, Continuing Education

Read: Chapter12/Merriman; Chapter 13/Perry - from Issues and Ethics, edited by G.Perry

Required/Suggested Materials:

Required materials:

The following required materials are available through the IAA online shopping areas:

The following required materials are NOT available through the IAA online shopping areas, but may be available elsewhere:

  • Ethics Articles Compiled by Dorothy Oja

Suggested/supplemental materials:


Class Offerings and Registration:
1 class offering is currently scheduled for this course.

Meets: Tuesday, 08:15 pm - 09:45 pm, U.S. Eastern
First class date: January 22, 2019
Instructor: Dorothy Oja, C.A.P.
Tuition: $495.00

Final registration: Closes on January 29, 2019

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