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PSM-4 Professionalism/Ethics In Astrology
9 Class Meetings
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:
Required Class Reference Materials:
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 (from IAA website)
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.Read: ISAR Ethics Standards and Guidelines.
Read: Donna Cunningham article: A Responsible Approach to Clients’ Tough Transits.
Read: Barry Frieder article: Professionalism in Astrology - (PDF).
Class Meeting 3: Class 3: NCGR , AFA and AFAN Ethics Codes
Read: Regina Gerstman article: Nineteen Ethical Situations and Practice Lessons - (PDF).
Class Meeting 4: Do no Harm – Power and Dependence Issues – Boundaries
Read: Robert Mulligan article: Astrological Ethics.
Class Meeting 5: Confidentiality
Read: David Arner article, “Ethics in Shades of Grey” – (PDF)
Class Meeting 6: Sexual Issues with Clients
Read: Donna Cunningham article: Sexual harassment And How It Applies to Astrological Practice – (PDF).
Class Meeting 7: Counseling, Collegial Relationships
Read: Christina Becker article: The Archetypal Basis for the Astrological Counseling Relationship – (PDF).
Class Meeting 8: Intellectual Property
Read: Comments in ISAR NL re: Intellectual Property (Sent to students).
Class Meeting 9: Prediction/Accuracy, Continuing Education
Read: Ray Merriman article: Forecasting Events in a Professional Manner (Sent to students)Additional Resources recommended:The Heart of the Matter by Christina BeckerOrder from her website: www.cjbecker.com
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Class Offerings and Registration:
1 class offering is currently scheduled for this course.
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