CODE OF ETHICS

Light Vibration Shamanic & Healing School

Code of Ethics and Conduct for the Practice and  

Teaching of Reiki & Shamanic Practices

 

All students of the Light Vibration Shamanic & Healing School have agreed to uphold these codes of ethics and conduct. It is the responsibility of each individual to read and understand this document, and to stay informed of any current legislation and local by-laws. 

  

Throughout this document, the term practitioner refers to any individual working with people or animals. The term client refers to people or animals and the person responsible for the animal in question. Medical care refers to either human medical care or professional veterinary treatment. 

  

  

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES 

  

Light Vibration Shamanic & Healing School holds these ethical principles in high esteem. All members agree to uphold them to the best of their ability. 

 

  1. Respect for all 

  2. To work with honesty and integrity 

  3. Confidentiality 

  4. Honour of those who came before us 

  5. Endeavour to live according to Reiki Gokai & Shamanic Principals

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRACTITIONERS 

  

Values 

  

Practitioners from the Light Vibration Shamanic & Healing School shall 

  1. work with and for clients with respect for their dignity and individual needs without judgement or discrimination concerning race, colour, creed, disabilities, gender and sexual orientation 

  2. provide clear comprehensible information to allow clients (client’s representative in the case of animals) to make informed choices relating to the use of Shamanic guidance and/or Reiki as an aspect of their care  

  3. agree to respect medical and veterinary professionals’ opinions and acknowledge and respect other practitioners and disciplines 

  4. respect the client’s right to choose their own path of healing and refrain from any attempts at persuasion or coercion 

  5. act honestly and maintain professional integrity 

  6. practice within the boundaries of their competence and qualifications 

  7. endeavour to gain and maintain the trust of clients and their representatives (in the case of animals) and the general public, through honesty and integrity 

  8. agree to keep all client’s information, obtained in writing and verbally, confidential -unless required to disclose it by law 

  9. be empathetic, supportive and positive when engaging with clients, while allowing them to make their own choices regarding health and lifestyle 

  10. respond promptly to concerns, criticisms and complaints, answering to the best of their ability, with integrity and honesty 

  11. when working with animals, respect an animal’s choice to accept Reiki, allowing them to lead the session and move away if they prefer 

  12. when working with animals, agree to acknowledge that the owner’s emotions and behaviours may be relevant to the animal’s issue. When deemed necessary, the practitioner will discuss this with the animal’s owner as they may also require Shamanic assistance and/or Reiki to ensure the issue is fully addressed 

  13. agree to comply with relevant legislation 

 

Insurance 

  

Shamanic and Reiki Practitioners shall 

  1. have a valid insurance policy for professional their Reiki treatments stating provision for public liability, professional indemnity and where relevant including employee liability 

  2. ensure, if practicing from home, they are adequately insured for their clients 

  3. consult with the insurance company regarding cover for animal treatments if treating them on a paid basis beyond treatments for family and friend’s animals 

  

Contracts 

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners must 

  1. display or have readily available their certification from the Light Vibration Shamanic & Healing School

  2. provide full and clear explanations, in writing or verbally, regarding the nature of the treatment, treatment procedure, length of treatment, charges, any records kept and confidentiality. Any revisions, for example, to charges or length of treatment shall be agreed by both parties in advance of the change. 

  3. gain written consent from the client, a parent, guardian, carer, medical/veterinary practitioner as appropriate. The wishes of the recipient regarding the provision of use of Shamanic Practices and/or Reiki must override any consent of a third party 

  4. inform the client or client’s representative before a session if they are going to use any treatment or therapy in addition to Shamanic Practices and/ or Reiki 

  5. have the same consideration and obligation to the client whether being paid or giving a treatment voluntarily 

  6. not claim or imply to have a ‘cure’ any medical conditions 

  7. recognise the client’s right to refuse Shamanic Practices and/or Reiki and ensure they or their representative are able to make informed choices regarding their healthcare 

  8. In accordance with GDPR regulations, only use digital images, video, audio recording, or any written account, for example a testimonial from a client with clear, written consent from the client regarding the exact use of the material (evidence of consent can be gained and stored in a hardcopy format or electronically). You also honor the clients legal right to withdraw their consent for its use at any time in the future. 

  9. maintain the right to stop, refuse or postpone treatment, provided the reason is made clear to the client, if:

  • the client is under the influence of alcohol or any mind-altering substances 

  • the client behaves in any way that leads the practitioner to feel unsafe, disrespected or abused 

  • the client is intimidating or offensive in a physical, sexual or verbal manner 

  • the client is late for the agreed treatment time 

  • symptoms are evident of a disease that requires notification 

  • matters are evident that must be legally reported


 

Client Assessment 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners shall

 

  1. not persuade the client that any Shamanic Practices and/or Reiki should take the place of conventional medical treatment 

  2. assess the information the client is willing to give regarding their health prior to treatment then discuss any appropriate aftercare and recommended further treatment at the end of the session 

  3. ask clients or their representatives what medical or veterinary diagnoses and advice they have received. It is the client or representative’s choice how much or little to disclose. Where appropriate, they should be advised to consult a GP or Veterinarian. It is legal to refuse medical treatment so no client can be forced to consult a doctor 

  4. not advise clients to discontinue prescribed medication but where appropriate, advise them to consult their doctor about any possible changes 

  5. advise clients only within their professional expertise 


Client Records 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners shall 

  1. maintain accurate, factual client records including any relevant personal information from the client or client’s representative, any relevant medical or veterinary information and details of all treatments, byosen levels and key areas, and any suggestions given to the client.  

  2. Keep client records in safe custody for no less than seven years from the date of the last consultation 

  3. Appoint an appropriate person to dispose of all records in the event of any serious incapacity or the death of the practitioner 

  

Confidentiality 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners must 

  1. keep all information regarding clients’ personal information, their attendance and treatment information entirely confidential. No disclosure shall be made to a third party without the clients or client’s representative’s consent unless the practitioner is required to do so by law. Clients have rights of access to their own health records in accordance with the requirements of the law. 

  2. adhere to the current Data Protection Act and current relevant legislation regarding the storage of data.  

  3. Inform all their clients when selling or transferring their practice to another practitioner. No client records or information may be passed on to another practitioner without the client or client’s representative’s consent 

 

Premises 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners shall 

  1. ensure that their working conditions and the facilities for members of the public are suitable and comply with all legislation at any premises they work from. This includes those working from their own homes who should check any local authority by-laws. This applies equally when working with human clients and animal clients. 

  2. pay attention to insurance requirements and cover, local government regulations and the terms of their lease or title deeds when working from home. This applies when working with humans and animals 

  3. comply with national and local regulations, and have adequate insurance cover regarding the safety of any staff employed on the premises 

  4. be aware of current Health and Safety legislation and their responsibilities therein whether employer, employee or self-employed 

  

Boundaries 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners shall 

  1. conduct a relationship with the client, their dependants and other healthcare professionals, of the highest professional standard demonstrating conscientiousness, care and integrity at all times

  2. not exploit their clients financially, sexually, emotionally or in any other way 

  3. agree not to begin a new sexual relationship of any kind with a client currently in their care 

  4. ensure the client knows that Reiki nor Shamanic practices do not require removal of clothing other than footwear and coats

  5. respect the client’s choices and refrain from undermining a client’s faith, beliefs or religion 

  6. be without judgement concerning race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation according to the values above 

  7. reserve the right to refuse or stop treatments if the client behaves in an inappropriate fashion in accordance with the Contracts (i) section above 

  8. never attempt to diagnose a medical condition as part of Shamanic or Reiki practice

  9. refer clients back to their doctor or veterinarian if medical advice is sought. They shall not revoke prescriptions or override instructions given by medical professionals 

  10. work only within their own scope of practice, referring clients elsewhere when deemed necessary 

  11. never lead a client to continue treatments purely for their own personal gain 

  12. when appropriate, suggest the client or a family member learn Reiki to continue treatments at home 

 

Soliciting of Clients 

  

Shamanic and/or Reiki Practitioners shall not actively encourage clients away from from other professional colleagues 

  

Responsibility to self and others 

  

Shamanic and Reiki Practitioners shall 

  1. recognise the value of self-treatment and receiving Reiki from others as part of their continuing self-development 

  2. endeavour to follow the practice of the gokai as part of their commitment to themselves and to Reiki 

  3. understand that their continued development as a Shamanic Practitioner and/or Reiki practitioner includes a commitment to self-development and a deepening of connection with the natural world 

  4. continue to study and practice feeling byosen until they feel fully confident in using it to guide treatments 

  5. continue to receive reiju as and when they can 

  6. be aware of their own physical, mental and emotional health and take steps to resolve any problems that may interfere with their ability to practice competently 

  7. encourage accurate understanding of Shamanism and Reiki in all fields and modalities within the healthcare sector 

  8. seek a good relationship and work co-operatively with other healthcare professionals  

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TEACHERS 

  

All of the above code of conduct for Practitioners applies to Teachers when giving Reiki and when teaching Reiki. In addition: 

  

Values 

  

Shamanic & Reiki Teachers shall 

  1. respect fellow teachers and see them as co-workers in a non-competitive manner 

  2. teach students with respect for their dignity and individual needs without judgement or discrimination concerning race, colour, creed, disabilities, gender and sexual orientation 

  3. be encouraging, supportive and positive when teaching students, giving them information while allowing them to make their own choices regarding health and lifestyle 

  4. teach with integrity and honesty, acknowledging and honouring the original teachers of Reiki 

 

Insurance 

  

Teachers must ensure they are adequately insured to teach as well as practice

 

Responsibility to self and students 

  

Teachers shall 

  1. maintain the highest professional standards of teaching, through continued study, regular practice and comprehensive knowledge of their subject 

  2. honour their responsibility to their students 

  3. be available following training courses to offer a reasonable level of support to answer students’ questions to the best of their ability  

  4. refer a student to another teacher should there be a breakdown in communication 

  5. hold Jikiden Reiki shares and Reiju kai for their students or direct them to other Jikiden Reiki teachers’ events. 

  6. acknowledge and respect other teachers and disciplines 

  7. keep all student information confidential unless required by law to do otherwise 

  8. comply with the current Data Protection Act and relevant legislation regarding the storage and use of student information 

  9. inform students of the Accredited Practitioner course and status 

  10. encourage students to study basic anatomy and have an understanding of the physiology of the human body 

  11. retain the right to refuse a student access to the training provided a clear explanation is given if 

 

  • the student is under the influence of alcohol or any mind-altering substances 

  • the student behaves in any way that leads the teacher or other students to feel unsafe, disrespected or abused 

  • the student is intimidating or offensive in a physical, sexual or verbal manner 

  • the student is extremely late in arriving 

  • the student has not completed the previous level in Jikiden Reiki Training 

  • the student has broken one of the regulations they signed at the beginning of the course

     

Soliciting of students 

  

Teachers shall not actively encourage students away from other teachers 

  

Continued Learning 

Teachers are expected to
 

  1. remain up to date with Institute requirements regarding continued training   

  2. stay in connection with the JRUKA to remain up to date with the latest information  

  3. use Reiki regularly with clients and themselves in addition to teaching Jikiden Reiki to ensure they are practicing what they teach 

  4. continue deepening their relationship with and practice of the gokai 

  5. endeavour to have some understanding of Japanese culture that deepens their connection to and understanding of Reiki 

 

FORMAL CARE AND HEALTH CARE SETTINGS 

  

Reiki in Formal Care settings 

  

  1. The care setting is responsible for the client, Jikiden & Western Reiki Practitioners shall comply with the rules of the establishment when giving Reiki 

  2. Practitioners may only give Reiki in care settings with permission from the client or those authorised to make decisions on their behalf 

  3. Practitioners shall not give the impression they are a staff member of the facility. Practitioners should have some form of identification on them 

  4. If a prospective client in a care setting has an undiagnosed medical condition or health issue, the client should be referred to a medical professional for examination and diagnosis. Reiki can be offered as first aid and for comfort whilst waiting for the diagnosis or for emergency care 

  5. Reiki shall be conducted with minimal interruption to other patients, residents and staff 

  6. If other patients/residents in the facility request treatment, the permission of the nursing officer/doctor or person in charge must be obtained before treatment is given 

 

HEALTH MODALITIES AND THE LAW 

  

  

Advertising 

  

  1. It is illegal to offer treatments and cures for cancer – Shamanic Practices and Reiki can be given but practitioners cannot claim to specifically treat cancer or give advice to those with a cancer diagnosis 

  2. It is an offence to publish any advertisement that refers to any article calculated to lead to the use of Shamanic Practices or Reiki in the treatment of cancer 

  3. Advertising should not claim to diagnose or cure any disease or make any claims that could be considered medicinal claims. See the Advertising Standards Agency Code of Advertising Practice for further guidance 

  4. Advertising shall not aim to mislead, deceive or make unrealistic claims. It shall be factual and although may point to special interests, cannot claim superiority or discredit professional colleagues in any discipline 

  5. Content of advertisements and their distribution should not put pressure on prospective clients in any way 

  6. Unless a veterinary surgeon, it is illegal for ANY Practitioners to perform any of the following: 

  • The diagnosis of diseases and injuries in animals including tests performed on them for diagnostic purposes 

  • The giving of advice based on such diagnosis 

  • The medical or surgical treatment of animals 

  • The performance of surgical operations on animals

  • Animals suspected of having a physical or mental condition or other health related issue should first be seen by a veterinary surgeon for diagnosis.

  • Shamanic and Reiki Practitioners should comply with the Animal Welfare Act 2006 when offering either to animals