Code of Ethics
The core values, principles and professional Code of Ethics below are to be used as the guideline for person-centered planning facilitators. This code is based upon the following principles: Self-determination and social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. 1. Self-determination and Social Justice. Every individual has the right to make personal choices regarding where, how, and with whom they will live work and play. No person should be denied these choices based upon disability, culture or ethnic diversity. The planning facilitator will strive to ensure access to needed information, services and resources, equality of opportunity and meaningful self-directed decision making for all people. 2. Dignity and Worth. Planning facilitators treat each person in a respectful and caring manner, mindful of individual differences, cultural and ethnic diversity or disability. All individuals will be heard, respected and honored. The central focus is always on the individuals’ dreams and goals for their life. All planning sessions will be respectful, positive and directed toward helping the focus person reach their desired goal. 3. The importance of human relationships. Person-centered facilitators understand that relationships between and among people are an important part of life and a vehicle for change in achieving desired outcomes. It is further understood that having a network of support or circle of friends, is imperative to the health and wellbeing of all individuals. 4. Integrity. Person centered planning facilitator’s behave in a trustworthy manner. They are continually aware of the professional’s mission, values, principles, and ethical standards and practice in a manner consistent with them. 5. Competence. Person-centered planning facilitators will practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise. They will continually strive to increase their professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice. They should aspire to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. Ethical Standards: The following ethical standards are relevant to the professional activities of all person- centered planning facilitators. 1. Commitment to the individual focus person. The facilitator’s primary responsibility is to promote the wellbeing of the individual. However, the facilitator’s responsibility to the larger society or specific legal obligations may on limited occasions supersede the loyalty owed the individual focus person and the focus person should be so advised of the requirement by law to report abuse or neglect. 2. Respect and promote rights. The person-centered planning facilitator should respect and promote the right of the individual and assist the individual in their efforts to identify and clarify their goals. The facilitator may vary from this only when in the facilitator’s professional judgment, the client’s actions or potential actions would pose a serious or imminent risk to themselves or others. 3. Confidentiality. Hold all information confidential and only be shared with written permission of the focus person. 4. Conflicts of interest. Person-centered facilitators should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgment. Facilitators should inform clients when a real or potential conflict of interest arises and take reasonable steps to resolve the issue in a manner that makes the focus person’s interests primary. 5. Responsibilities to colleagues. Facilitators should treat colleagues with respect and should represent accurately and fairly the qualifications, views, and obligations of colleagues. They should avoid unwarranted negative criticism of colleagues in communications with clients or with other professionals. I hereby agree to follow the core values, principles and ethical standards of the Person-centered Planning Facilitators Code of Ethics herein. I understand typing my name here is equivalent to my electronic signature.