Policies & Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct

Washington Baltimore Institute Code of Conduct for Members, Teachers, and Trainees

Trainees and Faculty, as Members of the WBCP community, are expected to uphold the highest standards of respect, integrity and civility. These core values are key components of the WBCP experience and reflect the community’s expectations of its membership.

Our psychoanalytic and clinical psychotherapy training programs are continuing education programs for licensed clinicians who retain individual legal responsibility for their own clinical work. Members, faculty and trainees agree to practice within the professional and ethical guidelines of their licensing authority, and within the American Psychoanalytic Association Ethical Guidelines.

The WBCP has a standing Ethics Committee and a Colleague Assistance Committee.

It is important for all participants in Institute classes and programs to be familiar with the Code of Ethics of the American Psychoanalytic Association (https://apsa.org/code-of-ethics).

Of particular note are: The General Principles of Ethics for Psychoanalysts:

Respect for Persons

“The psychoanalyst is expected to treat patients and their families, students and colleagues with respect and care. Discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status is ethically unacceptable.”


“The psychoanalyst should deal honestly and forthrightly with patients, patient’s families in the case of those who are minors, students and colleagues. Being aware of the ambiguities and complexities of human relationships and communications, the psychoanalyst should engage in an active process of self-monitoring in pursuit of truthful therapeutic and professional exchanges.”

The statement will be regularly reviewed with students, faculty, staff and other members of the WBCP community. All members of the community will be asked to sign a statement affirming that they have read both the Institute Code of Conduct and the American Psychoanalytic Association Code of Ethics and agree to abide by both.

Statement of Confidentiality

PMC Statements on Confidentiality and Video Settings for Virtual Programs 1/20/21

Confidentiality Statement:

The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis is committed to ensuring the confidentiality of all clinical information and material related to patients and treatment.

To that end:

  • I agree to follow the WBCP policy to maintain ethical and professional standards to ensure confidentiality
  • I will not discuss or convey outside of the program any clinical material, nor
    record said material
  • I will maintain a secure environment so that only I will be privy to the presentation
  • If I suspect that I recognize the identity of the patient(s), I will leave immediately

Statement on Video Setting for Virtual Programs:

Due to the confidentiality of the material presented in this program, we request all attendees leave their video setting on during the presentation. You may request special permission from the organizers if there are reasons you are unable to meet this request. If your video setting is off and you have not previously communicated with us by email or chat during the program to discuss this matter, unfortunately we will need to remove you from the program.

Disclosure Statements

  1. Disclosure statement APA:  Unless otherwise noted, there is no known commercial support for our programs.
  2. Disclosure statement APsaA: IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: Unless otherwise noted, none of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

* Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. Updated July 2021

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