What's really screwed up about this is that while BK claims she is not a therapist, she includes professional sounding language in her "Code of Ethics."
A friend sent me the latest version of it:
©2010 Byron Katie, Inc. All rights reserved. Rev. 1-10 www.thework.com
The Work® of Byron Katie
Institute for The Work Code of Ethics
Professional Conduct Agreement
1. I agree to conduct myself in a manner that reflects positively upon Byron Katie International as well as the Institute for The Work, and I will not engage in conduct or make statements that may negatively affect another facilitator and/or The Work.
2. I will strive to recognize any of my own personal issues that would impair, conflict, or interfere with my facilitation and/or my client’s best interest. Should the facts and circumstances necessitate, I will promptly seek and welcome assistance from Byron Katie or whomever she designates, through email@example.com
, to work with me to determine any action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my facilitation relationship(s).
3. When moving The Work in the world, I agree to conduct myself in a manner that will support the efforts of Byron Katie International and the Institute for the Work, its Certified Facilitators, and Certification candidates. I will advertise and promote my Work-related services through open communication, inclusion, kindness, and integrity to attract clients, rather than by competition at other facilitators’ expense.
Professional Conduct With Clients
4. I will not engage in inappropriate behavior with my clients.
5. I will not exploit any aspect of the facilitator-client relationship for my personal or professional gain.
6. I will honor agreements made with my clients.
7. I will ensure that my client understands the nature of The Work—that it is inquiry, not therapy.
8. When asked, I will accurately state my qualifications as a facilitator.
9. I will not make any claims about what my client will receive from The Work or from me as his or her facilitator.
10. I will not give my clients advice.
11. I will respect the client’s right to terminate our facilitator-client relationship at any point during the process. I will be alert to indications that my client is no longer committed to doing The Work or to benefiting from our facilitation relationship.
12. If I believe that another facilitator would better serve the client, I will encourage the client to change facilitators.
13. I agree that what I hear will be held in the strictest confidentiality, and I will respect the confidentiality of my client's information, except as otherwise authorized by my client. I am aware of U.S. federal HIPAA legislation (if I am working in the U.S.A.), which concerns confidentiality of medical information, and I agree to abide by it if it applies. As a facilitator, I am not required by law to report an illegal act, and if I am uncomfortable with this, I will immediately talk to Byron Katie, or a representative whom she designates through firstname.lastname@example.org
. If I am under obligation by law to report certain issues to authorities or because of other licensure or professional obligations, I will disclose these specific issues to my client before working with him or her.
14. I will not release the name of a client as client or reference, and will not release any other client-identifying information, without first obtaining written permission from my client.
Conflicts of Interest
15. I will avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of my clients. 16. Whenever any actual conflict of interest or the potential for a conflict of interest arises, I will fully discuss with my client how to deal with it in whatever way best serves my client.
As a facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie, I agree to honor the above Code of Ethics with my clients and colleagues, and with the public at large.
Certified Facilitator for The Work® of Byron Katie
#13 is very interesting because HIPAA legislation only pertains to "covered entities" which would not include BKI or Byron Katie. So the disclaimer at the end of the 2nd sentence "if it applies" is significant. Sounds official though, doesn't it?
I don't know alot about Erica Jung's ideology. It's been decades since I read her but that surprises me, too. The other two are pseudo-gurus in training. If you search on Wayne Dyer, you'll find a thread about him, too.
It is really criminal how BK and her ilk have infiltrated mainstream psychology. I went to a licensed therapist in the aftermath of a real con artist and the first thing she recommended was a BK book. Quite often I'll hear interviews with mainstream therapists recommending or mentioning large group awareness trainings like Landmark Education. As long as they're claiming they're not therapists and not doing therapy, they get away with their scams.