IACP Standards and Ethics

Why do ethics and standards matter for Collaborative Practice?

Ethics and standards provide the foundation that assures clients and professionals they are engaged in a high-quality and principled process. IACP has adopted Ethics and Standards to support the integrity of the Collaborative process and to establish minimum expectations for professionals. The integration of IACP Standards and Ethics by professionals is intended to enhance clients’ experiences in Collaborative Practice.


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What information is found in IACP Standards and Ethics? 

IACP Standards and Ethics contain recommended minimum criteria for professionals. They include:

  • Definition of Collaborative Practice
  • Ethical standards for Collaborative Practice
  • Minimum training and other qualification standards for practitioners
  • Standards for Collaborative Practice trainings and trainers

IACP Ethics and Standards are an educational tool for professionals, clients, and the public.


Doesn’t each profession already have ethical standards?

Collaborative Practice presents unique ethical considerations, whether practiced by lawyers only or a team of professionals from multiple disciplines. IACP Standards and Ethics are intended to address those considerations and to complement the regulatory and licensing requirements of each Collaborative professional.


How can IACP Standards & Ethics help my practice group?

IACP urges practice groups to adopt and use IACP Standards and Ethics to enhance the quality of local practice. We hope practice groups will engage in discussions about ethics and standards to foster a consistent and shared understanding of what it means to strive for excellence as a Collaborative practitioner.


Does IACP enforce the Standards and Ethics?

IACP is not a regulatory body. IACP is the worldwide leader for hundreds of Collaborative Practice organizations and thousands of members in over twenty countries. IACP Standards and Ethics are intended to provide guidance and standards for professional conduct for Collaborative practitioners and Collaborative practice groups.

Because each community is unique, IACP Standards and Ethics are intended to serve as a guidebook rather than a rulebook. Many organizations have adopted IACP Standards and Ethics in whole or in part. Please consult your local practice group to learn what Standards and Ethics have been adopted in your area.

IACP Standards and Ethics are not intended to form a basis for determining whether a practitioner is subject to legal liability or disciplinary action.


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