Code of Ethical Conduct
The Bay Area Open Minds Code of Ethical Conduct (hereafter referred to as the Code of Conduct) consists of an introduction, the organization mission, and the Code which specifically describes the ethical standards of behavior expected of all Bay Area Open Minds members, officers, and affiliates. Those working within this Code and others must understand that the application of an ethical standard may vary depending on the context and that the standards explained in this Code are not exhaustive. Where this Code of Conduct fails to specifically address a matter of conduct, it does not imply that the conduct is either necessarily ethical or unethical. Further, this Code is not intended to be a replacement for the legal and ethical standards of members' licensing boards, nor is this Code intended to replace or supersede members' agreements to the standards of their profession or state and federal laws.
Violating the Code of Conduct does not by itself determine whether a Bay Area Open Minds member is legally liable in a court action, as defining such violations is based on legal rather than ethical codes. However, compliance with, or violation of, the Code of Conduct may be admissible as evidence in some legal proceedings depending on the circumstances. Violating the Code of Conduct is grounds for termination of membership from the organization and removal from member resources including therapist directory, professional listserv, social media, board officer role, and any domain of affiliation with Bay Area Open Minds.
The procedures for filing, investigating, and resolving complaints of unethical behavior are described in the Bay Area Open Minds Grievance and Accountability Process, which is administered by the Board of Bay Area Open Minds. The grievance review process is designed to facilitate resolution, repair, remediation and education and ensure that all members and officers of Bay Area Open Minds are held accountable to the Code of Conduct. The Board of Bay Area Open Minds may respond to violations in the Code of Conduct in a variety of ways, including but not limited to apology, facilitated restorative justice practices, supervision, and/or education. In cases where circumstances warrant other actions, consequences may include termination of membership and/or board officer appointment.
Bay Area Open Minds is a nonprofit professional organization of mental health professionals who affirm that sexual, relational, and gender diversity are natural expressions of the human experience. Members serve populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically, and the state of California. The organization's mission is to provide a safe haven for mental health clinicians to gather, network, support, learn, and consult. The specific objectives and purposes of the organization are:
Bay Area Open Minds was founded on the values of antiracism, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, an ethic of intersectional awareness is central to the work of the organization; so that the stated objectives may better serve the professional and client communities. The organization is committed to regular review of its mission, shifting as needed to better serve the San Francisco Bay Area community throughout changing times and to more accurately represent the diverse experiences, views, needs and beliefs of organization members.
Code of Conduct
Bay Area Open Minds ("BAOM") is an organization of mental health professionals. Eligible professions include:
Members may be licensed in the state of California, pre-licensed, or students. Pre-licensed members must provide documentation that they are working under a supervisor licensed within the state of California. Students are permitted to be members but are not eligible to be listed in the therapist directory.
All licensed and pre-licensed mental health providers must abide by the legal and ethical standard of their professional credentials, including the legal and ethical standards required by their California state licensing boards. The Bay Area Open Minds (BAOM) Code of Ethical Conduct assumes that each member understands and is abiding by the codes applicable to their profession. In the event that a member acts in opposition to these legal and ethical codes, this member is understood to also be acting in opposition to the Code of Ethical Conduct held by Bay Area Open Minds.
The BAOM Code of Ethical Conduct discusses items particularly relevant to the populations BAOM seeks to serve, namely sexually and gender-diverse people of the San Francisco Bay Area. These Codes extend beyond state laws and general professional ethics in order to define behavior that is congruent with the mission of Bay Area Open Minds. Members of BAOM agree to abide by these Codes, even as the ethical rigor of the Codes extend beyond state laws.
Respect of Diversity
Scope of Competence
Diagnosis and Non-pathologizing View
Treatment Modalities and "Conversion"
The Code of Ethical Conduct is regarded by BAOM as a live document, intended for regular review and updates as we continue to evolve and grow as a field and as an organization. Any edits to the Process will be published to membership and all versions will be held in the BAOM archives. Please see the most recent version of this Process for current expectations of organization members.
About Bay Area Open Minds
We provide a safe haven for mental health clinicians to gather, network, support, and consult.
Our organization was founded on the values of antiracism, equity, and inclusion.
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