OUR MISSION, VISION, CORE VALUES and ETHICS
We believe in a strong foundation
To nurture our clients’ discovery, healing and growth through respectful and ethical counselling services, parent consulting, professional training and resources, within the context of mutually beneficial relationships and interactions with horses and other animals.
A safe and nurturing therapeutic environment providing all those we work with – including our clients, their caregivers, our human and animal partners and colleagues – with the context, rest, support and intervention required for insight, healing and growth to arise.
Values and Code of Ethics
Our aim at Healing Hooves is to safeguard, and where possible improve, the safety and well being (physical and emotional) of our clients, colleagues and animal partners. Our Code of Ethics reflects our values at Healing Hooves to help us achieve this goal.
Anyone working with Healing Hooves clients and/or horses, or other animals whether as partner, employee, volunteer or intern is required to read and adhere to the following Code of Ethics.
- We see and appreciate the positive qualities and potential in our clients, not the ‘problems’ or ‘diagnoses’ they may present with. Our goal is to help our clients, and others in our clients’ lives, to do the same.
- We continually monitor the progress our clients make and make appropriate referrals if and when this is in the best interests of a client;
- We treat all people as equals who are deserving of our respect regardless of their faith, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, diagnosis, personal history, education level or economic situation. We recognize and respect the different faiths and beliefs that might be held by clients and will never abuse the power inherent in our position as counsellors by attempting to impose our own beliefs and values upon clients.
- We seek to find ways to ensure that we do not turn clients away due to a genuine inability to pay for services.
- We safeguard and prioritise the physical and emotional safety of our clients.
- We respect and honour the privacy and confidentiality rights of our clients; We inform our clients of the legal limits to this confidentiality and where required to make a disclosure wherever possible do this with the knowledge, participation and cooperation of our client.
- We never abuse our power through inappropriate relationships of any sort with our clients.
- We recognize and treat the horses and other animals we work with as sentient beings and partners worthy and deserving of our love and respect, and not as ‘property’.
- We recognize and respect that animals have thoughts, feelings and souls, and are capable of feeling both physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- We respect, admire and cherish the unique personalities belonging to each animal we work with.
- We are never physically, verbally or emotionally abusive towards any animal.
- We never ask an animal to do work which is physically, mentally or emotionally unhealthy for him/ her.
- We provide all our animal partners with all veterinary and other care required for their physical, emotional and mental well being.
- We seek opportunities to act as an advocate for encouraging humanity’s respectful treatment and regard for all of God’s creatures.
- We treat other counsellors, mental health and learning professionals, especially those in the same area of practice as ourselves, as colleagues rather than as competitors.
- We share resources and ideas with other counsellors, mental health and learning professionals.
- We treat all other counselors, mental health and learning professionals, and their ideas and suggestions with respect and courtesy.
- We respect differences in counselling and education approach, style and philosophy and do not try to impose our approach or beliefs as better or more ‘right’ than anyone else’s.
- We provide other individuals seeking to work in this area with support, guidance and resources.
- We ensure our training workshops are fairly priced and do not take financial advantage of people’s desire to learn.
- We treat our volunteers with respect and appreciation.
- We train at least one intern a year through the Healing Hooves program, and do not accept payment for this service.
- We continuously assess our own professional strengths and weaknesses and will strive for ongoing improvement through continuing education and training.
- We do not misrepresent ourselves by claiming or implying credentials or experience that we do not have.
- We follow all legal and professional regulations and requirements with regards to scope of practice and business.
- We do not engage in any personal or other conduct which causes any harm to the reputation of our profession.
- We strive to help advance overall learning and standards in the profession by participating in ethical and relevant research projects and by contributing to the professional literature.