ACVA Ethics and Standards Guidelines

Section A: Professional Responsibility

A.1. DEFINITION
A professional Vedic astrologer provides astrological services as a source of livelihood or as a career. Services may include, but are not limited to, counseling, forecasting and prediction, teaching, lecturing, writing, research, financial and business guidance, answering specific questions, electing times for various enterprises, health matters, prescribing remedial measures, spiritual guidance, and relocation matters.

A.2. FOUNDATIONAL STANDARDS
a. Responsibility to Learn the Ethical Standards and Guidelines. Professional astrologers have a responsibility to read, understand, and follow the Ethical Standards and Guidelines. Ignorance of them is not an acceptable defense against a charge of unethical conduct.

b. Primary Responsibility: The prime directive that supercedes all other ethical issues is, do no harm. Astrologers act at all times in the client’s best interest.

c. Enhance Image of the Profession: Astrologers behave in a manner that does not damage the status of the profession. Astrologers present an image of professionalism when representing astrology.

A.3. PERSONAL NEEDS AND VALUES
a. Personal Needs: Astrologers should be aware of the intimacy and responsibilities inherent in the counseling relationship, maintain respect for clients, and avoid actions that seek to meet the astrologer’s personal needs at the expense of clients’ needs.

b. Personal Values: Astrologers recognize their own values, attitudes, or beliefs, realize that we live in a diverse society, and avoid imposing their values on clients.

A.4. RESPECTING DIVERSITY
a. Nondiscrimination: Astrologers do not discriminate against clients, students, or supervisees in a manner that has a negative impact based on their age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status, or for any other reason.

b. Respecting Differences: Astrologers will actively attempt to understand the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients with whom they work. This includes, but is not limited to, learning how the astrologer’s own cultural identity impacts his/her values and beliefs.

A.5. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE
a. Boundaries of Competence: Astrologers practice only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, and appropriate professional experience.

b. New Specialty Areas of Practice: Astrologers practice in specialty areas new to them only after appropriate education and training. While developing skills in new specialty areas, astrologers take steps to ensure the competence of their work .

c. Monitor Effectiveness: Astrologers consistently strive to achieve excellence in their work, and take steps to improve when necessary. Astrologers should also seek out peer supervision to evaluate their efficacy as astrologers.

d. Ethical Issues Consultation: Astrologers take reasonable steps to consult with other astrologers or related professionals when they have questions regarding their ethical obligations or professional practice.

e. Continuing Education: Astrologers recognize the need for continuing education to maintain a reasonable level of awareness of current scientific and professional information in their fields of activity. This may include attending conferences, taking courses, and studying literature. Astrologers strive to maintain competence in the skills they use and are open to new procedures.

f. Limitation: Astrologers refrain from rendering professional services when their physical, mental, or emotional problems are likely to harm a client or others. They are alert to signs of limitation, seek assistance for problems, and, if necessary, limit, suspend, or terminate their professional responsibilities.

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