There comes a time in professional growth when you need to broaden your horizons and make your experience available to those who can benefit from your therapy. Do you know the importance of being part of a therapists’ association? Come take a look!
Origin and definition of therapy
The word therapy comes from the Greek language, which means “cure or treatment”. Thus, therapy is any activity aimed at promoting and maintaining balance and health in human beings, through the use of specific techniques and empathetic communication with people who seek relief from their biopsychosocial affections and conflicts. Therefore, holistic or alternative therapies can contribute to overcoming and controlling a series of symptoms that affect the quality of life of people and communities, through pre-established principles and their professional ethics, in a relationship of healing and contact involving words, acts and rituals.
What is expected of the holistic therapist?
A holistic/alternative therapist is expected to carefully work on the reliability of the data brought by the client, making it clear that professional secrecy is only exposed when there is danger to the life of the patient or other people, so that the person does not feel betrayed or neglected.
Because therapists do not have their own advice to regulate their actions and guidelines, holistic therapists can draw on several sources to formulate their own professional code of ethics. However, joining an Association that reinforces ethical practices in conjunction with a body of professionals can make the therapist more trustworthy.
Regulation and Associations
There are different regulations according to each country regarding the provision of services by therapists, and in some countries such as Brazil, they do not have regulation of the practice or protection of the title obtained in their professional training. Therefore, independent professional organizations were created to recognize the certificates of training carried out and propose to establish standards for the service provided. See the difference between different types of regulatory bodies and association:
- Council: they are usually distributed by regions, with the function of regulating, guiding and supervising professional activity.
- Union: are entities that represent and defend the interests of the category in the judicial and extrajudicial spheres, in addition to fighting for the improvement of working conditions.
- Association: created to bring together professionals from the same area or specialty, seeking professional improvement and promotion of courses, conferences, in addition to promoting and valuing the various professional categories.
How important is an association for therapists?
Associations are the means found for professions that do not have a council or union, as is the case with some alternative and complementary therapies, and can promote, through networking, a series of benefits for professional growth.
The status and professional recognition conferred by associations such as the AHDE become accessible to all people looking for a professional profile. There, you can find your membership card, certificates of courses you teach and a brief biography, giving confidence to your customers. The credibility of having your training certified and of being part of a community where you can increase the level of excellence and experience of any professional is unique.
Don’t miss this chance, join today and boost your career together with excellent professionals of all levels and fields of expertise. Come to AHDE! The closer together, the farther we go!