The International
School of Storytelling

Code of Ethics

As part of our ethos and to create an environment in which it is safe to take risks, we would like you to read and agree to the ethical principles set out below. If there is anything in this with which you feel uncomfortable, we are happy to discuss it. This agreement is binding on both participants and course leaders.

Confidentiality

There is an agreement of confidentiality between all people present on the course. We define confidentiality as the non-disclosure of the personal process of any individual or of any information relating to any individual that was unavailable prior to their participation in the programme and where such information became available within the programme.

Abuse

All engagement with individuals or the group will be non-abusive. We define abuse as the use of one person for the needs of another without their full knowledge and consent.

Violence

Violence by or towards any individual or group by anyone is absolutely unacceptable and will result in the exclusion of the perpetrator from the course and future courses. This includes self-violence, threats of violence and threats of self-violence. The purpose of this boundary is to enable you, if necessary, to express heightened emotion during structured and facilitated exercises in a way which is safe for you and for everyone else.

Drugs and alcohol

*  If you have been prescribed mood altering drugs (tranquillisers, antidepressants, antipsychotics etc) by your doctor, please discuss this with us in advance.

Medical and psychological conditions

Our courses are for educational purposes and are not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. They are not suitable for anyone currently too emotionally sensitive to take responsibility for themselves. All health problems should be disclosed when booking. We do not accept liability for any medical or psychiatric conditions developing during or after our courses. If you suspect or know that you are suffering from any physical or psychological ailment or condition, then you undertake to inform the course carriers and seek appropriate treatment in advance of attending our courses.

As with any personal development process though, some people may perceive the course as physically or emotionally challenging at times. The course leaders will be available for discussion of personal issues if necessary and are responsible for the orderly and safe presentation of the course. You are responsible for your own participation in the course and your own well-being.

Sexual boundaries

We undertake to be sensitive to issues of gender and sexuality and to ensure that personal dignity and personal boundaries are respected. Sexual or romantic relationships other than established prior relationships between students and teachers during or within three months of a course will not be condoned. This does not restrict the formation of relationships between participants. If partners or relatives of any of the course leaders are participating in a course, this will be disclosed. The full code of professional conduct is available on request.

Self development

As Faculty of the International School of Storytelling, we are committed to a ongoing process of self-development for ourselves and our students. We meet regularly to review, reflect and develop our work.