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Code of Ethics of the School of Storytelling, Emerson College


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.


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.


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 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

  • Please avoid using any mood altering drugs during the course*

  • Please do take any prescribed medicine as normal as advised by your doctor or other practitioner*

*  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 School of Storytelling, Emerson College, we are committed to an ongoing process of self-development for ourselves and our students. We meet regularly to review, reflect and develop our work.

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Terms and Conditions

Further information, terms and conditions of booking with us

The full fee includes all tuition and most materials. Most courses take place at Emerson College, East Sussex, U.K. and Accommodation and Meals are NOT included in the tuition fee and are provided by Emerson College. For further information about Meals and Accommodation at Emerson College, please contact  You should make your own provision for personal expenses.

Terms and conditions of booking

1.   The deposit is due with your booking. If you cancel within the first 14 days the deposit will be refunded unless you have started the course, after this period the deposit is non- refundable.  The full course fee is payable at the date stated in your booking form and is non refundable. If you cancel after this point then at the School’s discretion, it may be possible to transfer your balance payment, minus an admin fee, to a future course.
We strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance when booking to cover you should you have to cancel your booking and travel arrangements. 

2.   In the rare event of a course being cancelled we will give you at least 2 weeks notice. If we have to cancel a course all fees paid will be refunded (unless you choose to accept any substitute we may offer), but no liability can be accepted for any consequential losses. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised teachers and programme as necessary.

3.   The School of Storytelling, Emerson College reserves the absolute right, any other communication notwithstanding, to reject an application without explanation, or in exceptional circumstances to require a participant to leave the course (at a minimum of 24 hours notice), if in the opinion of the School his or her continuing attendance would not be in the best interests of the other participants or the School.

4.   You are responsible for payment of any credit card fees and bank charges. Please check with your bank at the point of transfer the amount of these charges and add to your payment.

5.   UK Immigration Law: On the 1st April 2009 changes to the UK's Immigration Law came into effect. These changes will affect people from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland entering the UK to study. Please ensure that you have a legitimate right of entry into the UK. For further information about Immigration Law, please visit the UK Border Agency website at and

6.   The School of Storytelling, Emerson College regularly takes or commissions photographs, audio recordings and video footage of our activities for use in local, regional and national publications, web sites, exhibitions and for other promotional tools. We will always ask for your permission before taking photographs.

The images and recordings can be used, reproduced, adapted or presented in any publicity and public information materials produced by the School of Storytelling, Emerson College. The images may be used with or without text.

The copyright of the photographs or recorded materials remains the property of the School of Storytelling, Emerson College and The School has full license to use the images for non-commercial purposes (including, but not restricted to, publicity, marketing, press and educational use). Photographic, audio recordings or video materials submitted to the School by participants are used subject to these arrangements also.

If you have any query about how we use photographs and recorded materials, please contact us.

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Privacy Policy

Data protection information

The School of Storytelling, Emerson College will use the information you have provided for the course application and booking process. This information will not be disclosed to any other person or organisation, except directly in connection with the course you are attending, and will be processed under the lawful basis of contract. You can withdraw your consent at any time.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the personal information that we hold, please contact us. If you would like your details permanently deleted from our database, please contact us. If you have any concerns about how your data has been processed, please contact us. If the issue is not resolved contact the Information Commissioners Office directly by visiting

At any time, you can update your details or unsubscribe from our Newsletter mailing list by selecting the link at the bottom of the email. Your historic records will be kept for as long as courses are ongoing and unless you request their removal.

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