We are honoured to be able to hold a space of safety and trust for people who come to us and on their journey of healing and growth. We work with people with a variety of background in their personal life and mental health, and our work entails entering non ordinary states of consciousness where participants can become very sensitive and where delicate interpersonal material may arise.
As such, it is necessary for us to adhere to a high standard of safety and ethical care. Our guides therefore strive to uphold the guidelines written out in the Guild of Guide’s code of conduct, a document which some of our team took part in creating in collaboration with other psychedelic guides in Holland.
We share this ethical code of conduct here with you.
- Guides conduct exhaustive physical and mental health screening of participants and ensure their clients receive appropriate and adequate support before, during, and after a psychedelic experience.
- Guides inform participants and clients about the risks and benefits of partaking in a psychedelic experience and offer insight into their own capacities and limitations. They work with written informed consent. Guides do not give medical advice.
- Guides are responsible for the setting, upholding, and monitoring of appropriate boundaries within the guide-client relationship. They are aware of power dynamics and disparities, do not engage in sexual and romantic relationships, or in any inappropriately exploitative manner. They never pressure clients to take a psychedelic substance and respect their autonomy. As a rule, guides will not allow participants or clients to leave the designated space during the effects of the substance, without consulting with and consent of the guide.
- Guides ensure that personal information about the client will be stored safely, in compliance with the law, and will never be shared with anyone else without prior consent. Guides can share personal information of clients with other guild members under certain conditions. Guides ensure privacy and confidentiality before, during, and after retreats.
- Guides will provide clients with appropriate and reliable preparation, integration, and aftercare for a psychedelic experience. They will reach out to relevant professionals, colleagues, or third parties if they can not offer the needed support.
- Guides practice mindful care when touching clients and pose boundaries to their use of touch, based on their professional capacities and limitations. They never engage in sexual touch of any sort.
- Guides hold a position of authority over the participants and are aware of this power relation and the responsibilities it brings. They do not proselytize nor enforce their own world view.
- Guides have a complaints procedure in place and can contact/refer to the external confidentiality person employed by the Guild of Guides NL.
- Guides only share testimonials – verbal, written, video, audio, and with any level of anonymity – under strict conditions and with written informed consent.
- Guides set limits and/or conditions to receiving donations and tips, reimbursements, and engaging in business relationships or ongoing services, during and after a psychedelic experience.
- Guides will inform clients of their responsibilities before, during, and after a psychedelic experience. They advise against making major life changes in the two months after a psychedelic experience.
- Guides take care to protect their clients against COVID-19 and do not guide clients through psychedelic experiences online.
- Guides have extensive personal experience with altered states of consciousness.
- Guides are well-informed about contraindications for psychedelic experiences and are aware of substance/medication/supplement interactions. They are familiar with the wide range of effects that can be caused by psychedelic substances and understand how to spot and work with the various experiences that clients might go through during their journey, including challenging experiences.
- Guides aspire towards inclusion and to challenge prejudices.
- Guides have put proper emergency protocols in place to navigate mental, spiritual, and physical health crises before, during and after experiences.
- Guides know their own limitations and avoid working with clients that the guide does not have compassion for or lacks the skills and experience to support.
- Guides demonstrate good self-care and invest in their own mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing and hygiene.
- Guides do not make false or exaggerated claims about psychedelics in their advertisement. Guides are sincere and forthcoming about what they can and cannot offer in terms of therapy and credentials and create clarity around the intentions of a session or retreat. Guides do not actively target vulnerable or desperate groups and individuals.
- Guide members show high integrity and awareness around claims and practice caution when talking about personal beliefs and convictions. They speak realistically about the nature of transformation. Guides aspire and act to avoid harmful dynamics that can arise around (charismatic) leaders, positions of power, and heightened suggestibility under the influence of a psychedelic substance.
- Guides that operate in the Netherlands have an understanding of and adhere to the Dutch laws, customs, and the different regulations that may apply to them and their work.
- Guides have a basic understanding of power dynamics and therapeutic processes, even if they are not trained as therapists. Guides commit themselves to ongoing training and education, engage in (peer) supervision, and/or mentoring.
- Guides never exceed a 4:1 ratio of participants to guides in group experiences and 2:1 clients to guides in a private session.
- External guides, third parties and volunteers that work under the auspices of a member guide or organization also subscribe to this code.