GTA Student Personal Integrity & Professional  Standards Policy

A therapist is afforded great trust by their clients through virtue of their professional standing and by the nature of the work itself. A GTA student is afforded a similar position of trust within the learning environment with their peers, and especially when they come to practice as a student intern. Therefore, a student must always be accountable to the position of power that comes with a presumption of integrity. Further, at GTA we believe that integrity is not simply a private matter but that it is tested relationally. Good intentions are not enough; we must also consider the experience and perception of others.

If there is any matter that might impede a student’s capacity to enter fully into the training program, or subsequently take up a professional role, we expect this to be declared as part of the application process or as circumstances arise. This could include, but is not exclusive of, anything related to criminal charges, mental health conditions and addictions. If you are in any doubt, please speak with the Director of Training or our representatives during your interview.

At GTA we view any such disclosure as an act of integrity. We would work to understand the ways (if any) the matter hinders your participation or work to mitigate any concerns. In most cases the issue disclosed would not warrant exclusion from the program, and sensitivity and discretion would be guaranteed from GTA faculty and staff.

In the case of a disclosure of this kind, GTA would be interested in:
  • How the student makes sense of (and integrates) this?
  • What support have they sought in the past and how do they currently manage this?
  • Whether the student demonstrates an understanding of any potential risk to them, their clients or GTA?
  • Whether the student has an understanding on how this might impact on them being a student, an intern and a future therapist?
All students will be asked to declare relevant information as part of the enrolment process. As third- and fourth-year students begin seeing clients, we require all students of these year levels submit a current Working with Children Check (WWC) and a Police Check. This brings us into line with other organisation’s in  the sector. Please note that this is not only relevant to students working with children but is also relevant in acknowledging the potential vulnerability (including historic abuse or trauma) of any client. The support of therapy and supervision are crucial in the management of this dimension of your professional development across the 4 years of your training and beyond.

All practitioners and students have a responsibility to monitor and maintain a fitness to practice, and if their effectiveness becomes impaired for any reason (even temporarily), advice should be sought from a supervisor or a faculty member as soon as possible. As described in our PAF process, the personal abilities of the therapist are as important as theoretical and practice competencies. Therefore, as an expression of our duty of care and responsibility to progress or graduate practitioners, GTA faculty reserves the right to raise issues related to a student’s capacity to practice safely.