EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND DIVERSITY POLICY

The Dorset Practice

The Dorset Practice (TDP) supports and promotes equal opportunities for any and all connected or affiliated to TDP including, Placement Counsellors, Supervision and Trainees, Private Therapists, Employed staff, Supervisors, Consultants, Facilitators, Tutors, Training students and all Clients.

The Dorset Practice has a moral and legal duty to ensure that no one is discriminated against or treated unfairly in our employment, recruitment and management practices, and in the work and services The Dorset Practice provide.

We are committed to a policy and practice to work with everyone connected or associated with The Dorset Practice and who are truly representative of all society and where applicants will be accepted as Stakeholders determined only by personal merit and performance, (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).

We will not discriminate on the grounds of nationality, race, gender, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership age, sexual orientation, social class, political, religious or spiritual practice.

 

We promote an Equal Opportunities Policy where all Stakeholders recognise, respect and value the diversity and dignity of others and feel respected themselves and able to give their best.

 

The Dorset Practice commits to:

Take seriously any complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow Stakeholders, clients and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.

Any acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Persons not employees who breach our policies will be referred to the organisation for review and appropriate action will then be taken.

We pride ourselves on creating and offering opportunities for training and development to Associates and trainees under supervision and assisting and encouraging them to reach their full potential.

We will periodically review the organisation’s practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness.

We will endeavour to work with partners who share our values on equal opportunities and diversity.

Promoting diversity and removing unfair treatment and discrimination through our policies and procedures regardless of the role held within TDP

We recognise the need for, and promote, a safe, supportive and harassment free work environment.

All persons associated or connected to or with TDP should understand they, as well as TDP, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, during their time with TDP.

 

This Equal Opportunities policy is fully supported and endorsed by The Dorset Practice Ltd Managing Director and Senior Management

General Disclaimer – The Dorset Practice

Please be aware that Counselling or Psychotherapy Treatments are not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other health care professional. Always check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment. Clients are responsible for assessing the outcome of their treatment and are advised to refer to NICE guidelines for further information.

Please note that talking therapies are not intended to replace allopathic and conventional medical treatment and care. Nor are they intended to replace formal diagnosis and treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.

Talking therapies may give information or guidance that could bring about positive change and such information or guidance is given for the client to consider/ Although the therapist will be supportive and helpful as possible in all decision making and change processes, any resulting choices and changes made by the client do remain the personal and legal responsibility of the client.