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Ethical Declaration

Chariot - Dhruv Agarwal Foundation is committed to maintaining ethical standards laid down by the American Psychological Association (APA) in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2017), and Mental Health Act of India (2017). Accordingly, we believe it is important for you to know the principles and guidelines we abide by.

  • Informed consent (about the nature of the program and anticipated fees, third parties, limits of confidentiality) is obtained from all learners and their guardians/parents prior to commencement of the program (APA 3.10). In case the learner is a minor by law, in addition to seeking the legally authorized person’s consent, DAF (a) provides the learner appropriate information (b) asks for assent (c) considers the learner’s best interests and preferences. Reasonable steps are taken to ensure the learner’s rights and welfare and sufficient opportunity is provided to the relevant stakeholders to ask questions and receive answers. 

  • Teams responsible for education and training programs take reasonable steps to ensure that curriculum and workshops are designed to provide the appropriate knowledge and proper experiences. The lessons are original and wherever necessary, is duly cited. A current and accurate description of the program content will be made readily available to all interested parties. (APA 7.02)

  • Current socio-emotional level of the student is gauged upon enrolling in the program. This is done using a standardized assessment tool (APA 9.02b). The results of this assessment are shared and discussed with the concerned stakeholders and internal teams. (APA 9.06; APA 9.09; APA 9.10)

  • Workshop sessions are recorded for quality, feedback and assessment purposes. Permission is obtained from all concerned stakeholders before recording the videos, voices, images and/or responses of the learners. (APA 4.03)

  • Steps are taken to ensure that there is no unfair discrimination, harrassment or demeaning based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law (APA 3.01).

  • Codes of conduct are laid down through mutual agreement between all learners and the facilitators. Any violation is appropriately addressed by the facilitators. 

  • Program sessions are conducted by facilitators who are psychologists.

  • Facilitators conduct personal check-ins after each module to track learner progress, address any gaps and to mutually set goals for further learning.

  • If the facilitator feels that the learner needs additional help with any issue, they may refer them to a counselor with mutual consent (APA 2.01; APA 3.07). 

  • Facilitators do not conduct the counselling sessions in order to avoid conflict of interest and bias (APA 3.05; APA 3.06).

  • Assessment and research are conducted by trained psychologists. Learner progress indicators are collected during workshops for monitoring student progress and quality assessment (APA 9.06; APA 9.09; APA 9.10)

  • Only relevant data is shared with the appropriate internal team.

  • The assessment process is backed by research evidence. This includes data collection, evaluation and report generation. (APA 9.01)

  • All data gathered will be analysed for progress in terms of strengths and areas of improvement. Such data will be made meaningful and available to the concerned stakeholders in the form of periodical progress reports (APA 9.06; APA 9.09; APA 9.10).

Limits to confidentiality: 

  • Confidential information obtained during workshops and check-ins is disclosed only for appropriate scientific or professional purposes and only with persons clearly concerned with such matters (APA 4.04b)

  • Confidential information is disclosed without the consent of the individual only as mandated by law, or where permitted by law for a valid purpose such as to (1) provide needed professional services; (2) obtain appropriate professional consultations; or (3) protect the client/patient, psychologist, or others from harm; in which instance disclosure is limited to the minimum that is necessary to achieve the purpose (APA 4.05b; Mental Health Act of India, 2017).

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