Legality and Ethics

The ethics and legality of Surrogate Partner Therapy are often the things that raise the most concern among new therapists and clients. Many of these concerns can be alleviated simply by understanding the rules, guidelines, and practices involved in Surrogate Partner Therapy.   


As with any therapeutic process, the ethics of Surrogate Partner Therapy are of the utmost importance. Like the ethical codes held by licensed therapists, those held in SPT promise to promote and protect the individual's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Due to the close physical and emotional nature of the work, surrogate partners are required to work in ways that would be considered ethical for traditional therapists to undertake themselves. It is therefore extremely important that the supervising therapist provide the necessary guidance to ensure the individual's well-being is being upheld at all times. 

IPSA itself has strict ethical guidelines that begin with the selection and rigorous training of surrogate partners. Surrogate partners are actively overseen by IPSA and are expected to adhere to IPSA's Code of Ethics.