DIRI Code of Conduct

New Code of Ethics (approved by Membership vote on 4/2/2019)

Ethics Implementation Procedures (approved by the Board 1/15/2019)

DIRI Standards of Practice



Dear DIRI Members,

 We wish to thank you for your involvement in reviewing the recent update to the DIRI Code of Ethic.  Many faculty and members took part in several zoom meetings to discuss specifics of the new code and to provide feedback to the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee.  Each of your contributions was greatly appreciated.

We have closed the voting on the new code and are please to say that it was approved.  We distributed a total of 2334 USA and International ballots for the initiative and received 761 competed ballots (33%), which meets quorum requirements. The final vote was 627 approve to 134 reject. The ballot measure has passed.

As state licensing requirements have increased, along with the demands for greater ethical accountability, so has the responsibility of the Institute as a thought leader in the field of Structural Integration. Our adoption of a revised code of ethics puts both the Institute and our members in a stronger position.  The new code, fashioned after the restorative justice model, is a significant advancement over our past Code of Ethics insofar as it spells out much more clearly the behavioral standards for practitioners, and the oversight requirements for DIRI Ethics Committee.

As always, thank you for your support, feedback and involvement in the process.


Best regards,

Robin Graber, Chair, DIRI Ethics Committee
Les Kertay, Committee Member, DIRI Ethics Committee
Rich Ennis, Chair, DIRI Board of Directors


Dear Members,

Below is a summary of some of the major changes we made to the Code of Ethics.

  • The new code is centered on the concepts of restorative justice. This isn’t just about the respondent - it’s about shifting the focus to help ensure that the complainant is helped to be whole, and to educate the community to minimize the likelihood of such an issue ever arising again. The community is a party to the process and requires both education and healing.
  • The new code separates the general ethical principles which are aspirational and are to guide ethical thinking from the enforceable behavioral standards. The intent is to add additional definition to the enforceable behavioral standards, so as to reduce ambiguity, but at the same time to allow - through the aspirational principles - for the recognition that it’s impossible to make a “rule” for every possible scenario.
  • The behavioral standards are intended to be a living document, revisited periodically as new things come up.
  • The new code tightens up the definitions of multiple relationships.
  • The new code is built on the idea that the relationship between Rolfer and client is a therapeutic one, which implies a differential in power within the relationship. By focusing on the therapeutic relationship, and learning how to navigate it, ethical behavior becomes about doing what’s in the best interests of the client, while recognizing that there is an inherent imbalance in the relationship. The bottom line is that it means that we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard of behavior.
  • The new approach to the code goes beyond the adjudication of ethical principles and also includes consultation and education for the membership.

We believe this new document is up to date with today’s standards and solidifies the place of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute as the leaders of ethics education in our profession.



Robin Graber
Ethics Committee Chair


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