So let's say I would like to give life advise to people that is spiritually based.

If I make it clear I am not a licensed Therapist or Psychologist.

Is this acceptable?

  • I don't know if it's acceptable by general social convention, but it is legal. Is that what you're asking? – user6726 Sep 6 '18 at 3:52
  • @user6726 yes. This is law.se isn't it. The idea is that I would help patients with out being licensed. – William Sep 6 '18 at 3:53
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    It depends upon which jurisdiction's laws apply. The law governing occupational licensing and advertising of occupations varies considerably between countries and between states within the U.S. For example, some jurisdictions require certain things like recognition by an existing recognized denomination to hold yourself out as clergy. In Saudi Arabia doing this would almost county as a confession of guilt of the capital crime of sorcery, or as heresy. Russia requires licensure for religious institutions and occupations, as does China. – ohwilleke Sep 6 '18 at 17:32

You cannot call yourself anything that is deceptive or misleading.

Given that "Spiritual Councillor Practitioner" doesn't mean anything you should be OK.

However, be aware that if you give advice in a professional capacity and people act on that advice to their detriment then they can sue you.

That said, taking money from gullible people for the provision of service which is based on nothing other than an assertion that things exist that don't is highly unethical even if it does not quite cross the line into illegality.

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    The dig at the asker's proposed title is entirely unnecessary and inappropriate. Please Be Nice. – Nij Sep 7 '18 at 5:01
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    @Nij I disagree, taking money off people through their gullibility by providing a non-existent service while not necessarily illegal is unethical and should be called out as such. – Dale M Sep 7 '18 at 5:18
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    That's not what Stack Exchange is for, and the new COC is specifically about exactly this kind of commentary. – Nij Sep 7 '18 at 6:10
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    @Nij point taken - I have rephrased my answer. – Dale M Sep 10 '18 at 4:17
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    Calling spiritual counseling a "non-existent mumbo-jumbo service" is insulting to the OP's (and others') religious beliefs. This answer still doesn't align with the Be Nice policy. – user17707 Sep 10 '18 at 16:02

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