Clarity and honesty regarding credentials
Whilst it is good to be proud of our legitimate qualifications and professional achievements, it is crucial for our ethical integrity that these be stated clearly and truthfully on our advertising materials and websites, and in submissions for presentations at conferences. For transparency, it can be helpful if details are provided of the precise qualification, as well as where and when it was obtained. There have been some unfortunate instances in which a person has used the designation ‘PhD’ after his or her name when this has actually been a certificate purchased from a non-accredited organisation and requiring either no academic work or relatively little. This is misleading and can be fraudulent if, for example, this is used in a way that influences a customer to purchase a book, or attend a workshop, or seek therapeutic assistance. Whilst it may not be illegal for a Quantum Institute of the Universal Life Energy to award some kind of degree, this is unlikely to be comparable to a PhD from an accredited university whose standards are monitored by state or government appointed agencies, to ensure academic parity. A genuine PhD involves years of study and original research work, resulting in a contribution to knowledge, which must be organised in a formal written and oral presentation that is rigorously scrutinised and evaluated by academic colleagues. To claim falsely to have such a credential is dishonest and disrespectful to those who have labored long to achieve a genuine PhD. I can think of several instances of this.