Code of Ethics


 


The Code of Ethics emphasizes a commitment to working in harmony with Church teaching, professionalism and on-going personal development, a deep respect for Clients, and a spirit of service. The Code reinforces the accountability of Counsellors as individuals, apart from the organizations and professional bodies that represent them. It does not necessarily replace existing professional codes.



Code of Ethics

  • Members will be professionally trained, maintain high standards of performance, and seek to continue their own professional, psychological, and spiritual development.
  • Will attempt to be aware of their human limitations, function within the bounds of their competence, and accurately represent their competence to the public.
  • Will be self reflective regarding how personal problems might bias their professional functioning and seek appropriate assistance on any problems which might impede their functioning.
  • Respect the dignity and worth of every person as God's beloved, made in God's image and likeness.
  • Pledge themselves to Christ and Christ-like service, and to integrating their service around their Faith.
  • Affirm the Catholic Faith¬†and understanding of the human person, and work in harmony with Catholic Church teaching with interventions, setting therapeutic tasks, and making (responsible) referrals.
  • Avoid assisting any Client in any behaviour which is destructive to themselves or others.
  • Commit themselves to the values they espouse but will not impose them on others.
  • Accept Clients without discrimination.
  • Will not exploit Clients for personal end.
  • Will not engage in sexual misconduct with Clients or Trainees.
  • Conduct counselling in an appropriate setting with due respect for professional boundaries.
  • Respect and safeguard Client confidences unless written consent is given or the law prescribes otherwise.
  • Conduct research in an ethical manner and protect the rights of the individuals who may be studied.
  • Accept responsibility for approaching members who may violate these standards, for the protection of Clients, but seek an informal resolution before reporting the offence.


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