Standards of Ethics & Conduct
- Ethics is sometimes called “moral philosophy”
- As societies and associations evolved the relationships between individuals become more complex and so do etiquettes and code of conduct. The development of counselling and psychotherapy relationship has raised many ethical dilemmas.
- The use of ethical standards as a method of guiding the quality of service provided by counsellors and psychotherapists, their training, protecting the client and creating safe environments is paramount.
- The Association’s Standards of Ethics and Conduct are guidelines to regulate the behaviour of counsellors and psychotherapists.
- This Standards of Ethics and Conduct outline the high professional conduct that counsellors and psychotherapists need to adhere to.
- The Association’s standards is intended to provide guidelines for both practising counsellors and psychotherapists members of the Association. It should not be used as a base of references of other similar Associations/ Societies.
- The Association’s Standards of Ethics and Conduct is meant to offer guidance of professional conduct that can be applied by members of the Association and is not intended as a basis of civil liability.
- Infringement and violations of the Association’s Standards of Ethics and Conduct does not by itself determine whether the practicing counsellor and/or psychotherapists is legally liable in court action, whether a contract is enforceable or whether other legal consequences occur.