Code of Ethics
As a professional counsellor, I abide by the Code of Ethics of the Counselling Association of South Australia, which subscribes to the following key principles.
- Counsellors respect the essential humanity, worth and dignity of all people, and this is reflected in their work.
- Counsellors recognise and respect the individual uniqueness of each person and oppose discrimination and oppressive behaviour.
- Counsellors make every effort to foster self-determination and individual responsibility on the part of clients.
- Counsellors take all reasonable steps to cause no harm to clients during the counselling process, and to foster the client’s psychological and physical well-being.
- Counsellors respect the privacy of their clients and preserve the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of their work.
- Counsellors make clear to clients the terms on which counselling is being offered, and establish clear agreements about the counselling process.
- Counsellors take steps to develop and maintain their competence, and work within the limits of that competence.
- Counsellors take the same degree of care to work ethically whether the counselling is paid or voluntary.
- Counsellors are mindful of their obligations under the law, and to the wider community.
Further details of this code may be accessed on the CASA web site.