Adelaide counselling code of ethics

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.

  1. Counsellors respect the essential humanity, worth and dignity of all people, and this is reflected in their work.
  2. Counsellors recognise and respect the individual uniqueness of each person and oppose discrimination and oppressive behaviour.
  3. Counsellors make every effort to foster self-determination and individual responsibility on the part of clients.
  4. 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.
  5. Counsellors respect the privacy of their clients and preserve the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of their work.
  6. Counsellors make clear to clients the terms on which counselling is being offered, and establish clear agreements about the counselling process.
  7. Counsellors take steps to develop and maintain their competence, and work within the limits of that competence.
  8. Counsellors take the same degree of care to work ethically whether the counselling is paid or voluntary.
  9. 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.