Specialist Wellness Counsellor – Code of Ethics

The counsellor shall:

  • Retain a high level of competence in the interests of the profession and the public in general
  • Be aware of the influence of personal morals, ethics, values and the norms on the quality of service
  • Ensure that public statements are directed at the provision of information in an attempt to assist individuals to make informed decisions in general.  Such statements shall be accurate, qualified and objective
  • Guarantee the confidentiality of personal information acquired during counselling or instruction and regard all disclosures as priviledged
  • Respect colleagues and individuals in the professional and counselling sphere.  Conflicts in direction, evaluation, training procedures and loyalty shall be clearly defined to encourage freedom of participation
  • Acknowledge the requirements, cometence and responsibilities of colleagues and other professional organisations
  • Undertake research while protecting and recognising the welfare, dignity and respect of the participant
  • Terminate counselling as soon as it becomes apparent that no professional contribution can be made as a consequence of a lack of special knowledge or personal limitations
  • Refer a client to a designated specialist in circumstances which reasonably require such referral
  • Decline further counselling where a client refuses to recognise a reasonable referral for specialist attention