PSCA Code of Ethics

This Code credits the individual Counsellor with the ability to exercise discretion when deciding and
acting in the best interests of the client, and charges the individual
Counsellor with the responsibility to do so.

While recognizing that in many ethical dilemmas there is no single correct response, this Code provides
the basis for making judgments within the context in which they are being
considered. In effect, application of the Code to any given situation is in the
hands of each Counsellor.

In each instance Counselors must ensure that
their decisions are based on the principles embodied in this Code of Ethics.
Those decisions must be reasonable, and must have been reached through the
application of a process of consideration explicit enough to bear public
scrutiny. In subscribing to this code, PSCA members view professional ethical
judgment as a personal responsibility. Personal responsibility entails giving
one's best efforts and reasonable consideration to all aspects of a
situation when making a decision.

This Code of Ethics provides the basis of conduct to which Counselors who are members of PSCA subscribe.

  1. Counselors respect the worth, dignity and human rights of the client.
  2. Counselors hold the well-being of the client as the highest priority.
  3. Counselors act with integrity towards their clients and in performing services and functions on behalf of their clients.
  4. Counselors do not exploit the Counsellor-client relationship for personal advantage.
  5. Counselors treat with respect the confidentiality of professionally-acquired information.
  6. Counselors assume responsibility for maintaining and demonstrating personal and professional competence, and for working only
    within their competencies.
  7. Counselors act to promote ethical, competent practice within the counselling profession.
  8. Counselors describe their professional qualifications and affiliations honestly and accurately.
  9. Counselors work for the creation and maintenance of
    workplace conditions and policies which are consistent with the standard of
    practice indicated by this Code.
  10. Counselors take into account the social, cultural and moral milieu of their clients.
  11. Counselors refrain from imposing their personal and religious values and beliefs on their clients in the counselling
    relationship.