Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice

Code of Ethical Conduct | Standards of Clinical Practice | Guidelines 

Compiled December 2008 | Amended June 2014


Part 1 – Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice

Code of Ethical Conduct | June 2014


Standards of Clinical Practice

Standard for Informed Consent to Clinical Counselling and the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information  | October 2010

Standard for Payment for Clinical Counselling Services | October 2010

Standard for the Content of Clinical Records | October 2010

Standard for Promoting and Advertising Services | March 2014

Standards for Clinical Counselling Reports | June 2011

Standard for Child Custody and Access Assessments and Reports | Under Review Oct 1 2015

Standard for the Use of Technology in Counselling | October 2011


Part 2 – Guidelines

Guideline for Ethical Decision Making | October 2008

Guidelines for Ethics in Supervision & Teaching | November 1999

PIPA: A Counsellor’s Guide for Developing Client Personal Information Protection Policies and Procedures | October 2004


Scope of Practice

Counselling is a relational process based upon the ethical use of professional competencies to facilitate human thriving. A counsellor’s scope of practice is that use of recognized and evolving professional competencies. | October 2014


BCACC Constitution and Bylaws

Changes to the constitution and bylaws which were approved at the Delegate Council

2016 BCACC Constitution and Bylaws | August 23, 2016


It is recommended that all counsellors have a copy of Balancing Conflicting Interests: A Counsellor’s Guide to the Legal Process by Maureen McEvoy and Gayla Reid. This may be obtained from the Justice Institute of B.C., Social Service & Community Safety Division, 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5T4, Telephone: (604) 528-5608, Fax: (604) 528-5640, Website: