The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) provides national certifications that recognize individuals who have voluntarily met standards for general and specialty areas of counseling practice. Counselors certified by NBCC may also identify with different professional associations and are often licensed by jurisdictions that promulgate standards of behavior. Regardless of any other affiliation, this Code of Ethics is applicable to all NBCC applicants and National Certified Counselors (NCCs).
This Code establishes the minimum ethical behaviors and provides an expectation of and assurance for the ethical practice for all who use the professional services of NCCs. Furthermore, it provides an enforceable set of directives and assures a resource for those served in the case of a perceived violation.
NCCs are required to adhere to all of the directives.
Sanctions of applicants and credential holders under this Code are issued by NBCC only if the provisions of the NBCC Code of Ethics are found to have been violated.
Clinical supervision refers to a professional activity in which a more skilled provider guides the services of a less experienced provider. Clinical supervision promotes the development of counseling skills while protecting the well-being of the client.
In this code, the term supervisor is used to refer to those professionals who provide clinical supervision services; supervisees are the recipients of the supervision.
Consultation refers to a professional exchange between service providers related to a specific client. Consultation may also occur with professionals outside of the counseling profession, such as a primary physician or other mental health provider about a specific client.
Consultation differs from collaborative work in that collaborating counselors may discuss general situations with other counselors or specialized service providers. The key difference is that no identifying client information is provided during collaboration. Examples of collaboration include professional discussions concerning the effective treatments of adolescents grieving the loss of a parent.
Counseling service agreements are required written agreements between NCCs and clients , which explains the terms of the counseling relationship.
Counseling service agreements provide specific information regarding:
Counseling credentials are designations issued to individuals who meet specified qualifications. Professional and educational credentials help the public identify individuals who have met certain qualifications. Some examples in counseling include:
Practice/Licensure: (Terminology varies by state)
Date of counseling service termination is:
All policies, rules, standards, and requirements adopted by NBCC, including policies related to the disclosure of legal, criminal and professional disciplinary matters, the Code of Ethics, Distance Professional Services, and application and recertification agreements.
These policies may be accessed on the NBCC Web site.
A non-counseling relationship is any relationship that does not involve the provision of professional counseling services. Examples include:
A reasonable person is a person who acts sensibly, does things without serious delay, and takes proper but not excessive precautions.
Source: Black’s Law Dictionary
The Council for Higher Education and Accreditation (CHEA) is an association of degree-granting colleges and universities, and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
The six regional accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA are:
For more information about CHEA, visit www.chea.org
Tests or assessments refer to standardized and non-standardized instruments which help professionals gather information and evaluate functioning. Information gathered may include abilities, attitudes, aptitudes, and/or social and relational functioning. Test and assessment results help in assessment of client functioning as well as the development and evaluation of treatment.
For additional information, please refer to the Fair Access Coalition on Testing, www.fairaccess.org.