Code of Ethics Form

Please read and fill out all 3 counselling forms online. This allows me to start to get a sense of ‘you’ and will save us time in our first session:

  1. Intake Registration Form
  2. Limits of Confidentiality Form

No need to download, print and scan – everything can be done easily and online.

Scroll down and read the Code of Ethics Form below.

Code of Ethics

Please read this Code of Ethics form which explains and details what you can expect from me during counselling.

  • I will make every effort (except when the client is in crisis) to complete a comprehensive Clinical Assessment at the beginning (or throughout) the counselling relationship.
  • If I do not have the skill level to provide the help needed, I will refer the client to another qualified professional.
  • I will preserve the client’s right to confidentiality and will not release any identifying information verbally or in writing without the client’s signed permission (except for the threat of suicide, homicide or suspected child abuse or when ordered to release information by a court of law).
  • I will not engage in a romantic or sexual relationship with the client.
  • I will avoid statements to the client which suggest blame for current difficulties but will allow insight and recovery of memories to come from the client.
  • I will inform the client that mental images which emerge during hypnosis or guided imagery may not be memories of actual events.
  • I will provide a safe, private setting for counselling in my office.
  • I will not require payment of a fee for service before the service has been provided in my office. However online payment is often required before service and will be refunded if service is not provided (less a fee for ‘missed appointment’ where appropriate).
  • I will not introduce spiritual concepts unless I am previously known to the client as a provider of spiritual or pastoral counselling.
  • I will make every effort to relate to the client intentionally for a predictable therapeutic outcome.
  • I will provide a means for evaluation of progress, if requested.  Open discussion of goals and progress is encouraged.
  • I will be careful to properly assess, prevent, and document the possibility and potential of suicidal or homicidal behaviour by a client.
  • I will immediately (within 24 hours) report the sexual or physical abuse of a child to the police or other authorized persons (or, where possible, support my client to report such incident).
  • I will not give a client the false hope that this counselling relationship can be anything other than a counselling relationship or that this relationship can be permanent.
  • I will take direct steps to inform a potential victim of homicidal threats made by a client and report the incident to my local police. I will also report to my local police a homicidal threat to my client.
  • I will not use hypnosis or guided imagery as part of the treatment for a client who has been hospitalized for psychosis or major depression.
  • I will not devalue the competence of another practitioner in the presence of a client but will direct any complaints to the appropriate professional disciplinary body.
  • I will avoid expressing anger or reacting emotionally to the client (except intentionally and for therapeutic effect).
  • I will not pressure a client to remain in a counselling relationship against the client’s expressed desire to terminate.
  • I will not advise a couple to separate or to end their relationship.  Counselling may be refused where there is current physical or sexual abuse.
  • I am committed to my own personal growth and professional supervision as being essential to an effective counsellor.
  • I will not provide counselling while either client or counsellor are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drug, alcohol and other addiction counselling in my practice, however, is not dependent on abstinence.
  • I am committed to continuing professional education, receiving supervision and to expanding my repertoire of skills and understanding of counselling practice.
  • I am willing to see partners in a marriage both together and singly, should this be acceptable to both partners, taking care to separate confidentiality but acknowledging the possibility of human error.  However many partners prefer separate counsellors and I am very happy to work this way too.

Julie Taylor MTC RCS

 

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ps: Here are direct links to each of the forms – you can find each one under the Forms tab or access them from here:

Intake Form     Limits of Confid      Intro Email