Professional Conduct Review Reporting
To report a counsellor for a breach of the ethical code of conduct, please complete this form
*** PLEASE NOTE: Timelines for PCRs are currently suspended due to volume ***
Canon of Ethical Principles
As a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation, I must:
- Believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings, striving to recognize all people from all races and spiritual beliefs, sexual genders and orientations.
- Pledge my service to the well-being and betterment of all members of society without discrimination.*
- Recognize the right to culturally sensitive and evidence -based treatment for anyone experiencing a substance use disorder or behavioural addiction.
- Promote and assist in the recovery and return to wellness of every person served.
- Uphold each person’s right to self-determination and referring them professionally to other programs or individuals when in their best interest.
- Maintain proper professional relationships to all persons served ensuring that all interpersonal transactions between myself and persons served, are non-exploitive and essential to their well-being and recovery, while recognizing our fiduciary responsibility.
- Adhere strictly to establish principles of confidentiality in all knowledge, records, and materials concerning persons served directly and indirectly, and in accordance with any institutional and any current government regulations.
- Ensure that all interpersonal transactions are non-exploitive.
- Give due respect to the rights, views, and positions of any other addiction counselors and related professionals.
- Respect institutional policies and procedures, and cooperate with agency management with which I may be associated, as long as this remains consistent with recognized standards, procedures and ethics.
- Contribute my ideas and findings regarding substance use disorders and behavioral addictions and their treatment and recovery.
- Maintain an individual responsibility for personal conduct in all lifestyle areas, so as not to diminish my professional competence, integrity, legal obligation. I further agree that I will refrain from any breach of the Criminal Code of Canada.
- Avoid claiming or implying any personal capabilities for professional qualifications beyond those I have attained, recognizing competency gained in one field of activity must not be used improperly to imply competency in another.
- Regularly evaluate my own strengths, bias, or levels of effectiveness, always striving for self-improvement and seeking professional development by means of further education, training, and clinical supervision.
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) should be used in a professional manner only:
- No posting of client information
- Do not harass people on social media
- Do not act in a manner that can be construed as a breach of any other ethical principal
- Do not create, write or participate in bias
- Do not create, write or participate in posts that can be construed as a breach of trust
- Do not post any real life situations – even if you call them hypothetical
- Do not share files on social media
- Do not personally “friend” clients or their family members on social media.