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:


  1. 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.
  2. Pledge my service to the well-being and betterment of all members of society without discrimination.*
  3. Recognize the right to culturally sensitive and evidence -based treatment for anyone experiencing a substance use disorder or behavioural addiction.
  4. Promote and assist in the recovery and return to wellness of every person served.
  5. Uphold each person’s right to self-determination and referring them professionally to other programs or individuals when in their best interest.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Ensure that all interpersonal transactions are non-exploitive.
  9. Give due respect to the rights, views, and positions of any other addiction counselors and related professionals.
  10. 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.
  11. Contribute my ideas and findings regarding substance use disorders and behavioral addictions and their treatment and recovery.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) should be used in a professional manner only:
    1. No posting of client information
    2. Do not harass people on social media
    3. Do not act in a manner that can be construed as a breach of any other ethical principal
    4. Do not create, write or participate in bias
    5. Do not create, write or participate in posts that can be construed as a breach of trust
    6. Do not post any real life situations – even if you call them hypothetical
    7. Do not share files on social media
    8. Do not personally “friend” clients or their family members on social media.