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Ethics Codes

August 29, 2018

LICENSED ADVANCED ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR

CODE OF ETHICS  (For all Alcohol/Drug Counselors: Licensed)

Principle 1: Non-discrimination The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not discriminate against clients or professionals based upon race, religion, age, sex, handicaps, national ancestry, sexual orientation or economic condition.

Principle 2: Responsibility The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must espouse objectivity and integrity, and maintain the highest standards in the services the counselor offers. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug counselor, as a teacher, must recognize the counselor's primary obligation to help others acquire knowledge and skills in dealing with the disease of chemical dependency.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor, as a practitioner, must accept the professional challenge and responsibility deriving from the counselor's work.
  3. The alcoholism and drug counselor, who supervises others, accepts the obligation to facilitate the further professional development of these individuals by providing accurate and current information, timely evaluations and constructive consultation.

Principle 3: Competence The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must recognize that the profession is founded on national standards of competence which promote the best interests of society, of the client, of the counselor and of the profession as a whole.  The counselor must recognize the need for ongoing education as a component of professional competency. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must prevent the practice of alcoholism and drug abuse counseling by unqualified and unauthorized persons.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor who is aware of unethical conduct or of unprofessional modes of practice must report such violations to the appropriate certifying authority.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must recognize the boundaries and limitations of the counselor's competencies and not offer services or use techniques outside of these professional competencies.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must recognize the effect of professional impairment on professional performance and must be willing to seek appropriate treatment for oneself or for a colleague. The counselor must support peer assistance programs in this respect.

Principle 4: Legal Standards and Moral Standards The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must uphold the legal and accepted moral codes, which pertain to professional conduct. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not claim directly or by implication, professional qualifications/affiliations that the counselor does not possess.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not use the affiliation with the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors for purposes that are not consistent with the stated purposes of the Association.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not associate with or permit the counselor's name to be used in connection with any services or products in a way that is incorrect or misleading.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor associated with the development or promotion of books or other products offered for commercial sale must be responsible for ensuring that such books or products are presented in a professional and factual way.
  5. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not attempt to secure certification or registration (or certification renewal) by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation on any application or other documents submitted to the certifying organization whether engaged in by an applicant for licensure, certification or registration or in support of any application for licensure, certification or registration. Any altered documents as identified by staff in the application or renewal process will be denied immediately and reapplication may be required and CCBADC Chairperson may deny application or reapplication as a result of such fraudulent activity.
  6. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not violate, attempt to violate, or conspire to violate any regulation or law adopted by the California Alcohol and Drug Program Administration or CCBADC Policies and/or Code of Ethics.

Principle 5: Public Statements The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must respect the limits of present knowledge in public statements concerning alcoholism and other forms of drug addiction. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor who represents the field of alcoholism counseling to clients, other professionals, or to the general public must report fairly and accurately the appropriate information.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must acknowledge and document the materials and techniques used.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor who conducts training in alcoholism or drug abuse counseling skills or techniques must indicate to the audience the requisite training/qualifications required to properly perform these skills and techniques.

Principle 6: Publication Credit The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must assign credit to all who have contributed to the published material and for the work upon which the publication is based. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must recognize joint authorship, major contributions of a professional character, made by several persons to a common project. The author who has made the principal contribution to a publication must be identified as a first listed.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must acknowledge in footnotes or an introductory statement minor contributions of a professional character, extensive clerical or similar assistance and other minor contributions.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must acknowledge, through specific citations, unpublished, as well as published material, that has directly influenced the research or writing.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor who complies and edits for publication the contributions of others must list oneself as editor, along with the names of those who have contributed.

Principle 7: Client Welfare  The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must respect the integrity and protect the welfare of the person or group with whom the counselor is working. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must define for self and others the nature and direction of loyalties and responsibilities and keep all parties concerned informed of these commitments.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor, in the presence of professional conflict, must be concerned primarily with the welfare of the client.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must terminate a counseling or consulting relationship when it is reasonably clear that the client is not benefiting from it.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor, in referral cases, must assume the responsibility for the client's welfare either by termination by mutual agreement and/or by the client becoming engaged with another professional. In situations when a client refuses treatment, referral or recommendations, the alcohol and drug abuse counselor must carefully consider the welfare of the client by weighing the benefits of continued treatment or termination and must act in the best interest of the client.
  5. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor who asks a client to reveal personal information from other professionals or allows information to be divulged must inform the client of the nature of such transactions. The information released or obtained with informed consent must be used for expressed purposes only.
  6. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not use a client in a demonstration role in a workshop setting where such participation would potentially harm the client.
  7. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must ensure the presence of an appropriate setting for clinical work to protect the client from harm and the counselor and the profession from censure.
  8. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must collaborate with other health care professional(s) in providing a supportive environment for the client who is receiving prescribed medications.

Principle 8: Confidentiality The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must embrace, as a primary obligation, the duty of protecting the privacy of clients and must not disclose confidential information acquired, in teaching, practice or investigation. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must inform the client and obtain agreement in areas likely to affect the client's participation including the recording of an interview, the use of interview material for training purposes, and observation of an interview by another person.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must make provisions for the maintenance of confidentiality and the ultimate disposition of confidential records.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must reveal information received in confidence only when there is clear and imminent danger to the client or to other persons, and then only to appropriate professional workers or public authorities.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must discuss the information obtained in clinical or consulting relationships only in appropriate settings, and only for professional purposes clearly concerned with the case. Written and oral reports must present only data germane to the purpose of the evaluation and every effort must be made to avoid undue invasion of privacy. e. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must use clinical and other material in classroom teaching and writing only when the identity of the persons involved is adequately disguised.

Principle 9: Client Relationships The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must inform the prospective client of the important aspects of the potential relationship. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must inform the client and obtain the client's agreement in areas likely to affect the client's participation including the recording of an interview, the use of interview material for training purposes, and/or observation of an interview by another person.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must inform the designated guardian or responsible person of the circumstances, which may influence the relationship when the client is a minor or incompetent.
  3. Dual Relationships:
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must seek to nurture and support the development of a relationship with clients as equals rather than to take advantage of individuals who are vulnerable and exploitable.
  5. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not engage in professional relationships or commitments that conflict with family members, friends, close associates or others whose welfare might be jeopardized by such a dual relationship.

iii. Because all relationship begins with a power differential, the alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not exploit relationships with current or former clients for personal gain, including social or business relationships.

  1. Engaging in sexual relations with a client or with a former client within two years from the termination date of therapy with the client, soliciting sexual relations with a client, or committing an act of sexual abuse, or sexual misconduct with a client, or committing an act punishable as a sexually related crime, if that act or solicitation is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an alcohol and other drug counselor.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not accept gifts from clients, other treatment organizations or the providers of materials or services used in practice.

Principle 10: Interprofessional Relationships The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must treat colleagues with respect, courtesy and fairness, and must afford the same professional courtesy to other professionals. 

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not offer professional services to a client in counseling with another professional except with the knowledge of the other professional or after the termination of the client's relationship with the other professional.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must cooperate with duly constituted professional ethics committees, staff requests and promptly supply necessary information unless constrained by the demands of confidentiality. Failure to cooperate with the committee or staff may result in immediate suspension until such time cooperation is given. Additionally, the alcoholism and drug abuse counselor may not use threatening gestures, behaviors or other forms of coercion with the committee, colleagues, members, staff or other individuals.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not in any way exploit relationships with supervisees, employees, students, research participants or volunteers.

Principle 11: Remuneration The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must establish financial arrangements in professional practice and in accordance with the professional standards that safeguard the best interests of the client, of the counselor and of the profession.

  1. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must inform the client of all financial policies. In circumstances where an agency dictates explicit provisions with its staff for private consultations, clients must be made fully aware of these policies.
  2. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not send or receive any commission or rebate or any other form of remuneration for referral of clients for professional services. The counselor must not engage in fee splitting.
  3. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor in clinical or counseling practice must not use one's relationship with clients to promote personal gain or the profit of an agency or commercial enterprise of any kind.
  4. The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must not accept a private fee or any other gift or gratuity for professional work with a person who is entitled to such services through an institution or agency. The policy of a particular agency may make explicit provisions for private work with its client by members of its staff, and in such instances, the client must be fully apprised of all policies affecting the client.

 

Principle 12: Societal Obligations The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must advocate changes in public policy and legislation to afford opportunity and choice for all persons whose lives are impaired by alcoholism and other forms of drug addiction.  The counselors must inform the public through active civic and professional participation in community affairs of the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction and must act to guarantee that all persons, especially the needy and disadvantaged, have access to the necessary resources and services.  The alcoholism and drug abuse counselor must adopt a personal and professional stance, which promotes the well being of all human beings.