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Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice

Code of Ethical Conduct | Standards of Clinical Practice | Guidelines 

Compiled December 2008 | Amended June 2014


Part 1 – Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice

Code of Ethical Conduct | June 2014


Standards of Clinical Practice

Standard for Family Law: A Practice Standard for Registered Clinical Counsellors on the Preparation of Family Law Reports | January 2022

Standard for Informed Consent to Clinical Counselling and the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information  | October 2010

Standard for Payment for Clinical Counselling Services | October 2010

Standard for the Content of Clinical Records | October 2010

Standard for Promoting and Advertising Services | March 2014

Standards for Clinical Counselling Reports | June 2011

Standards of Practice for Counsellors Acting as Parent Coordinators | November 2015


Part 2 – Guidelines

Remote Counselling and Privacy Law | March 16, 2020

Guideline for Ethical Decision Making | October 2008

Guidelines for Ethics in Supervision & Teaching | November 1999

PIPA: A Counsellor’s Guide for Developing Client Personal Information Protection Policies and Procedures | October 2004

Legal Commentary – Consent to Counselling Therapy Services – What counsellors need to know about the law of consent before they provide counselling therapy services to their clients.
July 2013

Scope of Practice

Counselling is a relational process based upon the ethical use of professional competencies to facilitate human thriving. A counsellor’s scope of practice is that use of recognized and evolving professional competencies. | October 2014


BCACC Bylaws

Approved with amendment at the Delegate Council Meeting, June 15, 2018 and filed on June 29, 2018.

2018 BCACC Integrated Bylaws | June 29, 2018





It is recommended that all counsellors have a copy of Balancing Conflicting Interests: A Counsellor’s Guide to the Legal Process by Maureen McEvoy and Gayla Reid. This may be obtained from the Justice Institute of B.C., Social Service & Community Safety Division, 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5T4, Telephone: (604) 528-5608, Fax: (604) 528-5640, Website: