Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
1. Client Welfare and Well-being:
1.1. We prioritize the well-being, autonomy, and dignity of our clients. Our actions and decisions are guided by their best interests.
1.2. We provide competent, compassionate, and evidence-based therapy services that respect the diversity of our clients’ experiences and backgrounds.
2. Confidentiality and Privacy:
2.1. We uphold the highest standards of confidentiality. Client information is treated with the utmost respect and protected according to legal and ethical guidelines.
2.2. We will discuss exceptions to confidentiality with clients, ensuring they are fully informed about the limits of confidentiality.
3.1. We maintain a commitment to ongoing professional development to enhance our knowledge, skills, and ethical awareness.
3.2. We provide services within the scope of our competence, seeking consultation or referring clients to appropriate specialists when necessary.
4. Respect and Cultural Sensitivity:
4.1. We respect the values, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds of our clients, recognizing the importance of cultural sensitivity in therapy.
4.2. We strive to create an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment, valuing diversity in all its forms.
5. Informed Consent:
5.1. We obtain informed consent from clients, providing clear explanations about the therapeutic process, goals, risks, and benefits.
5.2. We respect clients’ autonomy in making decisions about their therapy, ensuring they have the information needed to provide informed consent.
6. Boundaries and Dual Relationships:
6.1. We maintain professional boundaries with clients, avoiding dual relationships that could compromise objectivity, integrity, or the therapeutic relationship.
6.2. We are transparent about potential conflicts of interest and strive to prioritize clients’ well-being over our personal interests.
7. Professional Integrity:
7.1. We engage in honest, transparent, and respectful interactions with clients, colleagues, and other professionals.
7.2. We do not engage in unethical or fraudulent practices, and we adhere to all legal and ethical obligations.
8. Continuing Education and Supervision:
8.1. We engage in ongoing supervision, consultation, and professional development to ensure the quality and ethicality of our services.
8.2. We actively seek feedback to enhance our practice and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
9. Termination and Referrals:
9.1. We carefully assess the appropriateness of therapy termination, ensuring that clients’ needs have been met and they are prepared for the transition.
9.2. We offer referrals to other professionals when clients’ needs are beyond the scope of our expertise or if termination is necessary.
By adhering to this Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, we uphold the values and principles that guide Greener Side Counseling in providing ethical, compassionate, and effective therapy service