Ethics: Risk Management is the name of the game

Ethical issues facing counsellors is on the rise. In Queensland, the Christian Counsellors’ Association (CCAQ) has had to deal with four ethical issues over the past three years in its entire fifteen­ year history. Since ethical complaints leveled at counsellors are becoming more common, it is essential that counsellors be alert to possible ethical breaches if they wish to avoid ethical or legal consequences.

In reality, can counsellors afford not to be informed and aware of unethical possibilities? In our litigious age, the answer is a big fat NO. Counsellors, who choose not to be informed ethically, are walking on the edge of a cliff leading to unprofessional conduct or malpractice.

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