Counselling & Family Mediation Services

Code of Ethics

Feenikx Counselling & Mediation follows and complies to the Code of Ethics created by and published on the ACA (Australian Counselling Association).

Membership of the ACA (Inc) commits members to adhere to the ACA (Inc) Code of Ethics and Practice.

The Code of Ethics and Practice applies to counsellors work related activities. It includes the clinical or counselling practice as well as research, teaching, supervision of trainees and other activities that relate to the overall general training and employment of the counselling profession.

The Code of Ethics and Practice is intended to provide standards of profession conduct that can be applied by the ACA (Inc) and by other bodies that choose to adopt them in Australia.

The helping relationship constitutes the effective and appropriate use of helper’s skills that are for the benefit and safety of the client in his or her circumstances.

Therefore, as members of the Australian Counselling Association we will:

  • Offer a non-judgmental professional service, free from discrimination, honouring the individuality of the client
  • Establish the helping relationship in order to maintain the integrity and empowerment of the client without offering advice.
  • Be committed to ongoing personal and professional development
  • Ensure client understanding of the purpose, process and boundaries of the counselling relationship.
  • Offer a promise of confidentiality and explain the limits of duty of care.
  • For the purpose of advocacy, receive written permission from the client before divulging any information or contacting other parties.
  • Endeavour to make suitable referral where competent service cannot be provided.
  • Undertake regular supervision and debriefing to develop skills, monitor performance and sustain professional accountability.
  • Be responsive to the needs of peers and provide a supportive environment for their professional development.
  • Not act as or practice legal counsel on behalf of or to a client when practicing as a counsellor or act as an agent for a client.
  • Not initiate, develop or pursue a relationship be it sexual or nonsexual with past or current clients, within 2 years of the last counselling session.
  • Be responsible for your own updating and continued knowledge of theories, ethics and practices through journals, the association and other relevant bodies.
  • Be committed to the above code of ethics and recognise that procedures for withdrawal of membership will be implemented for breaches.

To read the entire Code of Ethics document, please click on the link below to download the PDF version.