The post includes portions of Code of Conduct for Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Texas.

I will also be referencing additional TX Legislature and American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.

  • A licensee must not exert undue influence in promoting activities, services or product that have personal or business gains to licensee.
  • A licensee must set and maintain professional boundaries.
  • The licensee must not provide counseling services to previous or current: personal friends, business or educational associates, or family members.
  • The licensee must not give or accept a gift from a client or a relative of a client valued at more than $50, borrow or lend money or items of value to clients or relatives of clients, or accept payment in the form of goods or services.
  • Non-therapeutic relationships (any relationship unrelated to therapy) with clients are prohibited, whether initiated by either the licensee or client.
  • After termination of counseling relationship, a counselor must wait at least 2 years since last service to engage in a non-therapeutic relationship.
  • A licensee may not engage in sexual contact with a client less than 5 years after end of therapeutic relationship.
  • Licensee must be able to demonstrate that any non-therapeutic relationship is consensual and not detrimental to the client.
  • The licensee must not enter into a non-professional relationship with a client’s family member or any person having a personal or professional relationship with a client if the licensee knows or reasonably should have known such a relationship could be detrimental to the client.
  • The licensee must not knowingly offer or provide counseling to an individual concurrently receiving counseling treatment intervention from another mental health services provider except with that provider’s knowledge.
  • A licensee may take reasonable action to inform medical or law enforcement personnel if the licensee determines there is a probability of imminent physical injury by the client to the client or others, or there is a probability of immediate mental or emotional injury to the client.
  • A licensee must comply with all requirements of Texas Health and Safety Code Chapters 611 and 181 concerning the release of mental health records and confidential information.
  • Prior to the commencement of counseling services to a minor client who is named in a custody agreement or court order, a licensee must obtain and review a current copy of the custody agreement or court order, as well as any applicable part of the divorce decree.
  • A licensee must maintain these documents in the client’s record and abide by the documents at all times.
  • A licensee must terminate a professional counseling relationship when it is reasonably clear the client is not benefiting from the relationship.
  • Upon termination of a relationship if professional counseling is still necessary, the licensee must take reasonable steps to facilitate the transfer to appropriate care.
  • A licensee must not evaluate any individual’s mental, emotional, or behavioral condition unless the licensee has personally interviewed the individual.
  • A licensee must not knowingly over treat a client.
  • A licensee must not aid or abet the unlicensed practice of professional counseling by a person required to be licensed under the Act.
  • A licensee must not provide services while impaired by a physical, mental, or medical condition or by medication, drugs or alcohol.