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.