QCA is a professional organisation dedicated to enhancing the work of counsellors and the status of the counselling profession. The purpose of this Code is to identify the ethical responsibilities of all members of QCA, irrespective of membership status.

All members of QCA in their regular practice, and in particular when making ethical decisions and creating and maintaining ethical relationships, are required to adhere to this Code of Ethics. For the purpose of this Code, the term supervisor refers to professional counselling supervision, rather than line management or case management. The term client refers to individuals, couples, families or therapeutic groups, as applicable. The terms counsellor and practitioner are used interchangeably.

One of the characteristics of contemporary society is the coexistence of different approaches to, and understandings of, ethics. Our sources of ethics may include the ethics and values implicit in therapeutic models, our organisational values and policies, personal ethical frameworks, legislation, principles from moral philosophy and professional codes such as this document. In embracing ethical diversity this code includes the central ethical values of the counselling profession, ethical principles drawn from moral philosophy and the translation of these two into ethical practice responsibilities. Each of these three facets of ethics plays a role in expressing and practicing ethical commitment in counselling.

Download the full version (PDF) of the Code of Ethics to review the QCA’s:

  • Ethical Values
  • Ethical Principles
  • Ethical Responsibilities
    • Responsibilities to the client
    • Exploitation
    • Confidentiality
    • Contracts
    • Responsibilities to Self as a Counsellor
    • Responsibilities to other Counsellors
    • Responsibilities to the Wider Community
  • Professional Conduct Procedure