Code of Ethical Conduct | Standards of Clinical Practice | Guidelines

Code of Ethical Conduct – Effective November 1, 2023

Code of Ethical Conduct | November 2023

Standards of Clinical Practice – Effective November 1, 2023

Standard 1: Client-Centered Care and Consent | November 2023

Standard 2: Competence and Quality Improvement | November 2023

Standard 3: Professional Integrity and Communication | November 2023

Standard 4: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism | November 2023

Standard 5: Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-Racism | November 2023

Standard 6: Clinical and Counselling Assessment and Reporting | November 2023

Standard 7: Virtual Practice and Digital Technologies | November 2023

Standard 8: Relationships, Boundaries, and Conflict of Interest | November 2023

Standard 9: Sexual Misconduct | November 2023

Standard 10: Privacy and Confidentiality | November 2023

Standard 11: Marketing, Advertising, and Fees for Service | November 2023

Standard 12: Documentation and Record Keeping | November 2023

Standard 13: Ethical Conduct | November 2023


Remote Counselling and Privacy Law | March 16, 2020

Guidelines for Ethics in Supervision & Teaching | November 1999

PIPA: A Counsellor’s Guide for Developing Client Personal Information Protection Policies and Procedures | October 2004

Legal Commentary – Consent to Clinical Counselling Services – What counsellors need to know about the law of consent before they provide counselling therapy services to their clients.
July 2013

Scope of Practice

Psychotherapy is the act of assessment, engagement and treatment of cognitive, behavioural, emotional and relational distress and disorder, delivered through structured communication within a psychotherapeutic relationship of care.

In the course of practicing psychotherapy, a person may:

a. assess a client’s behavioural, cognitive, emotional and relational functioning
b. determine a course of care delivered by psychotherapeutic approaches and means
c. engage and treat a client’s distress and disorder of behaviour, cognition, emotion, relationship or other psychologic domain that impairs the subject’s adaptive functioning, wellness and quality of life.

BCACC Bylaws

Approved by Special Resolution at the Annual General Meeting on May 29, 2023, and filed on June 8, 2023.

2023 BCACC Integrated Bylaws | May 29, 2023

BCACC Constitution


It is recommended that all counsellors have a copy of Balancing Conflicting Interests: A Counsellor’s Guide to the Legal Process by Maureen McEvoy and Gayla Reid. This may be obtained from the Justice Institute of B.C., Social Service & Community Safety Division, 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5T4, Telephone: (604) 528-5608, Fax: (604) 528-5640, Website:

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