CALIFORNIA SUD COUNSELORS:
CERTIFIED COUNSELORS AND REGISTRANTS–
STANDARD UNIFORM CALIFORNIA SUD COUNSELOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Created by CalCCO and Adopted: May 2012
Note: The current California Regulations governing registrants and certified alcohol and other drug (SUD) counselors require each certifying organization (CO) to develop a code of conduct which establishes “minimum” standards that are designed to safeguard the rights of clients in SUD programs and facilities. CO’s may impose more stringent standards that do not conflict with the standards contained within this Uniform Code of Conduct.
Principle 1: Registrants and Certified SUD Counselors shall conduct themselves in an honest, forthright and professional manner. Registrants and Counselors are prohibited from engaging in the commission of any dishonest, corrupt, or fraudulent act substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a registrant or counselor including but not limited to the following:
a. Securing a registration, certification or renewal by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation on any application or material in support of any application for registration certification or renewal;
b. Misrepresenting the type or status of registration or certification held by the person, or otherwise misrepresenting or permitting misrepresentation of his or her education, professional qualifications or professional affiliations to any person, program or entity;
c. Refusal or failure to provide proper identifying registration, credential, certification or license where appropriate or required (e.g., when offering or providing SUD counseling services, on business cards, on informational or marketing materials, etc.);
d. Advertising, marketing or promoting programs, services, training, education or experience in a false and misleading manner, as set forth in Business and Professions Code sections 17200, et seq. Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sections 13000, et seq., as enacted April 1, 2005. 2 CCR Title 9, Div. 4, Chap. 8, Section 13060. 3 C
Principle 2: Registrants and Certified SUD counselors shall maintain professionally appropriate boundaries with clients and family members of clients and shall conduct themselves in a professional, non-exploitive and lawful manner, and are prohibited from:
a. Engaging in inappropriate social relationships, sexual relations or soliciting sexual relations with a client or with a former client within two years from the termination date of the counseling relationship;
b. Committing an act of sexual abuse, misconduct or an act punishable as a sexually related crime;
c. Engaging in a business relationship with clients, patients, program participants, residents and/or other persons significant to them within one year from the termination of the counseling relationship;
d. Physically, verbally, sexually harassing, threatening or abusing other staff members, clients, patients, program participants, residents and/or other persons significant to any of the above;
e. Unlawfully administering to himself or herself any controlled substance as defined in Section 4021 of the California Business and Professions Code (B&P), or using any of the dangerous drugs or devices specified in Section 4022 of the B&P, or using any alcoholic beverage to the extent, or in a manner, as to be dangerous or injurious to the person holding or applying for a registration, certification or license or to any other person, or to the public. CR Title 9, Div. 4, Chap. 8, Section 13060(f).
Principle 3: Registrants and Certified SUD counselors shall comply with all Federal and State Laws and Regulations that pertain to patient/client confidentiality, mandated reporting exceptions, record keeping requirements and patient/client records access. Registrants and Certified SUD counselors are prohibited from:
a. Violating client/patient confidentiality except as required or permitted by law including, but not limited to, Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Public Safety laws and Regulations; California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals Page 7 of 17 Revised 1-2015
b. Failing to maintain records consistent with the nature of the services being rendered;
c. Refusing or denying patient/client access to charts and records as required by law;
d. Violating, attempting to violate or conspiring to violate any law or regulation governing SUD registrants, certified or licensed SUD counselor.