National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  The NBCC Code of Ethics establishes minimum ethical behaviors for National Certified Counselors.  It is a guide and resource for ethical practice in counseling.

This course is recommended for National Certified Counselors and is appropriate for all levels of practice.

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Publisher:  National Board for Certified Counselors

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying ethical standards for National Certified Counselors.

Learning Objectives:   Identify ethical practices related to communicating truthfully and providing only those services for which one is qualified; Identify ethical practices related to preventing harm, promoting welfare, and encouraging active participation of clients, students, and supervisees; Identify ethical practices related to adhering to professional standards and integrity.

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1: NCC's may share information obtained through the counseling process in all of the following circumstances except:
2: NCCs shall not engage in any form of sexual or romantic intimacy with clients or with former clients for ____________ from the date of counseling service termination.
3: Sexual harassment is defined as a single act or multiple occurrences of verbal, nonverbal, or physical actions that are known to be unwelcome or that are of the severity to be perceived as harassment by
4: An NCC provides clinical supervision in a situation where the supervisee is impaired and placing the client at risk.  In this scenario, the NCC should
5: NCCs shall recognize the potential harm of informal uses of social media and should
6: When unsure about client treatment or professional practice responsibilities,  NCCs should
7: NCCs shall limit the use of tests and assessments to those that are
8: Which electronic communications exchanged with clients and supervisees should be included as a part of the client record?
9: NCCs shall retain client records for a minimum of __________________ unless state or federal laws require additional time.  After the required retention period, NCCs shall dispose of records in a manner that protects client confidentiality.
10: NCCs conducting counseling with more than one client at a time shall
11: NCCs shall respond to client requests for access to or copies of records within a practical timeframe.  If there is a reasonable basis to believe that providing such access will cause harm, then the information shall not be released.
12: NCC's shall comply with NBCC policies, legal standards, and state board regulations.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 ethics continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Read more:
American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.