CPCS Code of Ethics

In addition to adhering to the Code of Ethics of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the Code of Ethics from the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Code of Ethics of the Georgia Composite Board of PC, SW, and MFT, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall:

 1. Supervisee Status Disclosure to Clients:  Ensure that supervisees inform clients of their professional status (e.g., intern) and of all conditions of supervision.  A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall ensure that supervisees inform their clients of any status other than being fully licensed or qualified for independent practice.   For example, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall ensure that supervisees inform clients if they are students, interns, trainees or, if licensed with restrictions, the nature of those restrictions (e.g., associate or license-eligible). 

Additionally, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall ensure that supervisees inform clients of the pertinent requirements of supervision (e.g., the audio recording of counseling sessions for purposes of supervision). 

 2. Supervisee Confidentiality Disclosure to Clients:  Ensure that supervisees inform clients of clients’ rights to confidentiality and privileged communication when applicable, as well as the limits of confidentiality and privileged communication.

The general limits of confidentiality are when harm to self or others is threatened, when the abuse of children, elders or disabled persons is suspected, and in cases when the court compels the mental health professional to testify and break confidentiality. These are the current generally accepted limitations to confidentiality and privileged communication, but they may be modified by state law or federal statute. 

 3. Supervisee Informed Consent to Supervision:  Inform supervisees about the process of supervision, including supervision goals, case management procedures, evaluation processes, and the Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor’s preferred supervision model(s).  A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall also inform supervisees of the Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor’s credentials, areas of expertise, and training in supervision. 
 4. Confidentiality of Supervision Records:  Keep and secure supervision records and consider all information gained in supervision as confidential. 
 5. Supervisor/Supervisee Dual Relationships:  Avoid all dual relationships with supervisees that may interfere with the Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor’s professional judgment or exploit the supervisee.  Sexual, romantic, or intimate relationships between a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor and supervisees shall not occur.  Certified Professional Counselor Supervisors shall not engage in sexual harassment or sexual bias towards supervisees.  Certified Professional Counselors Supervisors shall not supervise relatives.
 6. Client Crisis Plan: Establish procedures with supervisees for handling crisis situations. 
 7. Evaluation of Supervisee:  Provide supervisees with adequate and timely feedback as part of an established evaluation plan. 
 8. Assisting Supervisees:  Render assistance to any supervisee who is unable to provide competent counseling services to clients. 
 9. Intervening for Impaired Supervisees:  Intervene in any situation where the supervisee is impaired and clients may be at risk. 
 10. Endorsing Impaired Supervisees:  Refrain from endorsing an impaired supervisee when such impairment deems it unlikely that the supervisee can provide adequate counselor services. 
 11. Trained Supervision Only:  Offer supervision only for professional services for which supervisor is trained or has supervised experience.  A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall not assist in diagnosis, assessment, or treatment without prior training or supervision.  A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall correct any misrepresentations of his or her qualifications made by others. 
 12. Legal and Ethical Standards of Practice:  Ensure that supervisees are aware of the current ethical standards related to the supervisees’ professional practice, as well as legal standards that regulate the supervisee’s professional practice. 
 13. Cultural Issues:  Engage supervisees in an examination of cultural issues that might affect the supervision process and/or supervisees’ counseling practice. 
 14. Supervisor Responsibility for Supervisee’s Clients:  Ensure that both supervisees and clients are aware of their rights and of due process procedures.  A Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor shall be ultimately responsible for the welfare of supervisees’ clients. 
 15. Consent Orders:  If your license is placed under a consent order with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, the CPCS supervisor will immediately notify the CPCS Committee.  Upon notification, your CPCS will be revoked and you will be immediately removed from the CPCS listing. 
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Professional Conduct with Colleagues:  A CPCS will treat professional colleagues with the same dignity and respect afforded to clients. Professional discourse should be free of personal attacks, foul language, or other inappropriate behaviors.

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Professional Conduct with Supervisees':  A CPCS will treat supervisees’ with the same dignity and respect afforded to clients and professional colleagues. Professional discourse should be free of personal attacks, foul language, or other inappropriate behaviors.  Supervision provided by a CPCS shall be provided in a professional and consistent manner to all supervisees regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, physical disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital or social or economic status.

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Professional Conduct with LPCA-GA Staff and Volunteers (which includes LPCA-GA Board members):  A CPCS will treat LPCA-GA staff and volunteers with the same dignity and respect afforded to clients, colleagues, and supervisees.  Professional discourse should be free of personal attacks, foul language, or other inappropriate behaviors.

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CPCS's Who Are CE Providers Conducting Themselves In a Professional Manner:  A CPCS who provide CEs shall abide by all rules and regulations of the Ga Composite Board and the NBCC with regard to the delivery of professional workshops.  This includes but is not limited to:  (a) providing training for which they have been approved and are trained/qualified to provide, (b) submitting sign-in sheets after workshops to the CPCS Committee upon request, (c) advertising workshops on their websites for the public’s view, (d) providing workshops live, in-person at a named location, so designated on the CE certificate, and (e) providing webinars, only if approved for delivery in that format, and so designated on the CE certificate.

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CPCS Utilizing Tele-Supervision:  Prior to providing supervisory services through electronic means (including but not limited to phone and Internet), a CPCS ensures that they are compliant with all relevant laws for the delivery of such services, including completion of the 9 CEs required by the GA Composite Board.  Additionally, a CPCS must: (a) determine that technologically-assisted supervision is appropriate for supervisees, considering professional, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs; (b) inform supervisees of the potential risks and benefits associated with technologically-assisted services; (c) ensure the security of their communication medium; and (d) only commence electronic supervision after appropriate education, training, or supervised experience using the relevant technology. 

Failure to comply with the CPCS Code of Ethics will be grounds for removal from the CPCS certification program.

Certified Professional by the CPCS Supervisor Review Board (April 2010)

Certified Professional by the LPCA Board of Directors (June 2010)

Revised 02-04-17

Questions should be directed to the CPCS Committee at lpcacpcs@gmail.com.

SUPERVISION FORMS

Why use the Industry Standardized Supervision forms?

  • We have seen a 50% increase in supervision audits at the Licensing Board due to supervision paperwork discrepancies.
  • As a result, licensure applicants have had to testify (justify) at a Board hearing;  there have been “denial” of their application.
  • The CPCS Committee and a host of others worked to identify the issues and help correct the situation.

Using the new Industry Standardized Supervision forms (correctly filled out) can minimize the chance of application denials, saving both supervisors and supervisees valuable time and money!!!

SUPERVISION FORMS:   Click on the titles below to download the pdf forms.    If you would like them in MS Word Docx (that is the newer version of word) we will email them to you.  LPCACPCS@gmail.com

 SUPERVISOR SUPERVISEE' 
Supervision LOG & Notes Supervision LOG & Notes
Supervisor Summary Supervisee Summary
Non-Clinical Supervision Notes Directed Experience Log

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