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Ethics for Professional Counselors and National Certified Counselors

Directives-NCCs Take Appropriate Action to Prevent Harm

1. National Certified Counselors (NCCs) shall respect client’s privacy and shall solicit only information that contributes to:

A. The client's well-being

B. The identified counseling goals

C. The therapeutic relationship

D. Reasonable and professional practices


2. NCCs shall discuss important considerations to avoid exploitation before entering into a non-counseling relationship with a former client, including each of the following EXCEPT:

A. Amount of time since counseling service termination

B. Duration of counseling

C. Likelihood that the client will want to resume counseling at some time in the future

D. Nature and circumstances of potential non-counseling relationship


3. NCCs who act as counselor educators, field placement or clinical supervisors shall not engage in sexual or romantic intimacy with current students or supervisees, or have`any form of sexual or romantic contact with former students or supervisees for one year from the date of last supervision contact.

A. True

B. False


4. Written practice procedures in regard to social media and digital technology shall be developed by NCCs, and these shall be incorporated with the information provided to clients before or during the initial session.

A. True

B. False


NCCs Promote the Welfare of Clients, Students, Supervisees or the Recipients of Professional

5. NCCs who provide consultative services shall establish a written plan with the professional seeking assistance and it shall include the identification of the primary client concern or issue, consultation  goals, ____________________, evaluation and other future steps.

A. Possible sources of conflict

B. Confidentiality issues

C. Potential consequences of actions

D. Limitations of consultation


NCCs Communicate Truthfully

6. NCCs shall include all electronic communications exchanged with clients and supervisees as a part of the record, except those that are strictly related to clerical issues such as change of contact information or scheduling appointments.

A. True

B. False


NCCs Recognize That Their Behavior Reflects on the Integrity of the Profession as a Whole

7. NCCs shall retain client records for a minimum of _______ unless state or federal laws require additional time.

A. 2 years

B. 3 years

C. 5 years

D. 7 years


8. Reasonable efforts to inform clients prior to the court-ordered release of confidential information should be made, and if the client seeks to prevent the release, the NCC shall request that a court withdraw the order due to the potential harm to the client or the counseling relationship.

A. True

B. False


NCCs Recognize the Importance of and Encourage Active Participation of Clients, Students or Supervisees

9. Which of the following is NOT a correct statement about professional information that is provided to the clients?

A. The professional shall inform clients of the purposes, goals, procedures, limitations, potential risks and benefits of services and techniques either prior to or during the initial session

B. Information shall include client’s rights and responsibilities including billing arrangements, collection procedures in the event of nonpayment, and confidentiality and its limitations

C. NCCs shall have a reasonable basis for believing that the information provided is understood by the client

D. The professional information shall be provided to the client in either verbal or written form


NCCs are Accountable in Their Actions and Adhere to Recognized Professional Standards and Practices

10. NCCs shall comply with intellectual property laws and other accepted publication guidelines and shall credit the work of others who have contributed to research or publication either through joint authorship, acknowledgment or other appropriate means.

A. True

B. False


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