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Rules of Conduct - Appendix

Updated: May 26

Appendix A: Discussions


Rule 2.2 Discussion

A certified professional or person seeking certification should not use a modality or a technique if the certified professional or person seeking certification does not have the education, training, or skills to perform a modality or a technique in a competent or qualified manner.


Rule 2.3 Discussion

Most certified professionals or those seeking certification strive to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence. In order to provide the highest standard of therapy for consumers, certified professionals or those seeking certification must maintain the commitment to assess their own personal strengths, limitations, biases, and effectiveness. When a certified professional or person seeking certification recognizes that a consumer's therapeutic needs exceed their education, training, and capabilities, the certified professional or person seeking certification must pursue advice and counsel from colleagues and supervisors. When a consumer's therapeutic issues are outside their level of professional functioning or scope of practice, the certified professional or person seeking certification must refer the consumer to another professional who will provide the appropriate therapeutic approach for the consumer.


Rule 2.7 Discussion

Private conduct of a certified professional or person seeking certification remains a personal matter to the same degree as any other person. However, when conduct compromises the fulfillment of professional responsibilities, the certified professional or person seeking certification bears the responsibility for any misconduct in all areas of their professional life. When the personal life, of a certified professional or person seeking certification, begins to adversely affect professional performance and the quality of service delivered, putting the consumer at risk. The certified professional or person seeking certification must take sufficient and immediate action to resolve any personal adversity, which interferes with their professional functioning. This may include but is not limited to seeking professional assistance or requesting inactive status for medical reasons. The certified professional or person seeking certification should expect his or her employer to intervene when the professional’s personal problems begin to adversely affect their performance with consumers and coworkers.


Rule 2.8 Discussion

The certified professional or person seeking certification shall not discontinue professional services to a consumer unless: services have been completed; the consumer requests the discontinuation; alternative or replacement services are 2095 Daniels St. #963 Long Lake, MN 55356 IBADCC.org arranged; or the consumer is given reasonable opportunity to arrange alternative or replacement services.


Rule 2.9 Discussion

Except as may otherwise be indicated in this Code, certified professionals or those seeking certification are expected to preserve all consumer confidences and refrain from revealing confidential information obtained as a result of the certified professional-consumer or person seeking certification-consumer relationship, except as may be authorized by the consumer or required or authorized by law. Certified professionals or those seeking certification are expected to be familiar with and act in accordance with federal and state regulations concerning confidentiality of participant records and identifying information.


Rule 3.3 Discussion

Any public record pertaining to an arrest, charge, disposition or sentencing of a certified professional or person seeking certification, shall be deemed as conclusive evidence of guilt of the felony or misdemeanor for which he or she has been convicted. If that felony or misdemeanor relates to the individual's ability to practice the substance abuse counseling profession, the fact of conviction shall also be proof of violation of this Rule. Some specific examples within this section include but are not limited to crimes involving violence, use or sale of drugs, fraud, theft, sexual misconduct, or other felonies. All proceedings in which the sentence has been deferred, suspended, adjudication withheld, or a conviction expunged shall be deemed a conviction within the meaning of this section. For example, an IBOL investigation of a certified professional or person seeking certification could provide the independent grounds for an investigation.


Rule 4.1 Discussion

The Board finds that the effects of the certified professional-consumer or person seeking certification-consumer relationship can be powerful and subtle and that consumers can be influenced consciously and subconsciously by the unequal distribution of power inherent in such relationships. Furthermore, the Board finds that the effects of the establishment of a professional-consumer relationship can endure after services cease to be rendered. The certified professional or person seeking certification is responsible for acting in the best interest of the consumer even after the termination of services. The professional shall not engage in or request sexual contact with a former consumer at any time if engaging with that consumer would be exploitative, abusive or detrimental to that consumer’s welfare. A certified professional-consumer or person seeking certification-consumer relationship is established between a professional and a person once a professional renders, or purports to render addictions, prevention, or criminal justice services including but not limited to, counseling, assessment, or treatment to that person. A formal contractual relationship, the scheduling of professional appointments or payment of a fee for services are not necessary conditions for the establishment of a professional-consumer relationship, although each of these may be evidence that such a relationship exists.


Rule 5.1 Discussion

The term "fraudulent claim" includes but is not limited to charging a consumer or a third-party payer for a service not performed or submitting an account or charge for services that is false or misleading. It does not include charging for a missed appointment.


Rule 6.1 & 6.2 Discussion

Certified professionals or those seeking certification must remain "honest and selfsearching in determining the impact of their behavior on the consumer. Ethical problems are often raised when a certified professional or person seeking certification blends his or her professional relationship with a consumer with another kind of relationship. Behavior is unethical when it reflects a lack of awareness or concern about the impact of the behavior on the consumers. Certified professionals or those seeking certification who engage in more than one role with consumers may be trying to meet their own financial, social, or emotional needs." (1993, Corey G., Corey M., and Callanan P.) The nature of the consumer-professional relationship is such that the consumer remains vulnerable to the real or perceived influences of the certified professional or person seeking certification. Certified professionals or those seeking certification, who are in a position to influence a consumer's behavior, may impose their own desires upon the consumer.


Rule 6.6 Discussion

When a certified professional or person seeking certification "plays" or "preys" upon the consumer's gratitude for counseling services; or covertly or overtly implies or states that the consumer remains indebted to the certified professional or person seeking certification and should "repay" him or her through gifts or other favors, their unique position of trust and responsibility with the consumer not only becomes jeopardized, but the certified professional or person seeking certification has also engaged in actions antithetical to the counseling profession.


Rule 6.7 Discussion

Notwithstanding this provision, a certified professional or person seeking certification may pay an independent advertising or marketing agent compensation for advertising or marketing services rendered on their behalf by such agent, including compensation for referrals of consumers identified through such services on a per consumer basis.


Rule 7.1 Discussion

If during the course of treating a participant, a certified professional or person seeking certification becomes aware that a consumer intends or is likely to commit some act which may result in serious bodily harm to another person or persons and there is a clear and imminent danger of such harm occurring, the certified professional or person seeking certification has a duty to take reasonable steps to warn such persons. In doing so, the certified professional or person seeking certification should be aware that state and federal regulations set forth rules concerning the confidentiality of certified professional-consumer or person seeking certification-consumer communications and consumer records and identifying information. In cases where the threat is of the commission of a crime on agency premises or against agency personnel, the rules may allow disclosure of the circumstances of the threatened crime and identity of the consumer directly to law enforcement officers. In some instances, however, in order to warn the likely victims of the consumer's actions it may be necessary for the certified professional or person seeking certification or their agency to make an emergency application to a court for an order permitting disclosure of information concerning the consumer or communications from the consumer before such information can be disclosed.


Rule 7.2 Discussion

If during the course of treating a participant, a certified professional or person seeking certification becomes aware that a consumer intends or is likely to inflict serious bodily harm to himself or herself and that there is a clear and imminent danger of such harm occurring, the certified professional or person seeking certification has a duty to take reasonable steps to protect the consumer. In doing so, the certified professional or person seeking certification should be aware that state and federal regulations set forth rules concerning the confidentiality of certified professional-consumer or person seeking certification consumer communications and consumer records and identifying information. Under those rules, it may be permissible in some cases to communicate information about an individual if done in a manner that does not disclose the individual's status as a participant in alcohol or drug abuse counseling. In other cases, however, in order to protect the consumer, it may be necessary for the certified professional or person seeking certification or their agency to make an emergency application to a court for an order permitting disclosure of information concerning the consumer or communications from the consumer before such information can be disclosed.


Rule 11.5 Discussion

The primary commitment of the certified professional or person seeking certification is to the health, welfare, and safety of a consumer. As an advocate for the consumer, the certified professional or person seeking certification must take appropriate action to report instances of incompetent, unethical, or illegal practice by other certified professionals or those seeking certification that places the rights or best interests of the consumer in jeopardy.