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Reporting Ethical Breaches


As mentioned previously in this module, your supervisor should provide a clinical supervision disclosure statement that contains contact information for the appropriate person, licensing and or credentialing organizations, should you feel that a breach of ethics has occurred during your clinical supervision experience. There are usually procedures put in place by your academic department, agency, and/or professional organization to follow should you need to file a grievance. Try following your organization's grievance procedures first.
 
 
You might want to read some codes of ethics that professional organizations use to guide professional practice in a number of counseling and human services practices. This will allow you to see how they address breaches of ethics and other ethical issues. Take note of the similarities and differences in the various codes.

See, for example:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) This site also includes Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Code of ethics.

National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC)

National Organization of Human Service Education (NOHSE)

This concludes the Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision Module. You might want to:

1. Try a case study.
2. Test your knowledge.
3. Explore the reference section for more reading material about ethics and clinical supervision.