Standard of Ethics for the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH)
To ensure the highest quality of service delivered to clients and to insure professional integrity, I will:
- Adhere to all state and federal laws and rules that govern client care and counselor licensure requirements, including reporting abuse/neglect of vulnerable persons (children/adults), misconduct by individuals or agencies, client confidentiality, data privacy, and relationship between clients and professionals.
- Maintain an objective, non-possessive and respectful relationship with clients at all times, especially in the areas of the client’s physical, sexual, financial, or emotional boundaries.
- Adhere to non-discriminatory behavior with clients on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, affectional preference, age, religion, national origin, cultural background, marital status, political belief, mental or physical handicap, or any other personal preference, characteristic, condition, or status.
- Maintain a willingness and the ability to recognize when it is in the client’s and/or their family’s best interest to refer or release him/her to another professional, program, or agency.
- Empower clients and their families to move forward toward self-sufficiency.
- Maintain knowledge of community resources and make appropriate referrals.
- Respect the rights and views of other professionals and agencies.
- Abide by my agency’s policies, procedures and regulations that maintain and improve the delivery of services.
- Assess personal competence and operate only within my skills and/or training.
- Accurately represent my own qualifications and affiliations.
- Continue my professional growth through ongoing education and/or training.
- Recognize my individual responsibility for appropriate professional and respectful conduct in personal and professional areas.
- Maintain an ongoing personal growth, recovery and/or personal enhancement program.
- Maintain appropriate boundaries between myself and my colleagues, my agency and other professionals or agencies.
- Obtain clinical supervision when appropriate and in compliance with the State of Minnesota licensing regulations.
This code was originally developed, published, revised and updated by the Institute for Chemical Dependency Professionals in Minnesota. It has been revised and adopted by the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health on January 7, 2000.