Ethics/Standards of Practice

Introduction to the OACCPP Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

The purpose of the OACCPP Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice is to provide members guides for upholding ethical principles, values, and standards related to mental health practice. Members are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They must sign an agreement indicating that they have read, understood, and are committed to following the ethical principles and standards contained within these documents.

OACCPP members who are registrants of regulated Colleges must abide by the ethical codes and regulations established by their respective regulatory Colleges. For example, the College of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO) has established a Code of Ethics and regulations pertaining to registration, quality assurance, and professional misconduct. Members of OACCPP are required by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to inform their clients of their regulation and/or certification status.

The Ethics Committee and the Professional Conduct Committee were merged in September 2014 as the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. The role of this committee is twofold:

a) To provide guidance and advice to OACCPP members in response to queries they may have about the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; and

b) To handle concerns or complaints about non-regulated members lodged by clients, the public at large, or other practitioners. Professional conduct matters concerning regulated members should be submitted directly to that member’s College.  The Chair of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee can be contacted at ethics-conduct@oaccpp.ca.

In the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice documents, “member” refers to all members of OACCPP; “client” refers to all consumers of mental health services provided by a member. Such services include, but are not limited to: counselling, psychotherapy, assessments, supervision, and consulting to clients. “Code” refers to the Code of Ethics, and “Association” refers to OACCPP.

Download the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice documents.