Standards of Professional Conduct

Standards of Professional Conduct 

As a Faculty within the University of Lethbridge, the Faculty of Education is committed to maintaining its students’ freedom of thought, beliefs, opinions and expressions. As a professional Faculty, the Faculty of Education is committed to assisting students to become professionals. The Faculty, then, has the responsibility of fostering the academic freedom of students within the context of professional standards of conduct. The standards describe professional characteristics and behaviours that students are expected to develop and demonstrate during all field and on-campus components within the counselling psychology program. Appropriate demonstration of these professional standards will be judged by instructors and counselling psychology agency personnel. 

  1. The student acts in a manner that respects the dignity and rights of all persons without prejudice as to race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, age, ancestry or place of origin. 

  2. The student treats clients, peers, counselling psychology agency personnel and faculty with dignity and respect and is considerate of their circumstances. 

  3. The student acts in a responsible manner which includes being punctual, dependable, trustworthy, consistent and reliable. 

  4. Recognizing that attendance in courses and practicum placements is a professional responsibility, students apprise appropriate personnel at the University and/or counselling psychology agency in advance of unavoidable absences. 

  5. The student demonstrates empathy for others by showing concern for and having an understanding of others’ feelings and/or ideas. 

  6. The student responds to feedback by listening to, evaluating, and responding to suggestions. 

  7. The student maintains positive interpersonal relationships with peers, faculty, counselling psychology agency personnel and clients by contributing, co-operating, participating and working with others in a flexible and adaptable way.

  8. The student shows enthusiasm and initiative by being actively involved as a participant while encouraging the involvement and participation of others.

  9. The student shows maturity and sound judgment in accordance with the standards of professional conduct.

  10. The student demonstrates a commitment to counselling through interest in learning about the field of counselling psychology, consulting, questioning, reading and discussing.

  11. The student criticizes (verbally or in writing) the professional competence or professional reputation of others only in confidence to proper officials and only after the other person has been informed of the criticism.

  12. The student respects the confidentiality of information about clients, peers, counselling agency personnel or faculty received in confidence or in the course of professional duties.

  13. The student acts in a manner which maintains the honour and dignity of the profession and the University of Lethbridge.

  14. The student does not make representations on behalf of the Faculty of Education, the University of Lethbridge, the counselling psychology agency or the profession.

  15. The student adheres to the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and/or the Code of Professional Conduct as outlined by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the College of Alberta Psychologists, and/or the Alberta Teachers’ Association.