This CPD course is intended to support members in understanding and using the NCS Code of Ethical Practice (published January 2018).  It presents a number of examples and activities which you are encouraged to use to develop your understanding.  It does not pretend to offer the ‘right’ solution to every problem and dilemma.

We hope it will stimulate your own thinking about ethical practice and enable you, with your supervisor,  to feel secure in offering your best work to your clients.

The Society always welcomes feedback and dialogue with members.

By the end of the course you will be able to use the National Counselling Society Code of Ethics to support you in your practice.


  • Foundations of Ethical Practice
  • Ethics in Counselling Practice – Setting Standards
  • The Importance of Boundaries
  • Counselling and Power
  • Power and the Counsellor’s ‘Shadow’
  • Emotional or Sexual Exploitation
  • Relationships with Former Clients
  • Components of Ethical Practice
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Building Ethical Relationships
  • Contracting
  • Working with Organisations
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Social and Political Awareness
  • Building Ethical Relationships – Conclusion
  • Legal Issues in Ethical Practice
  • Contracting
  • Negligence
  • Confidentiality
  • Ethical Dilemmas and Problem Solving
  • Model for Ethical Decision Making
  • Using the Stepped Approach
  • Using the Stepped Approach – Further Examples
  • Ethics in Counselling Training and Research
  • Complaints – Policy & Procedure
  • NCS Code of Ethical Practice

This course contains 4 CPD hours.

Other courses that may be of interest include:

Practitioner Self-Care