AFCPE® is committed to maintaining the highest standard of professionalism, and ethical behavior is foundational to these high standards. All AFCPE® certified professionals are required to sign the AFCPE® Code of Ethics annually. This signature represents a personal and professional commitment to ethical action – that they ensure the highest standard of excellence, honesty, integrity, and dignity for themselves and for those whom they serve.

Counselors certified by AFCPE® pledge to maintain the following ethical standards:

  • Conduct myself in a credible manner, striving for excellence in providing services with competency, diligence, promptness and care to the best of my ability.
  • Grow in professional practices, keeping abreast of industry developments and striving to improve my professional competency through continuing education.
  • Exhibit personal and professional honesty and integrity in advising and counseling clients.
  • Recognize my limitations and refer clients when appropriate.
  • Maintain high standards of ethical conduct according to the objectives of the institution with which I am affiliated.
  • Respect the privacy of clients and the confidentially of the client/counselor relationship in all matters pertaining to the course of professional service, revealing client information of any kind to others only with the expressed, informed consent of the client.
  • Accept compensation that is fair and reasonable, and assist clients in finding other services if my fees are not affordable.
  • Avoid any act or omission which violates the relevant criminal laws of any State of the United States or any province, territory, or jurisdiction of any other country.
  • Report any felony related to the practice of the profession or which brings disrepute to the profession or any lesser crime which involves misrepresentation, fraud, extortion, misappropriation or theft or any conspiracy to commit such a crime to the AFCPE® Executive Board.
  • Report any professional suspension by a governmental or industry self-regulatory authority of a license.
  • Make no false or misleading statements to the Executive Board of AFCPE®, its Certification Program Committee or its Professional Review Board.
  • Respond in a timely fashion to all requests of the Executive Board of AFCPE®, its Certification Program Committee or its Professional Review Board.

*Adapted with permission from the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics




In the event a certificant violates the AFCPE Code of Ethics, certification program rules, requirements, and/or policies, the Certification Council may reprimand or suspend the individual or may revoke certification.

Within thirty (30) days from receipt of notice of a determination by the Council that a certificant violated the certification program policies and/or rules, the affected certificant may submit to the Council in writing a request for an appeal. The Appeals Committee conducts and completes the appeal within 90 days after receipt of the request for an appeal. For more on AFCPE’s disciplinary policy, please refer to the AFCPE Candidate Handbook.

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