The member shall, therefore, be committed to maintaining high standards of scholarship and practice and shall be accountable as an individual to the standards of the profession. This shall include, but is not limited to, making a referral to an unqualified or incompetent person.
The member shall verify the competence and integrity of the person to whom a consumer is referred. The member shall not willfully make or file any false report record, or information, or induce another person to make or file any false report, record or information.
The member who becomes emotionally, physically or otherwise impaired or disabled to a degree that it impacts on the best interest of the consumer shall, in a timely and efficient manner, make a referral of the consumer to a qualified and appropriate professional source so as to avoid any undue abandonment of the consumer.
The member shall not enter into any dual relationship regardless of nature that jeopardizes the well-being of the consumer. The member shall avoid any action that might violate or diminish the legal and civil rights of the consumer. The member shall not engage in or condone practices by any source that are inhumane or that result in illegal or unjustifiable action relevant to race, handicap, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
The member shall not set forth identification with AASECT such as but not limited to membership or certification status in an announcement statement, or communication, whatever the form, that also includes a college or university degree, unless that degree is based on academic merit and is from an appropriately accredited higher education institution.
The member shall act in accord with AASECT ethics, standards and guidelines related to education, counseling, therapy, supervision and research.
The member shall act in accord with the standards and guidelines for the protection of consumers promulgated by other professional associations with which the member is affiliated and the laws of the jurisdiction s in which the member provides professional services. B The member shall treat all information received about a consumer as confidential, even if some portions of the information appear trivial, irrelevant or not to require confidentiality; even the existence of an educational counseling or therapeutic relationship with the consumer is confidential.
D The member shall divulge information received from a consumer or prospective consumer to the extent required only in the following circumstances 1 When the consumer provides written and informed consent, which indicates: This arrangement must be in accord with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the member practices.
N The member practicing counseling or therapy shall not engage, attempt to engage or offer to engage a consumer in sexual behavior whether the consumer consents to such behavior or not. Members do not engage in such sexual misconduct with current consumers.
Members do not engage in sexual intimacies with individuals they know to be close relatives, guardians, or significant others of a current consumer. Sexual misconduct can consist of a single intense or severe act, or of multiple persistent or pervasive acts. For purposes of determining the existence of sexual misconduct, the counseling or therapeutic relationship is deemed to continue in perpetuity. Welfare of Students, Trainees and Others The AASECT member shall respect the rights and dignity of students, trainees and others such as employees , maintain high standards of scholarship and preserve academic freedom and responsibility.
A The member shall, from the onset of professional contact with students, trainees and others over whom the member has administrative, educational or supervisory authority clarify: C The member shall maintain high standards of scholarship and present information that is accurate and timely in all administrative, educational and supervisory activities. E The member shall not coerce or require a student, trainee or other to serve as a subject for a research project.
F The member shall not provide diagnosis, therapeutic counseling or therapy or any other clinical service to students or trainees or those over whom the member has administrative, educational or supervisory authority. G The member shall not harass in any manner a student, trainee or other person over whom the member has administrative, educational or supervisory authority.
Members do not engage in sexual relationships with students or supervisees who are in their department, agency, or training center, or over whom members have, or are likely to have, evaluative authority.
Research must be ethical and legal at its inception and not justified solely by its intended or achieved outcome. Any research project must: E The member shall be involved only with sex research that requires all investigators to be honest and accurate in their dealings with research subjects and all persons receiving information about the research.
F The member shall be involved only with sex research that offers to provide an explanation of the purpose of the investigation and of the individual and collective results to each person who serves as a research subject. H The member will not engage in any type of sexual relationship or sexual misconduct with research subjects as defined above in Principle Three N.