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10.58.03.00.htm 10.58.03.00. Title 10 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE Subtitle 58 BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS Chapter 03 Code of Ethics Authority: Health Occupations Article, §1-212 and 17-205, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.58.03.01.htm 10.58.03.01. 01 Scope.. This chapter applies to an individual certified or licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
10.58.03.02.htm 10.58.03.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Board" means the State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.. 2) Client.. a) "Client" means an individual, couple, family, group, business, agency, school, organization, or association to whom a counselor is rendering professional service.b) "Client" includes the term and concept of "patient".
10.58.03.03.htm 10.58.03.03. 03 Professional Competence.. A. A counselor shall:. 1) Practice only within the boundaries of a counselor's competence, based on education, training, supervised experience, and professional credentials;2) When developing competence in a new service or technique, or both, engage in ongoing consultation with other counselors or relevant professionals and acquire appropriate additional education or training, or both, in the new area; and3) Maintain qualification
10.58.03.04.htm 10.58.03.04. 04 Ethical Responsibility.. A. A counselor shall:. 1) Consult with other counselors or other relevant professionals regarding questions related to ethical obligations or professional practice;2) Take credit only for professional work actually performed;. 3) Notify the Board if the counselor's license, or certificate, or both, has been limited, restricted, suspended, revoked, or subject to disciplinary action by any other state, federal agency, or the District of Columbia;
10.58.03.05.htm 10.58.03.05. 05 The Counseling Relationship.. A. Client Welfare and Rights.. 1) A counselor shall:. a) Inform clients of the purposes, goals, techniques, procedures, limitations, potential risks, and benefits of services to be performed;b) Explain to clients the implications of diagnosis, the intended use of tests and reports, fees, and billing arrangements;c) Document attempts to inform other professional persons concurrently providing mental health servid) Assist clients in maki
10.58.03.06.htm 10.58.03.06. 06 Fees and Bartering.. A. A counselor shall explain to a client, before entering the counseling relationship, all financial arrangements related to professional services including the use of collection agencies or legal measures for nonpayment.B. Except as provided in §C of this regulation, a counselor may not accept goods or services instead of monetary payment.C. A counselor may accept goods or services instead of monetary payment only if:.
10.58.03.07.htm 10.58.03.07. 07 Advertising, Public Statements, and Media Presentations.. A. Advertising.. 1) A counselor may place advertisements with directories, newspapers, periodicals, radio or television stations, or on the internet.2) In placing advertisements or making other types of public statements, a counselor shall identify a counselor's credentials in a manner that is accurate and not false, misleading, deceptive, or frau3) A counselor may not place advertisements or make public statements that:.
10.58.03.08.htm 10.58.03.08. 08 Records, Confidentiality, and Informed Consent.. A. A counselor shall:. 1) Maintain the privacy and confidentiality of a client and a client's records;. 2) Release mental health records or information about a client only with a client's consent, or as permitted by Health-General Article, Title 4, Subtitle 3, Annotated Code of Maryland;3) Release alcohol and substance abuse records or information about a client only with a client's consent, or as permitted by
10.58.03.09.htm 10.58.03.09. 09 Sexual Misconduct.. A. A counselor may not engage in sexual misconduct with a client or supervisee. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to:1) Inappropriate sexual language;. 2) Sexual exploitation;. 3) Sexual harassment;. 4) Sexual behavior; and. 5) Therapeutic deception.. B. Concurrent Sexual Relationships. A counselor may not engage in either consensual or forced sexual behavior with:1) A client;. 2) A student or supervisee over whom the counselor
10.58.03.10.htm 10.58.03.10. 10 Physical Contact.. A. A counselor engaging in nontraditional treatment modalities using physical contact with a client shall document in a client's record:1) An assessment of a client;. 2) A written rationale for the use of the physical contact treatment modality for a client; and. 3) A copy of the informed consent, signed and dated by the client and the counselor which addresses:. a) The risks and benefits of the physical contact treatment modality;.
10.58.03.11.htm 10.58.03.11. 11 Sanctions.. A. A counselor who engages in sexual misconduct with a client or supervisee is subject to sanctions by the Board.B. A sanction constitutes the minimum disciplinary measure and does not preclude the Board from imposing additional penalties as it considers appropriate to an individual case.C. The Board shall advise professional associations of a reprimand, suspension, or revocation of a license or certificate on the grounds of sexual misconduct.D. A counselor may not pr
10.58.03.9999.htm 10.58.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 10, 1989 (16:13 Md. R. 1422). Chapter revised effective April 3, 2000 (27:6 Md. R. 642). Regulations .01―06 repealed and new Regulations .01―11 adopted effective October 1, 2001 (28:19 Md. R. 1685)
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