.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;

(4) Disclose, to all involved, conflicts of interest regarding confidentiality requirements;

(5) Receive appropriate written authorization to provide counseling services for minors or other clients unable to give informed consent;

(6) Protect the interests of minors or other clients unable to give informed consent;

(7) Maintain accurate records;

(8) Provide supervision to supervisees as required under COMAR 10.58.01, 10.58.07, and 10.58.08;

(9) Make arrangements for another appropriate professional to act in the event of an absence of the counselor;

(10) Provide lawfully requested treatment reports or evaluations, or both, to a client, insurance carriers, courts systems, institutions, or other authorized persons;

(11) Be familiar with and adhere to this chapter;

(12) Report suspected violations of Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland, to the Board;

(13) Cooperate with investigations, proceedings, and other requirements of the Board; and

(14) Take reasonable precautions to protect clients from physical or psychological trauma.

B. A counselor may not:

(1) Knowingly associate with, or permit the use of the professional counselor's name or firm name in a business venture by any person or firm which the professional counselor knows, or has reason to believe, is engaging in business or professional practices of a fraudulent or dishonest nature;

(2) Participate in dishonest, fraudulent, or deceitful activity in the capacity of a counselor; or

(3) Enter into relationships that could compromise a counselor's objectivity or create a conflict of interest.

C. A counselor involved in research shall:

(1) Respect and protect the dignity, privacy, and welfare of research subjects;

(2) Comply with existing federal and State laws and regulations concerning treatment of research subjects;

(3) Take responsibility for the ethical treatment of research participants by others directly and reasonably related to the research; and

(4) Clearly indicate to prospective recipients treatment given as part of a research study and obtain written permission in advance of treatment.