Please note that the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) revised the National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification Eligibility Ethics Policy Relating to Criminal and Lesser Offense Convictions and Professional Disciplinary Matters (Eligibility Ethics Policy or Policy). The revised Policy became effective on October 22, 2020.
With respect to the updated Policy, please note the following information:
The Ethics Department team will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about the revised Eligibility Ethics Policy. Feel free to contact us by email.
NBCC requires all applicants and certificants to adhere to minimum conduct standards.
In addition to publication of enforceable standards and required disclosure procedures, NBCC developed an effective and fair method for reviewing concerns related to applicants and certificants. Counselors who maintain their board certification recognize the importance of fair review processes that are managed by counseling professionals, as well as the advantage of being able to assure employers, potential clients, or uneasy family members that there is an established process available should concerns arise.
NBCC publishes specific and enforceable ethics policies. The NBCC Code of Ethics is also published in an online version to assist counselors and members of the public. NBCC has also developed specific guidelines regarding the provision of distance professional services.
Whether you are already board certified or an applicant, you are required to disclose any of the following:
Board certified counselors must submit a disclosure in writing within 60 days of becoming aware of a charge or complaint. To make a disclosure, complete the Disclosure Cover Sheet.
Applicants for board certification are required to disclose any past or current disclosure matter at the time of application. Applicants should follow the instructions provided at the time of submission to submit required documents. Following application submission, applicants must disclose any new or amended charges relating to required disclosure matters within 60 days. Applicants who have disclosures should use the Application Disclosure Cover Sheet.
Additional documents are required as part of the disclosure process. Samples of required documents are available on this page.
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