The aim of the European Association for Counselling
Welcome to the European Association for Counselling (EAC) Section on Standards, Ethics and Counsellor Accreditation
Since its inception at Montecatini Italy, the Association along with its member organisations the aim has been to introduce a standard for Counsellor Accreditation through training that will be recognised across Europe, working toward ‘Counselling without Frontiers”.
The EAC is guided by a set of values which is underpinned by ethical practice principles that deal with a range of ethical problems, the Charter indicates an important development within the EAC, the Charter of Ethics recognises the extensive experience and different approaches through today’s multicultural society. The drawing up of the Charter of Ethics reflects ethical diversity through human rights, values and principles.
Here we set out our guideline to help those organisations who wish to join us in this common effort to set up counselling as a European profession with clear goals and ethics for counselling. The overall aim of counselling is to help clients live in a more satisfying way. Counselling is an interactive process contracted between counsellor(s) and client(s). Therapy can be involved with resolving specific problems, helping clients cope with a crisis or working through feelings of inner conflict and improving their relationships with other people. The counsellors role in this practice is to facilitate and help develop the clients efforts while respecting the client’s personal values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination. Here we re-affirm the standards of ethical practice with excellence and continuous growth necessary, if we, as counsellors, are to respond to the growing needs of the public facing new educational, sociopolitical, cultural and economic realities.
Introducing the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation
Charter of Ethics
The EAC is grateful to be aided in this work by support from the many national organisations who have developed high training standards in excess of those recommended in the awarding of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation and in that way contributed to the content of the EAC Charter. This work is, also, a new milestone in the progress of the European Association for Counselling. It follows the publication of the Charter of Ethics for practising counsellors. The European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation introduces a new era in the Counselling profession and signifies our acceptance and the commonality of our efforts to have counselling recognised as a true European helping profession.
The structure of the Charter of Ethics is an example of successful co-operation between different approaches, cultures and personalities. It is also an incentive to all of us to continue with the work for counsellor professional conduct and development across frontiers. The EAC requires that all of its members comply in all their activities with the policy content of the Charter that reflects our professional values across a range of ethical problems.
PTSAC FREE Booklet EAC Ethics
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