The member’s primary responsibility is to the individual served. The member shall be continuously aware of the relationship between responsibilities to the individuals served, to the profession and to the employer. The member shall encourage and expect ethical and competent behavior from colleagues, whether or not they are members of this Organization, and shall attempt to rectify behavior which is contradictory. The member owes loyalty to the Organization where employed and shall utilize this Code of Ethics to influence the day-to-day activities of the Organization.
The member shall demonstrate competency gained through education and experience with particular emphasis on the utilization of vocational evaluation and career assessment procedures, the understanding and interpretation of information acquired during the evaluation and assessment process, knowledge of the world of work, and familiarity with studies of human behavior.
The member shall respect the privacy of the individual served and shall safeguard all information and materials obtained during the evaluation and assessment process. The member shall inform the individual served, or the individual’s agent, about the purpose of any professional service being contemplated; information generated during the administration of such services shall only be communicated to those with an essential need to know as part of the evaluation and assessment process. The individual served shall be made aware of who is in receipt of such information. If such information is used in teaching, research or writing, the identity of the individual served shall be protected.
The member shall be cognizant of relationship to other professional personnel involved in the evaluation and assessment process and shall be aware that the welfare of individuals receiving services depends on the capacity of all professional personnel to integrate their efforts. As part of this awareness, the member shall avoid practicing in areas not within member’s professional competence. Likewise the member shall assist other professional personnel in understanding this role and shall be prepared to respond when others seek assistance.
The member shall communicate through publications or other appropriate means, such as seminars, information the member believes will contribute to the existing fund of knowledge. In such instances, the member shall adequately acknowledge the contributions of all individuals or Organizations.
The member may accept consulting assignments, however, shall insure competency in all areas related to such assignments. Information regarding either the Organization or individuals served shall be regarded as confidential and shall not be used for unethical purposes or personal advantage. The member shall receive appropriate employer sanction prior to accepting consultative assignments.