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Christian Counselor Certification

Course Curriculum

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Code of Ethics

Fidelity to Christ. Put into practice the greatest commandment.

Respect for Others. Treat people as you want to be treated.

Integrity and Honesty. Tell the truth and avoid any wrongdoing to the best of your ability.

Justice. Make sure you’re objective and fair and don’t disadvantage others.

Lawfulness. Know and follow the law – always.

Competence and Accountability. Work hard and be responsible for your work.

 

Fidelity to Christ

Mark 12:29-30 (ESV) “The most important [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” There is One God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the second person to the Trinity, is God who became flesh to complete the atoning work on the cross at Calvary. Repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Jesus on the cross is the only way to salvation. There is no other way to be saved from sin and the penalty of sin. This is salvation by grace alone. It is your responsibility to remain true to the faith and the advancement of the Gospel.

 

Respect for Others

Galatians 5:14 (ESV) “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” It is mandatory to respect everyone you interact with. Be kind, polite, empathetic, and understanding. You must respect others’ personal space, opinions and privacy. When speaking with others you must speak with kindness, gentleness, and respect. Any kind of physical, verbal, or psychological violence is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate termination of certification. You are also not allowed to harass or victimize others. You are responsible for facilitating an environment of respect within your means.

 

Integrity and Honesty

Colossians 3:17 (ESV) “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

 

1 Peter 3:13-18 (ESV) “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but gin your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”

 

You are obligated to being truthful and honest in all areas of your life, and you commit to communicate this truth in love. Be honest and transparent when you act in ways that impact other people. Do not resort to disingenuous, malicious, deceitful or petty conduct.

 

Justice

Proverbs 20:23 (ESV) “Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.”

Psalm 89:14 (ESV) “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”

James 2:9 (ESV) “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

 

Do not act in a way that exploits others, their hard work or their mistakes. Give everyone equal opportunity and speak up when someone else doesn’t. Be objective when making decisions that can impact other people. Be sure that you can justify any decision with sound scripture, written records, or examples. Seek and use the most objective methods in any case. Do not discriminate against others. If you suspect you may have an unconscious bias that influences your decisions ask for help from someone qualified. When exercising authority, be fair. Do not show favoritism.

 

Lawfulness

Romans 13:1-2 (ESV) Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

 

You are obliged to follow all laws which apply to your state or local jurisdiction. Depending on your role and profession, there might be various laws you need to observe. When there is a conflict between what God commands and what the law requires, you must be held captive by obedience to the Word of God.

 

Competence and Accountability

James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

 

Galatians 6:2-5 (ESV) “2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.”

 

We all need to put a healthy amount of effort in our work. Laziness, unpreparedness, and slothfulness is unacceptable. This comes in direct conflict with our respect and integrity principles. Take up opportunities for learning and development. Is never acceptable to practice outside of your professional expertise and competency level.

 

Also, take responsibility for your actions. We all make mistakes or need to make tough decisions and it’s important we own up to them. Failing to be accountable is irresponsible and is not tolerate and may result in termination of certification. If you take responsibility and come up with ways to fix your mistakes where possible, you will be in a far better position. Be generous with your expertise and knowledge. Be open to learning and evolving. Work with others and do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

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