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The Association of Pet Bereavement Counsellors (APBC) is committed to promoting its members' professionalism and ethical conduct to ensure the highest quality of care for their clients. This Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of the APBC establishes a framework of guidelines and principles that govern the obligations, responsibilities, practices, and professional and ethical conduct of its members. It serves to guide members in upholding ethical behaviour, maintaining professional competence, and providing quality care to clients. By adhering to these guidelines, members contribute to the credibility and integrity of the pet bereavement counselling profession while supporting clients through the challenging experience of pet loss.
Members shall strive for excellence in their practice, maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, competence, and ethical conduct. Ethical conduct plays a vital role in pet bereavement counselling. As professionals entrusted with supporting individuals through the difficult process of grieving the loss of a beloved pet, members must adhere to a strict code of standards and conduct. This Code ensures the well-being and dignity of clients and their departed pets while maintaining the integrity of the counselling profession.
The primary objectives of the APBC Code of Ethics and Professional Standards are to -
3. Membership Criteria:
To become a registered member of the APBC, individuals must meet the specified criteria, which include: holding a recognised qualification in Pet Bereavement Counselling or Counselling and agreeing to adhere to this Code of Ethics and Professional Standards. To become an accredited member of the APBC, individuals must also pass the APBC accreditation process.
4. Member Obligations:
5. Ethical Principles:
The below ethical principles aim to ensure that members of the APBC provide effective and ethical support to individuals experiencing grief and loss. By adhering to these principles, counsellors can create a safe and compassionate space for clients to navigate the complex emotions associated with pet loss.
The fundamental ethical principles that shall guide the behaviour of pet bereavement counsellors include:
A. Compassion and Empathy:
B. Respect and Unconditional Positive Regard:
C. Integrity and Trust:
D. Diligence and Duty of Care:
E. Client Autonomy:
F. Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity:
G. Objectivity and Fairness:
H. Ethical Decision Making:
I. Counsellor Self-Care:
Members shall take responsibility for and prioritise their own self-care to maintain their own physical and emotional well-being, prevent burnout, and sustain effective therapeutic practice with their clients by:
J. Animal Welfare:
These ethical principles serve as a foundation for members to provide compassionate and ethical care to individuals navigating the grief and loss associated with the death of a beloved pet.
6. Professional Conduct:
6.1 Client Welfare
A. Counselling environment:
C. Quality of client care:
D. Effective Communication:
E. Provision of Information:
Members shall ensure at the start of the counselling process that the client is well informed about the following:
6.2 Professional Boundaries:
B. Ethical Conduct:
C. Dual Relationships:
D. Conflict of Interest:
E. Boundaries in the Digital Age:
6.3 Competence and Qualifications:
A. Standards of Education and Training:
B. Standards of Performance:
C. Standards of Proficiency:
D. Standards of Continued Professional Development:
E. Maintenance of training records:
6.4 Confidentiality, Privacy and Data Protection:
A. Confidentiality and Privacy:
B. Data Protection:
6.5 Collaboration, Professional Relationships, and Public Confidence:
B. Professional Relationships:
C. Public Confidence:
6.6 Advertising and Promotion:
A. Advertising and Promotion:
B. Use of APBC name and logo:
6.7 Complaints and Professional Conduct:
A. Complaints against Individual Members
B. Disciplinary Process within APBC:
In conclusion, the APBC code of ethics and professional standards for pet bereavement counselling plays a crucial role in guiding the practices and ensuring the quality of care provided by professionals in this field. These guidelines promote ethical behaviour and establish a framework for maintaining professional standards and protecting the well-being of clients and counsellors. By adhering to these codes, professionals can create a supportive and safe environment for clients experiencing the loss of a beloved pet, helping them navigate their grief journey with empathy, compassion, and respect.
Furthermore, these guidelines facilitate consistency and accountability within the pet bereavement counselling profession, enhancing its credibility and trustworthiness within the wider caring professions and the public. Ultimately, the Code serves as a cornerstone for promoting the highest level of care and professionalism in pet bereavement counselling, ensuring that the significance of this unique form of counselling for individuals coping with the loss of a beloved pet is recognised as a valuable and necessary form of support.
The Association of Pet Bereavement Counsellors will officially launch in March 2024