Ethics and Professionalism in Counselling


  • Jussi Onnismaa


ethics, counselling, professionalism


In the present situation the counsellor no longer holds a specific given role. Because definitive operation models and formula do not exist as they once did, questions of right and wrong force one to approach each question and case individually. Therefore, counselling work can no longer be based strictly on the “counsellor knows best” philosophy, but should be based both on the personal relationship that exists between the counsellor and help-seeker and the reinterpretation of problems and solutions concerning risk and ethics. Questions concerning counselling professionalism, professional ethics and the ability to cope with work are intertwined in many ways with everyday working situations. It would appear that ethical issues often become concentrated, visible and cause friction in the various relationships and boundaries to be found in counsellors’daily work settings.



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Onnismaa, J. (2004). Ethics and Professionalism in Counselling. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 3(1), 43–48. Retrieved from