3 Autonomy Counselors respect that clients make their own decisions. Clients control their own lives and make their own choices.Counselors help clients to develop independent decision-making skills.Counselors refrain from judging clients’ values.
4 Nonmaleficence Counselors do not harm. They do not hurt or manipulate clients for their own gain.Taking care not to inadvertently hurt clients is one aspect of the principle
5 BeneficenceMore than just avoiding causing harm to the client, counselors should seek to help clients by promoting health and well-being.Promoting the welfare of their clients is essential to this counseling principle.
6 JusticeJustice refers to fairness in dealing with clients and other professionals.Included in the principle of justice are appropriate setting of fees, access to counseling services, provision of high-quality services, and the fair treatment of others.Treating one person fairly while not violating the rights of another can be challenging.
7 FidelityHonoring commitments to clients, colleagues, and students is the essence of the principle of fidelity.Adherence to standards of confidentiality aids in the promotion of a trusting relationship with clients.An honest relationship with a client prohibits a counselor form exploiting a client for the counselor’s needs.