Policies, Principles & Advocacy

Guided by its core values of respect, integrity, excellence, service, commitment and collaboration, IAC actively works toward its mission to serve as an international leader and catalyst for counsellors and counselling associations by advancing culturally relevant counselling practice, research and policy to promote well being, respect, social justice and peace worldwide. 

Universal Ethical Principles for Counselling Professionals

IAC has collaborated with counsellors and counselling associations from every region of the world to create its Universal Ethical Principles for Counselling Professionals. These principles, which provide a framework of shared human values, underscore the power of professional counselling to improve lives and reduce suffering. While recognizing different approaches to counselling conduct and practice internationally, the principles also provide a non-partisan approach to help legitimize and normalize access to mental health care around the world. IAC welcomes feedback to these draft principles by January 21, 2023. Please submit your feedback here.

In Development

IAC is working with the American Mental Health Counselors Association to establish Global Remote Counseling Guidelines. In addition, IAC is in the process of developing suggested guidelines for counsellors who appear in court. Stay tuned for more in 2023.