Ethics Primer

Start Date

Self Paced

This course will review CCPA’s code of ethics and standards of practice, providing an essential foundation for ethical practice. Students will review and apply the CCPA ethical decision-making model to case vignettes that include a variety of ethical dilemmas and complex counselling challenges involving “shades of grey.” For counsellors who haven’t previously completed an ethics course recognized by CCPA, this self-directed, online course serves as a foundation for the Ethics Refresher course, which is more in-depth and instructor-led.

“The Ethics Primer is helpful for professionals to discover how much they know about professional ethics and identify where the learning gaps are.”       – Anonymous, Ethics Primer Student


Additional Information

Required Text:

Sorsdahl, M. N., Borgen, R. A., & Borgen, W. A. (Eds.) (2023). Ethics in a Canadian counselling and psychotherapy context. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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Note: This text replaces Canadian counselling and psychotherapy experience: Ethics-based issues and cases (Martin, Shepard, & Lehr, 2015). If you have purchased the older text between May 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023, please contact CCPA ( for a replacement, free of charge.