Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students, Hereinafter referred to as: Spiritual Care Professionals
This document is one of four foundational documents affirmed by the constituent boards of the Council on Collaboration on November 7, 2004 in Portland, Maine. Collectively, these documents establish a unified voice for the six organizations that have affirmed them and describe what it means to these organizations to be a professional pastoral care provider, pastoral counselor or educator. The four documents are:
• Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy
• Common Standards for Pastoral Educators/Supervisors
• Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students
• Principles for Processing Ethical Complaints
The membership of the participating groups represents over 10,000 members who currently serve as chaplains, pastoral counselors, and clinical pastoral educators in specialized settings as varied as healthcare, counseling centers, prisons or the military. The complete documents and information about each of the collaborating groups can be found on the following websites:
For more information on the foundations of professional pastoral care see “Professional Chaplaincy: Its Role and Importance in Healthcare” available at http://www.professionalchaplains.org/professionalchaplain-services-resources-reading-room-hc-role.htm.
The Code of Ethics for Spiritual Care Professionals:
• gives expression to the basic values and standards of the profession;
• guides decision making and professional behavior;
• provides a mechanism for professional accountability; and
• informs the public as to what they should expect from Spiritual Care Professionals.