Continuing Professional Development
Author: The CEAV Standards and Advocacy Sub Committee, November 2008
The CEAV Code of Ethics has been adopted from the Code of Ethics from the Career Industry Council of Australia(CICA) National Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners and draws on the Victorian Institute of Teaching’s Standards of Professional Practice and Code of Conduct. This policy is provided to assist CEAV members with their day to day professional practice.
Purpose of the Code of Ethics Policy is to:
- Provide a practical guide for professional behaviour and practice for CEAV members and assist them to solve ethical dilemmas
- Promote confidence in our profession to our school communities
- Uphold the integrity of CEAV members
- Inform school communities about the standards to which we adhere.
The CEAV’s Code of Ethics will not cover every situation in schools. There may be policies or procedures set down by the sector/school/organisation in which the CEAV member works, or specific issues which are covered by an industrial agreement or award. CEAV members who are registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching should also be cognisant of the VIT’s Code of Conduct.
1. Ethical principles for professional competency and conduct
- obtain qualifications necessary to provide career development services, including those qualifications required to undertake specialised tasks or roles and /or work with specialised populations;
- represent their professional competencies, training and experience accurately;
- function within the boundaries of their training and experience;
- refrain from consciously dictating to, judging or coercing student choices, values, lifestyles, plans or beliefs;
- enhance student autonomy and sense of self worth and encourage students to develop and reflect on their own values;
- ensure assessment tools, if used, are chosen, administered and interpreted appropriately and accurately; explain the content, purposes, potential benefits and results of tests and interventions in language that is easily understood by students, their parents and the school community. CEAV members will only use assessment tools for which they have appropriate training.
- monitor, maintain and enhance professional competencies;
- seek and participate in continuing professional development (CPD) in order to remain current with innovations and trends in the contexts, processes and content of career development;
- ensure that material contained in web-based programs, resource materials and career development programs is current and accurate; ensure information provided to students is in a form that can be readily understood by the student, their parents and the school community;
- undertake research and report findings, using procedures that are consistent with the accepted ethical and scientific standards of educational, psychological and social research practices.
2. Ethical principles for career development practitioner-student relationships
2.1 Equity and Diversity
- respect the dignity of each student for whom career development services are rendered;
- ensure that each student’s feelings and cultural customs are respected;
- provide access to information on the services being provided, i.e. purposes, goals, techniques, policies and ethical standards – as appropriate.
- accept the rights of the student to make independent choices and to take responsibility for those choices and their consequences;
- deal with each student fairly, equitably and without prejudice, respecting their values, beliefs and life experiences and those of their families and the communities to which they belong;
- avoid all forms of discrimination;
- ensure that the services provided are culturally appropriate and relevant to students’ needs, and valid and reliable concerning the information they provide;
- use non-discriminatory, current and accurate information within whatever medium is used.
2.2 Confidentiality, disclosure and informed consent
- maintain a current understanding of the legal requirements and legal responsibilities that pertain to student rights within the school community;
- inform students of the limits of confidentiality when it arises;
- preserve the student’s right to privacy;
- ensure student counselling records are maintained in a secure place and only reveal confidential matters when appropriate for the student’s benefit;
- refrain from discussing students’ personal problems in situations where the information will not be treated confidentially;
- avoid or disclose conflicts of interest which compromise the best interests of their students.
2.3 Scope of practice
- conduct career development services for which they are appropriately trained and currently qualified;
- are aware of the role of other professionals and agencies and when students should be referred to them for assistance;
- make appropriate referral when their own competency does not meet the student’s need or when their professional assistance cannot be provided or continued;
- contextualise career development theory and practice according to work setting and societal context.
3. Ethical principles for professional relationships
- avoid conflicts of interest;
- resolve conflict between professional ethical standards and directives or practices within the workplace through ethical decision-making and appropriate consultation;
- advocate for and assist in the development of career development services that are ethically rendered and relevant to student needs in cooperation with CEAV, policymakers, organisations, community agencies and other relevant stakeholders;
- respect and acknowledge the contribution of other professionals;
- cooperate with other professionals and/or colleagues according to the ethical practices and procedures relevant to the situation.
The CEAV’s mission is to support members to improve and extend the quality of their career education programmes with a specific objective to provide quality, targeted and timely professional learning delivered in innovative and flexible modes
The CEAV policy of Continuing Professional Development is connected to the CPD policy of CICA (Career Industry Council of Australia). The CICA policy is outlined in Section 5 of Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, this document can be downloaded from the CICA website: http://www.cica.org.au/practitioners/standards.
Section 4 provides a clear outline of Entry-level Qualifications required for professional recognition. Relevant sections are reproduced below.These qualifications ensure that members have the appropriate career development-specific skills, knowledge and competencies to undertake work in the career development field. These qualifications also determine membership of the professional associations, such as CEAV, that are members of CICA. There is a specific link to ‘Endorsed CICA courses’ on the CEAV website: http://www.ceav.vic.edu.au/
4.3.1 Professional career development practitioners work in the field of career development and have completed and had recognised as a minimum qualification
(a) an endorsed Graduate Certificate; or Vocational Graduate Certificate
(b) An alternative pathway to Professional status as may be approved on a case by case basis by the Member Associations in line with Policy and Procedures developed by the Council.
4.3.2 Associate career development practitioners work in the field of career development and have completed and had recognised as a minimum qualification
(a) and endorsed · Certificate IV
(b) An alternative pathway to Associate status as may be approved on a case by case basis by the Member Associations in line with Policy and Procedures developed by the Council.
Under sections 4.3.1 (b) and 4.3.2 (b) the CEAV has the capacity to deem members when members apply for professional or associate standing of the association.
The CEAV ensures that members have access to quality professional development programs that not only allow them to accrue accreditation toward Professional or Associate Membership of CEAV but that will also enable them to meet the professional learning expectations of their Victorian Institute of Teaching registration.
Deborah Batt, Member Services Manager
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