Understanding the principles in the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors (the code) is critical to the ethical decision-making process. The code outlines the elements of professional relationships that promote and protect the spirit of caring and respect for individuals with disabilities.

The code comprises the following six basic principles of ethical behavior. See Chapter 2: CRS Principles, 2.5 Building Ethical Relationships.

CRS counselors who violate the code are subject to the actions defined by agency policies for performance management. Counselors certified through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, are also subject to a commission action.