MS, Clinical Counseling

Code of Ethics

Students enrolled in the Clinical Counseling program at East Carolina University must abide by the following codes of ethics:

American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics

Students and graduates are encouraged to join ACA (, the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA, and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC, Graduates are encouraged to earn their Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, which is required to practice counseling in North Carolina, unless exempted by holding other mental health licenses or working in certain governmental settings. LPCs in North Carolina are required to follow the ACA code of ethics which can be obtained online at

North Carolina Substance Abuse and Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) Code of Ethics

Master's graduates in Clinical Counseling are encouraged to seek the Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) credential from the North Carolina Substance Abuse and Professional Practice Board. The LCAS credential is desired, and sometimes required, in substance abuse treatment programs in North Carolina. The NCSAPPB's code of ethics can be found online at