CFSP Code of Ethics

Idaho Certified Family Support Partner Code of Ethics

These principles are intended to serve as a guide for Certified Family Support Partners (CFSPs) and those Family Support Partners working toward full certification in their everyday professional conduct, which includes their various roles, relationships and levels of responsibility within their jobs.


Principle 1:  Integrity

In order to maintain high standards of competence and integrity, I will:

  1. Apply the principles of resiliency, wellness and/or recovery, family-driven approach, youth-guided or youth-driven approach, consumer-driven approach and peer to peer mutual-learning principles in every day interactions with family members;
  2. Promote the family member’s ethical decision-making and personal responsibility consistent with that family member’s culture, values and beliefs;
  3. Promote the family members’ voices and the articulation of their values in planning and evaluating children’s behavioral health related issues;
  4. Teach, mentor, coach and support family members to articulate goals that reflect each family member’s current needs and strengths;
  5. Demonstrate respect for the cultural-based values of the family members engaged in peer support;
  6. Communicate information in ways that are both developmentally and culturally appropriate;
  7. Empower family members I am assisting to be fully informed in preparing to make decisions and understand the implications of these decisions;
  8. Maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity;
  9. Abstain from discriminating against or refusing services to anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion/spirituality, culture, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, language preference, socioeconomic status or disability;
  10. Only assist family members whose concerns are within my competency as determined by my education, training, experience and on-going supervision/consultation;
  11. Abstain from establishing or maintaining a relationship for the sole purpose of financial remuneration to me or the agency associated with me; and
  12. Terminate a relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the peer relationship is no longer the desire of the family

Principle 2: Safety

In order to maintain the safety of all family members involved with their services, I will:

  1. Comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the jurisdiction in which the peer support services are provided, including but not limited to confidentiality;
  2. Maintain confidentiality in my personal and professional communication and ensure that family members have authorized my use or release of any and all information about themselves or family members for whom they have legal authority, including but not limited to verbal statements, writings, or re-release of documents;
  3. Respect the privacy of the agencies with whom I partner and not distribute internal or draft documents or share private, internal conversations;
  1. When complying with laws and regulations involving mandatory reporting of harm, abuse or neglect, make every effort to involve the family members in the planning for services and en-sure that no further harm is done to family members as the result of the reporting;
  2. Discuss and explain to family members the rights, roles, expectations, benefits and limitations of the peer support process;
  3. Avoid ambiguity in the relationship with family members and ensure clarity of my role at all times;
  4. Maintain a positive relationship with family members, refraining from premature or unannounced ceasing of the relationship, until a reasonable alternative arrangement is made for continuation of similar peer support services;
  5. Abstain from engaging in intimate emotional or physical relationships with family members engaged in a peer support relationship;
  6. Neither offer nor accept gifts, other than token gifts, related to the professional service of peer support, including but not limited to, personal barter services, payment for referrals, or other remunerations; and
  7. Abstain from engaging in personal financial transactions with family members engaged in a peer support

Principle 3: Professional Responsibility

Through educational activities, supervision and personal commitment, I will:

  1. Stay informed and up-to date with regard to the research, policy and developments in the field of parent/peer support and children’s emotional, developmental, behavioral (including substance use), or mental health which relates to my own practice area and children’s general health and wellbeing;
  2. Engage in helping relationships that include skills-building, not exceeding my scope of practice, experience, training, education or competence;
  3. Perform or hold myself out as competent to perform only peer services not beyond my education, training, experience, or competence;
  4. Seek appropriate professional supervision/consultation or assistance for my personal problems or conflicts that may impair or affect work/volunteer performance or judgment;
  5. File a complaint with the certification body for Family Support Partners when I have reason to believe that another Family Support Partner is or has been engaged in conduct that violates the law or this Making a complaint to the certification body for Family Support Partners is an additional requirement, not a substitute for or alternative to any duty of filing report(s) required by statute or regulation;
  6. Refrain from distorting, misusing or misrepresenting my experience, knowledge, skills or research findings;
  7. Refrain from financially or professionally exploiting a colleague or representing a colleague’s work, associated with the provision of peer support or the profession of peer support, as my own;
  8. In the role of a supervisor/consultant, be responsible for maintaining the quality of my own supervisory/consultation skills and obtaining supervision/consultation for work as a supervisor/consultant;
  9. In the role of a researcher, be aware of and comply with federal and state laws and regulations, agency regulations and professional standards governing the conduct of research, including but not limited to ensuring the participants’ complete informed consent for participating or declining to participate in a study; and
  10. In the role as a volunteer member or employee of an organization, give credit to persons for published or unpublished original ideas, take reasonable precautions to ensure that my employer or affiliate organization promotes and advertises materials accurately and  factually.