Code of Ethics

This NIBIC Code of Ethics was adopted by the NIBIC Board of Directors and ratified at the Annual Membership Meeting of NIBIC, April 1997.


Professional Development

Industrial chaplains will work to attain the appropriate theological and pastoral skills training and credentialing in keeping with the current standards of practice for professional chaplaincy. Chaplains will remain up-to-date on new developments in the field through both educational activities and practical experience. We agree to continue our educational and professional growth through supervision, consultation and active participation in the meetings and affairs of the Institute.


Pastoral Relationships

All forms of sexual behavior or harassment with our clients are unethical, even though they might invite or consent to such behavior or involvement. Sexual hebavior is defined as, but not limited to, all forms of overt or covert seductive speech, gestures, and behavior as well as physical contact of a sexual nature. Harassment is defined as, but not limited to, repeated comments, gestures or physical contacts of a sexual nature.

Faith Group Relationships

Chaplains will maintain a vital relationship with the faith group in which they have ecclesiastical endorsement.

Professional Representation

Chaplains will not misrepresent their credentials and qualifications, nor in any other way mislead others about their ability to deliver pastoral care services. Informational and promotional literature is to the highest standards of professional representation. Chaplains will maintain polite and collaborative relationships with other care-giving professionals and with public licensing/certifying bodies. Where appropriate, chaplains will obtain and maintain in good standing the necessary publicly recognized credentials for provision of services. Failure to live up to the Code of Ethics may be grounds of loss of membership in the Institute.
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