RICB regards its Code of Ethical Conduct and ethics process as the single greatest consumer protection measure within the credentialing process.  


A Code of Ethics is adopted to aid in the delivery of the highest quality of professional care to persons seeking services. These standards will assist the professional to determine the propriety of his/her conduct in relationships with clients, recipients, colleagues, members of allied professions, and the public.

Violation of the RICB Code of Ethics shall be deemed as grounds for discipline.  Engaging in unethical conduct includes, in addition to violation of the Rules enumerated herein, any other violation which is harmful or detrimental to the profession or to the public. RICB Disciplinary Procedures apply to all of our certifications. 

Code of Ethics - Clinical (Counselor & Clinical Supervisor)
Code of Ethics - Peer Recovery Specialist
Code of Ethics - Community Health Worker
Code of Ethics - Perinatal Doula
Code of Ethics - Prevention


For individuals Licensed as a LCDCS or LCDP, please refer to the Department of Health's website

Any sanctions imposed against an LCDP/LCDCS by the RICB/RIDOH will also be imposed against any RICB issued certification(s).

View frequently asked questions.


If you are considering filing an ethics complaint against a certified professional or applicant for certification, please review these Guidelines for Filing an Ethics Complaint.


To file an ethical complaint with RICB, please download and complete the Ethical Complaint Form.