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February 16, by Counseling Staff Counselors play a key role in developing individuals and shaping communities. The American Counseling Association ACA understands this and has a code of ethics, updated every 10 years, to help counselors navigate the challenging and sensitive aspects of their roles.
Below we have compiled a basic summary of the ACA code of ethics, so counselors have the foundational knowledge to work in the field confidently and ethically. Ethics codes provide professional standards for counselors with the purpose of protecting the dignity and well-being of clients.
The main reasons for the code of ethics include informing professional counselors and counselors-in-training of their ethical guidelines, professional obligations, and responsibilities to their clients. This helps counselors decide an appropriate plan of action for their clients and provides the ethical standards by which complaints and inquiries can be made regarding ACA members.
Enhancing human development throughout the life span. Honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts.
Promoting social justice Safeguarding the integrity of the counselor-client relationship. Practicing in a competent and ethical manner.
Major Sections of the ACA Code of Ethics The Counseling Relationship Section A The purpose of Section A is to provide ethical guidelines that focus on the counseling relationship such as client welfare, informed consent, and managing multiple relationships. Work hard to create and sustain a relationship with their clients based on trust.
Obtain informed consent from clients entering a counseling relationship. Explain to clients what the counseling relationship entails which could include fees, group work, and termination.
Confidentiality and Privacy Section B The purpose of Section B is to provide ethical guidelines that focus on the importance of trust, boundaries, and confidential interactions.
Communicate the concept of confidentiality with their clients on an ongoing basis and do so in a culturally sensitive way. Inform clients about the limitations of confidentiality regarding what situations information must be disclosed e.
Discuss if and how information may be shared with others. Understand legal and ethical issues involved in working with clients who cannot provide informed consent such as minors or clients with impairment.
Maintain and store records in an approved way. Professional Responsibility Section C The purpose of Section C is to provide ethical guidelines that focus on respecting the practice of counseling.
Participate in associations that help improve the profession.
Practice counseling based on scientific foundations. Be mindful when advertising and talking with the media. Engage in self-care activities so they can work at their highest capacity. Relationships with Colleagues, Employees, and Employers Section D The purpose of Section D is to provide ethical guidelines that focus on developing working relationships with those within and outside of the counseling field.
Develop relationships with colleagues from other disciplines and be respectful of those who have different theoretical approaches. Provide consultation services within areas of competence.
Provide appropriate consultation referrals when requested or necessary. Use educational, mental health, forensic, and career assessments among others on which they are trained and have had comprehensive supervised experience administering and interpreting.
Diagnose clients and interpret assessments accurately and in a culturally sensitive manner. Supervision, Training, and Teaching Section F The purpose of Section F is to provide ethical guidelines that focus on how to develop relationships with supervisees, students, and trainees in ways that support ethical boundaries in a learning environment.
Be trained in supervision methods and techniques before they offer supervision services.Compare and contrast Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Relationship to society, confidentiality and sexual intimacies are three areas within the code of ethics for both associations which are explored and investigated for differences and similarities. Both have a separate code of ethics, but seem to hold similar views on major issues The AMCHA began as a division of the ACA that represented the profession of Mental Health Counselors; while separate, it is still a division of ACA.
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It is important to ACCA to ensure all students – irrespective of which qualification they are studying for, and to.