Compare and Contrast the Aacc and Aca Code of Ethics

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Compare and Contract the AACC and ACA Code of Ethics
Shelia Burton
Liberty University

In reading both codes you can see how different but yet alike they are, although one is from the Christian aspect and the other from a world view. According to Ralph Bass, Christian counseling has been a part of the work of ministry since the origin of the church. When people were sick they looked to the church for help, they were thought of as touched by the Gods and were given potions for their madness to cure them or driven from the community depending on the type of illness. Sigmund Freud was one of the most famous people to come out of the age where psychiatry was thought to have nothing to do with Christianity and that Christianity was not the answer to all problems, Sigmund felt that our problems came from our ‘Parents” failures. This was the beginning of the separation of the American Association for Christian Counseling and The American Counseling Association.

Ways AACC and ACA are alike
In both the AACC (2004) code and the ACA (2005) code protecting the clients from harm is the most important aspect of counseling, both laws stress the importance of no sexual contact in anyway with the client, they both also stress the importance of informed consent and that we need to let the client know where you stand in your views before the client makes a decision as to if he wants to go into counseling with you or to continue counseling with you. Both codes are alike in maintain record that are clear and available to the client and kept confidential unless the client gives consent to do otherwise. They both address the termination of life issue as depending on the circumstance and that the counselor should not assist in the termination but suggest medication to ease the pain. Ways AACC and ACA are different

AACC (2004) and ACA (2005) are different in that the AACC (2004) consulted other ethics codes in developing their code of ethics, AACC (2004) has a...
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