Code of Ethics
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
Code of Ethics
The code of ethics was created to assist and benefit members of the American Counseling Association. The code of ethics mission statement discusses what counselors should aspire to do in an ethical manner and also explains how they can be responsible counselors who protect themselves against complaints. The code of ethics is sometimes revised because individuals of the ACA develop useful material that will protect counselors. The code of ethics focuses on examining benefits of interactions with clients, students, and supervisees within and outside the clinical setting. (Herlihy&Corey, 2006) Similarities in Code of Ethics
When comparing the ACA and the AMHCA code of ethics, one will notice they both provide guidance, training and direction toward making ethic decisions for their members. They both explain a variety of professional situations to a practicing counselor. The two codes also share relation due to their commitment of students, employee, and supervisory relationships. When employees become involved with clients this could cause issues and end horribly for all parties involved including companies. Differences in the Code of Ethics
One huge difference in the ACA and the AMHAC code of ethics is how violations of the code of ethics are addressed by the organizations and codes. The ACA code of ethics mentions a process for processing ethical violations. The AMHAC does not adjudicate, investigate or mention ethical complaints but it does say actions may be taken regarding a member’s membership based upon their licensure. Record keeping is also different between these two codes. The AMHAC code of ethics has certain guidelines regarding communication, record keeping, use of assessment tools and retention. The ACA code of ethics does not specify such requirements. Future Code of Ethics and Counseling
Code of Ethics for counselors was created in order...
References: Herlihy, B., & Corey, G. (2006). ACA ethical standards casebook (6th ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Kaplan, D. M., Kocet, M. M., Cottone, R. R., Glosoff, H. L., Miranti, J. G., Moll, E. C., et. al. (2009). New mandates and imperatives in the revised ACA Code of Ethics. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87(2), 241–256.
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