Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
Summary and Application of Ethical Codes
The American Counseling Association, The International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling Association and The American Mental Health Counseling Association bring together the foundation of standards and guidance that unifies the counseling profession. This foundation is made up of the ethical standards which the mental health profession follows, enabling the safety of both counselors and clients. The codes allow the licensed counselor to be educated, to have accountability, and to provide ways to improve their personal practices (Herlihy & Corey, 2006). The codes …show more content…
Both codes of ethics have a similar missions requesting counselors promote the advancement of training, practices, research and development of counselors, so that the counselor may promote and encourage the healthiest life choices, growth and development of skills for their clients.
Both the ACA and IAMFC stress the importance of client confidentiality, maintaining that without written consent no information shall be shared about a client with anyone. Both codes discuss the requirement of client notification if there might be a breach of confidentiality or the receipt of a subpoena requiring the discussion of the client’s …show more content…
The primary role of counseling’s ethical code is to protect the public and to preserve the credibility of the counseling profession (Remley & Herlihy, 2010). My future work as a counselor may entail a wide variety of different ethical dilemmas that arise at any given time. I might also be required to make decisions that have implications in several different legal and ethical areas. In order to be able to meet the needs of my clients, the role as a counselor and the professional responsibilities of the field I practice in I must be fully aware of all the necessary information that is available to me to make such decisions. I must strive to be fully versed in all areas of ethical codes so that I am able to provide services that allow me to function within the best practices guidelines. Being the very best at what I do and striving to go beyond leave me no alternative but to be fully versed in the application of ethics in my future field of