ERIC Number: ED413543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. As Approved by Governing Council, April 1995, Effective July 1, 1995.
American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is an educational, scientific, and professional organization whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of human development. In line with this dedication to human development, the principles that define the ethical behavior required of ACA members are presented here. All members are required to adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics, as well as the ACA Standards of Practice (also listed here). The ACA Code of Ethics, which serves as the basis for processing ethical complaints initiated against members, opens with rules regarding the counseling relationship, including client welfare, client rights, dual relationships, sexual intimacies with clients, multiple clients, fees and bartering, termination and referral, and computer technology. The next section centers on confidentiality issues, and addresses such concerns as privacy, disclosure, records, research and training, and consultation. Professional responsibility is then covered, with codes on standards of knowledge, professional competence, advertising and soliciting clients, credentials, public responsibility, and responsibility to other professionals. Subsequent sections of the ACA Code of Ethics examine the following: relationships with other professionals; evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; teaching, training, and supervising; research and publication; and resolving ethical issues. The ACA Standards of Practice, which briefly recapitulate the ACA Code of Ethics, represent the minimal behavioral statements of the code. Policies and procedures for processing ethical violations are also discussed. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Behavior Standards, Codes of Ethics, Confidentiality, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselors, Credentials, Ethics, Integrity, Responsibility, Standards
ACA Distribution Center, P.O. Box 531, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0531.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.