Code of Ethics Comparison
Liberty University COUN 501
Most individuals have their own code of ethics of what they consider to be right and wrong, and corporations, organizations and learning institutions are no different.. Code of ethics is a standard that most companies, schools, and organizations, expect of their employees, students, and members. To avoid misunderstandings, most establishments will have a written code of ethics listing everything expected and required so there is no confusion. Similar organizations may share a similar code of ethics, but the content may contain more or less information. A comparison will be made between the American Counseling Association ...view middle of the document...
One of the major differences between the two is in the American Counseling Association; it encompasses all counselors, whereas American Association of Christian Counselors is directed at only Christian counselors. The American Association of Christian Counselors code organization was streamlined compared to the American Counseling Association. Also the American Association of Christian Counselors code of ethics is centered on Christ and is influenced by the Bible, Old and New Testament (American Association of Christian Counselors, 2004, p. 3). The American Counseling Association is a collaboration of American Counseling Association members, meetings, discussions, feedback from members, and guidance from experts. Other differences are the American Counseling Association highlights its five main purposes and divides the codes of ethics into eight major sections with subsections for each, American Association of Christian Counselors highlights seven Biblical-Ethical foundations, divides its ethical standards into five sections, and procedural rules into three sections. Also another difference it has is the American Counseling Association does not separate its procedure portion, instead it is still listed as a major section under ethical standards.
Each of the code of ethics has a section that deals with appropriate termination. In American Counseling Association in section A.11.c, termination of counseling is possible if it meets any of these reasons: the client no longer needs counseling, the counseling is not beneficial to the client, or the client is being harmed by continuing counseling (ACA, 2004, p. 6). Counselors decide to terminate their relationship will be responsible for providing the client with pre-termination counseling as well as recommending any other services that may be needed (ACA, 2004, p. 6). The American Association of Christian Counselors has two parts to their termination section. The first is Ethical Termination of Counseling that is very similar to the American Counseling Association terminology. The second part, Avoiding Abandonment and Improper Counseling Termination states, “Christian counselors never abandon clients” (AACC, 2004, p. 15). It explains that a counselor will never end or discontinue counseling a client without notification or preparing the client for a referral or termination (AACC, 2004, p. 15).
Confidentiality is a major point when counseling. American Counseling Association discusses clients’ confidentiality and ensures that a client’s information will not be disclosed, unless disclosing will protect a client or identifiable person from serious or probable injury or when legal requirements demand it (ACA, 2005, p. 7). American Association of Christian Counselors confidentiality section ensures that the Christian counselor maintains confidentially of a client’s information, but informs their client confidentially is not absolute (AACC, 2004, p. 11)....