Running Head: Ethics Code
Ethics Code of Comparison Paper
January 29, 2012
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) was established to exceed the mark of professional counseling as a Christian counseling. The AACC is based on Christian principles with a strong biblical foundation. The AACC incorporates Psychology and theology to develop and expand effective Christian counselors. The American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics was designed to raise the bar of the counseling profession. The primary focus of the ACA Code of Ethics is based on a worldly perspective. The AACC and ACA share several similarities and differences ...view middle of the document...
A significant distinction between the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics is the AACC Code of Ethics is mainly based on biblical principles and Christian values. Although the AACC has a biblical foundation, both codes have a primary focus of training and educating counselors to become more proficient at counseling. The AACC identifies seven Biblical-Ethical Foundations that serve as a basis for Christian counselors. Each foundation contributes to Christian counselors making ethical based decisions. The ACA identifies eight individual categories that provide counselors a roadmap to make ethical decisions. These categories serve as a jumpstart to assist counselors when faced with simple or complex ethical situations. The AACC and the ACA Code of Ethics share the expectations that counselors should provide optimal counseling services to their clients.
Section II: Specific comparison of three particular areas
Relationship to Society
The AACC and ACA share only one common thread in regards to their relationship or role in society. They are similar in that they both support identifying various avenues for the growth of their clients. The AACC (2004) and the ACA (2005) specifically discuss the importance of being advocates on different levels of society and government in order to better serve their clients. The ACA Code of Ethics surprisingly only had a small section regarding the roles and relationships to society, whereas the AACC Code of Ethics (2004) had five subheadings listed in the section Ethical Relations with the State and Other Social Systems. It appears that the AACC is considerably more passionate about their relationship and the role they ultimately play in society.
The AACC recognizes the importance of having relationships within numerous sectors of the community namely the church, mental health professions, state and government (2004). The AACC not only want to have better relationships within society, but they are also willing to confront any unethical issues that take place (2004). The AACC express a need to have continuity in ethical relationships with other Christian counselors and other Christian organizations. The AACC also acknowledges the significance of their relationship with Christ and that they are Christians before they are Christian counselors. In doing this, they desire to build strong relationships between the church and the government. Therefore, it is important to allow others to see Christ in their lives as they build relationships on the different levels of society.
The AACC and the ACA both acknowledge the client’s needs are the primary focus in setting, establishing, and collecting fees. They recognize that the main purpose of counseling is to provide the needed help to the client, and not only to make money. The AACC stresses to its members the importance of pro bono work to provide services to...