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    ACA Code of Ethics

    Various associations including APA and ACA have their own legal and ethical guidelines. In addition, states have their specific codes of conduct for counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. In this Discussion, you will examine the guidelines in your own state and consider how they align with those put forth by associations.

    To prepare:

    •Review your state's legal and ethical guidelines.

    •Compare them also to the codes of ethics set forth by the ACA and the APA.

    •Consider which specific guidelines within the codes of conduct seem most important or encompassing to you.

    •Think about which guidelines might present the most challenge in your practice.

    With these thoughts in mind:

    Post by Day 4 a description of a specific guideline within the ACA Code of Ethics you regard as crucial in relating to clients and a description of a guideline you think might present the biggest challenge in conducting assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. Explain why you selected each of the guidelines.

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    ACA Counselling Discussion

    The ACA or the American Counselling Association (2016), "is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counsellors in various practice settings." In the US, counsellors and therapists take guidance and look to the ACA for the foundation of their professional practice, including ethical practice. Concurrently, they have around 55,000 members spread across their therapy and counselling practice in the US. It is the world's largest association representing professional counsellors. With the code of ethics in place practiced by all 55,000 of their members - the ethical standard across the practice is upheld, protecting the clients, the practitioners and the integrity of the profession. The ACA has sub-branches across the country, in each state, in cities and towns where their practitioners are. For example, the state of Maryland's practitioners expected ethical practice by the state itself are not just informed by the law. In fact, the state policies governing ethics in counselling are informed by the ethical standards set by ACA as exemplified in the state documents stored on file by the government (Maryland.gov, 2016) in relation to the ethical practice of those certified and licensed by the state's Board of Professional Counsellors and Therapists.

    Thus, the code of ethics of ACA is crucial in ensuring ethical practice for safeguarding. But even with the ethical code in play, violations still happen. It is ...

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