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EXplain some similarities and differences between the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2005 Code of Ethics and the American Mental Health Counseling (AMHCA) 2010 Code of Ethics.

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This solution describes similarities and differences underlying the ethics codes of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American Mental Heath Counseling (AMHC).

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American Counseling Association (ACA) and American Mental Health Counseling (AMCHA) CODE OF ETHICS

(a) The American Counseling Association

The American Counseling Association (ACA, 2004)) Code of Ethics is set forth as guidelines for the ethical responsibilities of its members, and is designed to assist its members in constructing a professional course of action to utilize counseling services and promote the values of the counseling profession. The code serves as the basis for processing ethical complaints and inquiries against its members.

(b) The American Mental Health Counseling

The AMCHA represents mental health counselors who subscribe to rigorous standards for education, training and clinical practice. The Ethics code is designed to guide members to make sound ethical decisions to define ethical behaviors and best practices for the association's members. Some similarities and differences in the ethic codes are paraphrased in the following summary:


ACA (Section A.4.a): "Primary Responsibility" states that counselors are to respect the dignity and promote the ...

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