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Career Counseling with NCDA and ACA Ethical Codes

Using the case scenario from (Alex), apply two Codes of Ethics from our professional bodies (must be the most current codes). One needs to come from NCDA and the other can be of your choice from the suggested list source:
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
American Counseling Association (ACA).
It is recommended that you select a source relevant to you (See Attached) Embellish the case as you need to in order to apply three ethical codes to the case. For example, you can say that the counselor is starting to have romantic feelings towards the client. State which code would apply (ACA, A.5.b), and how you would handle the situation. Make sure you use both codes (NCDA and, for example, ACA).

Using code H.1.b from ACA, identify how you would handle a situation that involves a legal and ethical issue. Clearly state what the issue is and how you would resolve it. For example, working with a child whose parents request looking at case notes. Remember that legally, parents have the rights to educational documents, yet you would want to maintain your ethical responsibility to uphold confidentiality.

The two case studes of Alex and Naomi are attached.


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(1) State which code would apply (ACA, A.5.b), and how you would handle the situation. Make sure you use both codes (NCDA and, for example, ACA).
Case Study Overview
Alex, 44, is a biracial male, married with two children (ages 2 and 4). His mother is Caucasian and his father is African American. His mother stayed at home to raise him and his three siblings. His father, the first African American to earn his doctorate degree in Linguistics, was a professor at a small-town college and made a modest income. Alex is considered well-educated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His interests are his work, spending time with his wife and children. Alex has traveled extensively. He hopes to continue traveling. He has a history of working in construction, and has gained a great deal of experience working as a project manager for city construction. He is self-employed, and has had obtained work on million-dollar projects such as building schools and fire stations. Alex is a successful contractor; however, he has become dissatisfied with the City in which he lived, including the public school system; and moved with his family to another state. However, Alex and has had trouble finding work because the slow economy has affected his job opportunities. Alex's dilemma has placed his entire family under stress. His wife, has stable work; and has suggested that Alex seek career counseling.

(a) The American Counseling Association

The American Counseling Association (ACA, 2004) Code of Ethics is set forth as guidelines for 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 National Development Career Association

NCDA acknowledges and supports its members in their quest to achieve the highest academic and professional credentials appropriate to their work. Many NCDA members are trained credentialed counselors, ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses considerations and conflicts in career counseling based on NCDA and ACA Ethical Codes, choosing the case of Alex. References used are also included.