Aca Versus Aacc Essay

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Abstract Codes of ethics are documents developed by particular organizations to govern the organization, clarify roles, establish standards, and protect consumers. The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics (AACC) both serve as ethics codes that serve to govern professional counselors and guide the counseling profession in the United States. This paper compares and contrasts the overall structure and scope of the two codes. As well, three specific areas of the codes are compared: Danger (reports by a client of current or impending danger to themselves or others), and Fees are examined within the area of duties to clients; while Personal Problems (personal issues/concerns with the practicing counselor or therapist) is discussed as a part of duties to the profession. ACA CODE OF ETHICS AND AACC CODE OF ETHICS, WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES? In the field of counseling, either secular counseling or Christian counseling ethics play a large and vital role. The ACA Code serves five main purposes. The five purposes are summed up as, clarification to members the nature of ethical responsibilities, helps support the mission of the association, establishes principles that define ethical behavior, serves as an ethical guide to help members construct a professional course of action and the ACA Code serves as the basis for processing ethical complaints and inquiries initiated against members of the association (American Counseling Association, 1995). The mission of the American Association of Christian Counselors, AACC Law and Ethics Committee (2004), AACC Code of ethics is to 1. help advance the central mission of the AACC-bring honor to Jesus Christ and promote excellence and unity in Christian counseling; 2. promote the welfare and protect the dignity and

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