Can Your Code of Ethics Be Wrong? Essay

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Can Your Code of Ethics Be Wrong? Lonna Shelton-Soward Liberty University Abstract In counseling, whether Secular or Christian based it is crucial to understand and practice ethical codes. Similarities and differences in the American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics and the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) code of ethics, aim to do no harm. In the AACC Code of Ethics it clearly states, “Christian counselors acknowledge that the first rule of professional-ministerial ethical conduct is: do no harm to those served.” (AACC, Section, ES1-100, p.9). Counselors advocate change at all levels to improve the quality of life for individuals or groups, while eliminating obstacles that make it difficult to receive proper services. Christian counselors promote the same quality as secular counselors but incorporate the messages of Jesus Christ. Three specific areas competence, conflict of Interest and termination are valuable in the counseling profession. Understanding these areas in the code of ethics of counseling is an important responsibility in order to be a professional and suitable counselor. Can Your Code of Ethics Be Wrong? Section one of this paper will introduce the general similarities and differences in the American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics and the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) code of ethics. Both ethical codes have the same basic vision for us to “do no harm” (AACC, Section, ES1-100, p. 6) while in a counselor-client relationship. Counselors promote change at all levels to enhance the quality of life for individuals and groups, as well as eliminate possible obstacles that make it difficult to receive proper services offered. Christian counselors promote the same quality of life for individuals and groups with a focus of honoring Jesus Christ.(AACC,

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