Ethics Codes Comparison

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Running head: Ethics Codes Analysis Ethics Codes Analysis Catherine Bowen Liberty University Abstract The American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics is designed to address key areas of ethical responsibility and concern for professional counselors. The ACA Code of Ethics comprises an overall imperative of professional values. Christian counselors follow a code of ethics guided by The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) which promotes biblically based values as well as professional values. One of the obvious differences in these two codes is the complexity in which the AACC reads. Because it is specific to values derived from the Holy Scriptures, it is detailed in a way that characterizes the Christian faith in addition to professional ethical responsibility. Both codes strongly support the goal of providing dignity, welfare and worth to clients. In addition, both incorporate mission statements that invoke unmitigated excellence on the counselors who abide by them. This comparison of the two codes will analyze similarities and differences in three areas: fees, competence, and confidentiality. Fees Both the AACC and the ACA recognize the necessity of properly establishing a plan of action as well as an agreement regarding fees and payment as quickly as possible. Both codes highly encourage fairness in respect to fees and the client’s ability to pay based on their personal circumstances. Both codes discourage private fees or any division of fees with other clinicians when referring clients or working through an agency. Both codes prohibit exaggerating issues or improper diagnosis in order to continue servicing a client for financial gain. The AACC takes this virtue even further stating, “Christian counselors are encouraged, beyond their
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