Aca Code Of Ethics And Ethical Standards For School Counselors

938 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
In Introduction to Counseling, students learned about the ACA Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards for School Counselors. The ACA code of Ethics update in 2014 with significant changes. One of the improvements was in the preface of the code; including how human development, diversity and multiculturalism, social justice, the integrity of the counselor-child relationship, and competency align further with other professional fields. Another vital area receiving amendments was the extension of the confidentiality law. If a person makes an appointment, it is just as confidential, as what is said during the session. In the past, there was concern counselors were making referrals due to religious beliefs. However, counselors jobs are to refer based on skill and not the counselor’s personal beliefs. It is imperative, new counselors, keep up with ethical codes and the changes which can occur at any time.

The ACA’s Code of Ethics and the Ethical Standards for School Counselors are great resource tools to describe confidentiality, responsibilities to the student, school, community, and families; student records, technology, collaboration, social justice advocacy, professional responsibility, relationships, supervision, evaluation, assessment, and interpretation. In a high school counselor meeting I attended, the speaker explained one noteworthy recommendation; counselors should act as if they are being videotaped, but not behaving as if they are. Staying professional at all…
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