Comparing Code of Ethics

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Comparing Codes of Ethics
Comparing Codes of Ethics The similarities between the ACA and the AMHCA code of ethics, they both providing training, guidance, and direction in making ethic decisions for their members (ACA, 2005) (AMHCA, 2010). The ACA and AMHCA codes of ethics cover a wide range of ethical and professional situations common to the practicing professional. An example of not having the correct training in multicultural counseling is in the case study of “Allison: The Case of the Well-Meaning Feminist”. Allison, a 28 year old student was counseling Carmen, 19- years old Latina, did not understand the Latina cultural. If Allison would of have training on the Latina cultural, she would have understood the importance that
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The ACA on does not present any specific requirements regarding record keeping or assessment tool selection.
Insight from Comparison In reviewing the two different codes of ethics, I learned that the ACA code of ethics, and the AMHAC code of ethics address common issues from a different perspective. I believe that both codes of ethics are essential to a mental health professional in ensuring an ethical practice. Understanding the requirements presented by each of the standards helps in resolving ethical issues that might arise. The ACA and MHCA Codes of Ethics is to ensure common standards, guide professionals, and minimize interpersonal strife of professionals, as well as provide clear parameters of behaviors, in order to help meet the changing needs of clients (Ponton, 2009). Counselors use the ethical principles and Code of Ethics, to inform and guide their practice by engaging in practices that are based on research methodologies, providing services that are within their appropriate framework, and work towards fostering client growth (Ponton, 2009).
ACA. (2005). 2005 ACA code of ethics [White Paper]. Retrieved from
AMHCA. (2010). 2010 AMHCA code of ethics [White Paper]. Retrieved from
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