Ethics in Action

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Comparing and Contrasting the Code of Ethics Aquila' Mahdi Counseling 501 Liberty University February 26, 2012 Dr. S. Sadik Abstract This paper will attempt to examine the code of ethics from the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). It will take a look at the differences and similarities shared between the two organizations, respectfully. It will examine confidentiality, dual roles and sexual intimacies. Comparing and Contrasting the Code of Ethics This paper will attempt to examine the code of ethics from the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). It will take a look at the differences and…show more content…
They are also forbidden from pressuring clients into any questionable social relationships. The American Counseling Association (2004) takes it a step further by forbidding any sexual relationships with clients, family members or current sexual partners. Both ethical codes may differ in approach but in theory they are both consistent with protecting the client and their vulnerabilities as they discuss some of their most intimate details to their therapist. From examining both ethical statutes, therapists can take it one step forward by taking ownership in violating the bond between therapist and client. Years of education, training and personal responsibility should prevent therapist from violating the bond between client and therapist. Clients entrust therapist with intimate details and instill trust in the therapist. This relationship can sometimes cross boundaries and cause the client to view the therapist in a different light. The same can be said of therapists who have gained the admiration and trust of their client. This places them at an unfair disadvantage and gives them the upper hand and a manipulative stance in entering any relationship outside of the proper scope of the therapist-client relationship. Sexuality and confidentiality aren’t the only issues when it comes to dual roles and conflicts of interest in the therapist-patient relationship. Obviously the therapist’s main concern should be in
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