Essay on Locating and Integrating State Laws and Ethical Codes

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Locating and Integrating State Laws and Ethical Codes Locating and Integrating State Laws and Ethical Codes I was able to locate the current ethical standards with the American Counseling Association on my desk. An individual can locate a copy of these standards at this website: http://www.counseling.org/resources/codeofethics/TP/home/ct2.aspx. This version was published in 2005 and the next revision is up to the Ethics Revision Task Force. In addition I also have a copy of the American Mental Health Counselors Association Code of ethics. The website is: http://www.amhca.org/. Once at the website, you can look under about AMHCA for a link to the code of ethics or use the following URL:…show more content…
The parents of a child you've been working with send you a $200 gift certificate in appreciation of the excellent progress their child has made. Standard: Both. In this scenario I made my choice based on the following: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Principle III, Professional Competence and Integrity, states: 3.10 Marriage and family therapists do not give to or receive from clients (a) gifts of substantial value or (b) gifts that impair the integrity or efficacy of the therapeutic relationship (AAMFT, 2001). Being able to weigh the benefits of receiving the gift and the rules of the agency along with the therapeutic relationship need to be considered. The American Counseling Association Section A.10.e., states: Counselors understand the challenges of accepting gifts from clients and recognize that in some cultures, small gifts are a token of respect and showing gratitude. It may also be a legal issue with the agency to accept a gift of this value. One of the clients you're seeing in therapy asks if you'll provide an assessment of his fitness to be a father so he can include this information in his court case to regain custody of his children. Standard: Ethical. The National Association of Social Workers states: 1.06 Conflicts of Interest (a) Social workers should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgment. Social workers should inform clients when a real

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