Overview of the ACA Code of Ethics

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Introduction The dynamics between the human dimensions and the professional demands of conducting a counseling practice has been the subject of a considerable amount of literature in the field. Indeed, it is a focus in counselor preparation programs. It not possible to segregate who we are as people and what we do as professionals. These two aspects of our lives are inexorably linked. The dynamics are such that the one impacts the other, while influence may be dominant in a particular direction, there is an inescapable mutuality. Further, research suggests that the individual attributes of the counselor have the most critical influence on therapeutic outcomes and have at least as much impact on client/ counselor relationship quality as the counselor's techniques and theory do (Corey, 2010). A.10 d. Bartering. "Counselors may barter only if the relationship is not exploitive or harmful and does not place the counselor in an unfair advantage, if the client requests it, and if such arrangements are an accepted practice among professionals in the community." Barter, as a way of providing equivalent compensation for goods or services, is an established practice in many cultures. But this is typically not the case in contexts in which counselors are credentialed and licensed to practice. At the simplest level, bartering poses the problem of establishing a fair exchange. Determination of fairness is always impacted by the perceptions of the bartering partners. A primary
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