Substance Abuse Counseling Laws And The Aca Ethics Code

1465 Words Jan 25th, 2015 6 Pages
Introduction Substance abuse counseling can be a rewarding career for anyone who has a desire to help people who are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol. A substance abuse counselor can work in hospitals, prisons, therapeutic facilities, and halfway houses. The purpose of a substance abuse counselor is to help those who have an addiction manage it. In this paper I will be discussing Texas state counseling laws and the ACA ethics code and how these two can guide my work as a substance abuse counselor. I will also discuss the characteristics of a counselor, review my strengths and any challenges I may have as a counselor, and discuss my perceptions of substance abuse that may impact my ability to become an effective counselor.
Ethics and Laws Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors requires anyone who want a counselor’s license have a master’s degree between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience and pass the state exam as well a complete continuing education each year (DSHS, 2014). The Ethical and legal considerations set to help substance abuse counselors as they journey through their profession can serve as a bible for me. These ethics and laws help counselors to make appropriate decisions when it comes to helping others. Addiction professionals will uphold the legal and ethical standards of the profession by being fully aware of all federal laws and laws that govern practice of substance use disorder counseling…
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