ACA ETHICS CODES 4
TheACA code of ethics was founded on the recognition of the fact thatthe counseling profession’s duties and responsibilities to thepublic, patient and profession is dictated by the social contract.This code of ethics undertakes the upholding of the basic principlethat the key aim of the professional services provided by thecounselor is to benefit the patient. The code requires counselors toadhere to commitment to high excellence standards and serve theirpatients in line with the laid best practices (Herlihy&Corey, 2006).In addition, the relationships between doctors and patients have tobe founded on cooperation, trust, and mutual respect. This means thatthe counselor must show absolute honesty regarding the condition ofthe patient when communicating with the patients or theirrepresentatives (American Counseling Association, 2005). In thiscase, the counselors must never mislead patients to unjustified orfalse expectations for favorable treatment results. Further, therelationship of the counselor and client necessitates that thecounselor exercises utmost care not to undertake anything that wouldresult in the exploitation of the dependency or trust of the patient(American Counseling Association, 2005). Of particular note is theeffect of sexual misconduct to public welfare, as well as individualand collective patients.
Quitea number of revisions have been made to the code of ethics. Forinstance, it was previously emphasized that nonprofessionalrelationships between doctors and clients have to be avoided.However, revisions have allowed for the cautious recognition of thefact that there are potentially beneficial relationships that arebeyond the conventional professional counseling relationships (Remley& Herlihy, 2013). Further, there was modification regarding theconfidentiality of patients, especially when they are deceased. Inthis case, counselors have to retain confidentiality of the deceasedpatients. Further, the information pertaining to an individual shouldnever be disclosed to unauthorized individuals (Remley & Herlihy,2013).
AmericanCounseling Association. (2005). ACACode of ethics.Alexandria, VA: Author.
Herlihy,B., & Corey, G. (2006). ACAethical standards casebook.Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Remley,T.P & Herlihy, B. P (2013). Ethical,Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling.New York: Pearson Education