ACA Ethics Codes

ACAEthics Codes

ACAEthics Codes

SeveralAmerican Counseling Association Ethical Codes exists. 2014 ACA codeof ethics replaced the 2005 edition, and they were approved bygoverning council. The new edition incorporates ethics of usingsocial media with clients. In addition, it constitutes new guidelinesthat serve to prevent the imposition of counselor personal values,use of technology, distance counseling, and selection interventionsamong others.

NationalAssociation of Social Workers (NASW) codes of ethics was approvedNASW Delegate Assembly in the year 1996 and revised by NASW DelegateAssembly in 2008 (Sommers-Flanagan,2006).It guides social works on how to do about their daily duties in aprofessional manner. It has four sections that include preamble, NASWcode of ethics’ aim ethical principles, and ethical standards.

UnitedStates Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) codes of ethic wasapproved on October 2001 and revised on September 2007 (Whiston,2012). It aims at supporting the practice as well as furtherevolution of the field of body psychotherapy. It contains severalprinciples that include competence, integrity, scientific andprofessional responsibility, respect for people’s right anddignity, concern for other people’s welfare, social responsibility,and adherence to local, state, federal law, and to professionalcodes.

Therevised format of American Association for Marriage and FamilyTherapy (AAMFT) started to be used from July 2012. It sets standardfor ethical practice thus, honoring the public trust in family andmarriage therapists. Its ethical standards define professionalexpectations that are enforced by AAMF Ethics Committee (Corey &ampHaynes, 2014). It has several principles that include duty toclients, confidentiality, competence that is of the highestprofessional level, and financial arrangement among others.


Whiston,S. (2012).Principlesand Applications of Assessment in Counseling.London: Routledge.

Corey,G &amp Haynes,R. (2014).Ethicsin Action.New York: Barons Press.

Sommers-Flanagan,S. (2006). Becomingan Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and PhilosophicalFoundations.New York: JohnWiley &amp Sons.