Compare and Contrast the Aacc and Aca Code of Ethics Essay

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Compare and Contract the AACC and ACA Code of Ethics
Shelia Burton
Liberty University

In reading both codes you can see how different but yet alike they are, although one is from the Christian aspect and the other from a world view. According to Ralph Bass, Christian counseling has been a part of the work of ministry since the origin of the church. When people were sick they looked to the church for help, they were thought of as touched by the Gods and were given potions for their madness to cure them or driven from the community depending on the type of illness. Sigmund Freud was one of the most famous people to come out of the age where psychiatry was thought to have nothing to do with Christianity and that Christianity
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This non-discrimination applies to not only the client but applies to anyone working in or with the counselor including and up to the supervisor if there is one. The ACA (2005) code states you cannot discriminate in a manner that has a negative impact on any person the list of people provide in the code.
Informed Consent In both the AACC (2004) and The ACA (2005) code it is stated that the client has the right to know about the counseling process and how they will be conducted. ACA (2005) say’s that this information is to be given both in writing and verbally and that it is and ongoing process throughout the length of service provide. AACC (2004) states that the client understands and has the capacity to give consent it does not state it has to be in written form as the ACA (2005) code does. The ACA (2005) also states that this process is ongoing whereas the AACC (2004) code say’s; this is done early in counseling, with no mention of continuing the process.
The AACC (2004) gives 4 reasons to either terminate or refer a client, they are as follows: 1. Counseling goals achieved 2. Client no longer wants service or does not return to counseling 3. Client no longer benefits from counseling. 4. When counseling is harmful to the client.
The decision to refer or terminate should be discussed with the client and the