Code of Ethics Comparison Essay example

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Code of Ethics Comparison

Abstract

This paper is a comparison between the codes of ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). This paper aims to present the similarities and differences between the two codes of ethics. There are two main sections on this paper. The first section presents the general similarities and differences of the two codes of ethics. The second section presents the similarities and differences of the two codes of ethics on three specific areas: Confidentiality, Sexual Intimacies and Informed Consent. The author used the codes of ethics of both organizations in the process of comparing and contrasting. The general comparison reveals that the
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These statements imply that both codes of ethics are held with high respect and honor in their respective organizations.

However, a great difference is noticed between these two codes of ethics. This difference lies in the foundation upon which these codes are based. The American Association of Christian Counselors explicitly states that its code of ethics is based on the Bible (AACC Law and Ethics Committee, 2004, p 5). On the other hand, the American Counseling Association does not make any claim to this effect. In fact, the ACA does not provide any information about the basis of its code of ethics.

Section II – Specific comparison of three particular areas

In the area of confidentiality, there are several similarities and differences between the two codes of ethics. Both codes of ethics clearly states the limits of confidentiality and privacy are made clear to the client right from the start of the counseling process. In Section B of the ACA code of ethics, it is clearly stated that counselors should inform their clients of the limits of confidentiality at the start of the counseling process (American Counseling Association, 2005, p 7). This is also clearly stated in Section ES1-400 particularly subsection 1-411 of the AACC code of ethics (AACC Law and Ethics Committee, 2004, p 11). Another similarity is the importance of the client’s consent in cases when disclosure is necessary. This provision

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