Comparing Codes of Ethics

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Comparing Codes of Ethics The American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association Codes of Ethics both provide guidance and direction in making ethical decisions for their members (ACA, 2005) (AMHCA, 2010). Both the ACA and the AMHCA Codes of Ethics cover a wide range of moral and ethical situations that could present themselves to mental health professionals. Both of these codes of ethics have significant impacts on the counseling profession. The tools provided by these codes of ethics ensure that mental health professionals are able to conform to the regulations set forth. They address common concerns from varying points of view. Understanding these codes of ethics is essential to all mental …show more content…

The AMHCA does not investigate ethical complaints but they may revoke membership if a counselor’s licensure is compromise or rescinded by the appropriate state licensure board.
According to the AMHCA Code of Ethics, Section I.E.1, “Mental health counselors create and maintain accurate and adequate clinical and financial records.”(p.13) The AMHCA Code of Ethics addresses that counselors appropriately create, maintain, store, transfer, and dispose of client records. In the ACA Code of Ethics record keeping, maintenance of client accounts, and the use of assessment tools are not addressed.
The ACA and AMHCA Codes of Ethics exist to ensure shared principles, guide mental health professionals, and provide concise parameters to follow in the respect of acting in the ultimate welfare of the client. Even though many similarities and some differences do exist they both exist with the ethical and moral obligations of the counselor in mind. Mental health professionals utilize these codes of ethics to inform and funnel them into a streamlined principled practice of counseling with the definitive result of client growth in mind.
American Counseling Association (ACA). (2005). 2005 ACA code of ethics [White Paper]. Retrieved from


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