Comparing Codes of Ethics
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does not investigate ethical complaints but they may revoke membership if a counselor’s licensure is compromise or rescinded by the appropriate state licensure board.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