Comparing Code of Ethics
Comparing Code of EthicsComparing Codes of Ethics
Comparing Codes of Ethics
The similarities between the ACA and the AMHCA code of ethics, they both providing training, guidance, and direction in making ethic decisions for their members (ACA, 2005) (AMHCA, 2010). The ACA and AMHCA codes of ethics cover a wide range of ethical and professional situations common to the practicing professional. An example of not having the correct training in multicultural counseling is in the case study of “Allison: The Case of the Well-Meaning Feminist”. Allison, a 28 year old student was counseling Carmen, 19- years old Latina, did not understand the Latina cultural. If Allison would of have training on the Latina cultural, she would have understood the importance that Carmen’s father plays a significant role in the family (Herlihy & Corey, 2006). The other similarity is the commitment of students, employee, and supervisory relationships. The commitment of students, employee, and supervisory relationships are similar in both codes of ethics emphasizing that it is unethical to engage in any relationships (ACA, 2005) (AMHCA, 2010). I have seen this first hand, where I used to work they did not like management having any relationship with employees. It could have cause friction between employees and management.
Differences in Codes of Ethic
Although, there are similarities between the ACA and the AMHAC codes of ethics there are some distinct between the two. One of the most noticeable is the difference in how violations of the code of ethics are addressed by the two organizations and codes. The ACA code of ethics identifies a process for processing ethical violations (ACA, 2005). The AMHAC does not “investigate or adjudicate ethical complaints” (AMHAC, 2010, pg 18) but may take action regarding a member's membership based upon their licensure being affected by other authorizes (AMHAC, 2010). A second noticeable difference between the two codes of ethics address record keeping. The AMHAC...