Running head: CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES1Controversial IssuesLindsey DillonGrand Canyon University
CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES2IntroductionThe American Counseling Association (ACA, 2014) presents a mission that states, “It was formed to help promote professional development of counselors, advocate for the counselingprofession and ensure ethical, culturally-inclusive practices which protect those utilizing counseling services” (ACA, 2014, p.2). All members of the ACA know that diversity is a shared encounter within the association and, therefore, holds cross-cultural practices to support the firm’s mission (ACA, 2014). Professional Counselors should never impose their own values as it is an ethical issue when counseling clients. Professional Counselors are to hold their own personal values, personal beliefs and individual morals to themselves, especially when working with a wide range of clients. Sharing this info can put you at liability of a multitude of problems that include harm to the individuals you are working with (Corey, Corey, Corey & Callanan, 2015).Ethics codes are a governed set of codes established by an association that were put in place to lead professional guidance to ensure the best services possible are provided and for protection of the public. Laws are different than ethics as they were created by the government that are to be followed by legally. Laws are not all the same and differ from state to state. Every person was raised with their own set of values depending on how you grew up and where you arefrom.Per the ACA code of ethics (ACA, 2014), it states “Ethics pertains to the standards that govern the conduct of its professional members; law is the body of rules that govern the affairs of people within a community, state, or country” (ACA, 2014, p. 3). Counselor Values and its Implications
CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES3Not only is it a rule of the ACA Code of ethics, but it is disrespectful for a counselor to impose their own individual values and beliefs upon clients. As a professional counselor it is their role to accept all clients for who they are and where they are at in their lives currently.
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Ethics, Licensed Professional Counselor, professional development of counselors