The ACA Code of Ethics (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course reviews The American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.  The ACA Code of Ethics presents ethical obligations, considerations, and responsibilities of ACA members.  It is a guide and resource for ethical practice in counseling.

This course is recommended for counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for social workers.

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Reading:  The ACA Code of Ethics

Publisher:  The American Counseling Association

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying ethical obligations, considerations, and responsibilities for ACA members.

Learning Objectives:  Identify ethical practices related to counseling relationships and boundaries.  Identify ethical practices related to confidentiality and privacy.  Identify ethical practices related to diversity and nondiscrimination.  Identify ethical practices related to resolving ethical issues.

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1: The ACA Code of Ethics outlines 6 fundamental principles of professional ethical behavior, including each of the following except:
2: Counselors acknowledge that resolving ethical issues is
3: The primary responsibility of counselors is to
4: Informed consent is an ongoing part of the counseling process, and counselors appropriately document discussions of informed consent
5: Sexual and/or romantic counselor-client interactions or relationships with former clients, their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited for a period of _______________ following the last professional contact.
6: Counselors may terminate counseling in each of the following situations except:
7: At initiation and throughout the counseling process, counselors assure clients of confidentiality.
8: Information shared in a consulting relationship should include
9: Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against prospective or current clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants based on
10: When counselors experience inappropriate policies and practices within their employment, their first step is
11: Counselors consider clients' socioeconomic and cultural experiences when diagnosing mental disorders.
12: When providing forensic evaluations, the primary obligation of counselors is to
13: Students and supervisees have the same obligation to clients as those required of professional counselors.
14: When reporting research, counselors report the results of any research
15: Counselors who engage in the use of distance counseling, technology, and social media within their counseling practice understand that they may be subject to laws and regulations of
16: When counselors have reason to believe that another counselor is violating or has violated an ethical standard and substantial harm has not occurred, they first

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.