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.

Reading:  The ACA Code of Ethics

Publisher:  The American Counseling Association

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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 all of the following except:
2: Counselors acknowledge that resolving ethical issues is
3: The primary responsibility of counselors is to
4: 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: Confidential information must be revealed in which situation?
9: When circumstances require the disclosure of confidential information, only ________ information is revealed.
10: Counselors limit the access of clients to their records, or portions of their records, only when there is compelling evidence that such access would
11: Counselors apply careful discretion and deliberation before __________ records that may be needed by a court of law, such as notes on child abuse, suicide, sexual harassment, or violence.
12: Information shared in a consulting relationship should include
13: When professionally impaired, counselors
14: Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against prospective or current clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants based on
15: When counselors experience inappropriate policies and practices within their employment, their first step is
16: Counselors consider clients' socioeconomic and cultural experiences when diagnosing mental disorders.
17: Counselors may refrain from making and/or reporting a diagnosis if they believe that
18: When counselors report assessment results, they consider all of the following except:
19: When providing forensic evaluations, the primary obligation of counselors is to
20: Students and supervisees have the same obligation to clients as those required of professional counselors.
21: Counselors report any research
22: 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
23: When distance counseling services are deemed ineffective by the counselor or client, counselors consider delivering services face-to-face.
24: 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 to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics 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 currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.