Compare And Contrast Code Of Ethics

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Register to read the introduction… What did Schweitzer mean by this statement, one may assume and some may wonder about such a broad statement? The meaning of the statement is that regardless of whatever or whomever one may help; the inner man provokes that individual to adhere to the code of ethics in his or her profession. What’s the definition of ethics? Webster New World Dictionary defines ethic as “as the study of standards of conduct.” Never the less, the discussion is on the code of ethics. Clinton & Ohlschlager stated, “The code of ethics is a systematic statement of ethical standards that represent the moral convictions and guide the practice behavior of a group, in this case, the various counseling disciplines” (Clinton & Ohlschlager, 2002,pp. 245). Different professions have their own code of ethics; and the objective of this paper is to compare and contrast codes of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association Christian Counselors (AACC) code of …show more content…
In almost every profession sexual misconduct with a client, employer and/or any associated member of your employment is forbidden. The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is not an exception and such acts are considered immoral and unethical. For example, direct sexual contact, solicitation of sex, and any other forms of sexual intentions just to name a few. The sexual misconduct code is unambiguous and it has no grey areas. This is true for both the Christian and standard codes. However, the American Counseling Association code states, “Sexual or romantic counselor–client interactions or relationships with former clients, their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited for a period of 5 years following the last professional contact” (ACA, 2005). Unlike the AACC, there are no exceptions. The AACC is restricted by biblical values and all sexual misconduct is immoral. As stated in Code 1-130, forbidden sexual acts include, “Anonymous virtual interaction via the Internet or other electronic and informational means; sexual harassment by comments, touch, or promises/threats of special action; and sexual misconduct as defined by all applicable laws, ethics, and church, organizational, or practice policies” (AACC, 2004). There are no statutes of limitation or expiration dates included in this code. The code actually stipulates, “All sexual relations as defined in 1-130 above with former clients are unethical. Furthermore, we do not terminate and refer clients or parishioners, even at first contact, in order to pursue sexual or romantic relations” (AACC, 2004). In contrast, the ACA does not include virtual interaction by way of internet, which eliminates one of the most vital part sexual communications. The 7th FOUNDATION of the AACA Code states, “Christian counselors are mindful of their representation of Christ and his church and are dedicated to honor their

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