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2014 ACA Code of Ethics approved by governing council

March 26, 2014

The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics was approved by the ACA Governing Council this week at its meeting at the ACA conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics replaces the 2005 edition.  The new edition is the first code that speaks to the ethics of using social media with clients.  It also presents new or expanded Branding-Box-Ethicsguidelines for preventing the imposition of counselor personal values, distance counseling, confidentiality, dual relationships, multiculturalism and diversity, the use of technology, record keeping, diagnosis, end-of life care and the selection of interventions.

The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics is posted on the ethics section of the ACA website at counseling.org/ethics

ACA conference attendees can be the first to hear about the new code by attending the six-hour Learning Institute, “Hot Off the Press – The New 2014 ACA Code of Ethics: An In-Depth Review of Critical Changes” on Thursday, March 27, or the 90 minute education session, “A Town Hall Meeting on the New 2014 Code of Ethics: What You Need to Know” on Saturday, March 29.

A podcast focusing on the updates in the 2014 ethics code with Perry Francis, chairman of ACA’s Ethics Revision Task Force, is available at counseling.org/knowledge-center/podcasts

More resources focusing on the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics will be soon be posted on the ACA website, including a six-part webinar series, a ten-part interview series with the Ethics Revision Task Force, updated ACA books such as the bestselling ethics casebook and branch presentations.

 

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See the June issue of Counseling Today for an in-depth cover story on counseling ethics.

In July, Counseling Today will begin a column series highlighting significant changes in the new Code of Ethics.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Elly

    Curious when the next ACA Code of Ethics will be updated? I read somewhere said that it’ll be updated every 7-10 years. Please let me know. Thanks. (this is for my homework assignment).

    Thanks again.
    EJ

    Reply
    1. Counseling Today Post author

      Hello EJ,
      A new ACA Code of Ethics comes out every 10 years (roughly), but the writing process begins about three years before that. Contact ACA’s Ethics department for more information.

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