Values can be found in the individual, ethics in groups or organizations, and laws in larger societies. What other differences are there between values, ethics, and laws? Why are there ethics for counselors? Depending on your program of study, which codes of ethics will you abide by and why? How can the ACA, AACC, NAADAC, and/or AAMFT codes of ethics help you in providing treatment to someone with different values than your own?
This discussion question meets the following NASAC Standards:
19) Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional, and cultural life.
20) Understand the addiction professional’s obligation to adhere to generally accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
21) Understand the importance of ongoing supervision and continuing education in the delivery of client services.
35) Seek appropriate supervision and consultation.
65) Apply confidentiality-related legal restrictions appropriately.
110) Protect client rights to privacy and confidentiality in the preparation and handling of records, especially in relation to the communication of client information with third parties.
116) Demonstrate ethical behaviors by adhering to established professional codes of ethics that define the professional context within which the counselor works, in order to maintain professional standards and safeguard the client.
118) Adhere to federal and state laws, and agency regulations, regarding addictions treatment.
122) Obtain appropriate continuing professional edu