Mental Health Counseling is a field similar to medicine and it has a code of ethics that all counselors are to follow. The ACA Code of Ethics is important for counselors to learn because it provides a framework for them to follow when dealing with clients and with the business of counseling. The ACA Code of Ethics has five main purposes that help counselors understand what the ACA expects of its members. Forester-Miller and Davis (1996) suggest that all purposes have a moral principle that they describe. According to these authors, this purpose is about "autonomy" and the "concept of independence" for each counselor and their clients (p. This means that counselors must be able to work on their own and encourage their clients to understand that they have the answers to their problems and they can make decisions according to their own values, although when making decisions based on one's own values, they may not be the same as other peoples values and there may need to be some compromise. To operationalize this purpose I will make sure that I understand my own values and opportunities in counseling. It will be important to adopt an observer position sometimes while looking for ways to help the client find their own way to change their lives. . Professional Development Plan in Sphere of Mental Health Counseling.
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