Comparing Codes of Ethics

The various codes of ethics that guide the counseling profession provide counselors with several standards for ethical practice. However, it is possible for a counselor to have to apply a combination of these codes of ethics when delivering counseling services to their clients. Therefore, comparing codes of ethics and integrating the standards into professional practice is an essential skill for an ethical counselor.

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For this Assignment, create a summary of the codes of ethics you will be using in this course. Then, explore two different codes of ethics and consider how these codes apply to your work as a future counselor.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Use the Formatted Template for APA guidelines in the Learning Resources.
  • Create a brief summary of your understanding of the codes of ethics you will be using in this course.
  • Use the ACA 2014 Code of Ethics and the IAMFC Ethics Code (MCFC students must use the IAMFC code).
  • Explain similarities and differences between the two codes of ethics.
  • Explain how these codes of ethics apply to your work as a future counselor.

Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). (2015). 2015 AMHCA code of ethics [White Paper]. Retrieved from
    2010 AMHCA Code of Ethics used with permission of The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
  • Calley, N. G. (2009). Promoting a contextual perspective in the application of the ACA Code of Ethics: The ethics into action map. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87(4), 476–482.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Hendricks, B., Bradley, L. J., Southern, S., Oliver, M., & Birdsall, B. (2011). Ethical Code for the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. The Family Journal, 19(2), 217–224.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Document: Formatted Template for APA Guidelines (Word Document)
  • Document: Case Study Analysis Worksheet (Word Document)

Case Studies

  • Herlihy, B., & Corey, G. (2015). ACA ethical standards casebook (7th ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
    • “Case Study 4: Working with an Immigrant Family” (pp. 164-168)
    • “Case Study 16: A Suicidal Teenager” (pp. 240-244)
    • “Case Study 20: An Imposition of Values” (pp. 268-271)


  • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Ethical decision-making game. Baltimore, MD: Author.
  • ACA (2014). Podcast: The NEW 2014 Code of Ethics: An Overview. Alexandria, VA: Author.

Optional Resources

  • Ponton, R. F., & Duba, J. D. (2009). The ACA Code of Ethics: Articulating counseling’s professional covenant. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87(1), 117–121.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    Note: This article is co-authored by Walden Faculty, Dr. Jill Duba.

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