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ABSTRACT Since most Christian counsellors enter the profession with the objectiveof helping people these individuals are unlikely to inflict intentionalharm against clients Despite these good intentions the existence ofethical dilemmas challenges a counsellors ability to solve problemswithout exacting accidental harm There are various ethical boundariesthat foster conduct guidelines for each profession In the counsellingprofession two specific agencies the American Counselling AssociationACA and the American Association of Christian Counsellors AACCpresent objectives that contain both similarities and differences withrespect to their ethical guidelines While these codes vary in theirapproach to counselling guidelines they both establish the importanceof ethics in the context of counselling sessions The followingdiscussion will compare and contrast the key similarities anddifferences between each agency General SimilaritiesBoth the AACC 2004 and the ACA 2005 emphasized the principle ofmaintaining a professional demeanour while demonstrating the importanceof the clients personal welfare Accordingly both codes possesssimilar elements that include competence professionalism theprocessing of ethical complaints professional values and continuedtraining The ACA 2005 guidelines on counsellor competence stipulatethat counsellors must possess adequate professional and personalqualifications before providing their services to clients Similarlythe AACC 2004 1-210 states that Christian counsellors should not offerservices or work beyond the limits of their competence and the agencyshould not aid or abet the work of untrained and unqualified helpersFurthermore the AACC 2004 code maintains that counsellors shouldpreserve honourable relationships with clients and avoid all actions andappearances of greed while the ACA code encourages counsellors to gainknowledge personal awareness sensitivity and skills for working witha diverse clientele Although this mandate seems to differ from that ofthe AACC 2004 issues such as personal sensitivity and awareness helpto ensure that counsellors do not exploit others in their professionalrelationships while attempting to understand and respect differentapproaches to counselling AACC 2004 counsellors recognize that theirinteractions with colleagues can influence the quality of servicesprovided to clients and thus they strive to increase their knowledgeabout colleagues within and outside of the counselling field In bothethical codes counsellors should develop positive working
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