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PTSD & other Traumas: Ethical Issues in Using Recall

Section 12
ACA, NBCC, and AAMFT Codes of Ethics regarding
Ethical Use of Recall

Question 12 | Answer Booklet | Table of Contents | PTSD
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American Counselor’s Association Code of Ethics
and Standards of Practice - Excerpt
Section C: Professional Responsibility
Standard of Practice Seventeen (SP-17):
Boundaries of Competence. Counselors must practice only within the boundaries of their competence. (See C.2.a.)

Section E: Evaluation, Assesment and Interpretation
Standard of Practice Thirty-One (SP-31):
Limits of Competence. Counselors must perform only testing and assessment services for which they are competent. Counselors must not allow the use of psychological assessment techniques by unqualified persons under their supervision. (See E.2.a.)
Standard of Practice Thirty-Two (SP-32): Appropriate Use of Assessment Instruments. Counselors must use assessment instruments in the manner for which they were intended. (See E.2.b.)
Standard of Practice Thirty-Three (SP-33): Assessment Explanations to Clients. Counselors must provide explanations to clients prior to assessment about the nature and purposes of assessment and the specific uses of results. (See E.3.a.)
Standard of Practice Thirty-Four (SP-34): Recipients of Test Results. Counselors must ensure that accurate and appropriate interpretations accompany any release of testing and assessment information. (See E.3.b.)

Section G: Research and Publication
Standard of Practice Forty-Seven (SP-47):
Accurate Research Results. Counselors must not distort or misrepresent research data, nor fabricate or intentionally bias research results. (See G.3.b.)

National Board for Certified Counselors Code of Ethics - Excerpt

6. Certified counselors offer only professional services for which they are trained or have supervised experience. No diagnosis, assessment, or treatment should be performed without prior training or supervision. Certified counselors are responsible for correcting any misrepresentations of their qualifications by others.
7. Certified counselors recognize their limitations and provide services or use techniques for which they are qualified by training and/or supervision. Certified counselors recognize the need for and seek continuing education to assure competent services.
8. Certified counselors are aware of the intimacy in the counseling relationship and maintain respect for the client. Counselors must not engage in activities that seek to meet their personal or professional needs at the expense of the client.
9. Certified counselors must insure that they do not engage in personal, social, organizational, financial, or political activities which might lead to a misuse of their influence.
12. Through an awareness of the impact of stereotyping and unwarranted discrimination (e.g., biases based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation), certified counselors guard the individual rights and personal dignity of the client in the counseling relationship.
13. Certified counselors are accountable at all times for their behavior. They must be aware that all actions and behaviors of the counselor reflect on professional integrity and, when inappropriate, can damage the public trust in the counseling profession. To protect public confidence in the counseling profession, certified counselors avoid behavior that is clearly in violation of accepted moral and legal standards.

Section C: Counselor Supervision
NCCs who offer and/or provide supervision must:
a. Ensure that they have the proper training and supervised experience through contemporary continuing education and/or graduate training
b. Ensure that supervisees are informed about the process of supervision, including supervision goals, paradigms of supervision and the supervisor’s preferred research based supervision paradigm(s)

Section D: Measurement and Evaluation
1. Because many types of assessment techniques exist, certified counselors must recognize the limits of their competence and perform only those assessment functions for which they have received appropriate training or supervision.

American Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists Code of Ethics - Excerpt

1.3 Marriage and family therapists are aware of their influential positions with respect to clients, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons.

3.5 Marriage and family therapists, as presenters, teachers, supervisors, consultants and researchers, are dedicated to high standards of scholarship, present accurate information, and disclose potential conflicts of interest.

3.6 Marriage and family therapists maintain accurate and adequate clinical and financial records.

3.7 While developing new skills in specialty areas, marriage and family therapists take steps to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from possible harm. Marriage and family therapists practice in specialty areas new to them only after appropriate education, training, or supervised experience.

3.10 Marriage and family therapists do not give to or receive from clients (b) gifts that impair the integrity or efficacy of the therapeutic relationship.

3.12 Marriage and family therapists make efforts to prevent the distortion or misuse of their clinical and research findings.

3.13 Marriage and family therapists, because of their ability to influence and alter the lives of others, exercise special care when making public their professional recommendations and opinions through testimony or other public statements.

Personal Reflection Exercise #6
The preceding section contained information about the ACA, NBCC, and AAMFT Codes of Ethics regarding the ethical use of recall. Write three case study examples regarding how you might use the content of this section in your practice.

What three functions cannot be performed by the counselor without proper training or supervision? Record the letter of the correct answer the Answer Booklet.

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