Discussion Board Forum 1 Reading
The following reading is from the AACC’s 2014 Code of Ethics.
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire “community of care,” licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. It is their intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay caregivers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.
ES1-200: Competence in Christian Counseling – A Call to Excellence
In addition to being distinctly Christian, faith-based counselors must also uphold a strong commitment to clinical and professional excellence. Competence makes truthful and realistic statements about the caregiver and the caregiving process, keeps pace with relevant research in the field, demonstrates awareness of limitations, avoids dishonest or exaggerated claims, incorporates accountability when there is awareness of hindering personal issues, and makes needed and appropriate referrals.
1-210-b: Recognizing Limits of Competence
Christian counselors do not offer services or work beyond the limits of their competence or scope of practice (i.e., education, knowledge, training and professional/ministerial experience), and do not aid or abet the work of Christian counseling by untrained, unqualified, or unethical practitioners or helpers.
1-240: Duties to Consult and/or Refer
Christian counselors consult with and/or refer to competent colleagues, supervisors and other resources when their limits of counseling competence or effectiveness are reached as described by the following: (1) when facing issues not dealt with before or not experienced in handling; (2) when clients need further help outside the scope of one’s training, practice and expertise; (3) when either counselor or clients are feeling stuck in the therapeutic process or confused about counseling goals and neither party is clear about how to proceed; (4) when clients are deteriorating or making no realistic gain over a number of sessions; (5) when clients present an actual or imminent danger to harm themselves (e.g., severe depression, suicidal intent/behaviors, running away, excessive substance abuse, severe eating disorders, etc.); (6) when clients present an actual or imminent danger to others (e.g., extreme hostility, aggression, violence or threats thereof); when clients experience a marked decline in the ability to care for themselves and function in day-to-day life, whether at home, school or in the workplace setting; (7) when the client’s excessive alcohol or substance abuse/dependence will require detoxification; (8) when the client’s reality testing is severely impaired to the extent that judgment, orientation, emotions, and/or memory is disordered (e.g., delusions, visual/auditory hallucinations, dissociation, severe bipolar cycles, etc.); (9) when there is a strong transference or countertransference dynamic that seems at an impasse despite attempts to address the issue; (10) when the possibility of a dual relationship exists or arises; and (11) when the client asks for a referral to another counselor or caregiver.
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