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Department of Sociology

Professional Ethics & Standards for Counselors


Students in the Graduate Counseling program are expected to know and abide by the ethical standards that govern the practice of counseling in general as well as those that are specific to their chosen track.  The ACA code is introduced in the ethics course, and discipline-specific codes such as ASCA, AAMFT, AACC and the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators, are introduced in the track-specific foundations courses.


Several sources of professional ethical and standards information are listed below for your convenience. (These resources are not hosted or maintained by Messiah College.)


2005 ACA Code of Ethics

AACC Code of Ethics

ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors

PA Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

2001 AAMFT Code of Ethics

2005 National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Ethical Code


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