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AACC Code of Ethics -- Y2014
Developed by the American Association of Christian Counselors Law and Ethics Committee.
[Answer 32 of 45 questions correctly to receive 3 hours of Continuing Education credit.]
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Applicability of the Code
1. This code represents a mandatory ethical standard for all individuals who elect to become credential holders through the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) or one of its affiliate boards: the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors (BCPPC), the Board of Christian Life Coaching (BCLC), the Board of Christian Crisis and Trauma Response (BCCTR), and the Board of Professional Christian Mediators (BPCM).
a. True
b. False

Introduction and Mission of the Code

2. Which is NOT a mission of the AACC Code of Ethics?
a. To bring honor to Jesus Christ.
b. To promote the welfare and protect the dignity and fundamental rights of all individuals, families, groups, churches, schools, agencies, ministries and other organizations with whom Christian counselors work.
c. To provide standards of ethical conduct in Christian counseling that are respected by other professionals and institutions.
d. To cover all the ethical issues of the Christian counseling profession.

Biblical-Ethical Foundations of the AACC Ethics Code
3. The Biblical-Ethical Foundations Statement of the AACC Ethics Code is intended to also serve as a doctrinal statement for Christian counselors.
a. True
b. False

I. Ethical Standards for Christian Counselors
ES1-000: A Judeo-Christian Worldview -- Practicing through Faith and Values

4. The AACC Code of Ethics derives its Judeo-Christian worldview from the special revelation of Jesus Christ, as God-come-in-the-flesh, and from general revelation, including science and the great arts of humanity.
a. True
b. False

ES1-010: Affirming Human Worth and Dignity

5. Christian counselors uphold the inherent, God-given worth and dignity of every client, without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual behavior or orientation, socioeconomic status, age, disability, marital status, education, occupation, denomination, belief system, values, or political affiliation.
a. True
b. False

ES1-100: Compassion in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Servanthood

6. Christian counselors acknowledge that the primary rule of professional-ministerial ethical conduct is to maintain confidentiality.
a. True
b. False

ES1-120-a: Application to Deadly and Threatening Behavior

7. Under certain conditions, Christian counselors should report deadly threats made by clients to the proper authorities.
a. True
b. False

ES1-120-c: Application to Abortion

8. When clients are considering abortion, Christian counselors will inform them of potential adverse consequences, such as increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Counselors will also inform them of alternative means to abortion. If clients persist on pursuing abortion, Christian counselors cannot continue working with them.
a. True
b. False


ES1-120-e: Application to Premarital and Extramarital Sexual Behavior

9. Christian counselors can work with clients who are sexually active outside marriage while at the same time advocating that sex is part of God's good creation and a gift when confined to one man and one woman within the boundaries of marriage.
a. True
b. False

ES1-130: Sexual Misconduct Forbidden
10. Because of the inherent power imbalance of helping relationships, as well as biblical principles about sexual behavior outside of marriage, Christian counselors are forbidden from engaging in any kind of sexual exploitation with clients. Which of the following counselor behaviors IS acceptable?
a. Seductive sexual speech or seductive non-verbal behavior.
b. Accepting sexual invitations from clients.
c. Unnecessary questioning and probing into a client's sexual history and practices.
d. Telling a client he or she is attractive.
e. Persuading a client to have sexual relations with the counselor for healing purposes.
f. Sending sexually suggestive text messages or emails to clients.
g. None of the above
.

ES1-140: Duel and Multiple Relationships
11. A dual relationship exists when two or more roles are mixed in a manner that can harm the counseling relationship. Not all dual relationships are necessarily unethical. Just the ones which exploit the client. For example, of the following dual relationships, which one IS acceptable?
a. Counseling a close friend.
b. Counseling a family member.
c. Counseling an arms-length acquaintance.
d. Counseling a close fellow church member.

ES1-200:Competence in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Excellence
ES1-240: Duties to Consult and/or Refer

12. For which situation is a Christian counselor NOT required to consult or refer to competent outside resources?
a. When facing an issue not dealt with before or not experienced in handling.
b. When the counselor and the client agree that they share different religious beliefs without diminishing the excellence of counselor care.
c. When either the counselor or the client is feeling stuck in the therapeutic process or confused about counseling goals and neither party is clear about how to proceed.
d. When clients are deteriorating or making no realistic gain over a number of sessions.
e. When clients present an imminent danger to harm themselves or others.
f. When a client's excessive alcohol dependence requires detoxification.

ES1-250-c: Avoid Counsel against Professional Treatment
13. A Christian counselor may advise clients against seeking medications if the counselor believes that the use of medications is wrong.
a. True
b. False


ES1-300:
Consent in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Integrity
ES1-320-b: Documentation of Consent and ES1-330: Consent for Biblical and Spiritual Practices in Counseling
14. The best consent that enables a Christian counselor to pray with a client or refer to Bible passages is
a. client consent in writing by professional service agreement, contract, or consent form.
b. the clientís verbal permission.
c. the counselorís own discernment is all that is needed.
d. no consent is necessary. Clients assume that a Christian counselor will pray and use the Bible.

ES1-340: Special Consent for More Difficult Interventions

15. Christian counselors are not permitted to engage in more difficult interventions such as deliverance and spiritual warfare activities, cult deprogramming work, recovery of memories, and hypnosis.
a. True
b. False


ES1-400:
Confidentiality in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Trustworthiness
ES1-420-c: Subpoenas

16. If counselors are subpoenaed to appear in court to divulge confidential client information, they have no choice but to comply.
a. True
b. False

ES1-430: Protecting Persons from Deadly Harm -- The Rule of Mandatory Disclosure
ES1-430-c: Special Guidelines When Violence is Threatened against Others
17. If a client tells a counselor that the client intends to harm an elderly person, the counselor may break confidentiality in order to protect that elderly person.
a. True
b. False

ES1-450: Maintaining Privacy and Preserving Written Records

18. Written records of client communications must be kept, minimally, in locked storage.
a. True
b. False

ES1-500: Cultural Regard in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Dignity
ES1-530: Working with Persons of Different Faiths, Religions, and Values
19. A Christian counselor can withhold counseling services from a client who has a different value system than that of the counselor.
a. True
b. False

ES1-530-a: Not Imposing Values

20. Christian counselors can disclose their faith orientation to their clients, but may not impose it upon them.
a. True
b. False


ES1-600: Case Management in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Soundness
21. "Soundness" for Christian counselors implies the use of empirically validated and evidence-based treatments that also integrate biblical principles.
a. True
b. False

ES1-610-a: Treatment Plan Considerations and Principles

22. Treatment plans should identify clear goals with specific objectives that are attainable, behavioral, and measurable.
a. True
b. False

ES1-630-a: Safety and Integrity in Family and Group Counseling
23. In counseling sessions with multiple clients, such as marriage counseling, counselors can allow constructive confrontation but must not allow verbal abuse.
a. True
b. False


ES1-630-c: Avoiding and Resolving Role Conflicts

24. Before beginning to help a married couple, Christian counselors may not contract for professional neutrality in order to secure client agreement to not have the counselor nor the counselor's records subpoenaed or deposed in any future legal proceeding, such as a divorce or custody hearing.
a. True
b. False

ES1-700:
Collegiality in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Relationship
ES1-710-b: Solicitation of Clients Under Another's Care

25. It is appropriate for a Christian counselor to offer to counsel a new client who is currently under the care of another mental health provider, without that provider's knowledge. The client can then choose who is the better provider.
a. True
b. False

ES1-740-c: Sexual and Romantic Relations Forbidden

26. Christian counseling educators and supervisors may never engage in any sexual relationships with their students and trainees. However, not all romantic relationships can be avoided.
a. True
b. False

ES1-740-f: Acknowledgment of Professional Contributions

27. Christian counseling educators and supervisors can take sole credit for their students' and trainees' work and research.
a. True
b. False


ES1-750-g: Exposure to Various Counseling Theories Encouraged
28. Christian counseling educators should develop programs that expose students to various accepted theoretical models for counseling and evidenced-based treatments, including data on their relative effectiveness. It is acceptable for the educator to identify which of these models is superior to all the others.
a. True
b. False


ES1-750-i: Field Placement, Practicum, and Intern Training
29. Christian counseling educators cannot solicit nor accept any form of fee or remuneration for the field placement of a student-trainee.
a. True
b. False

ES1-800:
Community Presence in Christian Counseling -- A Call to Humility
ES1-820: Statements in Public Communication
30. When publically advertising their counseling services, Christian counselors cannot use testimonials from their current clients.
a. True
b. False

ES1-830-b: Communication of Unaccredited and Unrelated Credentials

31. If Christian counselors' highest counseling degree is a doctorate degree from a non-accredited graduate school, these counselors can precede their name with the designation "Dr." on their business cards.
a. True
b. False

ES1-880-c: Ghost Writers
32. Christian counselors should resist using ghostwriters because it gives credit to someone who did not produce most of the material.
a. True
b. False

II. Use of Technology and Technology-related Applications
ES2-000: Additional Ethical Standards in the Use of Technology
ES2-010-c: Computer Systems
33. Christian counselors must be knowledgeable and up-to-date on computer technology such as data encryption, system back-up and restore functions, password and virus protection protocols, and Internet firewalls.
a. True
b. False

ES2-100: Core Ethical Standards in the Use of Technology
ES2-110-b: Application to Addictive Behaviors
34. Christian counselors do not condone, advocate for, or assist behavioral addictions by clients that use online gambling or Internet pornography.
a. True
b. False

ES2-120-d: Legal, Statutory and Regulatory Issues
ES2-130-a: Benefits and Limitations of Technology Applications
35. When conducting counseling services by cell phone to a client in a different state, licensed Christian counselors don't need to find out that state's laws regarding e-counseling because they are automatically protected by the law.
a. True
b. False

ES2-140-b: Maintaining Privacy in Electronic Databases
36. Because of the risks of electronic data being compromised by Internet hacking, it is best that Christian counselors who store their clients' information electronically use coded files and good passwords.
a. True
b. False

III. Additional Ethical Standards for Licensed and Professional Christian Counselors
ES3-000: Fees, Client Billing and Financial Relationships
ES3-010-a: Disclosure of Fees and Payment History
37. Christian counselors may charge their standard, customary fee without due regard for the client's ability to pay. That is the client's responsibility.
a. True
b. False


ES3-010-e: Financial Integrity with Insurance and Third-Party Payers
38. Christian counselors can charge insurance companies and third-party payers for
missed counseling appointments and for appointments that were not cancelled 24 hours in advance by the clients.

a. True
b. False


ES3-100: Third-party Payers and Managed Care Entities
ES3-110-a: Responsible Action
39. When managed care companies demand counseling session notes from Christian counselors, the counselors do not necessarily have to submit them upon demand.
a. True
b. False

IV. Additional Ethical Standards for Pastoral and Lay Christian Counselors

ES4-000: Definitions and Roles of Pastors and Pastoral Counselors
ES4-030: The Call of Christian Counseling to Gospel Fidelity
ES4-040: Accepting Fees or Communicating False Roles
40. What is something pastors and unlicensed pastoral counselors do NOT do?
a. Challenge Christian counselors to hold faith to the Gospel and to apply counseling ministry to the mission and work of the church.
b. Refer parishioners to Christian counselors.
c. Help explain the AACC Code of Ethics to parishioners so they can better judge the value and safety of Christian counseling.
d. Accept a fee for direct ministry-based counseling, in addition to a salary as a church or ministry employee.

ES4-100: Definitions and Roles of Lay Caregivers and Non-ordained Ministers
ES4-130: Lay Caregivers Under Supervision of the Church
41. Lay caregivers must minister only under the supervision of a church, a Christian counselor, or a Christian counseling organization. They must not practice independently or unsupervised.
a. True
b. False


V. Standards for Resolving Ethical-Legal Conflicts

ES5-000: Base Standards for Ethical Conflict Resolutions
ES-120: Christian Counselors Working in Public Agencies
42. A Christian counselor working in a public agency is asked to remove a crucifix from his counseling office. The counselor's first attempt to resolve this dispute should be arbitration.
a. True
b. False


VI. Procedural Rules

PR6-000: Authority, Jurisdiction and Operation of the AACC Law and Ethics Committee (LEC)
PR6-100: General Orientation to Ethical Enforcement
PR6-110-a: Reporting Violations to LEC

43.
Ethical complaints are to be resolved by going to the AACC member, IBCC Credential Holder (the International Board of Christian Care), or the CCN member (the AACC Christian Care Network). If these attempts are unsuccessful, then the complaint can be reported to the AACC Law and Ethics Committee (LEC).
a. True
b. False

PR6-330-d: Unacceptable Complaints
44. The LEC (AACC Law and Ethics Committee) is obliged to accept anonymous complaints against AACC members.
a. True

b. False

PR6-410-b: Time for and Response from Complainee -- Review Stage
45. The complainee has
30 days from reception of a formal charge letter from the LEC to respond either in person or in writing. Legal counsel may be consulted and can attend the case hearing, but cannot speak directly for his or her client at the hearing -- this representation must be done by the complainee.
a. True
b. False