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The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014)
(as approved by the ACA Governing Council)
[Answer 25 of 35 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of continuing education credit.]
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Section A -- The Counseling Relationship
1. Counselors should charge a fee for every counseling session.
a. True
b. False

2. Counselors should maintain documentation for every client.
a. True
b. False

3. Counselors should inform each client, in written and verbal form, about the rights and responsibilities of both the counselor and the client.
a. True
b. False

4. If a client seeks help from a 2nd counselor while still seeing the 1st counselor, then the 2nd counselor should obtain release from ____ in order to begin counseling with the client.
a. the client
b. the 1st counselor

5. A counselor may not have a personal virtual relationship with a current client.

a. True
b. False

6. A counselor should never accept gifts from a client.
a. True
b. False

7. A counselor should terminate counseling if it is reasonably apparent to the counselor that the client no longer needs assistance.
a. True
b. False

Section B -- Confidentiality and Privacy

8.
When terminally-ill clients are considering hastening their own deaths, a counselor may have the option of breaking confidentiality, if the counselor finds out from legal professionals that the applicable state laws allow the counselor to do so.
a. True
b. False

9. If a client has
a confirmed, contagious, life-threatening disease, and has not informed those who live with this client about this disease, a counselor is not justified in disclosing this information to those parties who are at risk of contracting this disease.
a. True
b. False

10. If subpoenaed to release confidential or privileged information without a client’s permission, the counselor has no choice but to comply with this court order.
a. True
b. False

11. When transferring records to legitimate third parties, it is sufficient for counselors to obtain verbal permission from the client for release from confidentiality.
a. True
b. False

12. When a counselor consults with a colleague or superior about a client case, the counselor should not divulge the identity of the client unless the client has consented to such disclosure.
a. True
b. False

Section C -- Professional Responsibility
13. Counselors should engage in counseling practices that are based on rigorous research methodologies.
a. True
b. False

14. Which is NOT true?
a. If counselors want to practice in new specialty areas, they can only after appropriate education, training, and supervised experience.
b. Counselors in private practice take reasonable steps to seek peer supervision as needed to evaluate their efficacy as counselors.
c. Counselors should maintain a reasonable level of awareness of current scientific and professional information in their fields of activity.
d. When counselors get tired or discouraged themselves, as everyone does from time to time, they do not need to limit or suspend their counseling responsibilities.

15. When counselors advertise their services to the public, they may not use testimonials from former clients who may be vulnerable to undue influence.
a. True
b. False

16. Counselors can still use a license designation (i.e. Licensed Professional Counselor -- LPC) even after their license has expired and has not been renewed, but they intend to renew it.
a. True
b. False

17. If counselors have a master degree in the counseling field and a doctorate in a non-counseling field, the counselors can assign “Dr.” to their name on their counseling business cards.
a. True
b. False


18. Counselors must never engage in or condone sexual harassment.
a. True
b. False

19. When counselors use developing or innovative techniques/procedures/modalities, they must explain the potential risks, benefits, and ethical considerations of using such techniques/procedures/modalities.
a. True
b. False

Section D -- Relationships with Other Professionals
20.When a counselor works for an agency or institution, and that organization then adopts a policy or procedure that the counselor sees as potentially disruptive or damaging to clients, then the counselor’s only option is to threaten to expose the institution to the public if they don’t change their policy or procedure.
a. True
b. False


21. When providing formal consultation services, counselors have an obligation to review, in writing and verbally, the rights and responsibilities of both counselors and consultees.
a. True
b. False


Section E -- Evaluation, Assessment, and Interpretation
22. Counselors may not use assessment instruments in their practices for which they have not been trained to use.
a. True
b. False

23. Counselors must make a diagnosis of mental disorders for every client.
a. True
b. False

24. Counselors can not use data or results from assessments that are obsolete or outdated.
a. True
b. False

Section F -- Supervision, Training, and Teaching
25. Supervisors must regularly pursue continuing education activities, including both counseling and supervision topics and skills.
a. True
b. False

26. When supervisees experience emotional strain that may impair counseling others, they should notify their supervisors to determine if they should limit, suspend, or terminate their professional responsibilities.
a. True
b. False

27. Students and supervisees who provide counseling services do not need to obtain client permission in order to talk about their counseling experiences in their training programs.
a. True
b. False

28. Counselor educators who teach counseling techniques or procedures that do not have an empirical foundation, or are without a well-grounded theoretical foundation, can refer to such techniques and procedures as “innovative” without having to explain the potential risks, benefits, and ethical considerations of using such techniques or procedures.
a. True
b. False

Section G -- Research and Publication

29. Once individuals voluntarily become research participants, they must complete the project without withdrawing their participation. Otherwise, the data will be compromised.
a. True
b. False

30. Researchers can academically fail students or supervisees who refuse to participate in educational research.
a. True
b. False

31. When scientific or human values do not justify withholding information, after research data has been collected, counselors must provide participants with full clarification of the nature of the study to remove any misconceptions participants might have regarding the research.
a. True
b. False

32. Counselors may submit their manuscripts to more than one journal publication at a time.
a. True
b. False

Section H -- Distance Counseling, Technology, and Social Media

33. Counselors who counsel electronically must inform clients that their distance counseling could result in a possible denial of insurance benefits.
a. True
b. False

Section I -- Resolving Ethical Issues

34. When counselors are charged with unethical conduct, it is a legitimate defense for them to say they did not know or understand ahead of time that such conduct was unethical.
a. True
b. False

35. Counselors should never hire other counselors who have been subjects of an ethical complaint.
a. True
b. False