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AMHCA Code of Ethics (2010)
American Mental Health Counselors Association Code of Ethics (Revised 2010)
[Answer 21 of 30 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of Continuing Education credit.]
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I. COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS
A. COUNSELOR-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
1. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY
1. The primary responsibility of mental health counselors is to
a. keep confidentiality.
b. not to overcharge for their services.
c. respect client dignity and promote client welfare.
d. not discriminate against clients.

2. CONFIDENTIALITY
2. Which was NOT listed as an exception to break client confidentiality?
a. Suicidality
b. Child abuse
c. Alcoholism
d. Elder abuse

3. Counselors must release confidential information when presented with a court order to do so.
a. True
b. False

4. Information received in confidence by one agency or person shall not be forwarded to another person or agency without the client's written permission.
a. True
b. False

5. Counseling reports and records should be destroyed ___ years after termination or as specified by state regulations.
a. 3
b. 5
c. 7
d. 9

6. When a counselor meets with a child, that child's parents or guardians have legal access to client information.
a. True
b. False

7. There is no time limit on how long counselors may store confidential information on a computer as long as it is well-protected.
a. True
b. False

8. Mental health counselors may justify disclosing information to identifiable third parties if clients disclose that they have a communicable or life threatening illness. Counselors may disclose this information without confirming the diagnosis with a medical provider.
a. True
b. False

9. Counselors may release confidential information after a client dies.
a. True
b. False

3. DUAL/MULTIPLE RELATIONSHIPS
10. Dual relationships should be avoided because they have the potential to impair a counselor's professional judgment. Examples of dual relationships include family, friends, business associates, and counselors they are supervising.
a. True
b. False

4. EXPLOITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
11. Counselors are forbidden from having sexual relationships with their clients.
a. True
b. False

12. Mental health counselors are strongly discouraged from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with former clients. A counselor may not enter into an intimate relationship with a former client for at least ___ years after termination or as specified by state regulations.
a. 1
b. 3
c. 5
d. 7

B. COUNSELING PROCESS
2. INFORMED CONSENT
13. Before entering into a counseling relationship, counselors should disclose their credentials to their prospective clients.
a. True
b. False

3. MULTIPLE CLIENTS
14. When meeting in groups, the counselor must take reasonable precaution to prevent group members from hurting one another physically, emotionally, or psychologically.
a. True
b. False

4. CLIENTS SERVED BY OTHERS
15. If a prospective client tells the counselor that he or she is currently seeing another professional counselor, that counselor should
a. take the prospective client without doing anything.
b. refuse to take the prospective client.
c. first encourage the prospective client to terminate with the other counselor.

5. TERMINATION AND REFERRAL
16. Which is NOT a reason for a counselor to terminate counseling with a client?
a. The client is clearly no longer benefiting from counseling.
b. The client is stubborn.
c. The client stopped paying counseling fees.
d. The client's insurance denies treatment.

7. CLIENT'S RIGHTS
17. Clients must contract with their counselor for a minimum number of sessions.
a. True
b. False

C. COUNSELOR RESPONSIBILITY AND INTEGRITY
1. COMPETENCE
18. A counselor must never meet his or her own mental health needs at the expense of the client.
a. True
b. False

2. NON-DISCRIMINATION
19. It is possible for sexual harassment to occur as non-verbal conduct.
a. True
b. False

D. ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS
2. INTERPRETATION AND REPORTING
20. A counselor may not draw conclusions unless empirical evidence is present.
a. True
b. False

21. If a counselor is presented with a subpoena, he or she must release a client assessment.
a. True
b. False

4. FORENSIC ACTIVITY
22. Forensic mental health counselors can serve as advocates for victims of criminal activity.
a. True
b. False

E. RECORD-KEEPING, FEE ARRANGEMENTS, AND BARTERING
2. FEE ARRANGEMENTS, BARTERING, AND GIFTS
23. Bartering may occur if the client requests it and there is no exploitation.
a. True
b. False

F. OTHER ROLES
1. CONSULTANT
24. When a mental health counselor is acting as a consultant, his or her focus is on the issues to be resolved and not the personal characteristics of those presenting the consulting issues.
a. True
b. False

II. COMMITMENT TO OTHER PROFESSIONALS
A. RELATIONSHIP WITH COLLEAGUES
25. A mental health counselor may offer to pay other professionals for referring clients to him or her.
a. True
b. False

III. COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS, SUPERVISEES AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS
26. A mental health counselor can have an ongoing counseling relationship with a current supervisee.
a. True
b. False

27. Sexual behavior with supervisees, students and employees is permitted only if it is consensual.
a. True
b. False

28. Supervisees have a lesser standard of ethical obligation to their clients than those required of mental health counselors.
a. True
b. False

IV. COMMITMENT TO THE PROFESSION
B. RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
29. Participants in research must be committed for the length of the project and may not withdraw before it is completed.
a. True
b. False

V. RESOLUTION OF ETHICAL PROBLEMS
30. The American Mental Health Counselors Association does not investigate or adjudicate ethical complaints.
a. True
b. False