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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Licensure Board Actions Against Professional Counselors: Implications for Counselor Training and Practice

C. Emmanuel Ahia and Peter J. Boccone


A major component of counselor education is preparing counselors-in-training to navigate the legal and ethical pitfalls of the field. As the profession evolves, however, those pitfalls can change. This article provides an analysis of the most common legal and ethical issues associated with disciplinary actions against licensed counselors over the course of five years across 28 states. These states were used in the study specifically due to their disciplinary action data being provided online. Implications are addressed as they pertain to counselor education and training.
Keywords: ethics, disciplinary action, counselor education, law

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