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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.

Highlights of the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics

Harriet L. Glosoff and Michael M. Kocet


The American Counseling Association recently adopted a new Code of Ethics, effective July 1, 2005. For a code of ethics to be useful to a group of professionals, it must be a living document, one that is updated to reflect changes in society and the profession. The process of revising a code affords professional organizations an opportunity to examine current practices and clinical, social, and ethical issues faced by its members. Since ACA, then the American Personnel and Guidance Association, adopted its first Code of Ethics in 1963, the Code has been revised approximately every 7 to 10 years. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the revision process and some of the changes that were made to the 1995 Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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