VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

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.

Salting the Slippery Slope: What Licensing Violations Tell Us About Preventing Dangerous Ethical Situations

J. Barry Mascari and Jane M. Webber


Like slippery slopes in winter, the first step taken is most critical in determining whether a counselor will slide into ethical or legal violations. Ethical violations refer to professional conduct in direct violation of the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA, 2005) or the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC, 2003). Licensing violations refer to those professional acts that violate state licensing laws and regulations. Ethical and legal violations may overlap, and a violation could be reported to licensing or ethics committees simultaneously

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