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Strengthening the Social Contract With Professional Counselors
Paul L. West and Judith Warchal
Recently the American Counseling Association (ACA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Throughout its existence, ACA has supported the development of formal training standards for professional counselors, implemented professional ethical standards for its members, and promoted counseling as a unique discipline with specialized skills (Pontin & Duba, 2009). Noting these accomplishments, is there a social contract with professional counselors?