NAADAC Code Of Ethics

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The term ethical standard is used by substance abuse counselor that define the meaning of ethics of ethical. First, the meaning of ethical is “pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality.” (n.d., Unabridged) Besides, the code of ethics in any profession whether it’s counseling, business field, medicine, or even law was created to establish guidelines for the professionals to abide by. Therefore, the current ethical standards used by addiction professional are honored and respected. In section 3-2 of NAADAC Code of ethics reads- “Integrity: Addiction Professionals shall conduct themselves with integrity. Providers aspire to maintain integrity in their professional and personal relationships and
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This organization focus was to develop a field of professional counselors with professional’s educational background and experiences to fulfill the quality of treatment to the community. But then, in 1982 the organization became even bigger and more evolved than before so the name changes from National Association of Alcoholism Counselors and Trainers (NAACT) to e National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), due to the change in the epidemic outcome of the drugs and alcohol abuse.
The New Revision of the Ethical Standards of NAADAC The most recent revision of the ethical standards of NAADAC was release and effective October 9, 2016, and is published on the NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals under the code of ethics tab. Therefore, counselor/professional could stay inform going directly to the NAADAC website to get more updated information about the ethical standards. Also, another way to stay informed is to sign up for the newsletter, sign up to the on-demand webinars, or even sign up for the magazine CE article that they offer to professionals to update to the ethical standards in this profession.
Practicing Addiction Counseling in
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Within this issue, this scenario is considered both ethical standard and state law. In the state of Tennessee, it is the law to report all suicide thoughts or statements. If a counselor doesn’t disclose the client state and that patient later become a successful suicide attempt or even an unsuccessful suicide attempt, then that counselor has committed a crime. Sometimes clients that are suffering from a terminal illness go through a phase of clinical depression and mood symptoms. That statement could have been a mood symptom that the counselor didn’t invade it. This issue would be an ethical issue since the counselor has assisted in a suicide of this client even if you didn’t literally murder or help with an overdose or whatever their attempt will be but you as the counselor assists by not reporting the threat of the client. However, the NAADAC Code of Ethics states that if a counselor who provide services to a terminally ill client who is considering hastening their own death then the counselor has the option to maintain confidentiality, depending on the state laws he/she is counseling in and specific circumstances of the situation and the counselor should order the client to seek consultation or supervision from appropriate professional and legal
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