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49 Pa. Code § 49.71. Code of ethical practice and professional conduct.


§ 49.71. Code of ethical practice and professional conduct.

 (a)  The Board subscribes to the code of ethics and practice standards for licensees promulgated by the American Counseling Association (ACA). Licensed professional counselors (licensees) shall adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics, except when the ACA Code of Ethics conflict with this chapter. The Board will use the ACA Code of Ethics in resolving ambiguities that may arise in the interpretation of this chapter, except that whenever any conflict exists between this chapter and the ACA Code of Ethics, this chapter shall prevail.

 (b)  The Board acknowledges the codes of ethics and practice standards of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, the Certification Board for Music Therapists, the Art Therapists Certification Board, the American Dance Therapy Association, the National Association for Drama Therapy, The Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors, The North American Association of Master’s in Psychology, the American School Counseling Association and The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc., and the Board may elect to consider or refer to these codes and standards as advisory aids in resolving ambiguities which may arise in the interpretation of this chapter.


   The provisions of this §  49.71 adopted September 17, 2010, effective September 18, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 5320.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  49.76 (relating to research and publication).

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