The American Association of Consultants has established important guidelines that define association members’ responsibilities who may have several capacities. These guidelines are aimed at protecting professional values and govern the observance of ethical standards. Several principles, such as ensuring the client and supervisee’s well-being, allow for the maintenance of a professional relationship for the benefit of all involved. Section F of the Code contains 11 provisions that govern how consultants, supervisors, and educators work.
In my opinion, in evaluating research and programs, the essential principles are F.6.f. and F.6.g. Principle F.6.f. named Innovative Theories and Techniques explains that when supervising the research, the educator should mark the innovative techniques used as “unproven” and “developing” and explain to the students the potential risks and ethical considerations of these techniques (ACA Code of Ethics, 2014). According to F.6.g. principle, the counselor educators have to develop clear policies when working with their student in the field site. Besides, the site supervisors may provide supervision, and counselor educators should inform them of this responsibility.
Principle F.9.a. determines the process of evaluating the student by counseling educators, which includes informing the student of the required competencies and evaluation methods. Other principles involve ensuring cultural diversity among students and faculty and multicultural competence. Moreover, the supervisors and students are prohibited from having romantic or sexual relationships and are discouraged from other personal interactions outside their supervisor or educator and supervisee or students’ roles. Sexual harassment is also prohibited; besides, the supervisors and supervisee must inform the clients about the supervision process and the disclosure of the information.
ACA Code of Ethics. (2014).