Code of Ethics
ASAP refers people with pedophilia to a variety of mental health professionals, but does not license or control these therapists. The ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005) is representative of the codes of ethics of the various mental health professions. Ethical therapists subscribe to aspirational ethics above and beyond any written code.
"Inherently held values that guide our behaviors or exceed prescribed behaviors are deeply ingrained in the counselor and developed out of personal dedication, rather than the mandatory requirement of an external organization" (ACA, 2005, p. 3). Ethical therapists will "recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts" (ACA, 2005, p. 3).
These five basic principles are exemplified in the resolution of ethical dilemmas. "When counselors are faced with ethical dilemmas that are difficult to resolve, they are expected to engage in a carefully considered ethical decision-making process. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among counselors with respect to the ways in which values, ethical principles, and ethical standards would be applied when they conflict" (ACA, 2005, p. 3). Ethical therapists will develop an integrated decision making model that is demonstrated in the following areas:
American Counseling Association (ACA, 2005). ACA code of ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
Remley, T. & Herlihy, B. (2010). Ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Pray the pedophilia away.
Spirituality can certainly be helpful in maintaining control of one's actions, but there is no evidence that prayer has ever changed a person's sexual orientation.
Although aversion therapy is still used by some mental health professionals to modify arousal patterns, ASAP does not support any attempt to change a person's sexual orientation.
Ticking time bombs.
Any approach that views pedophiles as monsters waiting to abuse a child will not be as effective in helping the person to not abuse a child.
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